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Note: This is a past column from April 13, 2012
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Las Vegas - April 13, 2012


Michaelina Bellamy

Pamela Langevin

The entertainment community is suffering the recent loss of two more talented performers, with the death of singer Michaelina Bellamy on Saturday morning, and ballerina Pamela Langevin on March 23rd. Michaelina was a principal singer in the Tropicana's long running production, Les Follies Bergere, and also shared the stage with both Engelbert Humperdinck and Wayne Newton. Mikie, who was 59, had been battling acute myeloid leukemia for some time. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells. The cancer grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. Acute means the disease develops quickly. Although she lost weight and her hair as the result of treatment to try and combat the disease, Bellamy never lost her ability to sing.

We have been told that services for Mikie will be on Tuesday the 24th starting at 10am at the Guardian Angel Cathedral Catholic Church, with follow-up services at Veteran's Memorial Park at 2pm. There may be a celebration of life memorial at the Tropicana that evening. We will know more be next Friday.

We are also saddened to report the tragic, unexpected death of dancer/choreographer, Pamela Cooke-Langevin, on March 23rd. Pamela was born in Vermont, and grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, receiving her early training at the Cantarella School, and dancing with the Berkshire Ballet from 1976 to 1980. She was in the company's first production of Igor Youskevitch's Coppelia. Over the years, Pamela was a principal dancer with the Lido de Paris, in both Paris and the Stardust in Las Vegas. She was in Enter the Night, also at the Stardust, the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana, Hello Hollywood Hello in Reno, and worked with Blair Farrington. In addition, Pamela had been a guest artiste with Les Ballet Montreal and the North West Florida Ballet, and a principal dancer with the Opus Dance Ensemble in Las Vegas. Pamela, her husband, Marc Langevin, and daughter, Lilly, lived in Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Marc writes that, in recent years, Pamela loved teaching her Zumba and ballet classes, taking violin lesson, walking on the beach and swimming in the ocean. She was going to travel to choreograph a ballet in California, and was also planning to produce a show for the Christmas season in Grand Cayman. Pamela Langevin died at the age of 50, after being in a coma for more than 24 hours following a scuba diving accident near her home. She is survived by her husband Marc, and their 10-year-old daughter, Lilly. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday.

Services for music man Bruce Zarka, who passed away in Las Vegas on April 2nd at the age of 64, were held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Henderson on Wednesday morning. Based on the number of people who gathered to say goodbye to Bruce, he had a lot of friends, especially in the entertainment community. Among those who turned out for the service were Sidro Garcia (Sidro's Armada), Jessica Kluger Marciel, Ray Glover, Steven Lee Cowart, Greg Smith (Smith Brothers), Mark Adams, Geralyn Lee, Whitney Phoenix and Marianne LeMoine Phoenix, Shelly Taylor, Joey Vespe, Colleen Custer, Jonas, Jimmy Racey, Mark Barrett, Bob and Corrie Sachs, Larry "Denny" Denman and Janet Denman, Peter Radd, Mike Tramonta, Enrique Corro, Renee Hale, Phil Leo, Tim Cooper, Chuy Gomez, Jeff Popp, Pam Nichols, Frank Fabio, DJ Curtin and Jimmy and Carmel Conway (DJ and Jimmy were members of Brendan Bowyer's Royal Showband with Bruce), Mary Marcella Schwartz, Barbara Ciartantini, and Dori Kotzan. Bruce, a St. Louis-native, had been a working musician since he was in his teens, playing keyboards with both Louie Prima and Sam Butera during his 40+ year career. For the last 13 years of his life, Zarka played piano in the Baccarat Bar at Bellagio, accompanied by Geralyn Lee on bass. Bruce Zarka is survived by his wife of 41 years, Debbie, and their daughter, Shelley. When it became apparent that Bruce was not going to beat the cancer that he had been fighting, Shelley and her fiancé, Ben Aronhime, who had a wedding date scheduled for May, were married in a quiet ceremony at the Zarka home days before Bruce's death. Shelley and Ben will marry again, in a formal ceremony, at St. Thomas More Church next month.

