Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from January 07, 2011
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Las Vegas - January 7, 2011

Wes Winters by Mary Millard

Joseph Gabriel & Katalin

Spent a wonderful, albeit cold, New Year's Eve at ENVY The Steakhouse in the Renaissance Las Vegas hotel on Paradise Road. We were there to enjoy a great five-course meal and listen to Wes Winters at the piano. The service at ENVY was excellent and the food, prepared by Chef Christophe Mihy, was delicious. Our party included Rod Russell, Arlene Bates, Jerry Ritholz-Jarvis, Mary and Rex Millard (Mary heads up the Wes Winters Fan Club), Joseph Gabriel and his lovely wife Katalin, and Mary Marcella Schwartz. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows facing Paradise Road, diners were able to see the Strip fireworks as the new year rang in. Wes played almost non-stop, from about 8 p.m., until after midnight, ending with a lovely version of Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne." In one of those "isn't it a small world" situations, it turns out that Ms. Schwartz, and her new acquaintances, Winters and Russell, are all friends of Southern California resident, Raul Rodriguez, giving them plenty to talk about during the evening.

As for Raul Rodriguez. If you don't know him by name, you may very well know him by his creativity, especially if you watch the annual New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade. Last Saturday, of Raul's 11 floats in the parade, nine won awards - Sweepstakes (Dole Package Foods), Grand Marshal's (Discover Financial Services), Director's (Kaiser Permanente), Queen's (Cunard Line), Mayor's (Beverly Hills Tournament of Roses Committee), National (Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation), International (China Airlines), Tournament Special (Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.), and Tournament Volunteer's (City of Torrance). An extraordinary designer, artist, and multiple award winner, Rodriguez has applied his conceptual design to bring the medium of flowers to new heights in the annual Pasadena parade. Raul is an amazing entertainer who knows what a float must show to have irresistible photographic appeal and a very quick visual impact because, as he points out, "They are like a moving stage sets." This artist of international acclaim has pioneered the design of hundreds of magnificent floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. A third generation native of Los Angeles, Raul's career began at the age of fifteen, when he created his first Rose Parade float. He has won more awards than any other designer in the history of the Parade. Raul's concepts over the years have illuminated and imaged prestigious gaming establishments in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno and Laughlin. In Vegas, they include the Flamingo (for which Raul designed the familiar pink neon front of the property), Tropicana, and Caesars Palace. Additionally, he has created major concepts and images for numerous retail establishments, restaurants, wineries, and entertainment companies. These works include Harley Davidson, and Ferrari Carano Winery (labels and villa). Raul has worked with the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Landmark Entertainment, and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Raul designed all the floats in Disneyland's 50th anniversary "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams." The parade runs twice daily at Disneyland. He also designed Six Flags' "Glow In The Park" parade, a nighttime electric parade. Raul has also illustrated several children's books, including Twerp, The Embarrassing Burp, baby‘s first story, written by the above mentioned Mary Marcella Schwartz. Raul has earned many honors, including being named Hispanic Artist of the Year, "Distinguished Alumnus" for the College of the Arts at his Alma Mater, California State University at Long Beach, and "Citizen of the Year" by the Lions Club. He was also awarded the Golden Eagle award for "Excellence in Design" by the Nosotros Foundation. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Redlands. A sampling of his of present and past clients is a Who's Who in international business circles: Hilton Hotels, Dr Pepper, Edison International, Subway Restaurants, Rain Bird Corporation, FTD, Rotary International, Kodak, American Honda, Kaiser Permanente, Lawry's Foods, Avon Products, Red Cross, Target Stores, Smart & Final, Countrywide Home Loans, United States Postal Service, State of New Mexico, Republic of Costa Rica, Province of Nova Scotia, The Netherlands, Republic Indonesia, Thai Airways, Bangkok Thailand, China Airlines, Taiwan, Republic of China, and the Cities of Cerritos, Ontario, Torrance and West Covina, California, among them.

