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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from June 03, 2011
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Las Vegas - June 3, 2011

Sheriff Douglas Gillespie

Michael Orland & Scotty McCreery

Those folks at F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) have big plans for this Thursday. The special guest speaker at Thursday’s luncheon get-together, the group’s 83rd, will be Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff, Douglas Gillespie. Sheriff Gillespie has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1980. During his tenure as an officer, he has worked in a variety of assignments such as Patrol, Field Training, SWAT, K-9, Special Events, and the Academy. In January of 1998, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the Southeast Area Command where he served for two years. In January 2000, he was assigned to the Vice Narcotics Bureau. On August 19th, 2000, he was promoted to Commander of the Central District, which includes Southeast Area Command, Downtown Area Command, the Traffic Safety Bureau (Traffic Bureau and McCarran Airport). He was promoted to Deputy Chief in June 2002 to oversee the operations of the Detention Services Division, which includes the Clark County Detention Center. Upon the election of Sheriff Bill Young in 2004, Doug Gillespie was selected to serve as the Undersheriff. He was elected Sheriff in 2007, and proudly serves the citizens of Clark County. Getting Sheriff Gillespie is quite a coup for the non-club club, FIORE, and the presidents (ALL the men members are presidents, unlike some other local outfit ruled by a Communist-type "leader") are very excited. A big turnout is expected at the Italian American Social Club (2333 E. Sahara) for the June 9th 11:30 a.m. start meeting (and the ladies are welcome for this one). Cost for the buffet is $20 per person, and reservations are a must. Please RSVP, ASAP, to [email protected] or [email protected].

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Michael Orland, American Idol music director, and the latest American Idol winner, 17-year-old country kid Scotty McCreery, appeared on Regis and Kelly, Tuesday. Scotty's first single, "I Love You This Big," was the highest-charting debut for a new country artist in more than two decades. The song hit No. 1 on iTunes, No. 3 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, and a compilation album reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top 200, and No. 3 on the country chart.
Scotty recently signed with Mercury Nashville and will travel to Nashville next week to begin recording his debut album. Mr. Orland has a residence in Las Vegas.

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Diane Ellis & Dolly Coulter

Allen/Zimmerman/Capaldi Family

On Monday, singer/actress/voiceover artist, Diane Ellis, celebrated her latest birthday with a small (many of her show business friends are working at night) party at Buca de Beppo on East Flamingo. Joining Diane, who is one of the stars of Nunsense at the Las Vegas Hilton, were her former Chazz bandmates, Danny Calico (and his wife, Jaye), Corky DiFini and Joey Lomello. Also helping celebrate the milestone birthday (it's not polite to tell a lady's age) were songstress, Dolly Coulter, Dolly's hubby, drummer Al Guzman, and Diane's longtime friend, Tish Amador. Many happy returns of the day, Ms. Ellis.

And, while on the subject of getting older...
During his Vinyl show at the Suncoast last weekend, entertainer Domenick Allen spoke and sang the wise, and often quoted, line from The Who's song, "My Generation" - "I hope I die before I get old." It appears that last Sunday night's Suncoast audience practices that philosophy. Generally, the folks who attend the shows at the Summerlin hotel casino are mature retirees. You would never have known that, based on the enthusiasm to the classic rock and roll show put on by Allen and his amazing band, that included six horns. Joining Domenick for a couple of numbers were his beautiful wife, Leigh Zimmerman (just winding up an eight month stint on Broadway, where she played Velma Kelly in the musical, Chicago), and his talented 11-year-young daughter, Cayleigh Capaldi. A real surprise was Cayleigh taking to the piano to play two versions of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Für Elise" - first, in the classical, slow, familiar style, followed by a rock version where she was joined by the band. The audience loved it!

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Last week, comic impressionist Babe Pier had them rolling in the aisles, inside the Louie Anderson Theater at the Palace Station. As a result, Pier will be back at the theater tomorrow night, Saturday, June 4th, to entertain the crowds once again, while the room‘s namesake and headliner, Louie Anderson, is taking the night off. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.95, plus taxes and fees, with a $15 discount for locals and Palace Station hotel guests. The Palace Station is located at 2411 W. Sahara

Babe Pier

This Is a Drag!

