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Note: This is a past column from January 20, 2012
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Las Vegas - January 20, 2012

Bill Moore & Jan Wood

Vic Damone

We are most saddened to report the passing of our friend, Bill Moore. Bill, who with the late George Arnold, was a longtime Las Vegas producer, had been in a number of medical facilities since November 27th. He was a patient at Marquis Care at Centennial Hills in Las Vegas, when he died early yesterday morning. In spite of a couple of falls in the past few years, and neuropathy that made things very uncomfortable for him, Bill continued to be as active as his health would allow. As he had done for many years, last June, he was out and about, selling tickets for the annual Golden Rainbow Ribbon of Life production, and ads for the program. Also, in recent years, Bill had been working with entertainer, Charo. Among the revues created by Bill Moore and George Arnold, beginning in the late '50s, were Rhythm On Ice, Follies On Ice, Playgirls On Ice, Spice On Ice, Razzle Dazzle, City Lites (that ran almost 14 years at the Flamingo), and Bal du Moulin Rouge, which played at the Las Vegas Hilton in the '80s. Bal du Moulin Rouge, with current New Yorker, Eric Gillett (now known as Eric Michael Gillett), as ringmaster, and featuring an international cast of 80 performers, also incorporated guest headliners such as Vic Damone, Jim Nabors, Suzanne Somers, Debbie Reynolds, Charo, Charlie Callas, Rip Taylor, along with specialty acts, including 11-year-old juggling phenom, Anthony Gatto; and comic puppeteer, JTO and Bobby Duck. Bill loved to share the fact that when Rhythm On Ice was at the El Cortez in 1960, the ticket price for the show AND dinner, was less than $5. There has probably never been a Las Vegas show that has gotten more mileage out of its name, than Moore and Arnold's Nudes On Ice, which played at the downtown Union Plaza from early 1988 to late 1990. Two of Bill Moore's family members were expected to arrive in Las Vegas today. At our deadline, no date for services had been set.
Personal message: God's speed, William. Hedda will miss you.

JTO & Bobby Duck

Etta James

Music also lost two legends in the past few days, with the death of Johnny Otis on Tuesday, January 17th at the age of 90, and Etta James today, January 20th. Ironically, it was Otis who is given credit for discovering Ms. James. Wikipedia describes Otis as a singer, musician, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, recording artist, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, percussionist, bandleader, impresario and pastor. He is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues." The man who brought you "Willie and the Hand Jive," is survived by his wife, Phyllis, whom he married in 1941; his sons, sons Shuggie and Nicky; daughters Janet and Laura; and several grandchildren. Singer Etta James, best known for her version of "At Last," lost her battle with leukemia, just days before what would have been her 74th birthday. James is survived by Artis Mills, her husband of more than 40 years; and two sons, musicians, Donto and Sametto, who had been performing with their mother since 2003.

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On Tuesday, we spent part of our afternoon at The Smith Center offices, located in the Holsom Lofts on West Charleston and Grand Central Parkway. Our guide was charming and informative, Amber Stidham, Public Relations Manager for the soon to open Performing Arts facility. We were very impressed by what we saw and heard. A lot of thought has gone into The Smith Center - from the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, to the configuration of the theater spaces which include box seats with comfortable upholstered chairs and oversize theater seats, to the number of restrooms (twice as many for the ladies as the gentlemen), and many other fine amenities, including valet parking. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that will become the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The five-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion's 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and will also be home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children's Museum. The Smith Center will be a place that will educate, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community. Located in downtown's 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its "Topping Out" with the raising of 50 tons of steel. The Smith Center will open in March 2012. We will have much more on this incredible creation next week, and the week after that, and the week after that... If you can't wait, check out their Web site at

