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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from March 23, 2012
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Las Vegas - March 23, 2012

Kelly Clinton

Idina Menzel

Entertainer Kelly Clinton, who has spent the last eight "wonderful years" as entertainment director, event coordinator, singer, and fan, at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place, wanted to officially announce that the classic venue will be closing its doors, effective May 18th. After taking a little time to remember and reminisce, Kelly wanted to share her thoughts. "I want to thank Michael Emery, who had faith in me and took a chance by making me entertainment director there, and Sharon Bader-Jenkins, as well. They allowed me 100% creative freedom to do what I thought would be effective and exciting in that venue and to showcase great local talent and to feature amazing performers like Clint Holmes, the Las Vegas Tenors, Bill Medley, Gordie Brown, Sheena Easton, Fifth Avenue, Ronnie Rose and so many others. I also want to thank the wonderful members who were so supportive and came to each event and were there every Saturday night for my own shows. These people became like members of my own family. To all these wonderful people, I am forever grateful for such an amazing opportunity and for eight years of cherished memories."

We might add, that we were at the Stirling Club on a night in November of 2006, when songwriter/singer/entertainer, David Pomeranz, performed there. The night we saw this talented man who wrote the Barry Manilow hits, "Trying To Get the Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs," as well as a number of musicals, including Little Tramp, the story of Charlie Chaplin; and A Tale of Two Cities, opening at London's Charing Cross Theatre on April 5th. On the night we saw Mr. Pomeranz at the Stirling Club, Manilow, himself, who was headlining across the street at the Las Vegas Hilton (now called LVH), was sitting at a table in the back of the club. As much as we have enjoyed Barry's versions of the Pomeranz songs over the years, we realized when we heard the songwriter sing them, we had never really heard them sung the way they were supposed to be sung. David Pomeranz would be a great candidate for performance dates at The Smith Center...either putting his own show together, or doing the music from his wonderful musical, Little Tramp, which he has been performing around the country.

And speaking of Kelly Clinton, this oh so talented lady will return to Manhattan's Metropolitan Room in May, where she will perform for four nights. We will have more about this in coming weeks.

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Due to last weekend's wind and rain, The Smith Center postponed Sunday's community open house, until an as yet to be announced date, so that attendees will be able to enjoy all the outdoor activities at Symphony Park. Plans are to have free concerts at the park in the future.

Regularly scheduled full length Smith Center tours will be available every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., beginning on March 28th. Tours may be scheduled online, beginning March 23rd. For additional information please visit,, or call (702) 749-2000.

And speaking of The Smith Center, we misspelled the name of one of the performers coming into the facility this summer. Columnist Judy Thorburn pointed out the mistake to us (we did it on purpose, just to see if readers were paying attention), saying "Just had to let you know, that you have an error in this week's edition of your column. The very talented Broadway star's name is IDINA Menzel, NOT 'Indina'." Thank you, Judy.

And speaking of the Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, tickets for Idina Menzel's June 10th show at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts went on sale today, March 23rd. Menzel will grace the stage in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, performing her brand new live show. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked, and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary, Rent. This season, Menzel reprised her role on Glee, FOX's smash hit television series, as Shelby Corcoran, Rachel's (played by Lea Michele) biological mother. Amazing audiences with her captivating performances, Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film, television, and in music. Menzel's talents garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination, as well as a Drama League Award nomination for her role in See What I Wanna See, at The Public Theater. Menzel also appeared in ABC's television series, Private Practice. Her film credits include Disney's romantic fable, Enchanted, where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, opposite Selma Hayek and Colin Farrell. Tickets for Idina Menzel start at $26 and are available at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, by calling (702) 982-7805, or by visiting Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Smith Center ticket office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

Located in downtown's 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features 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 is 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 is a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community.

