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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from February 10, 2012
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Las Vegas - February 10, 2012

KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler in Las Vegas

Mark Nadler & Tempest Storm

Last Saturday night, we were at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas to see the most enjoyable team of KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler performing Love Is Here To Stay, in honor of Valentine's Day. The talented twosome celebrated the music of some of America's greatest composers - from Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Cole Porter, to Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein - much to the delight of the audience. Among the selections, Mark did his version of "My Funny Valentine," a medley of Cole Porter love songs, and "All Right With Me,' while KT did "I Got You Under My Skin,' "And I Can Cook Too,' "Coco," and a "Kiss Me Kate' medley. Together the duo did "How Long Has This Been Going On,' "Old Friend,' "Everything's Coming Up Roses,' and "Love Is Here To Stay.' A highlight of the evening was when pianist/vocalist Nadler spotted the legendary Tempest Storm at a ringside table, and sang (and acted) Porter's "You've Got That Thing,' to the soon to be 84-year-old redheaded temptress (she is a leap year baby, with a birthday on February 29th). The entertainment portion (the most important part) of the program was wonderful. Unfortunately, most of the preliminary stuff, leading to the show, was very disorganized. Doors opened late (with no one telling the folks waiting outside, why), people didn't know which doors to use to get into the auditorium or which table to go to for their tickets. Color fliers had songwriter Richard Rodgers' name misspelled (two different ways in two different places on the same paper). They really need to step things up at the school or, even with low priced tickets, they may lose their audience.

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Nelson Sardelli & Bambi Sr. at F.I.O.R.E.

About 70 people attended the F.I.O.R.E. Valentine's luncheon at the East Sahara Italian American Club yesterday. The F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) group makes no claims regarding raising money for charity, or solving the world's problems. The sole purpose of this organization is to just have fun Most months, it's a "Boys Club" (and all of the Boys are presidents), but a few times a year, on special occasions, the "Girls" are warmly welcomed to join in the festivities - even being gifted with roses and chocolates during those get-togethers. The gatherings included a tasty buffet lunch, raffles, cash giveaways, a live band for dancing and/or listening pleasure, and entertainment. Yesterday's talent included the Gary Anderson Trio, with Gary on sax and Jimmy Racey on drums, comic/musician Peter Anthony, singers Nelson Sardelli, Allen Tramont, Anita del Popolo, and Southern Nevada's sexiest Senior, veteran burlesque performer, Bambi Sr. (Dori Kotzan), who did a bump and grind number to "My Heart Belongs To Daddy."

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Gary Anderson

Norm Johnson & Brenda Weems

Lynn Ross

Tomorrow, Saturday, February 11th, at the Las Vegas Hotel, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton, from 3 to - 7 p.m., vocalist Lynn Ross will be performing with her jazz quintet - featuring Gary Queen on guitar, the above mentioned Gary Anderson on sax, Jeff Davis on bass, and John Plows on drums - at the 23rd Annual PBS Fundraiser, Splendor In the Glass. This is the third year that Lynn, along with her talented musicians, has been invited to participate in this spectacular event. Splendor In the Glass will present 60 wineries and breweries offering samplings of their products, a live wine auction, a silent auction, and special guest appearance by Chef Julian Serrano from Picasso Restaurant at Bellagio and Aria. Tickets are $75 in advance, and $90 at the door. For more information, call (702) 799-1010, ext. 5361.

Also taking place tomorrow night, for you highbrows, it's classical violinist, Itzhak Perlman, performing in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall at UNLV as part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. Tickets are $45, $60 and $85, and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office. Call (702) 895-ARTS (2787) for additional information.

Itzhak Perlman

Wendy Edmead

On Sunday, February 12th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., singer Wendy Edmead will perform, and comic/singer Doug Starks (he is also is a Sammy Davis Jr. tribute artist) will host, at a pre-Valentine's Day Brunch, at Brentwood Café, 7325 W. Warm Springs Road, between Rainbow and Buffalo, on the corner of Tenaya Way. There will be live music, entertainment and great food. Get out, enjoy the ambience and support local entertainment. Call (702) 656-3000.