The Smith Center's Reynold's Hall

On Thursday, January 26th, at 7:30 p.m., the UNLV Department of Music will present a free recital in the Doc Rando Recital Hall of the Beam Music Center. The program will feature oboist Professor Stephen Caplan, who is celebrating his 25th year of teaching. The evening will include traditional works for oboe, as well as the premier of a work written for Caplan by composer Paul Basler. Caplan is accompanied by pianists Kanako Yamazaki, Spencer Baker, and Lisa Kaminaga-Maresch. Caplan has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. His solo CD, A Tree in Your Ear, is internationally acclaimed and his performances have been heard on NPR's Performance Today and All Things Considered. Caplan is Principal Oboist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and has performed as a concerto soloist with every major musical organization in the state: Las Vegas Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Musical Arts Society, Nevada Chamber Symphony, and Las Vegas Music Festival. He has also accompanied many superstars on the Las Vegas Strip, including Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. Caplan performed with and served as director of Sierra Winds, an award winning chamber music ensemble that made five recordings and toured extensively throughout the United States. This ensemble received critical acclaim for performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center. They were the first Nevada arts organization recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, and were awarded the Nevada Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1983. Caplan is widely recognized for his innovative teaching, which integrates musical practices with an understanding of anatomy and movement. His book Oboemotions: What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know about the Body is praised as "the operating manual for oboe players." It was recently translated into Japanese, and Caplan has given master classes at major music schools and music conferences throughout the world. Caplan is an Artist for Buffet-Crampon, one of world's leading instrument manufacturers. An active member of the cultural scene in Las Vegas, Caplan has served on Boards for the Nevada Arts Council, Allied Arts Council, Chamber Music Southwest, the Nevada Symphony Players Committee, and as President of Class Act.

Stephen Caplan

Vivica Genaux

By the way, the above mentioned Stephen Caplan is the brother of Sherry Caplan Frye, who with her hubby Charlie Frye, make up one of our favorite variety acts - Charlie Frye & Company (with Sherry being the "Company"). And, as we have mentioned numerous times before, Charlie is the talented artist responsible for creating Cousin Claire's cute logo/portrait.

In a very strange bit of scheduling... Also taking place at UNLV, on the same evening, and overlapping the same time-frame as the Caplan performance, the university's Performing Arts Center is presenting the revolutionary and passionate Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, known for its spirited interpretations of baroque classics, in the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26th as part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. Metropolitan Opera star Mezzo-Soprano Vivica Geneaux is a featured performer. Formed by Biondi in 1990, the revolutionary and passionate repertoire of Europa Galante ranges from the operas of Handel and the oratorios of Scarlatti, to the great instrumental works of the 18th century. Biondi and Europa Galante have played at the most important world festivals and concert halls, from La Scala in Milan to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. Their first record (Vivaldi's concertos) was awarded the 'Premio Cini' of Venice & the 'Choc de la Musique' and was soon followed by a number of other awards. In 2006, their recording of Vivaldi's opera Bajazet was nominated for a Grammy Award. Tickets are $35, $50, and $75 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Student rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at

And speaking of the Smith Center and UNLV, we hope that one of these venues will consider bringing Hugh Jackman to Las Vegas. He recently ended his record-setting Broadway run at the Broadhurst Theatre, after having earned $2,057,354 in its final week, the highest weekly gross recorded by the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst and 16 other Broadway theaters. Over its 10-week run, Jackman earned a whopping $14,638,428, producers said. He now owns 10 of the 11 top grossing weeks at the Broadhurst. The hunky Australian actor, best known for being the hairy Wolverine in The X-Men franchise, routinely sold out the 1,176-seat theater and usually posted weekly grosses of $1.5 million, often higher than rival Broadway musicals, such as Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, How to Succeed in Business, Anything Goes and Follies. Only Wicked and The Lion King, with much higher budgets, consistently outdid Jackman. During the run, Jackman raised a record $1,789,580 for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Backed by an 18-piece orchestra and six leggy dancers, a charming Jackman belted out about two dozen musical theater songs in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. The show featured his interpretations of the sexy R&B tune "Fever," to "Rock Island," from The Music Man, to a medley of classic movie songs such as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Luck Be a Lady." Some of the highlights included the eight-minute "Soliloquy" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, and a collection of songs from his Tony Award-winning turn in The Boy From Oz, while wearing Peter Allen-inspired matching gold lame pants and jacket, and gold shoes. This was Jackman's third time on the Great White Way, having done The Boy From Oz in 2003, and the play, A Steady Rain, with Daniel Craig in 2009. Jackman's other stage credits include Australian productions of Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast. In London, he starred as Curly in Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! Next year, Jackman plans to star in a version of the musical, Les Miserables.