The family suggests donations in Bruce's name be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

(A thank you to Mark Barrett for his help in providing a number of names of attendees at Bruce's service. There were many we did not see, and others that we did not recognize.)


Bruce Zarka

Mayor Carolyn Goodman & Martin Kreloff

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On Wednesday, during Mayor Carolyn Goodman's first State of the City Address, artist Martin Kreloff was among those recognized for their contributions to Las Vegas. Pole Dancers, created by Kreloff, is one of three works of art on the Cultural Corridor Trail that won the Public Art award. The Cultural Corridor trail spans 12 blocks from the Mob Museum, 300 E. Stewart Ave., to the Old Mormon Fort, 500 E. Washington Ave. Pole Dancers are banners representing each cultural institution along the trail. The city's Arts Commission arranged for site-specific art to enhance the corridor. "Each brightly painted banner features the hands of humanity in action, presenting a compelling tale of Las Vegas activism and achievement," Goodman said. A relative Vegas newbie (anyone who has lived here less than 10 years, Marty Kreloff was overjoyed to be honored by Mayor Goodman with the 2011 Las Vegas Mayor's Urban Design Award for his banners. In his time here, Kreloff has made himself an important part of the arts community. Appropriately, and wisely, his creativity has been, and is being, acknowledged by the city.

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Martin Kreloff Pole Dancers

Gail Bennett

Linda Bulgo's Hollywood Star Express revue, which played at the Clarion for six weeks, has ended its run there. According to the multi-talented Ms. Bulgo, she has not given up on Las Vegas. We have to give the lady a lot of credit. The actress/writer/producer put her money where her mouth is to follow her dream - a dream to perform in her own Las Vegas show that she has had since she was a teenager. Linda, who was a cast member of the famed Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco (where she still lives), is going to take some time, make some needed changes to Hollywood Star Express, and, like The Terminator, she "will be back."

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The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opens at the Henderson Pavilion tonight and runs through April 22nd. The cast is made up of Gail Bennett as Cinderella, Joey DeBenedetto as Prince Christopher, Susan Lowe as Stepmother, Caitlin Shea as Grace, Emily Peterson as Joy, Francesca Camus as the Fairy Godmother, Byron Tidwell as King, Collette E. Robinson as Queen, and G. Scott Spence as Lionel. Cinderella's musical director, Bill Fayne, tell us, "Gail and Joey are New York theater folk and are especially wonderful. The principals are terrific and Louisa Lemos, the director, has done a great job with the entire cast and show." Shows are Fridays and Saturdays, April 14th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 8 p.m., and Sundays, the 15th and 22nd at 7 p.m. Gates open an hour before show time. Tickets are $10. The open air Henderson Pavilion theater is located at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, in Henderson, of course.


Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

Nelson Sardelli & Norm Johnson

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Due to numerous commitments this last week, Cousin Claire had to miss yesterday's F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon. We know that, once again, there was a big turnout of both presidents and first ladies, and a good time was had by most. Thanks to the help of our spies, we will report on the festivities, and have a photo or two, in next Friday's column. In the meantime, we will mention that the guest speaker at the non-club club gathering, was Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, and journalist/publicist, Norm Johnson, was honored with a classy looking plaque from the group, to thank him for his support of the usually organized organization.

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We're off to see Andrea Marcovicci at The Smith Center tonight. We very, very rarely plan any outings for Thursdays or Fridays, but in the case of seeing New York on a Las Vegas stage, we couldn't resist (and besides, we have been instructed to relay greetings to Ms. Marcovicci from her friend, and ours, songwriter/performer/musician, David Pomeranz). We hope readers in this part of the world are taking advantage of the talent coming into the new Smith Center, buying tickets, and getting out of your routine for a couple of hours. As for Andrea Marcovicci, her weekend performances in the Cabaret Jazz, features Marcovicci Sings Movies, with a dazzling array of film songs from the 1930s through the 1990s - from Top Hat to Toy Story 2 - and with a nod and a wink to silver screen legends like Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Fred Astaire. Among the show's musical offerings are Henry Mancini's "Two for the Road," "Days of Wine and Roses," and "Charade," along with "Long Ago and Far Away," "The Way We Were," and "As Time Goes By." This talented lady, who has acting credits in film and television and has performed at Carnegie Hall, reminds us how movie music has scored our lives and loves. Tickets, priced at $39, $55 and $75, are still available for some shows. Performance times are tonight, April 13th, at 8:30, and tomorrow, April 14th, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. To purchase, call (702) 749-2000, or contact online at www.TheSmithCenter.com.


