Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from June 10, 2011
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Las Vegas - June 10, 2011

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

Marty "Daddy Dada" Allen

There is no doubt that Louie Anderson knows funny when he sees and hears it. As a result, when the fluffy comic takes time away from his headlining job at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Mr. Anderson puts folks who can create laughs in the spotlight at his self-named theater. So, during his well-deserved vacation time next week, filling in for Louie will be veteran entertainer, Marty Allen. Over his 60 plus year career in show business, the wire-haired funny man has had a number of stage partners. We think it would be fair to say that none of them has looked as good in a gown as Karon Kate Blackwell. Not only does she add some beauty to the act (no disrespect intended, Marty), the straight lady to the comedy icon's shenanigans is a dynamic singer and an incredible piano player (look out, Jerry Lee Lewis)! Audience members can see for themselves, when the twosome debut their new Hello Dere show at the Palace Station, from Tuesday, June 14th, through Saturday, the 18th. It's this type of musical comedy show that helped earn Las Vegas the title of Entertainment Capital of the World. Together, Marty and Karon have been entertaining audiences worldwide, taking them on a wild rollercoaster ride of comedy and music. In addition to legendary routines that keeps audiences roaring, new comedy turns include a hysterical send-up of Marty as Lady Gaga's outrageous father. His impeccable comedic timing and facial expressions light up the stage, and charm audiences, night-after-night. Always ready with a clever quip, the 89-year-young Allen informs us that he wants to make it to 100, so he can see Donny and Marie's last Flamingo show! Tickets for Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell are now available, with a $15 discount for Las Vegans and Palace Station hotel guests. Claire Voyant readers can get an even better deal, with the "2 for 1 Producer's Special," by e-mailing to [email protected]. Just inform how many tickets you want, and for which of the five nights. Don't miss this opportunity to see two show business professionals entertaining the Las Vegas way. For additional information, call Palace Station at (702) 547-5300.

And speaking of Louie Anderson's Theater at the Palace Station, we hear that comic impressionist Babe Pier's second appearance in the room was a hit. Once again, Babe, along with fellow comic Anthony Padilla, kept the audience in stitches last Saturday night. And, as a reminder, Pier, who also has a reputation as an amateur boxer, will display some of those skills at Caesars Palace on June 20th, when he, as "The Italian Windmill," goes into the ring to take on Orion "Fancy Feet" Macayan. Peter Anthony Laurino will act as fight announcer, and Felix Silla will referee. Net proceeds for this National Independent Automobile Dealers Association corporate event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Babe Pier vs Pops Phillips

Brenda Currin

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On Father's Day Sunday, June 19th, those in Las Vegas can enjoy an afternoon of theatrical and musical excellence, as Internationally renowned actress, Brenda Currin, and pianist Philip Fortenberry present selected works of Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, Eudora Welty, in A Fire Was in My Head. Based on Welty's short story, Music from Spain, A Fire Was in My Head, adapted by David Kaplan, takes Welty's words and sets them to music inspired by the repertory of the Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia, whose performance in San Francisco sparked Welty's idea for the original short story, written while she was living in that city far from her home in Jackson, Mississippi. Fortenberry plays short haunting compositions by Mompou and Bach, the well-known Leyenda by Albeniz, and Enrique Granados' passionate Orientale to share the stage with the 1947 novelty song "Open the Door, Richard," and a Mississippi blues treatment a la Blind Boy Fuller of "Rocks in My Bed Number Two." In April of 2005, A Fire Was in My Head received definitive performances at historic Kaufman Hall at the 92nd St Y in New York City, followed later that week with a performance at Tulane's Deep South Humanities Center in New Orleans. Presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada, A Fire Was in My Head takes place at 2 p.m., in the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo (at Maryland Parkway). Tickets are $15 (cash or check, no credit cards), and may be purchased at the library box office starting an hour before show time. For reservations, call (702) 658-6741, or e-mail to [email protected].