Raul Rodriguez & Sebastian

Flamingo Las Vegas

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On Wednesday night, Benton Paul, a singer/songwriter from Highland, Utah, made a special appearance at the Freakin' Frog (4700 S. Maryland Parkway, across from UNLV) to meet and greet some of his local fans. Currently a Henderson resident, Benton has been causing quite a stir in the musical world after collaborating with Joe Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) and completing a whirlwind tour with American Idol finalist, David Archuleta.

Benton Paul

Jim Marsh

Vic Damone

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The F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) group will honor Las Vegas businessman and F.I.O.R.E. president, Jim Marsh, with the first annual Wilted Flower Award for his generosity at a not so regular meeting at the Italian American Club on Thursday, January 13th. This will be an open meeting, which means that first ladies are invited to join the presidents. There will be a lunch buffet, entertainment, a good time and lots of nice folks. The cost is $20 per person. Doors will open at the Italian American Club (although, you don't have to be either Italian or American, to attend) at 11:30 a.m. The club is located at 2333 E. Sahara. Please RSVP to [email protected] no later than Tuesday, January 11th. See you there. Note: If you attend a F.I.O.R.E. function, and decide you want to be a president, it costs a measly buck to join, and $25 a year to maintain membership in the non-club club.

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli (which we do quite often), he sends us this information...Vic Damone will be performing at the beautiful $100 million Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 22nd. This was the last place Vic, who had numerous major hits, including "You're Breaking My Heart," On the Street Where You Live," and "An Affair To Remember," sang before his stroke about 10 years ago. When this engagement was announced, the 2,193-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall was completely sold out in just a few days. Even some of Damone's family members were only able to get seats in the balcony. Sardelli tells us that he has been bugging Vic, who is 82, to sing again, and says he has "the greatest voice in the business." He goes on to say, "We do not call each other by name, we call each other 'Sergio,' imitating Sergio Franchi's beautiful voice" (Nelson says he has to fake Sergio's accent). Damone mentions Sardelli in his book, Singing Was the Easy Part, calling him one of the brothers he never had. Needless to say, Sardelli will be in Florida for the musical event.

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Gerry Rafferty

Tulsa Giles Small

Gerry Rafferty, the singer made famous by the songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," died on January 4th at the age of 63, following a long illness. In November, it was reported that Rafferty was fighting for his life after suffering kidney failure. Rafferty's musical journey started when he played with his first band, the Mavericks; and performed in the streets of the London Underground. He went on to play with Billy Connolly in The Humblebums and recorded his first solo album. By 1972 he'd formed Stealers Wheel, with friend Joe Egan. The group was known for its hit, "Stuck in the Middle With You." Rafferty and Egan went their separate ways, but ended up getting back together to form The Fifth Column. Following this, Rafferty released a solo album "City to City," which contained the hit single, "Baker Street." Gerry Rafferty is survived by his daughter Martha, granddaughter Celia, and brother, Jim.

We are also saddened to report the death of Tulsa Giles Small. Tulsa, 63, passed away in Las Vegas on January 3rd. She was born September 11, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia and was a 42-year resident of Nevada. Tulsa was a Ron Lewis dancer for 12 years, appearing in many shows. She was also a dealer at the Maxim for 16 years. Tulsa was an avid gardener, had many pets and traveled frequently. She had a passion for helping elderly people and loved to fish at Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Tulsa is survived by her husband, Stuart; mother, Gladys Snyder; sister, Barbara Bane; loving nieces, Katherine Taylor and Lisa Phillips; sister-in-law, Dorothy Yessir; many loving nieces and nephews; and her sweet dog, Cutie. Donations in Tulsa's memory can be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