Andrea Marcovicci

Dean Martin Bronze

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On Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4 p.m., Regis Galerie, the folks that brought you Lladro's beautiful Passionate Tango porcelain last October, will host a grand unveiling celebration of its exclusive Dean Martin bronze sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist, Lance Richlin. The Dean Martin sculpture, designed to pay homage to the legendary entertainer, is the third piece in Regis Galerie's signature Rat Pack Bronze Collection. The collection currently features Frank Sinatra, in a scene from the 1957 film, Pal Joey, as well as with his Rat Pack buddies, Dean and Sammy Davis, Jr., performing together. Only 300 of these bronzes will be made. They will retail for $6,500 (with a special price of $5,500 the day of the unveiling). Ten percent of sales made on April 21st will be donated to the American Lung Association. Regis Galerie, the high-end art collections boutique, is located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

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Mark Nadler, who appeared here with KT Sullivan in January, is very excited to announce the release of his new CD, Crazy 1961. The recording will be available for purchase beginning April 18th. To celebrate, Karen Lotman Productions and Nadler are launching the CD with a performance of the well-reviewed show, Crazy 1961, followed by a party on Wednesday, April 18th at 9:30 p.m. at The Laurie Beechman Theater (located within the West Bank Café), 407 W. 42nd St., between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. There is a $35 cover charge (which includes the show and the party) and a $15 food and/or drink minimum. The number for reservations is (212) 695-6909 or you can visit [email protected].


Mark Nadler

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

And also happening on that other coast...
This Sunday, April 15th at 3 p.m., the 27th Annual Alec Wilder Music Concert, will take place at Christ and St. Stephen's Church, 120 W. 69th Street. Honorary hosted by Joe Wilder, the concert will feature John Noel Roberts, piano soloist from Stephen F. Austin University, Texas, who recently recorded an all Wilder solo piano CD for Albany Records; The Salvatones - a seven member professional vocal ensemble from New York City, with special arrangements by Roger Wesby; Carl Rath, bassoon soloist; Jeongwon Ham, piano, both faculty at University of Oklahoma, performing the Sonata No. 3 for Bassoon and Piano; popular vocalists, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, joined by the legendary jazz artists, Joe Wilder on trumpet, and Gene Bertoncini on guitar, celebrating the Life and Music of Alec Wilder (1907-1980). Among Alec Wilder's compositions are "I'll Be Around," "It's So Peaceful In the Country," "While We're Young," "Blackberry Winter," and "Moon and Sand." Tickets are $20. Student tickets (with ID) are $10. All are available at the door.

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Too Old For the Chorus (But Not Too Old To Be A Star), will be presented by Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, in Nashville, through April 22nd. Too Old For The Chorus is a smart, funny musical revue about men and women who find themselves suddenly 50! Set in their neighborhood retro coffee shop, five characters express, over 18 musical numbers, the gamut of their frustrations and joys - from troublesome relations with still demanding parents and cutting edge technology, to finding delight in second careers (and second chances), to getting smarter and finally knowing that "age is just a number." The title celebrates life, finding fulfillment and being appreciated for exactly who you are - all while getting a senior discount!