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Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina, 1050 S. Rampart Blvd., the former home of Jilly's, debuted its happy hour on June 1st. Happy hour will be offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Additionally, a reverse happy hour will be offered Friday and Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. The new happy hour is a great way to enjoy some of Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina's delicious Baja California cuisine. Fittingly named Baja Bites, the happy hour menu includes Baja-style small plates for under $5. Examples of menu items offered during happy hour are Baja-style Carne Asada or Chicken Tacos, Ceviche Tostada for just $2, and a Grilled Sausage Sandwich with fresh Basil and tomato for $5. Happy hour would not be complete without Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina's signature cocktails. Guests can enjoy a Milagro Margarita or 32 ounces of Corona Familiar for $5, sip on Sangria for $4, Chardonnay for $3, or quench their thirst with a Dos XX Amber Draft for only $2. "This is a great chance to come in and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some drinks and relax among friends. I created this Happy Hour for our customers - delicious, inexpensive food and great drinks in a great atmosphere," said owner Jimmy Maddin. The full signature menu will also be available during happy hour for those who want the complete dining experience. Some lunch and dinner highlights include Ceviche de Tijuana; lime-marinated ceviche, Flautas de Pato; slow roasted duck, Arrachera Marinada; marinated beef steak with housemade spice rub, Pollo al Mole Rosarito; Achiote marinated chicken breast grilled and served with salsa as well as many other options. Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina transports the coastal vibe of Baja California to the desert with lively entertainment and bold dining features. The spacious open-air patio design was inspired by swim up bars found at many Baja California resorts. Among the unique features, a Mezcal bar that features 15 bottles of the signature liquor and a ‘Man Cave' Cigar Lounge with the first self-serve humidor. For more information on Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina please call (702) 463-5200, or visit Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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This is the last weekend to see DRAG! at The Onyx Theatre. The new musical comedy revue is conceived by Christopher Kenney and Jamie Morris (Mommie Queerest, Silence of the Clams, Santaland Diaries), DRAG!, or "DRessed As Girl," features six triple-threat performers singing and dancing their way through an all-original score of fierce new songs (music and lyrics by Hank Bones). The cast, made up of the ultimate showgirls...IF they were girls, features drag queens Syren Vaughan, Ginger Grant and Vivian Beaumont, along with Aaron Neely and Jesse Highley, both currently starring in Tony ‘n Tina's Wedding at Planet Hollywood, and New Yorker Charlie Logan, who has danced at Radio City for the last five years. Christopher Kenney, best known to Las Vegas audiences as Edie, the Mistress of Sensuality, in Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at NY-NY Hotel & Casino, also directs and choreographed DRAG! Weekend performance times are at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 3rd, and tomorrow; and 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th. General seating tickets are $20. Call (702) 732-7225. The intimate 98-seat Onyx Theatre offers unusual shows, very different from what you will find on the Strip. It is located inside The Rack at 953 E. Sahara #16, in the historic Las Vegas mall known as The Commercial Center, just east of the Strip. There is plenty of parking and guests can enter from the parking area inside the Commercial Center. Have you seen the new lobby and concession stand inside the Onyx/Rack? And, there's also a store full of goodies (and baddies), from very funny greeting cards, to fetish wear. It's all just good fun, and you'll be glad you visited us!

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Lisa Gioia-Acres, who does a great job of promoting the Las Vegas Media Group and many respected pioneers of our community, passes along this news. Thalia Dondero informs that Rex Bell, Jr., a recent Media Group speaker, has been admitted to Southern Hills Hospital. He suffered a ruptured hernia, causing him great pain and extensive damage. Bell will be moving to a rehab facility tomorrow. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

The Goo Goo Dolls

Tomorrow night, Saturday, June 4th, it's Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the 2,000-seat Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center, the newest entertainment venue in the Station Casinos family. The twosome, who have been touring on and off since 1989, will perform an acoustic set of some of their greatest hits. This will be an evening of classic country, rock, folk and blues music. Lovett, formerly married to actress Julia Roberts, has become known for his fluid transition between musical genres. He has won four Grammy Awards and recorded 14 albums that included several Billboard chart hits. Lovett has been featured in several movie and TV sitcom such as Castle, Mad About You and Brothers and Sisters. Hiatt, known for his legendary songwriting skills, has had many of his songs covered by artists such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Paula Abdul and Keith Urban. The eleven-time Grammy nominee has been awarded numerous distinctions including the American Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $22.50, $32.50, $42.50 and $52.50, plus taxes and fees, and may be purchased by calling (702) 547-5300, (866) 264-1818, or in person at all Station Casinos Rewards Centers and The Fiestas. All ages welcome, when accompanied by an adult, 21 or older.