Frankie Moreno

And while still on the subject of the $470 million downtown Las Vegas arts center...Add musicians, Dan Falcone, Kevin Stout and Eric Tewalt, to the previously announced (in this column last Friday) list of talented folks - (composers) Travis Cloer, Vita Corimbi, Bill Fayne, Wayne Green, Christopher Lash, Richard Oberacker, Danny Roque, Keith Thompson, and special guest Frankie Moreno; (vocalists) Jordan Bondurant, Courtney Combs, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Bruce Ewing, Jordan Fenn, Christine Hudman, Ted Keegan, Randal Keith, Jason Martinez, Nicole Pryor, Angelica Roque, Nikka Wahl, Tina Walsh, Lisa Wilson, and Melody Wilson; and (instrumentalists) Tish Diaz, Philip Fortenberry, Pepe Jimenez, Russ Letizia, Don Meoli, Tony Moreno, Keith Nelson, Mark Pardy, and Jeff Ray - participating in this coming Wednesday's Las Vegas Composers Showcase. Showtime on March 28th is at 10:30 p.m. (after theater), with doors opening at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts' Cabaret Jazz in The Boman Pavilion at 9:30. Tickets for this month's six-year-old Composers Showcase, taking place for the first time at The Smith Center, are going fast. If you are planning on going, to what Cousin Claire considers to be one of the highlights of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, but have NOT purchased your tickets yet, you can do so online at, or by phone at (702) 749-2000. You can also stop by the Smith Center box office and actually choose available seating, and there is no surcharge. Tickets are priced at $20, and seating is assigned. A cash bar and Late Night Menu are available.

Straight No Chaser

Among other upcoming events at The Smith Center are Straight No Chaser on Sunday, March 25th; tap phenomenon, Savion Glover in Bare Soundz on Tuesday, March 27th; The Pink Floyd Experience, next Friday, the 30th, and Branford Marsalis performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m., on Saturday, the 31st. There are still great seats available for upcoming performances of Golda's Balcony and The Color Purple. Golda's Balcony, a co-promotion with The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada, is on Sunday, April 1st, at 5 p.m. A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir, Golda's Balcony is the latest work from Tony® Award-winning playwright, William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), and an award-winning smash that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history. From the pogroms of Russia, to the halls of the Knesset, the story of Golda Meir is the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century. Starring four-time Tony® and two-time Emmy® Award nominated, Tovah Feldshuh, this one-woman tour de force promises to be a thrilling, deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $129, with senior (60+) pricing available. The Color Purple, playing at The Smith Center from April 3rd through 8th, is a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love and Broadway phenomenon. With a joyous Grammy®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy. Tickets range from $24 for Balcony seats, to $129 for Gold Circle/Box Tier seating.

Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir

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On Monday evening, we attended The Mentalist, featuring the amazing Gerry McCambridge playing with people's minds. We have seen this show at least half a dozen times, each time going with different friends, all of whom (including some real skeptics) were royally impressed and entertained. These days, Gerry is performing in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. Over the past few years, we have seen him at both the Stardust and Hooters. We can vouch for the fact that McCambridges' audiences are not a room full of plants or shills. For example, on Monday night, much of the theater was filled with members of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, who had just returned from Afghanistan, accompanied by their families. We also spotted veteran (that means in experience, not necessarily in age) actresses, Beverly Washburn (The Greatest Show On Earth, Shane, Hans Christian Anderson, Walt Disney's Old Yeller, and hundreds of others), and Cynthia Pepper (Kissin' Cousins with Elvis Presley, My Three Sons, Margie, and more), in the crowd. We don't think their faces, showing astonishment, shock and awe, were acting jobs. For a different type of entertainment experience, we highly recommend The Mentalist. Show times for Gerry McCambridge at the V Theater, are Thursdays through Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. We suggest calling ahead to verify The Mentalist will be performing on any given date, as, on occasion (like when he went on a brief tour with Barry Manilow), he has an out of town gig. This week, he will be in Whistler, BC Canada, performing for a private group for and with motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. This is the second time Robbins has summoned McCambridge to perform for him and his Platinum Partners.

Gerry McCambridge The Mentalist, Beverly Washburn & Cynthia Pepper

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Happy birthday to comic Marty Allen who is celebrating his 90th today! If you want to see what 90 looks like, for SOME people, you can catch the funny man and his wife, the musical Karon Kate Blackwell, tomorrow and Sunday, at the Louie Anderson Theater inside Palace Station. Show times are at 4 p.m. Before tomorrows' show, some special things will take place in honor of Marty's milestone birthday. We hear that there just might be some VIPs (from the world of politics and entertainment) present to toast, and probably roast, the veteran funny man. Happy, happy birthday, Marty Allen!

Marty Allen is 90!