Poster by Martin Kreloff

Margo Bartlett Pesek

Conceived by Mark Winkler, with book, music and lyrics by Marie Cain, Shelly Markham, and Winkler. Additional material suggested by Jill Mesaros and Paula Kalustian. Directed by Martha Wilkinson, with music direction by Jaclyn Brown. "Uproarious! Show Biz bliss!" - San Diego Union Tribune. "The show hits a marketing sweet spot. It plays to the vast baby boom generation...but its appeal isn't limited to that audience. As with Avenue Q, the topics here are universal. Time and again, ache gives way to good humor and renewed determination. You'll leave rethinking 50 as '27, with 23 years of experience." - The Los Angeles Times. "Musical theatre doesn't get much better than this. With literate lyrics that rival Cole Porter and Noël Coward." - Get Up and Go. "A little show with a big heart. The numbers reverberate with wit and humanity!" - LA Weekly. "The new musical revue written by Mark Winkler, Marie Cain and Shelly Markham is a smart, funny and sometimes touching exploration of the challenges and joys of aging." - SanDiego.com. Through April 22nd - Every Thursday and Saturday, Theatre In the Afternoon, $19. Bring Your Own Lunch, beverages provided or order Chaffin's Boxed Lunch when you make your reservation for an additional $8.50. Thursday - Saturday Dinner Shows and Sunday Buffet $60/adult, 58/seniors 65+, $45/students 13-18, $35/children 12 and under. Thursday - Sunday Show Only, $40/ adults, $35/students, $30/Children 12 and under Lunch: Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m.; Sunday 12 noon. Dinner: Thursday-Saturday 6 p.m. (all prices include coffee, tea and soft drinks and tax). Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100, in Nashville, Tennessee. Call (615) 646-9977 for additional information.

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Some news from Lisa Gioia-Acres, regarding the Las Vegas Media Group...
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the city's News Bureau. The bureau is trying to track down former photographers, and thought that some Claire Voyant readers may be able to help. (Cousin Claire is especially interested in finding Donn Knepp, who created, Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital, a Sunset Pictorial. Readers? Also, LVMG member, Andy Martello, will be making an appearance on The History Channel's very popular TV show, American Restoration, on Wednesday, April 18th. The show airs in Las Vegas at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Eastern, and 9 p.m. Central. This episode will feature Martello restoring an extremely rare piece of Nevada's history - a billboard from the El Rey Club in Searchlight. If you have an interest in old Nevada, tune in. The next Las Vegas Media Group luncheon meeting will take place next Monday, April 16th at 11:30 a.m. at The Wedding Room, located at 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of Valley View. If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?) located, and/or The Cellar, then you know where it is; Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. Lunch is $15. The speaker is Las Vegas Review-Journal travel columnist, Margo Bartlett Pesek. Reservations are required. Call Lisa at (702) 245-9206. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712.

If anyone in our membership has a sound system that they can lend for the meetings, please give us a holler! If not, bring your hearing aid!

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Magician Murray SawChuck, who has gotten plenty of national exposure on TV shows, including ABC's America's Got Talent, Comedy Central and the popular Pawn Stars opens a limited engagement run in the Tropicana's new Laugh Factory on April 30th. Jamie Masada's legendary Laugh Factory has now taken over Brad Garrett's former showroom as a multi-venue comedy experience at the Trop. Murray, who starts his first 3-month run on April 30th, is taking on the first-of-its-kind magic challenge in the round for audiences. He'll appear nightly at 7, before the 8:30 and 10:30 standup comics yet to be announced. Comedy sidekick and sleight-of-hand artist, Douglas "Lefty" Leferovich, also is part of the show. Masada's Laugh Factory is known for hosting some of the biggest names in comedy, including Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Rodney Dangerfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Andy Kaufman, Jay Leno, David Letterman, George Lopez, Bill Maher, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Paul Rodriguez, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Chris Tucker and Robin Williams, and will produce live shows and TV specials from the Trop's main showroom.