Tonight (Friday, June 3rd), on opposite ends of the city, it's jazz favorite Al Jarreau in the Access Showroom at Aliante Station in North Las Vegas. Show time for Jarreau is at 8, and tickets are $37.50, $48.50 and $59.50. To purchase, call (702) 547-5300. And, the Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls are poolside at the Red Rock Resort. Front man, Johnny Rzeznik, and the Dolls shot to fame in the late '80s with their hit, "Iris," in the Dizzy Up the Girl album. In 2006, the alternative rock band marked their 20th anniversary with the album, "Let Love In," which included the studio recording of "Give a Little Bit," as well as other top 10 radio singles, "Better Days," "Stay With You" and "Let Love In." Showtime is at 9. Tickets are $30, if any are still available. Call (702) 547-5300 to purchase. For 18 years old and older only.

Paul Williams

Mac King & Friends at Elaine Wynn Elementary School

And, over at the South Point, this weekend, it's Academy Award-winning composer, musician and actor, Paul Williams. Williams is perhaps best known for popular songs performed by a number of groups in the ‘70s, including Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song," Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World," and The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," as well as his contributions to films, such as "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born, and "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. Williams also had a variety of acting roles, including as the villainous "Swan" in Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise. Paul also co-scored the movie, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process. Show times for Williams at the South Point are 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations.

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On May 11th, for the third year in a row, comedy-magician Mac King returned to entertain and inspire children at the Elaine Wynn Elementary School for the Annual 3rd Grade Book Publishing Party. The event showcases the students' accomplishments as published authors and gives them a chance to read a passage from their books during the ceremony. King told the students that, while he was in elementary school, he "checked-out" a book on magic from the school library. That book was the inspiration that later carved the career for the comedy-magician. For years, King has been an avid supporter of literacy programs for young students, dedicating his personal time at local schools to discuss the importance of reading and showcase magic. In February of 2011, he launched Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour, with a mission to promote childhood literacy and provide more reading opportunities for children in Las Vegas. Now in his 12th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, Mac King has been consistently lauded throughout his impressive run, including recently being named "Best Strip headliner" in the Las Vegas Weekly's 2011 annual Vegas' best awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" readers' poll named his show the "Best Bargain Show" for eight straight years (2003-2011) and deemed him "Favorite Male Las Vegan" in 2008. King has also been honored as Magic Magazine's "Funniest Act in Magic," the World Magic Awards' "Best Comedy Magician" and the Magic Castle's "Magician of the Year." King has made television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, and all five of NBC's The World's Greatest Magic TV specials. He also made several appearances at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, and was a featured performer in the Masters of Magic series at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada. One of today's brightest and most talented magicians, King takes to the Harrah's Las Vegas showroom stage, twice daily, at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $29.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting Seen in the accompanying photo, courtesy of Henri Sagalow, are Mac King, Terri Janison, director of community relations for Governor Brian Sandoval, and Michael Vannozzi, special projects manager for U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

And speaking of Mac King, the comedy magician is now offering VIP tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's Las Vegas. This will allow guests to go to the head of the line and get some of the best seats in the house. Additionally, VIP ticket holders will take home an autographed photo to keep as a souvenir. VIP tickets cost $39.95, plus tax. For more information please visit, or call (702) 369-5222.