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Philip Fortenberry

Rod Stewart

Just one month after Rod Stewart signed on to become a Caesars Palace resident headliner, country superstar, Shania Twain, announced that she will also become a regular performer in the 4,100-seat Colosseum, beginning December 1st of next year, where she will play 60 shows a year. Shania: Still The One, will feature her big hits. Since the five time Grammy winner has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making her the best-selling country artist of all time, Shania will have plenty of material to draw from. And since her gig doesn't start for another 18 months, she still has time to accumulate even more hits. On Sunday, she will release her new single, "Today Is Your Day." It's her first new music in six years. Twain and Stewart, whose first dates start on August 24th, join performers current and past regulars, including Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Cher, and Elton John, as part of the Caesars musical lineup.

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Shania Twain

Brent Barrett

Brent Barrett, the original star of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, ends his latest run as Billy Flynn (Brent has played the role before) in the Broadway production of Chicago the Musical on June 19th. He won't be idle for long, as on June 24th, previews start for Silence! The Musical, billed as, "the unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs, in which Barrett will take on the role of "Dr. Hannibal (The Cannibal) Lecter." Brent, who in addition to Chicago and Phantom, has had lead roles in productions of Kiss Me Kate, Grand Hotel, Camelot, Pajama Game and Annie Get Your Gun, among others. Jenn Harris will portray "Clarice." Also featured in Silence! are Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy (who appeared in the Las Vegas production of Monty Python�s Spamalot), Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye and Alysha Umphress. Musical direction is by Mark Hartman, with arrangements and orchestrations by Brian J. Nash. Silence! The Musical was first presented at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the coveted Outstanding Musical Award, and was both a critical success as well as an audience favorite. In 2010, the show played a sold-out engagement at London's Above the Stag Theatre, once again receiving rave reviews and a nomination for Best Musical for the Off West End Awards. Music and lyrics are by Jon and Al Kaplan, book is by Tony nominee, Hunter Bell (Broadway's [title of show]), and direction and choreography is by Tony-nominee, Christopher Gattelli (Broadway's South Pacific, and the critically-acclaimed Bat Boy, The Musical). Silence! is being produced Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato ("Carmen Ghia" in The Producers at Paris Las Vegas) and Donna Trinkoff. Limited engagement performances will run from June 24th, through August 13th, at Manhattan's Theatre 80, located at 80 St. Marks Place, between First and Second Avenues. Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $38, and available by calling (212) 352-3101, or at

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Harry Bouvy

It's Auction Time

On Saturday, June 18th, beginning at noon, Part One of Debbie Reynolds' vast collection of Hollywood memorabilia will be auctioned off at the Paley Center for Media, 465 North Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills, California. Public review dates will continue from noon to 5 p.m., through June 12th, and from the 15th through 17th. Catalogs are sold out. Profiles in History, the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs, manuscripts, will auction Hollywood collectibles for the Debbie Reynolds Collection. For more than 50 years, screen legend Debbie Reynolds has been collecting and preserving Hollywood costumes and props from Academy Award-winning films including Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Casablanca. This colossal collection includes garments designed by Travilla, Travis Banton and Edith Head for some of the industry's most renowned film stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, Richard Burton and others. The entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history. Part one of this auction (part two is scheduled to be sold in December) will have approximately 700 of Debbie's very best and most historic costumes and props, including the most famous costume in screen history, with an estimated value of 1 to 2 million dollars, Marilyn Monroe's �subway' dress from The Seven-Year Itch. We will list some of the other items next Friday.

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For those who have been asking when Jimmy Hopper would be back in Las Vegas, we have the answer...well, sort of. Does NORTH Las Vegas count? If so, we can tell you that the multi-talented singer/musician will perform one show only, this Sunday night, June 12th, at the Aliante Station Casino & Hotel, 7300 Aliante Parkway. This special Hopper performance, with accompaniment by gorgeous Ukrainian violinist, Mira Khomik, and award-winning guitarist, Gary Bruno, will be taped for part of a new Las Vegas Live, 2011, DVD. Show starts at 8 p.m., with Access Showroom doors opening at 7. There is a $15 cover charge. Call (702) 692-7777.