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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas will open at the downtown Plaza on March 31st. Show times are scheduled for 5 p.m., seven days a week (one of the reasons for the double casting).
The cast is made up of (alphabetically by first name) Ace Gilliam, as Aggie; Amanda Kaiser, as Angel; Anita Bean, Chorus Girl; Audrei-Kairen, as Jewel; Brittini Egizii, Chorus Girl; Brittany Nance, as Shy; Bruce Block, as Watchdog; Chris Rigers, as Senator; Claudia Cervenka, as Shy; Darcie Hubber, Chorus Girl; Diana Osborn, Chorus Girl; Elijah O'Connell, as Aggie; Geoffrey Tough, as Aggie; Jacquelyn Holland Wright, as Miss Mona; Jay Joseph, as Sheriff; Joelle Jenson, as Angel; John Ivanoff, as Governor; Kellie Wright, as Miss Mona; Quentin Walters, as Watchdog; Rafael Aguilar, as an Aggie; Ron Smith, as Sheriff; and Roland August and Ryan Bobbett, as Narrators.

We have just learned that Avant Garde, the variety show featuring Juliana Chen, Ed Alonzo, Kevin James and Antonio Hoyos, Michael Finney and Sonny Fontana, among others, that had been in the Plaza theater, is currently closed. It's a very talented cast, reviews have been good, and we have been told that the hotel likes the quality of the show. Hopes are to resolve the behind the scene issues, so that Avant Garde (or whatever they might call it) can continue.
We will keep you posted.

Jacquelyn Holland Wright

Frank Dumond 1958-2012

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We are very saddened to report the tragic death of well-known Las Vegas interior designer, Frank Dumond. Frank, who was born in New York on January 20th, 1958, died last weekend. Friend, Tim Olsen, tells us that, "After a stint as a model in New York City, the adventurous Frank tried out several places - Rochester, Buffalo, Alaska and Hawaii - before settling in Las Vegas and calling it home. A gifted interior designer, he was especially adept at combining vibrant colors and working with large homes. His clients often ended up as lifelong friends. For several years, Frank managed Lawrence's Furniture on Maryland Parkway across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His devoted clientele could count on Frank to provide a mix of special furniture and accessories - everything from the practical to wildly colorful and unconventional furnishings. Frank was, above all, a loyal and devoted friend. He always went out of his way to help those he loved, and was always generous to those in need.

Michael Feder had this to say about Frank. "We've lost a beautiful man to the times, the circumstances, the moment... The loss is no less dramatic, and the void no less gaping, than if it had been by some other fate. RIP Frank, you will be missed, and thought of both well and lovingly by your friends both close and dear."

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For America's Got Talent viewers, an introduction to magician Murray SawChuck probably isn't necessary. His star power has exploded onto the entertainment scene with the charisma, personality and talent of an entertainer born to be on stage and screen, after his successful run as a semi-finalist on the popular NBC-TV show. The No. 1 network summer series was viewed by more than 22 million fans nationwide. Murray, with his signature electric blonde hair, dazzled the judges - Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel - by producing a Ferrari from thin air, transforming a girl locked in a cage into a 450-pound tiger, and did the largest trick ever on "AGT" by vanishing an entire 1918 steam train locomotive in mere seconds. All of these illusions took place before a live and national television audience, and brought standing ovations from the judges. Now you can see him at the Gold Coast in Vegas Magic Theatre, but only through Sunday. Comedy entertainer John Park's wide-ranging career has taken him from Hollywood, where he appeared on HBO's award-winning Larry Sanders Show starring Garry Shandling, to Las Vegas, where he performed in Splash at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Strip. At the invitation of the late Bill Graham, John opened for Huey Lewis and the News, The Grateful Dead, and the Jerry Garcia Band. Park has performed on Persian rugs in Saudi Arabia for ex-pat oil workers, and even taken his act to sea, where he's played for the passengers of the SS Azure Seas, as well as Senator Dianne Feinstein on a historic schooner, the Dolph Remp. John's engaging performances have won over audiences like top executives at Microsoft and IBM, for whom he's put together corporate shows, Ontario television viewers who were lucky enough to catch John on CityTV's Breakfast Television, and festival-goers around the world, including attendees at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Moers Comedy Festival in Germany, where John wowed the audience for eight straight hours as the festival's emcee. Brit singer and magician, Ben Stone hosts the show, winning over the audience with not only his talent, but his charisma and charm. Murray SawChuck, with Douglas "Lefty" Leferovich and Lisa Cannon; John Park, and Ben Stone appear in Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre in the Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge through Sunday, with show times on Saturday at 5 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. Join performers in the Showroom Lounge one hour prior to the show for a FREE pre-show presentation of close up magic, card readings and other fun. Tickets starts at $14.95, plus taxes and fees, and may be purchased in the Gold Coast Gift Shop. Next week, March 29th through April 1st, it's Murray Hatfield and Teresa, Michael Goudeau, and Ben Stone hosting.