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Terry Ritter painting

Eve Quillin

While having lunch at Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen, Robbie Colvin fell in love with a painting hanging on the wall in the downtown Cajun eatery. When she learned it was for sale, Robbie, a former wardrobe lady at the Stardust, and now with The Venetian's Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, wanted to own it. The owner of Lola's called the artist, who came to the restaurant to make the sale. It turns out that the talented painter is former Vegas dancer/ singer, Terry Ritter. Terry worked in various productions on the Strip, appearing in Pin-Ups at the Movies at the Sahara, Keep Smiling America at Harrah's, The Rich Little Show and others. She also toured as a featured singer with Winchester Cathedral, and later starred as a Reba McEntire impersonator in several production revues such as Legends in Concert. Terry appears this weekend in Mistinguett's Showgirl Follies at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. Terry is currently working on a large mural at McCarran Airport. Not surprisingly, it turns out that Robbie Colvin and Terry Ritter know a lot of the same show biz friends. Small world. You can check Terry's colorful Web site at

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We have sad news to report...
Eve Quillin, 83, a 40-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away on May 25th, following a brief illness. Eve was born on January 27th, 1928, in Wichita, Kansas. She worked in the beauty industry for many years, teaching in beauty colleges and styling in salons. She wrote many columns in local publications during her four decades in the community. Many show business people were familiar with her Stars Under the Stars. At the age of 75, Eve wrote her first book, My Life in Shorts. Survivors include her children, Alice McNamer, Eva Ghafari, Jill Uhfelder and Mindy Wolpa; several stepchildren; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many close friends, including David and Monna Damo. Eve's first good husband, Bernie Nidess, passed away in the early 1980's, and Eve's second good husband, Ted Quillin, passed away on April 20th of this year. A memorial service for Eve Quillin was held last Sunday, May 29th, at the Clubhouse at Desert Inn Estates in Las Vegas.

A small, graveside service, made up of family members and a handful of friends, was held at Palm Mortuary on South Eastern in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, May 24th, for actress/songwriter Dolores Fuller. Ms. Fuller passed away on May 9th, at the age of 88. Among those who came to pay their respects, were UNLV Anthropology professor (with a special interest in African-American studies)/filmmaker, Stan Armstrong, and TV personality Lark Williams, shown in accompanying photo.

Stan Armstrong & Lark Williams

Voices 3 - Coyne, Fayne & Davey

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We love our readers...especially the ones who take the time to write.

From Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, comes this message from Ray P. Hoare, Co-Founder International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association.
In reference to your mention of Judge Jackie Glass and the "affair" O.J. Simpson and the theft at The Palace Station Hotel & Casino - this actually happened in 2007, not 2008. I know this for a fact, because I was presiding at our International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association convention there. This is a biennial affair, and it happens every "odd numbered year." We were a couple of floors "up" from where this incident took place in the older ground floor area of Palace Station.

Mea culpa. The sentence was confusing, Ray. It should have read..."In 2008, Judge Glass presided over the case that sent O.J. Simpson to jail for his role in a 2007 armed robbery at the Palace Station Hotel Casino."

From Berlin, Connecticut, reader Frank writes...

I am one of your more devoted fans. I have a question about the relationship between Bill Fayne and Clint Holmes. During Clint's tenure at Harrah's, he described Bill as his musical director and best friend, but since Bill's extended hospitalization last year I have not seen them together. Do you have any idea of what, if anything, has happened to their relationship? Also, I understand that Bill was the one who came up with the idea of the Las Vegas Tenors, yet on May 20th he did not appear with them during their show at the South Point. No explanation was provided. Any idea of why not?

We went right to the sources for the answers to these questions, Frank.

Bill tells us that he and Holmes stopped working together in April 2010, following the three-and-a-half-week run of Clint's autobiographical musical, My Own Song (for which Fayne was a co-writer), at the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina. According to Bill, he and Clint remain "great best friends," although, because of their work schedules, they see each other less frequently these days. As for the vocal group, Fayne and Teddy Davey decided to leave the Las Vegas Tenors. Early this year, they started their new musical ensemble, Voices 3 Las Vegas, with Chris Coyne as the third member. Voices 3 Las Vegas is sailing the high seas, doing a lot of cruise ship performances. Unfortunately, Bill reports that the split with the Las Vegas Tenors was not an amicable one. When he isn't working out of the city, Fayne is the musical director of Ed Mathews' Variety Talk of the Town, presented on Thursday afternoons at Sam's Town. Bill just musical directed and conducted the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company's production of The Wizard of Oz at the Henderson Pavilion, and he will be doing many more musical theater works with the company. From June 8th through the 12th, Bill Fayne will be sitting in for his friend Vincent Falcone at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, where he will musical direct for Pia Zadora. Happily, Mr. Fayne is staying quite busy these days (and nights).