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Happy Valentine's Day from Lance Burton & Bambi Jr.

When it comes to Valentine‘s Day, Tuesday, February 14th, if you are in Las Vegas, there are lots of things to do to celebrate that day and night. Over at Sam's Town, on the Boulder Strip, music man, Wes Winters, back by popular demand for one night only, will provide the entertainment at a Lavish Valentine's Buffet that will Include: Shrimp Cocktail & Grilled Shrimp on Ice ♥ Oysters on the Half Shell ♥ Sliced Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Caprese ♥ Field Greens with Pear, Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Raspberry Vinaigrette ♥ Strawberry & Champagne Soup Shooters ♥ Grilled Balsamic Vegetables ♥ Yukon Gold and Roasted Garlic Scalloped Potatoes ♥ Chicken Breast Dijonase ♥ Pecan Encrusted Salmon ♥ Carved Roast Prime Rib of Beef ♥ Chocolate Fountain with fresh fruit and treats ♥ Mini Pastries and Petit Fours ♥ Coffee and Tea. The feast starts at 5:30. Cost is $50 (includes gratuity) plus tax for general seating. Tickets are available at Sam's Town or any Coast Casino Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Or call (702) 284-7777.

Wes Winters continues his regular, ongoing performances in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Sundays at ENVY The Steakhouse's Mimosas & Music Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, 3400 Paradise.

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Wes Winters

Tommy Wind

Celebrate Love with Valentine's Day Wedding and Romance Packages at Paris Las Vegas
Say 'I do' in the new Chapelle du Jardin, or escape to the top of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic bliss Create an intimate and unforgettable wedding experience at Paris Las Vegas as it celebrates the most romantic day of the year with exclusive Valentine's Day wedding packages, available on Tuesday, February 14. Valentine's Day packages will be available at both Paris wedding chapels, including the Chapelle du Paradis and the recently renovated Chapelle du Jardin. In addition to existing wedding packages, vow renewal ceremonies will also be offered for guests in search of a romantic and memorable ways to renew commitment to a loved one. Couples not wanting to tie the knot, but still looking for a romantic getaway can take love to new heights at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Offering breathtaking, panoramic views of the city, couples will enjoy each others company as they celebrate their love from 460-feet above the Las Vegas Strip. The Valentine's Day package includes two VIP tickets to the Eiffel Tower Experience, two cocktail vouchers and one 8x10 commemorative photo, priced at $60 per couple. For tickets call (702) 946-4784. Valentine's Day Petite Wedding Package, priced at $1,000, includes: Wedding ceremony in chapel of choice. Use of private bridal suite. Selection of pre-recorded wedding music. Bride's three-rose presentation bouquet. Groom's boutonniere. Professional ceremony and studio photography. Selection of 12 photographs. A glass of chilled champagne served to the bride and groom following the ceremony. Personal wedding coordinator. Minister's fee. Paris wedding certificate holder. Valentine's chocolates. The Valentine's Day Deluxe package, priced at $3,400, offers all the amenities of the previous package plus the following: Medium rose bouquet. Selection of 22 photographs. Wedding ceremony DVD. Paris photo album. Brides lace garter. A three-night stay in the spectacular Calais Suite at Paris Las Vegas. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Romanic bath basket. Fresh floral arrangement. Paris bathrobes. $100 gift certificate to either Mon Ami Gabi or Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Couple's Swedish massage at Paris Spa by Mandara. Two Paris Spa by Mandara day passes. Bridal hair up-do or styling.