Murray SawChuck with "Lefty" & Lisa Cannon

John Park

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We first saw and heard Pascale Elia sing at the Treniers' veteran sax player, Don Hill's, 90th birthday celebration in November. We were unfamiliar with this lady, but like the others in the audience at Green Valley Ranch's Ovation, were very impressed. If you missed her then, or saw her and would like to see her again, Pascale will be singing at the Dispensary Lounge, tonight and tomorrow night, from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Ms. Elia will be backed by Uli Geissendoerfer on keyboard, Fred Watstein on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums. The Dispensary is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of Eastern. If you go hungry, the place has a great $3.95, 1/2 pound steak burger, served on a hot toasted bun along with an ice cold slice of beefsteak tomato, green leaf lettuce, red onions and a pickle spear. Additional toppings - bacon. American, Swiss, or Mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and jalapenos - are available at reasonable prices.

Pascale Elia

Rich Natole

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Clever comic impressionist, Rich Natole, who recently hosted Jukebox Live! at Garfield's at Desert Shores, did such a great job, he gets another chance to do it again, this time at the Italian American Social Club, tomorrow night, Saturday, March 24th, beginning at 8 p.m. Jukebox Live!, presents '50s, '60s and '70s Rock n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Funk, Disco and Soul, performed live, "just like you remember it." It's a showband/revue, with music you can dance to. Casual evening attired is suggested, and don't forget your dancing shoes! Tickets are $20. For pre-show dinner reservations, call (702) 4457-3860. The Italian American Club is located at 2333 E. Sahara, just east of Eastern.

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KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, a unique rock 'n roll-themed amusement attraction based around the legendary band KISS®, opened on March 15th, with co-founding band members, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, in attendance. As part of the celebration, KISS and Christina and Patrick Vitagliano, founders of KISS By Monster Mini Golf, slashed through the ceremonial ribbon followed by the group taking the first putt on the course. March 15th was proclaimed the official "KISS By Monster Mini Golf Day" by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. That days festivities included performances by the world's best KISS tribute band, Mr. Speed. The venue hosted the first ever "Hotter Than Hell" wedding, uniting Natasha and David Howard from California, with the bride being escorted down the aisle by Stanley and Simmons. In addition to the four KISS members, among the guests attending the "Black Carpet" opening were Doc McGhee, Angel Porrino and Absinthe, Cody Collins of Country Superstars, Steph Mackenzie, Jake Pavelka, members of Chippendales, Murray SawChuck, Three 6 Mafia, Fantasy cast members, Cheaza, Frank Marino, Andrew Dice Clay, Rick Harrison and Chumlee of Pawn Stars, Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventurers, Peepshow, Jersey Boys, Thunder From Down Under, Kevin Burke of Defending the Caveman, Tara Palsha, Hello Kitty, Sin City Sinners, Las Vegas KISS, Miss South West, and an appearance by KISS By Monster Mini Golf's very own Lady Demon, Lowercase g and "Little Shannon." "KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® has been in development for more than two years, and after the rock star opening that took place, it is destined to become a must see when anyone comes to visit Las Vegas," said Christina Vitagliano. "We love all of the supporters that helped us open the doors. Vegas, we are here to stay and ready to rock." KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is the first-of-its-kind indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed, rockin' 18-hole miniature golf course with a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS gift shop in the world, A KISS Gallery, the "Hotter Than Hell" Wedding Chapel, a private VIP Room, FANtastic KISS® themed event rooms and the "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" Café. KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is located in Las Vegas at 4503 Paradise Rd. in the Shoppes at Harmon Square across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

KISS By Monster Mini Golf Opens by Erik Kabik

Larry Taylor

Photo caption: KISS band members, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, with KISS By Monster Mini Golf Founders, Christina and Patrick Vitagliano. Photo by Erik Kabik.