We just learned of the passing of Marcel Le Bon. Marcel was born in Belgium in 1926. He was a television personality in London, and recorded for the Ronnex record label, giving him the privilege of singing for the Queen of England, Winston Churchill, Presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, as well as troops all over Europe. Marcel was handsome and very stylish in dress. He was a graduate of the College Saint Louis in Brussels, Belgium, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He belonged to St. Anne's Catholic Parish, coached soccer there for five years, and played professional soccer for his homeland. He was the president of Charm Unlimited Agency and in charge of the Miss Nevada Universe pageants. Marcel's fulfilling life came to an end on December 17th, due to natural causes. He will be joining his beautiful and very missed wife, Christiane LeBon. In addition to an amazing life and career, Marcel was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his only son, Marc LeBon; granddaughters, Thia Tewalt and April Lum; great-grandchildren, Breezy Tewalt, Mason Lum, Preston Lum. Friends and family are invited to gather in remembrance at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 25th, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.

Marcel LeBon with Randy Soard's Faces of the Brave

Nunsense Cast Visits KLAS-TV

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The cast of Nunsense will walk the Red Carpet at Bellagio tonight for the Canon Red Carpet Celebrity Event. John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted and co-founder of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many other celebrities will participate, and TV's Entertainment Tonight will cover the event. On Wednesday, four of the Little Sisters of Hoboken were guests on 8 News Now This Morning, where they talked about the Canon event and sang a number from Nunsense. The musical comedy revue plays at 4 p.m., every day but Tuesdays, in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Shown in the accompanying photo (from left to right): Michelle Johnson, news anchor Dave McCann, show director/choreographer Nancy Gregory, Diane Ellis, co-anchor Dayna Roselli, Kathryn Arianoff and Robin Berry Vincent.

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Triumph...It Runs on Steam is scheduled to open on January 16th in the main showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton. Triumph presents magic, dance and illusion, all coming to life in a brand new production. The show schedule is Sundays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., with an added 4 p.m. matinee on Thursdays. Beginning on February 13th, the 4 p.m. matinees will take place on Sundays, not Thursdays, with a 7:30 evening show. Ticket prices are: VIP Seats, $85.95 + tax; Mid Orchestra, $69.95 + tax; Rear Orchestra, $49.95 + tax and, Balcony, $39.95 + tax. There is also the option of a Dinner Package, that includes dinner at the Hilton's Benihana and two show tickets, for $73.95 + tax. Special prices for Nevada residents are $19.95 + tax for Balcony seating; Nevada Seniors 55+, Two for One - any seating; and Children 10 years of age and under, accompanied by an adult - FREE.


Travis Cloer of Jersey Boys

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Don't forget to vote for your favorite Vegas performers via BroadwayWorld voting

Among the competitors are Travis Cloer, Jeff Liebow, Jason Martinez (Jersey Boys); Kristen Hertzenberg, Kristi Holden, Andrew Ragone, Tina Walsh, Joan Sobel, (Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular); Josh Strickland (Peephow); Kelly Clinton-Holmes and Janien Valentine (Nunsense); Gordie Brown, Frank Marino, Larry Edwards, and Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns. To vote, go to All results will be tabulated, and will be audited at the conclusion of the voting process to remove fake, duplicate and other invalid votes. Voting ends on January 15th.

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Get a sneak peek at celebrity female impressionist, Christopher Peterson's Eyecons at The Onyx, tonight and tomorrow night (January 7th and 8th) with shows at 10 p.m. Beginning next Thursday, January 13th, Eyecons will perform 8 p.m. shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Peterson's one man/many women tour de force show, will play a limited run through January and February (Of course, we must remember that Naked Boys Singing came into The Onyx for a three week engagement. It‘s still there, more than 18 months later. The same could happen for Peterson.) Unlike just about every other female impersonator, most who make no pretences about lip synching and a very few who do, Christopher does not lip sync to prerecorded tracks. Instead, he uses his own voice to duplicate Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Lucille Ball, the Bettes (Davis and Midler), Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Reba McEntire, Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, and the whitest Tina Turner you have ever seen. Christopher Peterson considers himself an impressionist who can make himself look and sound like female celebrities (think Rich Little in a dress). Don't miss this opportunity to catch the heir to the thrones of such greats as Charles Pierce, Jim Bailey and Craig Russell. You've seen the rest, now come see, and HEAR, the best. Tickets are $25 for general seating, and $30 for VIP (first two rows) seating. The Onyx is located inside The Rack clothing store, at 953 E. Sahara #16 in the Commercial Center, just west of Maryland Parkway. Call (702) 732-7225 for reservations or additional information.