Murray SawChuck

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For the 11th year, Rio stars, Penn & Teller, will serve as Grand Marshals during Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN's) 22nd Annual AIDS Walk, taking place from UNLV's Student Union on Sunday. The magic men will also lead the Penn & Teller Challenge team, promising to match all funds raised by their team. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the AIDS walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The walk provides funds for programs to assist and educate more than 3,500 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS living in Southern Nevada. Sign-in for teams and individuals is at 8 a.m. Opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. AIDS Walk starts at 10:30 a.m., and closing ceremony is at noon. Chris Saldana, anchor of 8 News Now, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas. Registration is free, but a minimum donation of $50 per person is requested. All interested participants are encouraged to register online at www.afanlv.kintera.org/2012aw

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN's 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN's mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

Also on Sunday, is Las Vegas' Third Annual Broadway Bares: Barelesque. The show takes place at one minute before midnight on the Peepshow stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Hosted by The Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets, Broadway Bares: Barelesque features the sexiest entertainers from the Las Vegas Strip, with a special performance by Peepshow's Josh Strickland. Proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Tickets are available for $20. VIP tickets, which include a $20 tax deduction, are also available for $50. All tickets can be purchased in-person at the CHI Showroom and online at www.Ticketmaster.com.


Josh Strickland

Kathleen Dunbar

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Rising stars and established comedians from across the country are making them laugh Wednesday through Sunday evenings at Big Al's Comedy Club, located inside The Orleans Hotel and Casino. Local favorites such as Kathleen Dunbar, Brian McKim and Traci Skene are among those scheduled to appear in the club in the coming weeks. "Starting in January, we shifted Big Al's focus to weekly acts, booking comedians who regularly play the club circuit across the country," said Tony Taeubel, Vice President and General Manager of The Orleans. "And so far, this model is working extremely well. The pool of talent to choose from in Las Vegas and nearby cities is deep. Each week, we're bringing great new talent into Big Al's, giving our guests an entertaining comedy club experience at an exceptional value." The 180-seat venue provides an intimate club experience, complementing the nationally renowned comedy acts hosted regularly at the Orleans Showroom. In recent months, the 800-seat showroom has hosted Bob Saget, Dana Carvey, Don Rickles, John Pinette, Paula Poundstone and Sinbad, with upcoming performances by Dennis Miller (April 27-28), Bill Maher (May 5-6), Rob Schneider (May 11-12) and D.L. Hughley (June 8-9). "Whether you're looking for rising young comedians or world-famous stars, you can find it at The Orleans, Las Vegas' leading comedy entertainment destination," Taeubel said.

Upcoming performances include:
- Brian McKim and Traci Skene (April 18-22);
- Kathleen Dunbar and Kevin Downey, Jr. (April 25-29);
- Robert Duchaine and Jill Bryan (May 2-6);
- Tim O'Rourke and Lang Parker (May 9-13);
- Quinn Dahle and Brandt Tobler (May 16-20);
- Tanya Lee Davis and Jason Harris (May 23-27).
Big Al's Comedy Club show time is 8 p.m. each evening, Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and include one drink. Tickets can be purchased at Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, visiting www.orleanscasino.com, or in person at the door (based on availability.) Two for one discounts are available with valid military ID.

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Happy birthday Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) celebrants - Marty Allen, Louie Anderson, Larry Atello, Sebastian Bach, George Benson, Jackie Brett, Peabo Bryson, James Caan, Danny Calico, Mariah Carey, David Cassidy, Kenny Chesney, Barbara Ciarlantini, Eric Clapton, Roy Clark, Michael Cohen, Vita Corimbi, Grace "Bambi Jr." Morley Coronel, Corky D'Fini, Celine Dion, Ervin Drake, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Emerson, John Encinio, Jackie Evancho, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Carole Fishman, Mary Flanigan, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Brad Garrett, Vince Gill, Al Green, Shecky Greene, Joel Grey, Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett, Merle Haggard, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Christopher Hassell, Hugh Hefner, Perez Hilton, Benny Hollman, Janis Ian, Eric Idle, Elton John, Norah Jones, Gabe Kaplan, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, Vicki Lawrence, David Letterman, Loretta Lynn, Bob Mackie, Peter Marshall, Reba McEntire, Eddie Money, Wayne Newton, JD Nicholas (The Commodores), John Oates, Rosie O'Donnell, Donna Organ, Tony Orlando, Jimmy Osmond, John Pinette, Debbie Reynolds, Peter Mark Richman, Rich Rizzo, Diana Ross, Leon Russell, Steve Schiffman, Mary Marcella Schwartz, Brian Setzer, Arthur Shafman, Henry Shed (Shead), Martin Short, Susan Meinhold Sobel, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Tyler, Bobby Vinton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Leigh Zimmerman.