And speaking of KISS, it has been announced that the band's 40-plus city summer tour, with Motley Crue, will include a stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on August 11th.

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DJ Larry Taylor, who about 20 years ago, turned what was supposed to be a two-week job at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, into an 18 year run, is now hoping for the same kind of success at the Pioneer Casino in Laughlin. Taylor, who currently calls the Nevada-Arizona area by the Colorado River his home, heads up Sunday's Country Line Dancing at Granny's, upstairs at the Pioneer. The fun starts at 1 p.m., with dance lessons, followed by three hours of showing off what you learned. Admission is only $10. In addition to all the dancing, patrons get two drinks, hotel restaurant vouchers, and drawing for free play in the casino for their ten bucks. What a deal!

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Will Edwards is taking on Vegas nightlife with a new brand of talk show. Enjoy appearances by celebrities and local guests, video segments, comedic performances, game show question-and-answer sessions, and spectacular musical guests. Plus, audience members have the opportunity to win prizes. The Will Edwards Show performed to sold-out audiences at Theatre 7 in Los Angeles, and is now in Las Vegas, every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa (they have wisely dropped the hard-to-spell Casuarina from their name), 160 E. Flamingo. General admission is $19.95. With a valid Nevada ID, tickets to the Will Edwards Show are just $15 at the hotel box office on the day of the show. Additional fees may apply. Specialty drinks are offered in the intimate showroom. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the show. The next Las Vegas show is on Wednesday, March 28th. Call (702) 946-8907, or (702) 836-5900.

Will Edwards

Nik Mastrangelo

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Nik Mastrangelo, who calls himself "Nik at Nite" when he's singing (Nik is an attorney by day), is performing at La Scala Restaurant, tomorrow night, from 7 to 10 p.m. Nik will be accompanied by Larry Millonzi on keyboard. La Scala is located at 1020 E. Desert Inn. Music lovers are invited to join them for an evening of great music and great food in an intimate setting. For additional information, call (702) 699-9980.

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We are always happy to hear from our readers. We are even happier when they ask a question that we can answer. For Jerry Vann's (that's with two "N"s) question, we knew just where to go to get the answer. Mr. Vann, who splits his time between Las Vegas and Houston, had this to say...
Human Nature has cxled tour dates!!! Is there a story here?? Does the hotel NOT want them to leave??? Oh well our Houston date is gone as are others. To bad that's this biddness here today cxld tomorrow!

We went to the top to find out what the story is. Alex Schechter, Vice President of SPI Entertainment, show producers, gave us this information.
Madstone Productions has announced it will make some scheduling changes to the upcoming national tour itinerary for Human Nature: The Motown Show (see revised itinerary below). With the recent launch of their album "The Motown Record," the group has been presented with a number of opportunities that will allow the Australian pop quartet to be seen by millions as they hit America's national TV airwaves (details coming soon). During its inaugural U.S. tour this spring, Human Nature: The Motown Show, presented by Smokey Robinson, will headline some of the East Coast's most prestigious theatres backed by their seven-piece band, The Funk Foundation. The tour kicks off on March 24th in Detroit at the Fischer Theatre and will travel to ten cities including Chicago, Boston and New York City's world famous Beacon Theatre. Additional dates include: Tue 4/24 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater; Wed 4/25 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre; Fri 4/27 Washington, DC Warner Theatre; Sun 4/29 Rosemont, IL Akoo Theater at Rosemont; Wed 5/2 Providence, RI Veterans Memorial Auditorium; Thurs 5/3 Hampton, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom; Fri 5/4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater; Sat 5/5 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre; and Sun 5/6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre. Human Nature, Australia's leading pop vocal group, pays tribute to the Motown sound. They deliver a classic yet modern take on Motown hits, featuring songs originally made famous by artists like the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Human Nature's distinctive and authentic performances of these ever-popular favorites represent everything audiences love about the songs, performed by four supremely talented young men who sing and dance their way through the Motown hit list. "Smokey Robinson Presents Australia's Human Nature - The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound" is produced by SPI Entertainment which also produces the hit shows "Thunder From Down Under," "Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas" and the "Australian Bee Gees Show".