Christopher Peterson - He and She

Roseanne Barr

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Roseanne Barr has been busy doing the talk show circuit - Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, Joy Behar and Nightline among them - promoting her new book, Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm. According to what we have read, Roseanne, now 58, spent more than two years writing this book, her third. In a conversation with Craig Wilson of USA Today, Barr had these things to say, "Our geopolitically-challenged national pom-pom girl" is how she describes ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin. "She's a beauty queen so right away I hate her," says Barr. "I think she's stealing my act so that pisses me off. And she's not even doing it right. Be for the working people, not against them." Roseanne thinks the late actor, Heath Ledger was "the real deal." She tells of meeting him at a Hollywood party, where they talked for hours. "I just met someone who really cared about people and the world, that's why I connected to him," she says. "He just had a real big heart. He didn't take himself seriously." As for the Dispatches from the Nut Farm part of her book title, no, the part-time Domestic Goddess has not checked herself into a facility. On the contrary. Roseanne spends much of her time living on a macadamia nut farm that she owns in Hawaii.

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Lynn Ross continues singing for your dining and dancing pleasure on Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Onyx Restaurant. Enjoy the delicious cuisine while listening to all your favorite standards from The Great American Songbook, as well as some vintage pop tunes you'll know and love. The Onyx also has a beautiful bar where you can enjoy your favorite beverage. It's a nice place to start off the evening. The Onyx Restaurant is located at 7770 West Ann Road (just off I-95, located in Bogey's Bar and Grill).

Lynn Ross

Davy Jones

Connie Stevens

Another local restaurant has announced its closing. Chianti Café Italian Eatery & Lounge, located at 1916 Village Center Circle (in Von's shopping center), will cease operation, effective this Sunday. These are your last few days to stop by and say so long to old and new friends alike. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m., and features $5 house wines and well drinks, and 30% off all beers, premiums and appetizers. Early Bird Specials are also offered from 4 to 7, with 30% off on all menu items (Not to be combined with any other offers. Dine-In Only. Management reserves all rights.) There is live entertainment nightly. For reservations, call (702) 228-3330.

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There is lots going on over at Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa...
Davy Jones performs in the showroom, tonight, January 7th, through Sunday, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30, $35 and $40. Davy was born in Manchester, England, on December 30, 1945. He began entertaining at 11-years-old as Ena Sharples' grandson on the still-running ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. His performance was so memorable that theatrical agents sought him out as he was working as an apprentice jockey in Newmarket, and took him to London, where he portrayed Charles Dickens' mischievous "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of Oliver! At 16, Davy found himself the toast of New York, where he originated the Artful Dodger role on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award. As a result, Davy was offered a contract with Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems Television, and The Monkees - with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork - was created shortly after. Also a musical group, The Monkees' album sales surpassed all records, and they continue to be best-sellers thirty years later. The theater remains in Davy's blood. Coming full circle in Oliver!, he most recently received rave reviews for starring in the complex role of Fagin. He has also starred in productions of The Boyfriend, Harry Nilsson's The Point, and appeared as Jesus in Godspell, which played in London's West End. Perhaps the most celebrated television appearance in Davy's long career as a heartthrob, is in The Brady Bunch episode, "Getting Davy Jones." Not only was he Marcia Brady's dream prom date, but the episode is one of the most frequently aired reruns in television history. As a result, Davy reprised that role in the 1995 The Brady Bunch Movie. From January 14th through 16th, Connie Stevens takes to the South Point showroom stage for 7:30 p.m. shows. It is rare that an actress can successfully transcend the entertainment gamut from motion pictures, television, Broadway, and recordings, to the concert stage and then go on to develop a successful cosmetic empire. In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Connie has gained worldwide popularity and recognition as a multi-talented performer, producer, and most recently, as a major force in the business arena, all the while managing to remain a timeless classic beauty. Ever youthful, dynamic, vivacious, versatile and savvy are the words used to describe the actress who has truly earned the title of a "Woman for all Seasons." Tickets for Connie Stevens are $25, $30 and $35. Comedian Kathleen Madigan, in Gone Madigan, performs at 7:30 p.m., January 21st through 23rd, with tickets at $15, $20 and $25. It's Diamond Rio, January 28th through 30th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $50 and $55. And it's Live with Dennis Bono, every Thursday afternoon at 2, free to Slot Club Members.