The cathedral-style Chapelle du Paradis offers a gorgeous setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding. As the larger of the two chapels, the 1,102-square-foot interior can accommodate up to 100 guests, making it effortless for loved ones to be a part of this special occasion. The chapel features tall columns, elaborate gold leaf designs, crystal chandeliers and angelic cherubs. The intimate and romantic Chapel du Jardin has a sophisticated appeal with seating for up to 30 guests. The 560-square-foot chapel incorporates light grays and silver accents, with a dramatic crystal-adorned chandelier draped from the center of the ceiling. Crystallized wall sconces and flowers give the room a little sparkle, highlighted by a dark blue ceiling and pew cushions. For pricing and more information on wedding packages at Paris Las Vegas, please call (702) 946-4063, or visit

And, hopefully, Valentine's Day will be a lucky one for Tommy Wind. The 21 year-old award-winning illusionist, voted "Best Teen Magician of the Year" at the 2009 "World Magic Awards", opens his new show, Tommy Wind: IMPACT: An Explosion of Magic and Music at The Clarion Hotel on February 14th. Tommy, the youngest headliner in Las Vegas, is a dynamic, hip, young illusionist, who combines his amazing magic and musical talents into a fun, unique show for all ages. IMPACT will showcase Tommy's ability to entertain with his large scale illusions, incredible close-up magic, martial arts and mentalism skills, dance routines and humorous interactive moments with the audience. Tommy Wind will showcase his love of music by playing a multitude of instruments, including electric guitar, harmonica, violin, trumpet, clarinet, and piano, and will entertain his fans with an incredibly fast dueling drums sequence. He will incorporate new twists on classic illusions and perform completely new ones that he has created. This rising star has played musical instruments since the age of six, studied magic since the age of seven, and studied karate and Tae Kwando since the age of 9. Tommy will incorporate music, martial arts, sword wielding and his love of hip hop dance, swing, tap and jazz into his magical routines. Tommy's cousin, famed entertainer Jimmy Durante, also performed in Las Vegas, and Tommy is delighted to follow in his world-renowned cousin's footsteps. Show times are Tuesday's through Saturday's at 6 p.m. in the Wolf Theater. Tickets from $19.95. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (702) 990-1525.

Martin Kreloff Paints for St. Judes

Bill Moore

And while still on the subject of hearts...
In designing the St. Jude's Heart for their Fundraising Gala, Martin Kreloff is paying homage to several of the artist's who have influenced his art and life. A slashing red brushstroke by Roy Lichtenstein, plays against the cool blues of a David Hockney pool, while classic Japanese koi swim toward a pattern of brightly colored Henri Matisse cut out flowers. Kreloff's dreams merge with his realities...or, vice versa. The finished painting of the sculpted Heart will be unveiled at The Smith Center's Symphony Park on March 30th.

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Services will be held for veteran producer, Bill Moore, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main Street (between Washington and Owens), Tuesday, February 14th. Chapel services are at 9 a.m., with interment in the adjoining Devotion Mausoleum at 10 a.m. Moore passed away in Las Vegas on January 19th. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Golden Rainbow.

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Joe A. Mayer, one of the pioneer musicians on the Las Vegas Strip in the 1950s and 1960s, passed away January 31st, one day before his 91st birthday. The Cleveland-born entertainer started his career at the age of eight, playing harmonica on street corners for pennies. He played with Hank Williams and his Ozark Mountain Band on local radio. Mayer and Chuck Leonard were part of Frankie Carr's Novelites, a comedy musical trio that played throughout the U.S. and abroad. They also made numerous TV appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as in three movies - Jitter Bughouse, I Surrender Dear, and The Bellboy with Jerry Lewis. Mayer played at the Stardust for 13 years, and then went to play banjo with Chuck Diamond's Royal Dixie Jazz Band for many more years. Joe Mayer is survived by his wife, Dotty Browning, of Henderson; his daughter, Jessie Lee Boyle of Temecula, Calif.; four grandsons; and seven grandchildren. Services in Temecula are private.