Hugh Jackman

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

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As they have done annually since opening in 1998, the Bellagio has turned its Conservatory & Botanical Gardens area into a spectacular tribute to The Year of the Dragon, in honor of Chinese New Year, with a vibrant display honoring the mythical creature that symbolizes good fortune and power. A serene sanctuary guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui ­- the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy -­ is on view through March 4. For the first time during Bellagio's Chinese New Year display, the Conservatory will feature live entertainment. The Vegas-based Beijing Trio will perform traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments including the erhu, ruan and pipa. Complimentary performances take place at 5 to 6 p.m., daily, within the wing-tipped Ming Dynasty-style gazebo in the South Garden, for the duration of the exhibit. The majestic centerpiece of this exhibit consists of two animated 25-foot blue Dragons coiled around a cylinder of water. Rising from an island of tropical botanicals, the cylinders are accompanied by two 3,000-pound stone waterfalls surging nearby. A spectacular photo opportunity presents itself as the Dragons blow steam from their nostrils in an attempt to playfully swat at a legendary, oversized iridescent red pearl hanging directly above. The pearl, in Chinese lore, represents wealth, good luck and prosperity. Nearby, two additional animated dragons, green and gold in color, actively lunge in the direction of the centerpiece. These 15-foot long dragons represent the elements wood and metal and are surrounded by a zig-zag bridge that leads to the striking gazebo. The bridge's design follows the principles of Feng Shui, providing a difficult route for negative energy and bad spirits. Just steps away in the North Garden, two animated dragons, brown and red, mirror their counterparts. These dragons represent the elements earth and fire and are surrounded by oversized silk red Chinese lanterns, a Chinese-style bridge and gold-leafed I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money. The entrance of the Conservatory features a 21,000-gallon pond housing more than 200 Koi fish. The pond is found amidst I-Ching coins and flanked by four Ming Dynasty-style dings, ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortunes. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came. The fifth animal in the Asian zodiac, the legendary Dragon, serves as a symbol of ambition and is a master of authority. Those born in the Year of the Dragon, the most desirable year, tend to be passionate, strong leaders and artistically gifted. On view through March 4th, the exhibit is complimentary to the public and open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Head north on the Las Vegas Strip to see The Venetian/Palazzo's Chinese New Year décor. The property looks beautiful, with the centerpiece being a 128-foot hand-crafted, fire-breathing dragon in the Waterfall & Atrium Gardens. The 8,000 lb. dragon spans the entire Palazzo atrium.

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, on West Flamingo, is welcoming the Year of the Dragon -- an exceptionally powerful and lucky symbol -- with a variety of Chinese New Year events and promotions. The Lohan School of Shaolin will perform a traditional Lion Dance parade through the casino on February 1st at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The parade includes several dragons, a percussion procession and characters that will make several stops in the casino to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators. Being hit by a piece of lettuce during a Lion Dance parade is considered particularly lucky, and is an auspicious way to begin the New Year. The casino will hold multiple gaming promotions, including drawings for $16,800 in promotional chips on January 23rd and 30th, and a $5,000 Slot Hot Seat contest on January 28th. Chinese New Year decorations and lucky citrus trees will adorn the casino floor, and popular restaurants Ping Pang Pong and Noodle Exchange will serve authentic and delicious dishes.

There are additional Chinese New Year events going on all around the city. Seek them out.

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Rich Natole

Xavier Mortimer

Comic impressionist, Rich Natole, will perform at the Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre, Saturday, January 28th, at 7 p.m. Natole's repertoire of hundreds of celebrity vocal and singing impressions will impress young and old alike. Avid television and movie buffs will appreciate Rich's pinpoint accuracy of their favorite stars of yesterday and today. From Chris Rock to Larry the Cable Guy to Jeff Foxworthy to Eddie Murphy, Rich does a multitude of contemporary voices. Political junkies will enjoy his equal opportunity approach to spoofing their favorite (or least favorite) politicians, such as John McCain and Barack Obama. Rich's rendition of The National Anthem - with every President, from JFK to Obama, is a huge crowd pleaser. You won't have to stretch your imagination to pick up famous singers belting out their signature songs. From Johnny Mathis to Johnny Cash to Willie Nelson, Rich Natole captures the voice and the essence of these great performers. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. Tickets are non-refundable. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle Community Centers. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. Starbright Theatre shows are open to everyone, ages 12 and over. The theater is located at 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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A new week. A new lineup. Tonight through Sunday, January 22nd, the Gold Coast presents Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre, featuring singer and magic man, personable Ben Stone as host, and this week's guests, France's young magic star, Xavier Mortimer; puppeteer Scott Land; and Paul Zenon, English comedian magician. Vegas Magic Theatre may be the best entertainment bargain in Las Vegas. With a ticket price of only $14.95, plus taxes and fees, audience members get two shows for less than the price of one. An hour before the scheduled stage show, a free pre-show, featuring close up magic in a cozy lounge adjacent to the theater, takes place. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 5 and 7:30. Tickets for the all-ages shows are available at the Gold Coast Gift Shop.