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Mark Verabian

Philip Fortenberry

Smokey Robinson

Mark Verabian & The Martinis perform at the Rampart's Addison's Lounge, tonight and tomorrow night (Friday, January 7th and Saturday the 8th) from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Mondays, January 17th and 31st, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Mark and special guests perform at Bellagio in the Fontana Room. Verabian's voice transcends the era of the classics and makes them new again. His effortless style unites the timeless sound of Tony Bennett, the seductive inflection of Norah Jones, and the "cool" and charisma of Dean Martin. Verabian and his band have performed as the headliner for Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft, Lexus, Ford, Intel, GM, and Porsche, and have opened for artists such as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, and Lee Ann Womack. Check them out.

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On Sunday night, January 9th, at 8:40 and 10:40 p.m., Las Vegan Philip Fortenberry will be presenting two 20-minute showcases of excerpts from his solo concerts for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). This will take place in the Gibson Room (2nd floor) at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St., in New York City. An extraordinary pianist, Fortenberry serves as Associate Conductor of Jersey Boys at The Palazzo.

And while you are in New York...The musically talented husband and wife team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, with Sean Smith on bass, bring their Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack to Manhattan's Oak Room Supper Club, through January 15th. Hear songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Frank Loesser, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Billy Strayhorn, Jerry Herman, Burton Lane and others, and from shows including Guys and Dolls, Golden Boy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Sweet Smell of Success, On the Town and Hello, Dolly! Critics describe Comstock and Fasano's shows as "A witty, his-and-hers exploration a civilized, erudite musical stream of consciousness does not succumb to the usual clichés." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times; "Artistic and superbly entertaining." - Ira Gitler, Jazz Inside NY;

"Fasano is at once cool and sultry. Comstock is accomplished and understatedly suave." - Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; "Their joint venture is a capital idea. Fasano is a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor's intensity in whatever she sings. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." - Frank Scheck, New York Post; "Comstock treasures the words that the literate lyricists have attached to a myriad of wonderful melodies ... He gives a special life to each lyric, always careful to find the nuances that most vocalists somehow overlook." - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Monthly; "Now greater than the sum of their impressive individual talents." - David Finkle, Village Voice; "The hip husband-and-wife team are holding court while their audiences hold hands. "He plays intelligent, well-crafted chords, sings softly and looks like Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People. She gives off palpable electricity. Good taste reigns supreme...captures the joy of New York in the day, when Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short led the parade of great songbirds who lured sophisticated New Yorkers to discover magic after midnight. Savor brief visits like the one lighting up the Oak Room." - Rex Reed, The New York Observer. Show times are Tuesday thru Thursday at 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 p.m. The Oak Room, at the Algonquin Hotel, is located at 59 West 44th Street. For reservations, call (212) 419-9331.