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Vegas Cabs

From a reader in Costa Mesa, California, we received this question...
My husband and I were in Las Vegas Super Bowl Weekend. We stayed at The Flamingo Hotel in a room with a beautiful view of the strip. On Saturday night, Feb. 4th, we were retiring early at around 10 pm (had to leave by 5am), and heard a lot of commotion coming from the strip. HUNDREDS of taxis, I mean, I haven't seen that many taxis since a visit to New York. They were literally three lanes across, at least a mile long, blocking cross-traffic, and blasting their horns. At first we thought someone got married. But it went on too long. Then we thought maybe they were honoring a cabbie who passed on, then maybe we thought it might have something to do with the Nevada caucus. But why would cabbies care about that in such great numbers? We're perplexed Claire. It was a spectacular display. This went on for a good 20 to 25 minutes. We've never seen anything like it. What was that all about? We are so curious! We were curious too, so we contacted a veteran cabdriver to ask about this unusual sight. It seems that many drivers feel there are too many taxis on the roads, and are staging several protests to make their message known. Drivers claim that the taxicab authority is issuing too many permits, making it difficult for cab drivers to compete with one another and earn a living wage. The visitors from Costa Mesa just happened to witness one of the protests. We have a feeling there will be more.

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Ooops. We accidentally added an "s" to Rick Michel's name in the item about Bethany Owen in last week's column. We thought we were being extra careful, as both Mr. Michel and Ms. Owen have names that LOOK like they should have an "s" on the end, but don't (unless we let one sneak by us. Sorry, Rick Michel. And speaking of Rick Michel (without an "s") his Drinkin'-Singin'-Swingin' revue returns to the Rampart for shows in Addison's Lounge, next Friday through Sunday, February 17th through 19th. Drinkin'-Singin'-Swingin' - a salute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin - stars Peter Pavone as Sinatra, Bryan Clark as Sammy, and Mr. Michel as Dean. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 at the cage or $20 at the door.

Rick Michel

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RagTag Entertainment is pleased to present Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at the Onyx Theatre, 953 East Sahara Avenue. Directed by Sean Critchfield, and assistant directed by Andrew Wright, Assassins is described as "Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, ASSASSINS is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking audience members on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream." Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., beginning tonight, February 10th, and continuing February 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for General Admission. Las Vegas residents can save $5 with Nevada ID. Bring ID to the box office when purchasing tickets to take advantage of this offer. This discount is not available online and it cannot be applied to tickets already purchased. Please note: This show features open seating. The earlier you get in line, the better seat you will get. To purchase tickets by phone, call (702) 573-8335.

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On Sunday, February 19th at 3 p.m., Sammy Shore presents the third annual edition of Funny Bones, live at the Palms. Taking part in the fundraiser are Louie Anderson, Zowie Bowie, James P. Connolly, Rick Faugno, Vinnie Favorito, Reggie Griffin, Geechy Guy, Hal Sparks, Doug Starks, George Wallace, Lynn Yafchak and The Thunder Nuggets - Rob Sherwood, Jan Stewart and Nathan Stewart. The Funny Bones Foundation was created by Dr. Matthew Brooks, Sammy Shore, and Suzanne Shore, to provide financial support for abandoned animals in need of advanced medical and surgical care under established non-profit rescue organizations in Clark County. Most of the funds are generated through donations and comedy events. Animal Rescue Resources are very limited during these bad economic times. Without the efforts of these very tireless organizations, the community would be extremely overrun with unwanted animals, as most of the shelters are already at full capacity. Funny Bones Foundation is set up as a Grant Approval Fund. Animal Rescue Groups need to complete a Grant Application Form and go through the Grant Approval Committee Process in order to qualify for funds. The venue for the Funny Bones show was generously donated by the Palms Resort and Casino. Musician Jim D'Arrigo is the show director.