"Smokey Robinson Presents Australia's Human Nature - The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound" performs five nights a week (dark Thursday and Friday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Human Nature Theater at Imperial Palace. Tickets may be purchased by calling (888) 777-7664 or online at

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Comedic mainstay, John Pinette, brings his stand-up routine to The Orleans Showroom next Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st, at 8 p.m. Pinette, a former American Comedy Awards Stand-up Comedian of the Year, received his big break in 1991, when he was asked to tour with the legendary Frank Sinatra. Since then, Pinette has starred as Edna Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical, Hairspray; opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie, Duets, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior, and with John Travolta in The Punisher. On the small screen, Pinette has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including Parker Lewis Can't Lose, ALF, Seinfeld and Vinnie & Bobby. In January 2007, his Comedy Central stand-up special and DVD, I'm Starvin', was released as a follow-up to his successful CD, Show Me The Buffet. His most recent one-hour Comedy Central special, John Pinette: Still Hungry, premiered in July 2011, and is available on DVD. Tickets prices start at $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting

John Pinette

Jimmy Buffett

And speaking of buffet, singer-songwriter, film producer, and businessman, yesterday, Mr. Jimmy Buffett, who often has his name misspelled (it's a capital "B" and two "T"s), was approved for a Nevada gambling license that will let Buffett share in the gambling revenues from his Margaritaville casino in Las Vegas. The casino, located inside the Flamingo, opened in October. Buffett has had a presence in this city since 2003 when his Margaritaville restaurant launched at the Las Vegas Strip hotel casino.

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Linda Bulgo and a talented cast of performers continue to ride the Hollywood Star Express, Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Clarion Hotel & Casino's Star Theater. Tickets are, General Admission, $29.95 (2-for-1), and VIP, $39.95 per person, includes preferred seating and two drinks. The Clarion (formerly the Greek Isles) is at 305 Convention Center Drive. For reservations, call the Clarion Box Office at (702) 990-1524.

Mark OToole, joined by the Mistinguett Showgirls, performs in It's Vegas Baby! at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow night at 7, and Sunday afternoon at 3. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. It's Vegas Baby!, a musical salute to the Great Las Vegas Crooners, is produced and directed by Minstinguett Productions. The Starbright is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., in the hills of Sun City Summerlin.

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When Larry Liso isn't performing alongside Carmine Mandia, Ryan Baker and Lisa Smith in Shades of Sinatra at the Clarion on Convention Center Drive (shows on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.), he can be heard singing for his supper at a couple of local dining spots. On Wednesday nights, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Liso performs at Siena Trattoria, 9500 W. Sahara. Rated Best of the Best by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this new trendy Italian Restaurant boasts a popular Happy Hour. Call (702) 736-8424. On Fridays, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Liso moves over to La Scala Ristorante, 1020 E. Desert Inn. This quaint Italian restaurant was originally owned by famed chef, Joe Pignatello (Frank Sinatra's personal Las Vegas Chef), and became renown for serving delectable Italian flavors to guests with the most elaborate of palates. Enjoy white glove service in a romantic atmosphere, while listening to the standards sung by Liso. For more info, call (702) 699-9980. On March 30th and 31st, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Larry Liso, accompanied by a four piece band, performs at the Rampart's Addison Lounge, in the beautiful J.W. Marriott Hotel & Casino in the heart of Summerlin. For more show info, please call (702) 507-5900. For Shades of Sinatra reservations, call (702) 990-1524 or visit

Larry Liso

Oprah Winfrey & Rosie O'Donnell (Then)

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Rosie O'Donnell turned 50 on Wednesday. Her early birthday gift from Oprah Winfrey was learning that her five month old TV show, airing on Oprah's floundering OWN, has been canceled. O'Donnell's last show taped on March 20th and will air on March 30th. The handwriting was on the wall for Rosie, when her live band disappeared, followed shortly after by her live, as well as home viewing, audience. We know of at least one person who is shedding no tears over Rosie's demise...her arch nemesis, Donald Trump. Things have not gone well for much of anything on Oprah's network, including her very OWN show. Two other celebrity-hosted shows are also headed for oblivion, at least for a while. Both Martha Stewart and Nate Berkus (a Harpo production) have been canceled.

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