Jimmy Hopper

Landon Swank

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We have to wonder...Why in the heck couldn't Channel 3 news have run the voting numbers for last Tuesday's Las Vegas mayor's race along the bottom of the screen, instead of interrupting the competitors who were performing on America's Got Talent? For the folks who were watching the popular reality show, we think most of them would have been fine waiting until the 11 p.m. news to get the details. Incidentally, in the first couple of episodes of Season 6, we have already seen some local talent represented - 26-year-old magician Landon Swank, and Vegas Birds, with Debbie Obarka and her 21-year-old (legal for Vegas) parrot, Danny, among them. If you recall, last season's winner was singer Michael Grimm, who had been working in Las Vegas for a few years before he became the show's most recent champion.

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We don't usually run garage sale-type ads, but in this case we are doing so to assist a friend. After 32 years as a Las Vegan, talented singer, actress (she is in Nunsense at the Las Vegas Hilton) Diane Ellis has decided to return to her Boston roots. There will be a moving sale, tomorrow, Saturday, June 11th, and next Saturday, the 18th, in Sun City Anthem (that's in southeast Las Vegas/Henderson. Among the many items that will be offered are an entertainment center (raw wood, on wheels, with glass doors on top, closed cabinet on bottom); a pair of screen room dividers; a Southwest-style lamp table, wood with glass top; table lamp; tall pine cabinet with four shelves; tall dark wood piece with five shelves, and clock face; raw wood nightstand with two drawers; square glass coffee table, with black wrought iron base and four square chairs that fit underneath, two of which open for storage; gold and dark brown framed mirror; two wrought iron patio tables with ceramic top; round glass-top umbrella table, with four dark green patio chairs with green and white striped cushions; two square glass patio tables; Southwest-style area rugs; tall silk tree; black wrought iron candelabra; two VCRs; and guitar/piano/vocal amp, with lots of inputs, XLR and 1/4 inch and mini plugs. Also lots of kitchen stuff, including, coffee makers; espresso machine; food processors, one large, one small; pots and pans; sets of cool coffee mugs; set of four unique dessert bowls with matching ceramic spoons; cappuccino set of four cups w/saucers, in its own light wood carousel; silver metal ice bucket; and much more. The bargain hunting starts at 8 a.m. (NO early, early birds) and ends at 12:30 p.m. House is at 2629 Langford Avenue in the Sun City Anthem section of Henderson (use MapQuest).

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Let's Eat

Dixie Ramone by Ryen McPherson

We have kind of an inside scoop. You won't find this advertised anywhere, and it isn't even on their regular menu, but Morton's The Steakhouse has a new locals "secret." For $109.99, plus tax, the popular upscale dining establishment is offering a secret special Three-Course Dinner for Two, consisting of, First Course: Caesar Salad or Morton's Salad; Second Course: Two Single Cut Filets (or for $65 per person, you can select one of the following three steak enhancements, Double Cut Filet Mignon, Prime Ribeye Steak or Single Cut Prime New York Strip), or, Select Two: Broiled Sea Scallops, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake; add One Signature Baked Potato to Share and One Fresh Vegetable to Share. For the Third Course: choose Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie or Creme Brulee for dessert. This "secret special" is available every night! Just have to ask for it. Morton's The Steakhouse is located at 400 E. Flamingo, on the northeast corner of Flamingo and Paradise. Reservations are suggested. Call (702) 893-0703.