Jim D'Arrigo

Graham P. Jolley

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Magician/singer Ben Stone hosts entertainers Graham P. Jolley, Christopher Hart and Nino Frediani, at Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre, through Sunday, February 12th, at the Gold Coast. Jolley is an extremely engaging mind-reader, psychologist, entertainer, cabaret artist and conference speaker with a stream of TV credits and a flair for keeping audiences enthralled. His mind-reading ability baffles every audience he meets and gains their instant respect. He presents an unforgettable event with no parallel in show business. And what's more he's very funny. An evening with Graham Jolley is an exciting demonstration of the power of the mind. He will read your mind, predict your holiday destination and with whom. He will analyze your handwriting, make a wine glass shatter with your mental energy, make a table levitate, and reveal a freely selected name and telephone number in a directory. Throughout the performance the emphasis is on humor and audience participation in the best possible taste. Even Penn and Teller have been impressed with his ability. As for Hart, he has been called "The man with the movie star hand" and "The most famous right hand in Hollywood." This came following the master magicians' featured role as "Thing," the expressive disembodied hand in the film The Addams Family, and its sequel, Addams Family Values. Las Vegas stars, Siegfried and Roy, presented Christopher the coveted "Silver Lions Head" award, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally honored Hart with the top prize at the Grand Prix Monique, held in Monte Carlo. Hart is also the proud recipient, and two time honoree, of the Hollywood Magic Castle's 'Stage Magician of the Year' award. Nino Frediani has been entertaining audiences with his juggling skills for decades. He has performed all around the world, including in venues as diverse as the famed London Palladium and the popular Palm Springs Follies. Charismatic British performer Ben Stone is an engaging and stylish entertainer whose personality is infectious and future is bright; Ben is the definitive heartthrob with the talent to match. As well as an accomplished singer/songwriter, Ben has been entertaining audiences around the world with his unique brand of Magic for over a decade. Showtimes for Vegas Magic Theatre are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $14.95 plus tax and fees for these family shows. Join performers in the Gold Coast Showroom Lounge one hour prior to the show for a FREE pre-show presentation featuring dueling magicians - Jeff Corn, Jacob Jaks and Nico - as they perform close up magic, card readings and other fun. February 16th through 19th, the stage show lineup will be Scott Alexander and Jason Andrews, with Ben Stone hosting. There are new and different shows every week.

Christopher Hart

Annie Gaybis & Jonathan Haglund in Bus Stop

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City Repertory Theatre in Palm Coast, Florida, will present a staged reading of William Inge's American Classic, Bus Stop, featuring friend Annie Gaybis as "Cherie," the role played by Marilyn Monroe in the 1956 film, and Jonathan Haglund as "Beau," portrayed in the movie by Don Murray. Also in the City Repertory cast are Julia Truilo, Jerry Curti, Leana Gardella, Jack Bigelow, Robert Long and John Sbordone. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 23rd, 24th and 25th, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m.
Admission is $15. The theater is located at the City Market Place, 160 Cypress Pt. Parkway, Suite B207. For reservations and/or additional information, call (386) 585-9415.

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We love these kind of stories...
No one seems to know how or why, but a copy of The Godfather screenplay wound up in a Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada donation bin. According to the report, the screenplay was discovered in a box filled with book donations at the Catholic Charities warehouse. When a one of the sorters noticed that the book looked special, bound in red leather and inscribed with a message by someone named Al, something clicked, and Diane Hutton, manager of retail operations at Catholic Charities, took the book on the Pawn Stars TV show to find out whose signature it was. The show's conclusion: It was signed by Al Pacino, a star in The Godfather movie. The folks at Pawn Stars offered $500 for the copy of the screenplay. Thankfully, the people at Catholic Charities thought they could do better. Smart move. The screenplay sold at auction yesterday, for more than anyone expected: $12,000. As reported, "

No one was more amazed than Hutton, who took the leather-bound copy of the screenplay for the blockbuster 1972 movie to Gold & Silver Pawn, where the hit TV show is filmed, to see what they'd offer her. 'Oh my gosh, to think those guys offered me $500. What if I had said yes, taken the $500 and run?' said Hutton on Thursday afternoon after the screenplay was auctioned at a luncheon at the Mirage honoring Catholic Charities benefactors." Bidding was conducted in person and online. It started at 10:30 a.m., with an existing high bid of $7,500. A woman from Beverly Hills pushed it to $8,000, and it went to $9,000, staying there until right before the closing bell at 11:30 a.m., when the lady from Beverly Hills woman bid the $12,000. The 1972 Godfather movie won three Oscars - best picture, best actor for Marlon Brando, and best adapted screenplay (Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola).