Clint Holmes by Jerry Metellus

Bill Nolte

And from Clint comes this response...
"For now, the short answer is that Bill and I are more than fine in terms of our friendship, although we are both traveling more than we would like (but also grateful for the work) . The decision to move separately was mutual , but we still will work together on projects that make sense for both of us (i.e. My Own Song). You have to ask Bill any questions about the Tenors, but I DO know he has a new group called Voices 3 that I can't wait to hear . He's still my oldest and dearest friend, besides my wife, Kelly Clinton (only the "dearest" part applies here). Hope this helps." Yep, Mr. Holmes. It does.

And speaking of Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton...
Be The Change...An Evening of Hope, a fundraiser for the children of Olive Crest, is taking place at the top of the Las Vegas Hilton, in the Verona Villa suites, tonight, June 3rd. Hosts for the event are Kelly and "The Godfather," Mark Wayman. Entertainment will be provided by Clint and Domenick Allen. Tickets are $100 each. Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of more than 50,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. They work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Established, proven, and respected, Olive Crest serves nearly 1,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. The Mission: Olive Crest is dedicated to Preventing child abuse, to Treating and Educating at-risk children and to Preserving the family... "One Life at a Time."® For additional information about the organization, contact Brittany McCoy at (702) 221-6224 or e-mail to [email protected]. You can also check out, or call (800) 550-CHILD (2445).

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And from friend, actor/artist Bill Nolte (the pigeon-raising Nazi, "Franz Liebkind," in the Paris Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers) comes this update on his life...
"(I am) watercoloring with the Walkill River School Plein Aire Painting in Orange County, New York, every Sunday, and sketching on Wednesdays at the Leslie Lohman Gallery in SOHO. I am currently involved in a new project that is turning out to be pretty special - Josephine, based on Josephine Baker. I'm playing Hermann Goring (once a Nazi, always a Nazi). Deborah Cox is Josephine. Our performances are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at World Wide Stages. Off to Sacramento this summer to do "Franz" at the Music Circus. Third time I've been there and my first time working with Glenn Casale. Very excited about that. Gary Beach and Bob Amaral are also in the cast. That will be the third week in July." We are glad to hear that the talented Mr. Nolte is keeping busy.

FRI (For Readers Information)...For those who don't know, when he isn't off doing impressive things, Glenn Casale is a teacher at UNLV. Glenn directed the 1999 Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. He also directed a production of Dragapella, which was nominated for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for Best Production. For Reprise! he has directed The Threepenny Opera starring Patrick Cassidy and Theodore Bikel, Fiorella! starring Tony Danza, and Anything Goes starring Rachel York and our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett. Casale's first Los Angeles production was Wrestlers with George Clooney and Mark Harmon. Casale has mounted revivals of The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom with Tyne Daly and Charles Durning, and Company with Patrick Cassidy and Carol Burnett. He has also directed The Wayans Brothers Show for Warner Bros TV, and The Faculty starring Meredith Baxter for ABC. Casale received his master's degree from UNLV. There is just so much talent in this community.

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SHARE's September Sarno & Annie Gaybis