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The inaugural Dixie Evans Burlesque Show Weekend made history inside the Copa room at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, June 3rd and 4th, with the introduction of a new kind of entertainment to Las Vegas, and the long-awaited return to the stage of burlesque icon, Dixie Evans. Dubbed "The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque" by Harold Minsky, no one has done more to preserve the history and art of burlesque than Evans. "I wanted to pay homage to the type of show found in the old burlesque clubs with a variety of entertainment," said Dixie. "By working with Frederic Apcar Productions, we did a wonderful job recreating that, and many of the girls have already asked me to perform again next year." Last Friday night's event kicked off with the Las Vegas debut of Kaiju's "Big Battel," where live monsters battled for supremacy over a cityscape of the Las Vegas Strip in a modern conflict of epic proportions. A bevy of burlesque beauties then took to the stage for a competition. Italian beauty Dixie Ramone, who did her performance with a candelabra and lit candles balanced on her head, was crowned the winner and received $1,000 cash and $2,500 in prizes, including a coveted spot performing at The New York Burlesque Fest 2011, four nights' hotel accommodations at the newly remodeled Plaza Hotel & Casino, a private instruction from Dixie Evans and more. Other highlights of the evening included Zamora the Torture King, DJ Howie Pyro and the Fuse Dancers, and when a full-length black mink coat was auctioned off, raising a $400 donation to Evans. Saturday's show featured comedy and magic with an all-star lineup of burlesque's past and present including, performer and co-host Foxy Tann; Vegas' own Vi Vacious; Magic Nerd Kyle Marlett; Shannon Doah, drag superstar Delorian Chase; Daisy Delight, Lucy Fur, co-hosts and Baggy Pants comedic duo, Doc & Stumpy, Bizzaro The Optical Illusionist; Angie Pontani; Tempest Storm, who dazzled during a special Q&A; Dixie Evans, who performed a strip skit revealing a red bra; Kitten DeVille, and Satan's Angel, who brought down the house with her famous flaming tassels. Dixie Ramone reprised her winning performance to close the show. For more information about Dixie Evans or the "Dixie Evans Burlesque Show," please visit

Tempest Storm & Doc by Rick Reffner

Larry Liso

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Singer Larry Liso performs at La Scala Ristorante Italiano, in the Mark I Tower at 1020 E. Desert Inn Road, on Friday nights from 8 to 11. Larry tells us that La Scala has great food, great prices and a romantic atmosphere. Check it out for yourself. Call (702) 699-9980 for reservations. Mr. Liso is also a member, along with Ryan Baker, Carmine Mandia and Lisa Smith, of Shades of Sinatra, now appearing three nights a week - 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - in the Wolf Theater at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Greek Isles), 305 Convention Center Drive, between the Las Vegas Strip and Paradise. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (702) 990-1524.

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If you are on the other coast...Mark Winkler and Mary Foster Conklin will once again join forces to do an evening of the old and new when they appear at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan on Monday night, June 20th. Mark will be premiering tunes from his upcoming CD, Sweet Spot, and Mary will undoubtedly uncover the sweet spot in a gem or two from the Great American songbook. And, you can bet there will be a Bobby Troup and Matt Dennis tune in the mix as well. Mark and Mary will be joined by the wonderful Janice Friedman on piano, Greg Ryan on bass and Ron Vincent on Drums. "Smart, swinging and just a little bit dangerous." One show only, at 7 p.m. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 W. 42nd Street (just west of 9th Ave.), in New York City. For reservations, call (212) 695-6909.

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Mark Winkler

Mary Foster Conklin

Andrew Gold, a singer, musician and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit "Lonely Boy," died in his sleep in his Encino, California, home on Friday, June 3rd. He was 59. Gold was a multi-instrumental player whose popular singles included "Thank You For Being a Friend," the theme for TV's Golden Girls TV series. Gold began writing songs when he was only 13. His ability might have been genetic, as his parents were both very successful in the musical field. His late father, Ernest Gold, won an Academy Award for his musical score for the 1960 film, Exodus, while Andrew's mother, Marni Nixon, was the singing voice of Natalie Wood in West Side Story; Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady; and Deborah Kerr in The King And I, among many others. He joined Linda Ronstadt's band and, together with Peter Asher and Linda, played and arranged much of the instruments on Linda's �70s records. "You're No Good" and "Heatwave," for example, are almost all Andrew, playing and singing. He became renown for his instrumental and vocal virtuosity on such hits as Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved," Art Garfunkel's "I Only Have Eyes For You," and on records (performing and/or writing) for many major artists, including Celine Dion, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, Paul McCartney and countless others. In addition to his mother, Andrew Gold is survived by his wife, Leslie Kogan; three daughters from an earlier marriage: and two sisters.