World Famous Ink Spots

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On Saturday, February 18th, the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre invites residents for an afternoon of family fun, at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the new Nevada history show, Uncovering Nevada's Past, overflowing with colorful characters and captivating music, enjoy cowboy crafts and activities for the children, and refreshments from two gourmet food trucks, between the 2 and 7 p.m. shows. Crafts and youth activities are free. Refreshments will be offered for sale from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the food trucks. The whole family will enjoy the afternoon, as well as the ambiance of the town's restored 1936 grammar school, one of Las Vegas' historical landmarks. Theatre ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for teens/seniors/military, and $3 for children age 12 and younger. Uncovering Nevada's Past also will be performed Friday, February 17th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 19th at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (702) 229-3515 or (702) 229-6553, or go online to

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The World Famous Ink Spots will perform a free afternoon concert on Saturday, February 18th, at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. The World Famous Ink Spots will sing some of the tunes made famous by the original Ink Spots group, including "If I Didn't Care," "Do I Worry?," "Java Jive," "I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire" and "We Three," as well as their own latest release, "Which Ever Way the Wind Blows." The faces may be different, but the sound remains the same. Carrying on the Ink Spots sound was the desire of Deek Watson, one of the original members of the group. Just before his death, Watson asked George Holmes, his bass player and vocalist, to do just that. Holmes formed his own group, calling it The George Holmes Ink Spots. Holmes also wanted the sounds of the Ink Spots to continue, so before his death in October 1993, his guitarist and vocalist, Lou Ragland, promised him that he, too, would carry on the sound and tradition as The World Famous Ink Spots. Ragland searched for just the right voices that would blend as the great sound of the Ink Spots. After several years, he found the voices he needed to carry on for the original great guys. Today's members of The World Famous Ink Spots are: Ragland - lead singer, tenor to baritone; Eddie Coco - lead singer, second tenor, baritone and bass; Fareed Braxton - second tenor and baritone; and Flery Bursey - lead singer, bass, arranger and conductor. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, West Las Vegas Library, the concert will begin at 2 p.m. Parking and seating are limited. Open seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the West Las Vegas Arts Center at (702) 229-4800 or the theatre at (702) 507-3989.

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This week, we are saving the worst for last.
The Review-Journal must be very proud of their page three columnist (we won't call him a "journalist"). He might be termed the man with no conscience. In a recent column, this creep wrote about a longtime entertainer who had an issue involving a crime that resulted in an arrest and spending a few days in a local detention center. We would like to remind readers, that this "writer" (who doesn't let accuracy and fact get in the way of his "reporting") had his own problem with the law in 2003. Conveniently, he was cleared of a DUI charge, when "upon testing of Mr. X's blood sample, criminalists were unable to detect the presence of alcohol or controlled substances." (Then) District Attorney David Roger said police and prosecutors determined that this man's "failure to complete the field sobriety test may have been as a result of his recent medical issues." This R-J employee claimed he "didn't flunk a 2 a.m. road-side sobriety test; (he) flunked a test of coordination because (he'd) had so many surgeries in such a short time-frame. And a long day of pounding the pavement." The officer who pulled the man over after observing damage to one of his tail lights, asked the early morning driver, who was returning from a party, if he had consumed any alcohol. The driver said he had had several drinks earlier that night, so the officer subjected him to some sobriety tests. The officer asked the culprit to say the alphabet forward from letters N to Z and watched as he attempted to walk a straight line. The officer wrote in his arrest report that the detained fellows' speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center about 2:30 a.m. on a charge of suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend arrived to post his $2,000 bail about 5 a.m., but the poor guy was not freed from the jail until almost eight hours later. He said the corrections officer who released him told him his discharge had been delayed because of some misplaced paperwork. Here is our take on the subject. Legally drunk or not, if this guy, who works with words and letters, couldn't say the alphabet forward from letters N to Z, what was he doing behind the wheel of an automobile? His lack of coordination, physically and verbally, could have resulted in the injury or death of some innocent people, whereas the person he felt was fair game for his column, more than likely resulted in humiliation and embarrassment. By the way, this information was printed in the very paper the jerk works for.

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