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An attraction memorializing Chuck Jones, the creator of such iconic cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote and Pepe le Pew, is scheduled to open Thursday at Circus Circus, the resort announced. The Chuck Jones Experience, located at Circus Circus' Skyrise Tower near its Adventuredome, will feature an animation learning center, a 1930s-style movie theater, a re-creation of Jones' studio and a display allowing visitors to create their own sound effects and voiceovers. The 10,000-square-foot center also will house more than 250 pieces of Jones' animation pieces and artworks on permanent display. It's touted as the largest collection of original Jones works in existence. Relatives of Jones are expected to be on hand for the grand opening of the attraction, scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday. Jones, who also helped bring to life such other Looney Tunes characters as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, died in 2002. Ticket prices for the center are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for visitors ages 5 through 17, those 65 and older, military personnel and students. Nevada residents will receive a $5 discount, and there will be no admission charge for children ages 4 and younger.

Chuck Jones

Frank Valeri, Joan & Mark Massagli and Cork Proctor

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The Las Vegas Media Group had a great meeting to start the New Year! Featured guest speaker was local author, Stu Michaels, who shared stories from his recently published book: You Can't Make this Up: Cops, Crooks, and Celebrities from Brooklyn to Las Vegas. This city is so lucky to be graced with so many amazing speakers who take the time out of their busy lives to share their experiences with the group. Stu's stories were very Las Vegas-related: he talked about his encounters (protective services and eventual friendships, really) with the likes of President George Bush, Steve Wynn, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Liza Minnelli. More of his great stories are in his book. One of the things that makes the Las Vegas Media Group so unique, are some of the "small world" things that can occur at one of its monthly luncheons. At the January gathering, Mark and Joan Massagli were celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary. Among the attendees at their wedding ceremony, almost a half-century ago, were comic, Cork Proctor, and photographer, Frank Valeri, both of who were attending the Las Vegas Media Group meeting (see accompanying photo of the foursome).

The group's Monday, February 20th guest speaker will be retired United Press International correspondent, Myram Borders. We will have more on Myram and the get together in an upcoming column.
To purchase a copy of Stu Michaels, book, go to

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If you are, or going to be, in or around New York City, here is the Winter lineup for Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street). Through tomorrow, January 21st, it's Eric Comstock, Christopher Gines and Hilary Kole, winding up their Our Sinatra: A Musical Celebration performances. Showtimes are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Petula Clark is in the spotlight, January 24th through February 4th. Ms. Clark will perform her chart-topping pop hits, including "Downtown," "I Know A Place" and "My Love," as well as highlights from her stage and screen roles in Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers and Finian's Rainbow. American Idol- winner, Ruben Studdard plays Feinstein's, February 7th through 11th, with Little Anthony and The Imperials providing Valentine's Day entertainment, February 14th through 18th of February. Former Las Vegan, Eric Michael Gillett (mentioned in the Bill Moore article at the top of this column) will be joined by La Tanya Hall in Nothing to Lose But Your Heart: Celebrating the Songs of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, Once On This Island, My Favorite Year), February 21st through 25th. For reservations, contact the Box Office (Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 to 6 p.m., at (212) 339-4095, or (212) 339-4045.