Andrew Gold

Martha Davis of The Motels

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Turning 60 this year hasn't stopped Martha Davis from rockin' the stage. Next Friday, June 17th, she will join her band, The Motels, in Henderson for a special concert at the city's signature cultural arts series, ArtBeat presented by Target. The Motels, formed in 1978, will perform songs from the �80s, including their mega hits, "Only the Lonely," "Suddenly Las Summer" and "Remember the Nights," in an 8 p.m. show at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street, in the Water Street District. Admission is complimentary. An award-winning singer/songwriter, Davis led the group with her spellbinding vocals for nearly 20 years. In 1987, she announced her departure from The Motels, a move that resulted in the band dissolving. For more than a decade, as a solo artist, Martha experimented with new sounds, harmonies and hooks, but resurrected her role as lead singer for The Motels in 1998. Davis, a 40-year veteran of the music industry, is the only original member of The Motels still performing with the band. She also continues to record new music as a soloist, managing several unique projects including two albums, Martha Davis: I Have My Standards, featuring a collection of jazz-inspired songs, and Red Frog Presents 16 Songs for Parents and Children, an anthology of quirky and fun music for children. The City of Henderson supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advanced notice may be necessary to ensure that appropriate accommodations will be provided. For full telephone, use Relay Nevada by dialing 7-1-1. The City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism is dedicated to creating and promoting innovative events, entertainment, programming and venues that celebrate diverse cultural arts, enhance tourism, involve and serve the community and enrich the economic and cultural fabric of Henderson. The Henderson Pavilion, Henderson Convention Center and Henderson Events Plaza are all managed by the Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism. For additional information, visit or call the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at (702) 267-2171 (office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

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Yesterdays' F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) meeting proved to be very successful. About 100 men and women (this was one of a handful of "co-ed" meetings) turned out at the Italian American Social Club for a tasty buffet lunch, camaraderie, music provided by Gary Anderson, and to hear special guest speaker, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, talk about the critical state of security in Clark County, due to budget cuts. Among those listening intently, and asking questions, we spotted Lou Toomin, Dr. Wilfred Krom, Sasha Semenoff, Rolando Larraz, Lonnie Hammargren, Peter Anthony, Don and Gloria Hill, Artie Schroeck, Norm Johnson, Babe Pier, Allen Tramont, Dr. George Ritter, Felix Silla, Mike Christ, Don Gloude, Chick Hughes, Ken Sands, Jonas Vece, Ray Borders and Frank Grata. Nelson Sardelli, Conrad Villella, and the other hard-working F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the men in the organization are presidents), along with Andrea Gross, did, and always do, a great job in putting these events together and making sure that they run smoothly. Next on the agenda for the members is the annual Father's Day event at the Veterans Home in Boulder City, on Sunday, June 19th. Next Friday, we will have the list of generous members of our community - entertainers and civilian volunteers - who will make the trip to the city by the dam for the seventh year in a row. In July, Saturday the 23rd to be exact, the F.I.O.R.E. group will celebrate its seventh anniversary with a nighttime party (of course the ladies are invited to attend that one). We will have more details on the celebration in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned. Although there is no real agenda and very few rules for F.I.O.R.E. supporters, Sardelli tells us that there is one thing about which they are adamant...Any member of the non-club club caught eating pizza with a knife and fork will be immediately dismissed and barred from all events. Consider yourself warned.