Michael Feinstein by Phil Konstantin

On Saturday, May 14th, the Ladies of SHARE presented Boomtown 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. SHARE, INC. is a non-profit philanthropic organization made up of women who are passionately dedicated and committed to raising funds for developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children, as well as for medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities. For 56 years, the Ladies of SHARE - comprised mostly of business women, performers and celebrity wives - have continuously strived to "SHARE Happily and Reap Endlessly!" Each member of SHARE brings a unique set of skills to the fund raising table. Some of the women are exceptional organizers, others have far reaching business backgrounds. Some are dynamic fund raisers, while others have substantial professional contacts, and many are professional entertainers. This vast range of talent is gathered, organized and then put to use on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that receive SHARE's assistance. Throughout the year, the Ladies of SHARE plan and stage the glittering Boomtown Party. Thanks to the success of Boomtown, SHARE has been able to assist many facilities each year, including The Exceptional Children's Foundation, The Center for the Partially Sighted, The Kayne Eras Center, Stuart House and many more. The many days of hard work are returned a thousand times over when the ladies of SHARE receive hugs and smiles from grateful parents and happy participants in the many programs SHARE supports. Among the past and current members of SHARE are Neile Adams, Joan Benny, Polly Bergen, Susan Blakely, Patricia Carr Bosley, Annie Gaybis Byner, Joanna Carson, Mary Ann Mobley Collins, Giselle Ferandez, Pat Crowley Friendly, Pat Gelbart, Elinor Donahue Genevrino, Wendy Goldberg, Nancy Gregory, Kathy Hilton, Sherry Lansing, Eydie Gorme Lawrence, Lorna Luft, Sheila MacRae, Ginny Mancini, Jeanne Martin, Victoria McMahon, Dorothy Mitchum, Nancy Morgan Ritter, September Sarno, Jan Sarnoff, Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome, Rosemarie Stack, and Anne Jeffreys Sterling. The charity focuses on children in the Los Angeles community, funding facilities that help the developmentally disabled, those at risk and the abused. We support research, prevention and vocational training as well as independent living skills for children in need. The annual Boomtown events, where the requested attire is western, consists of a cocktail party, silent auction, delicious dinner, live auction, and show put on by the SHARE ladies and special guest. This years' guest performer was singer/pianist/American music historian, Michael Feinstein. The Shining Spirit Award was given to actress Sara Gilbert, best known for her role as "Darlene" on Roseanne, and as co-host and executive producer of TV's The Talk. Sara supports numerous organizations, including PETA, Meals on Wheels, Elizabeth Glaser Peidatric AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Accompanying photo, of Annie Gaybis and September Sarno, by Christine McDowell/ The Image Artist.

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Shades of Sinatra

MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris

Beginning tomorrow, Shades of Sinatra - featuring Ryan Baker, Larry Liso, Carmine Mandia, and Lisa Smith - will be adding Saturday night performances to their schedule at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Greek Isles), 305 Convention Center Drive. Show times for the musical revue are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (doors to the Wolf Theater open at 7:40). All ages tickets are $47.95 and $67.95. Seniors, Nevada residents, military personnel and college students show ID at Box Office, 30-minutes prior to show time, for 1/2 price tickets. For additional information, call (702) 990-1524.

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Las Vegas' sexiest French cabaret, MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris, announced the show's summer break, beginning Wednesday, June 8th. The show will return to its regular schedule, Wednesday, June 22nd. Since its inception in 1951, Crazy Horse Paris has been a cultural phenomenon, offering unique shows that engage the eye as much as the imagination. Crazy Horse Paris shows rely on raw body talent and beauty, partnered with technology, and combine sensuous choreography with various luminary and projection effects to create a moving canvas of skin, where reflections and images meet in a kaleidoscope of colors and textured designs. MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris performs nightly at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., dark Tuesdays. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to attend the show. Tickets are priced at $50.50 (limited seating) and $60.50, inclusive of all tax and fees. Guests may purchase a "Meet & Greet," on Fridays and Saturday evenings for an additional fee of $25, which includes a commemorative photo and the chance to interact with the international performers. Tickets can be purchased at MGM Grand ticketing outlets, by phone at (702) 891-7777, or online at

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Joe Locattelli

Wilson Phillips

Joe Locatelli reminds us that he and his group of talented musicians are performing at Daddy Mac‘s, every Tuesday, from 7 to 10 p.m. Daddy Mac's is located in Henderson, at 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, just north of Sunset on the east side of the street. For additional information, call (702) 272-0913.