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John Wayne Portrait by Thom Elliott

Jordin Sparks & mom Jodie

Earlier tonight, January 20th, Thom Elliott, who worked as a production manger on the filmed parts of Dateline: Hollywood, a five-day-a-week show on ABC-TV, that starred Rona Barrett and Joanna Barnes, opened his first exhibit of the photos he did during his years with the television show, at Pyramid Studio, 8890 S.W. 129th Terrace, in Miami, Florida. Pyramid Studios, a combination commercial photography studio and art gallery, showing art in all media, is located in South Miami near an upscale shopping area called The Falls. There are other galleries in the same area and once a month there is an opening. A trolley car is provided to go from gallery to gallery on a Friday night opening. Elliott's vintage prints from the '60s. The media is 11x14 B&W gelatin, silver bromide prints. They were all done before Photoshop with 35mm Nikon cameras on Tri-X film. The photographer still has a working "analogue" darkroom doing B&W prints the "old fashioned way." During his long career, Toledo, Ohio-born Elliott has had the opportunity to photograph just about everything and everybody, including Las Vegas pop artist, Martin Kreloff. Having resided in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, Thom met a lot of people, and people are his favorite subjects. When Dateline went off the air, Thom returned to advertising and moved to New York, continuing to free-lance for ABC-TV, UniRoyal, Western Electric and American Merchandise Corporation, photographing such designers as Bill Blass and Bobbie Brooks and their creations. A Miamian since 1972, Thom has photographed for the airline industry, the banking community, local hospitals, charities while still keeping his New York clients with monthly commutes. Not forgetting why he chose photography, Thom sells fine art photos of people to private collectors. He is presently exploring and experimenting in High Resolution Computer Imaging and its application to fine art photography. The Miami show, called Dateline: Hollywood, is expected to run for at least a month, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood... For additional information, call (305) 256-6944.

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Jordin Sparks, the beautiful multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated songstress, and Season Six winner of American Idol, recently celebrated her 22nd birthday with her mother, Jodie, other family members, and friends at Tropicana's new RPM Nightclub. Jordin danced the night away at her table and on the dance floor before trying her hand at blackjack in RPM's elite gaming lounge. Jordin wore a dress by Karina Grimaldi. Her cake was designed by Las Vegas' famed Freed's Bakery. Sparks enjoyed her birthday weekend at the new Tropicana Las Vegas, dining at Biscayne and Chef Carla Pellegrino's Bacio, and enjoying the GLOW (Mandara) Spa. The young performer is very excited about the upcoming release of her SONY Pictures feature film debut, Sparkle, starring opposite Whitney Houston. Sparkle will be in theaters on August 10th.

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Our sincere sympathy to Dick and Melissa Feeney on the tragic death of family members, veteran Las Vegas lawyer, Christopher Raleigh, 56, and his 10-year-old son, Travis. They were killed January 15th in a two-vehicle crash on Route 4 near Bridgewater, Vermont. Raleigh's wife, Anastasia, and 13-year-old son, were two of five other people injured in the accident. Christopher Raleigh, who was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1982, was in Vermont to attend his mother's funeral.

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Wes Winters

Lisa Donovan

There are some things that need to be prepared for months in advance...even nine months in advance. One is a new baby. The other is a cruise. We can't really help in the baby department, but we can help if you are thinking of taking a cruise during 2012. Sea Cruzin to Hawaii with entertainer Wes Winters, will take place October 27th through November 3rd. Pack up your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and get ready to spend a week on the Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America, and sail the Hawaiian Islands for seven days and seven nights. It should be quite a party. Included are two very elegant Cocktail Parties (and you know how Wes loves parties); two Wes Winters' private shows; not only dining in the main Dining Room, but your choice of five different restaurants, should you wish...and so much more. A limited number of Ocean View Balcony accommodations have been set aside for Wes and friends... so this is literally first-come, first-served. It is imperative that when you do register for this trip, you use the special code CF88KEY. For additional information, call Carole Fishman in Las Vegas at (702) 456-9253. She can answer your questions and help make your reservations. $250 per person will hold your cabin. $300 for single cabins. Feel comfortable knowing that a full Concierge Travel Staff will be on board as well. We will have more about this event during the next few months. In the meantime, you can enjoy Wes Winters on Friday and Saturday nights in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point, and on Sundays at the fabulous brunch at ENVY The Steakhouse in the Renaissance Hotel on Paradise Road in Las Vegas.