Sheriff Douglas Gillespie

Lily Tomlin by Greg Gorman

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Comedy icon, Lily Tomlin, brings A Classic Evening of Lily Tomlin to The Orleans Showroom, with shows on Saturday, June 18th, and Sunday, the 19th, at 8 p.m. In a career spanning 45 years, Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Her characters for TV's Laugh In brought attention to and set the stage for Tomlin's illustrious career. Notable characters include: the irascible, prune-faced telephone operator "Ernestine;" the precocious sandbox philosopher, six year old "Edith Ann," in an oversized rocking chair; and the "Tasteful Lady," imperious and upper-class, who never fails to puncture her own pretense. In addition to Laugh In, Tomlin has appeared on countless television programs such as The West Wing, Murphy Brown, The Simpsons, The Magic School Bus and recently Desperate Housewives and Damages. For her work in television, Tomlin has received six Emmy Awards, a CableAce Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search, and two Peabody Awards - for the ABC television special, Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noël and for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. Tomlin has appeared in nearly 20 films, including 9 to 5, The Pink Panther 2, A Prairie Home Companion, Tea with Mussolini, Flirting with Disaster, Big Business and, in her film debut, Robert Altman's Nashville, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. On stage, Tomlin received multiple accolades for her one-woman Broadway performance in her partner, writer Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress and the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics' Circle Awards. Tomlin also received a Tony Award for another one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nightly. Tomlin received a Grammy Award for her comedy album, This is a Recording, as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That's the Truth, and On Stage. Tomlin is the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American humor. Show times are at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 365-7075, or at (888) 365-7111, or by visiting To make it a really special all-Orleans evening, we suggest dinner at the wonderful Canal Street before seeing Lily. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. on the weekend, closing at 11 on Saturday, and 10 on Sunday. Reservations are suggested. Please call (702) 365-7550.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary for Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life. This year's event will take place at the Paris Th��tre, inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel, at 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 26th. Ribbon of Life was presented for the first time by members of the entertainment industry who saw a need for a support system when one of their colleagues faced HIV/AIDS. To raise awareness and money to fight the disease, the entertainers organized a show, which became the annual Ribbon of Life Spectacular. The show, then called Golden Rainbow, led to the creation of the nonprofit organization. Raising thousands of dollars every year, Ribbon of Life has become one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada, and is Golden Rainbow's main source of revenue. The original annual production, unlike any other in Las Vegas, features specially created numbers from the Las Vegas Strip's best singers, dancers and performers. Presenting new acts and talent, each year's Ribbon of Life audience is always surprised, thrilled and inspired by performances that are exclusive to the event. Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to Southern Nevada men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. Tickets for Golden Rainbow's 25th annual Ribbon of Life, priced at $35, $50, $100 and $200 (for VIP), are available for purchase through,, and the Paris Las Vegas Box Office, at (888) 746-7784. All tickets include entry to the after-party, taking place at Chateau Nightclub inside the Paris Hotel. For more information on Golden Raibow, visit, or call (702) 384-2899.

It's That Time of Year

The Manhattans

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Legendary R&B group, The Manhattans, will bring their doo-wop and soulful sounds to the Suncoast Showroom, Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th. The Manhattans - named after the cocktail of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, were formed in the early �60s. They were then led by Winfred "Blue" Lovett, who composed some of the groups' biggest hits. Their first hit on the Billboard charts was in 1964, with the Top 20 song, "I Wanna Be (Your Everything)," the first of eight singles for the group, nearly all charting among the Top 30. Into the early �70s, The Manhattans continued to release singles, but it was in 1972, with the release of the Lovett-penned "One Life to Live," which went to No. 3 on the US R&B charts, that their pop-friendly, smooth sound would really pay off. A follow-up single, "There's No Me Without You," also topped at No. 3 on the charts. In the mid-1970s, Top 10 success happened again with "Don't Take Your Love" and "Hurt," but what was about to happen to the group, more than 10 years after they formed, is what catapulted them to super-stardom. In 1976, the release of "Kiss and Say Goodbye" became their first No. 1 hit, not only on the R&B charts, but also on the Pop charts. Up to that point, The Manhattans had only reached No. 37 on the Pop survey. It also became the second platinum single in history. Follow up hits include "I Kinda Miss You," "It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad," "We Never Danced a Love Song," and "Am I Losing You." The recordings of "Shining Star," "Crazy," and the cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," kept The Manhattans at the top of the charts into the early �80s and they continued to release new music throughout the �80s, into the �90s and also a single in 2001, "Nites Like This." Showtimes for the Suncoast shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, starting from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 636-7075 or visiting