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Wilson Phillips performs at the Cannery tomorrow night, Saturday, June 4th. The musical trio is made up of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, daughters of Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas. The groups' incredible harmony propelled them to multi-Platinum status. Their debut album in 1990 achieved unparalleled success, selling ten million albums with three No. 1 hits, including "Hold On," "Release Me" and "You're In Love." In 1992, Billboard declared the group the best selling female group of all time, breaking the record previously set by The Supremes. Along with the hits, came the awards and nominations. Having released its last studio album, California, in 2004, the act has played select dates as a trio, while simultaneously pursuing acting careers, writing books and raising children. Thanks to the hit movie, Bridesmaids (which took in $26.2 million on its first weekend), Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" is reaching a new audience, 21 years after the song hit No. 1. "Hold On" is one of the key tracks in the film. Tickets for the Wilson Phillips 8:30 p.m. performance are $19.95 for Reserved, $44.95 for Gold, and $89.95 for Tables (seating for 4). They can be purchased online at, or by calling The Cannery box office at (702) 507-5757.

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Jeff Leibow

Eric Michael Gillett

Jeff Leibow of Jersey Boys is producing the NF Hope Concert, set to take place on June 12th at 1:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF, Inc., an organization that serves families and individuals with neurofibromatosis, more commonly known as NF. The NF Hope Concert, which will be hosted by Improv Comedy veteran Matt Donnelly and KTNV Channel 13 anchor, Lisa Remillard, include performances by some of Las Vegas' biggest stars and will also have a great silent auction. Tickets start at $39 and are available at or by calling the Las Vegas Hilton box office (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361. The star-studded concert will feature performances by Gordie Brown, Rich Little, cast members from Jersey Boys, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Lion King, Dezmond Meeks, Human Nature and Santa Fe. Silent auction items include tickets to Celine Dion, Donny and Marie, Terry Fator, Jersey Boys, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Lion King, show memorabilia, restaurant certificates, spa certificates and more. The concert is inspired by Leibow's daughter, Emma, who was recently diagnosed with NF. NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in an ineffective tumor suppressor gene, which allows for tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife, Melody, conceived the idea for the concert upon the realization that they had an obligation to their family, and the 100,000 people living with NF, to educate the public about the disorder. "Our goal for this concert is to raise awareness. We are so lucky that I am in a place to put together a concert like this - to gather 1,500 people in a room, tell them what neuro-fibromatosis is, and hope they go tell 1,500 more people," says Leibow. NF is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects more than 100,000 Americans, making it more common than cystic fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington's Disease and Tay Sachs combined. Despite its commonality, the disorder receives no federal funding and very few people know about it. "We pray that Emma will live a relatively symptom-free life and not face any of the extremes we first read about online. That is why I am producing this benefit. That is why I am working every day to make sure more people know about this disorder," says Leibow. Ticket prices start at $39. To purchase tickets, visit, or call the Las Vegas Hilton box office at (702) 732-5755, or (800) 222-5361. Jeff Leibow came to Las Vegas as one of the original cast members of Jersey Boys, and continues to get rave reviews for his portrayal of Nick Massi three years later. Before Jersey Boys, Jeff performed in professional theaters all over the country, earning award nominations for many of his roles. In Las Vegas, he has made giving back to the community a priority, involving himself with every charity event and benefit concert he could fit into his schedule. Since 2009 his daughter has become the top priority as has raising awareness of NF. Neurofibromatosis (NF) Inc. was established in 1990 and is the leading organization supporting the education, awareness and research through advocacy to help find a cure for NF. You can get more information about Neurofibromatosis, by calling the office at (630) 627-1115, or contacting Leibow at [email protected].

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Former Las Vegan, Eric Michael Gillett, will perform Cast of Thousands: The Songs of Craig Carnelia, at Manhattan's Laurie Beechman Theatre, Friday, June 10th; Wednesdays, June 22nd and 29th; and Mondays, July 11th and 18th. Jeff Cubeta serves as musical director, and he and Christopher Denny did the arrangements. While he lived in Las Vegas, Gillett was a principal singer at MGM Grand (now Bally‘s), performed in an number of book shows at the downtown Plaza, and portrayed the ringmaster in the Bill Moore/George Arnold production of Bal du Moulin Rouge at the Las Vegas Hilton. In a case of life imitating art, a few years later, Eric became the REAL ringmaster, The SINGING Ringmaster, for The Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a position that he held for more than 10 years. All performances at the Laurie Beechman Theatre are at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15). There is a $20 music charge and a $15 food/drink minimum. The theater is located at the West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd Street at 9th Avenue. For reservations, call (212) 695-6909.

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