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Singer/actress (she plays the Mother Superior in the musical comedy, Nunsense, at the LVH Hotel), Lisa Donovan performs at the M Resort, tomorrow night, Saturday, January 21st, at 6:30 p.m. Check out this talented entertainer.

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Have you seen enough acrobats and contortionists to make you Dizzy? Yearning to see classic Las Vegas glamour in an intimate setting? Showgirl Follies: Life in Feathers and Rhinestones features authentic showgirls, sumptuous costumes, stand-up comedy, and talented singers. Contemporary music and choreography modernize this showgirl extravaganza. "We need to re-crown showgirls the true icons of Las Vegas," declares Mistinguett, who produces, directs and choreographs Showgirl Follies. "Their beauty graced the stages of pre-corporate Vegas, enticed millions of customers to visit Las Vegas, and made them daydream about returning. Let's bring back the showgirls!" "Showgirls symbolize Vegas," continues Mistinguett. "Their gorgeous figures, elegant, sexy dancing and alluring personalities created a world-renowned atmosphere of irresistible glamour and excitement. Let's bring back the showgirl show!" Showgirl Follies performs four dates, Friday January 27th and Saturday the 28th at 7 p.m. in Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall; and Saturday February 4th at 7 p.m. and Sunday the 5th at 3 p.m. in the Starbright Theater in Summerlin. Showgirl Follies features singer Gabriella Versace (Rio Hotel's Showgirls and Erocktica), MC and comic ventriloquist Michael Ziegfeld (SNL's TV Funhouse and 27 Dresses), singer Sheldon Craig (Broadway's Smokey Joe's Cafe and Ragtime), singer Mark Francis (Harrah's Erocktica and Greg Thompson's Hollywood), and lead dancer Delia Sheppard (Splash). The Mistinguett Dancers are Stacy Law (Enter the Night, Bare Touch of Vegas), Troy Stern-Papameletiou (Enter the Night), Andrea Avruskin (Jubilee!), Kimba Anderson Munford (Siegfried & Roy, Abracadabra), Nicole Duffel, Timmari Putti (Siegfried & Roy, Alakazam), Ann Bullis (Jubilee!), Jack Failla (Jubilee!, Enter the Night), Guy Rendon (Erocktica, Skintight), and Enrique Lugo (Imagine, Fashionistas). Showgirl Follies production staff is made up of Carrie Proffitt Boyle (costume supplier), Sandy Scheller (costume restoration), Bobby Stewart (costume construction and design), and Peiter Grove (costume materials). Rehearsal space donated by City Athletic Club. For the January 27th and 28th shows at Anthem's Freedom Hall, tickets are $21, and must be purchased in person at the Sun City Anthem Community Center (cash only). Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall is located at 2450 Hampton Road, in Henderson. Call (702) 614-5860. We will have more information on the February 4th and 5th shows in next Friday's column.

Gabriella Versace

Danny Roque

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If you are in Southern California...
It's a New Year...with the same nut! On Wednesday, January 25th at 8 p.m., Danny Roque presents another show of musical fun and foolishness. Featuring a recipe of his original songs, he is joined on stage by an amazingly talented group of friends and family. This time they return to the beautiful and classy M Bar in Hollywood. The tunes are great, the singers and musicians are killer! Some of the folks the band members - Vocals: Danny Roque, with Nora, Chris and Angelica Roque and Jill Marie Burke; Piano: Tish Diaz; Bass: Duane Benjamin; Guitar: Michael Sims; Drums: Jimmy Ford; and Percussion: Dwain Roque - have performed with include The American Idol Band, Aretha Franklin, Jersey Boys, Crystal Gayle, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick Jr, The Cypress Hill Gang, Diane Schuur and Denise Williams. See why people have called it "The most fun we've had in years!" Come on down and laugh yourself silly! M Bar Club is at 1253 Vine Street (across the street from El Polo Loco). There is a $15 cash cover at the door, and a $10 food minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m. For reservations, call (323) 856-0036 to secure your spot.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

According to Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal entertainment columnist, Priscilla Queen of the Desert will take over the theater at Palazzo, where Jersey Boys performed until the end of December. (Jersey Boys, the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute musical opens at their new Paris Las Vegas home on March 8th.)

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