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If you are in Southern California, and you are able to help...
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Congratulations to Preferred Public Relations. Eva Longoria's Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub inside Crystals at CityCenter has chosen PPR as the agency of record to handle their public relations and promotions efforts. "We understand the importance of standing out in the Las Vegas market, and that is the reason we have brought Preferred Public Relations on board," said Roy Saunders, Director of Operations. Named "Best New Restaurant � 2009" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Beso Steakhouse has quickly made a name for itself on the Las Vegas culinary scene. Beso, the Spanish word for kiss, combines Eva Longoria's Latin heritage and her passion for cooking. The result is an array of memorable dishes, from flavorful, tender cuts of aged beef, to an assortment of fresh ceviche selections. Like Eva's popular original Beso in Hollywood, the Las Vegas interpretation pairs delicious fare with impeccable service and a luxuriously hip ambience; a can't-miss combination for the A-List. Beso Steakhouse is located at 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South, inside Crystals at CityCenter. Beso's dining room and patio, as well as the lounge, are open daily, Sundays through Thursdays, from 5 to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. For reservations, please call 702) 254-BESO (2376), or visit Voted Top 100 Nightclubs by Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Eva Longoria's latest star-studded venture, Eve Nightclub, is rapidly proving that it is the new place to see and be seen in Las Vegas. Located above Beso Steakhouse, Eve Nightclub has attracted a glamorous and discerning clientele, including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Prince,, Mario Lopez, Jamie Foxx, AnnaLynne McCord, and Trey Songz, along with regular appearances by the nightclub's owner, Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria. Eve Nightclub is open Wednesdays, and Fridays through Sundays, from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission is $20 for ladies, and $30 for men. For table reservations, please call (702) 227-EVE8 (3838), or visit

As for Preferred Public Relations, it is a full-service, award-winning public relations agency, located at 2630 South Jones Blvd., in Las Vegas. The company, owned by Michele D. Tell and James Woodrow, opened its doors in 1999, and since has been hired to oversee and manage more than 400 grand opening events for new company launches. PPR implements strategic public relations campaigns to include branding promotions, grand openings and crisis communications. They have become the agency of choice for national brands including McDonald's, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Tweeter Home Entertainment, Relax the Back, Snell & Wilmer Law Firm and H&R Block, and has handled more than 100 restaurant launches for well-known concepts such as California Pizza Kitchen, Todd English P.U.B., and Steve Hanson's Fiamma Trattoria at MGM Grand. PPR has also launched and represented a series of night clubs, including the well-recognized TAO Asian Bistro & Nightclub and TAO Beach at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, as well as ROK Vegas at New York-New York. PPR represents world renown artist Peter Max, and launched his new gallery in Maui while handling all publicity relations for his signature one-of-a-kind gallery at The Forum Shops in Las Vegas. The agency has also managed national product launches such as the Miniature Novelty "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, and Lladro's $135,000 Queen of the Nile signature piece. For additional information, please visit, or call (702) 254-5704.

We can't stress enough just how important it is to choose the right company to represent you, your business or your product. Choose the wrong one, and it doesn't matter what their offices look like or how many employees they have. If the people involved don't know the meaning of the term "public relations," you are throwing your money down the drain, by creating a negative image and turning prospective customers away, rather than drawing them in.

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