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Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel announces its Eastside Rocks concert lineup for the first half of 2011, with headlining acts including Smokey Robinson, Dwight Yoakam, Gretchen Wilson and Paul Rodgers. Robinson will kick off the performance schedule on January 14th. "Last year we established ourselves as one of the premiere concert venues in Las Vegas. This year we will continue to build on that success by presenting acclaimed national acts with our ‘Eastside Rocks' concert lineup," stated Marty Gross, vice president and general manager of Eastside Cannery. "The new lineup includes some of the popular performers featured last year and new artists as we continue to showcase a wide variety of music. We are confident that this mixture of talent will bring music lovers of all kinds the ultimate concert experience." The concerts will be held in the sound-reinforced Eastside Event Center that provides remarkable acoustics and a state-of-the-art lighting system that creates a dynamic visual backdrop to the performance. With 1,150 seats, the Eastside Event Center offers concertgoers an intimate setting to see national headlining performers. Smokey Robinson performs next Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets for Smokey Robinson are $64.95, $74.95 and $84.95, and can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470 or by visiting or the Eastside Cannery box office located at the front desk. Ticket prices do not include tax and applicable fees. Shows for the second half of 2011 will be announced as they are confirmed.

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Eleanor Louise Bailey

Eleanor Bailey's Elegant Cuba

Some of our pals are celebrating birthdays this week, on the once-every-hundred-years date of 1/11/11. Many happy returns of this special day to Eleanor Louise Bailey, Barbara Sue Ann Singer McKiernan, Jaci Zweig and Frankie Randall.

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The Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin presents Johnny Cash - A Tribute to Johnny & June, Their Music & Their Memories, on Sunday, January 9th at 3 p.m. Seven years ago, the world lost both Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. Johnny remains an American music icon - known for his grass roots music for the common man. Johnny and June together recorded over 1,200 songs covering six decades of music. Because of their profound respect and admiration for Johnny and June Carter Cash, Jimmie Ray and Cyndi Cantrell created "A Tribute to the Life and Legend of Johnny Cash and June Carter" four years ago. They have had the honor of performing their show to sellout crowds at a wide variety of venues. These include The Fremont Street Experience, casino showrooms, performing art centers, fairs, festivals and at the Starbright Theatre. In their various shows, Cyndi performs as, and pays tribute to, June Carter Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Patsy Montana, the humor of Minnie Pearl, and more. In addition to her song styling as the legendary women of country, Cyndi plays a mean harmonica. Her joy, though, comes from her duets with Jimmie and their tribute to the love between Johnny and June as well as their original songs. Tickets are on sale at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers, for $13 for residents and $15 for non-residents. All shows at the Starbright are first come, first served with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! If an event sells out, every attempt will be made to provide additional show times, if possible. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. Starbright Theatre shows are open to everyone ages 12 and over. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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Frankie Avalon & Bobby Rydell

Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell are at The Orleans, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 14th, 15th and 16th at 8 p.m. Avalon and Rydell, regarded as two of the original teenage idols of early rock ‘n' roll, were childhood friends from the same South Philadelphia neighborhood. They first teamed up in a band called Rocco and the Saints, with Avalon on trumpet and Rydell on drums. Even then, it was that their voices that would establish both performers as two of the biggest pop music stars of the pre-Beatles era. Their show at The Orleans Showroom will feature their incomparable voices and generation-defining songs. Tickets start at $29.95 plus tax and convenience fees. To purchase, call (702) 365-7075

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Disney On Ice - Let's Celebrate

Feld Entertainment presents Disney On Ice Let's Celebrate! at the Thomas & Mack Center, January 12th through 16th. Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular features more than 50 favorite Disney characters from 16 different stories in a jam-packed celebration of holidays and festivals from around the world. Classic and contemporary Disney songs, an original storyline, brilliant costumes and high energy action will have audiences celebrating some of the world's most popular events without ever leaving Chicago - from Halloween with the Disney Villains, to a Valentine's Day Royal Ball, featuring the Disney Princesses. In a fun-packed, ice extravaganza, more than 50 popular characters from 16 Disney stories will converge and take audiences on a thrilling world tour to exotic destinations like Brazil for a Carnivale parade, Hawaii for a luau party and Japan for a Cherry Blossom festival. Show times are Wednesday, the 12th, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $14, $17, $22, $38 (VIP) and $48 (front row). Call (702) 739-FANS or go to to purchase.

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