And Happy anniversary to Buddy and Lezlie Anders Greco, and Sandy and Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett.


Jackie Brett

Barbara Ciarlantini

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Disney On Ice, produced by Feld Entertainment (the same folks who brought you Siegfried and Roy), presents 100 Years of Magic at the Thomas & Mack Center, April 19th through 22nd. Show times are Friday the 20th at 7 p.m.; Saturday the 21st at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday the 22nd at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. To order by phone, call (702) 739-FANS (3267).


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On the evening of April 14th, 1912, a number of first-class passengers on the Titanic reveled in a privately hosted ten-course meal just hours before the fateful event. In memory of the lives lost, Chef Beni, of Bar+Bistro, has recreated the first-class extravaganza as served in the first-class dining salon of the R.M.S. Titanic on that fateful night. On this April 14th, tomorrow, a special dinner, with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m., will set you back $88 per person (tax and gratuity not included). The menu will include: First Course - Hors D'Oeuvres (Oysters); Second Course - Consommé Olga (Cream of Barley); Third Course - Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce, Cucumbers; Fourth Course - Filet Mignons Lili or Saute of Chicken, Lyonnaise, Vegetable Marrow Farci; Fifth Course - Lamb, Mint Sauce or Roast Duckling, Apple Sauce or Sirloin of Beef, Chateau Potatoes, with green pea, creamed carrots, boiled rice, parmentier and boiled new potatoes; Sixth Course - Punch Romaine; Seventh Course - Roast Squab and Cress; Eighth Course - Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette; Ninth Course - Pate de Foie Gras, Celery; Tenth Course - Waldorf Pudding or Peaches in Chartreuse Jelly, Chocolate and Vanilla Éclairs or French Ice Cream. Make your reservations today by calling (702) 202-6060. Seating is limited.

Bar+Bistro, located at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155, is now listed on Zagat! Other accolades include "The Best Brunches in Vegas" Las Vegas Weekly; "Where to eat: 10 of Las Vegas' best bets for brunch" Las Vegas Sun; "The 50 Essential Restaurants" 'Eating Las Vegas 2012'

"Top 10 Bars" The Guardian, UK, Las Vegas City Guide; "Las Vegas' Best New Attractions" Travel + Leisure. Bistro hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 11a.m. to 11p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1a.m.; Sundays, 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Hangover Brunch hours are Saturdays from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Bar hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 4 to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1a.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the web site at www.barbistroaf.com, or call (702) 202-6060.

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Mark Giovi will sing during dinnertime, through Saturday this week, at Mr. B's Ristorante. Hear him while dining from 7 and 10:30 p.m. No cover charge. Mr. B's Bar Grill Ristorante (Red Piano Lounge) is located at 3824 Paradise Rd., just south of Twain. Reservations are recommended. Call (702) 836-9449.

And speaking of Mark Giovi...Thanks to Mark, Ned Mills on keyboards, and LJ Harness on drums, the Tap House Italian American Bar & Grill, at 5589 W. Charleston, has become a popular hangout on Monday nights. They call it The Vegas Underground, and from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Mondays, the Tap House is where Las Vegas entertainers - singers, musicians, comedians, etc. - come to play and be seen and heard. In addition to the showcase, the establishment also offers drinks, dining and dancing.

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Celebrities, starring singing comic impersonator, Houston MacPherson, opens at the Clarion's Wolf Theater, 305 Convention Center Drive, on Tuesday, April 17th. Show times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 4 p.m. Ticket prices, all inclusive, are $29.95 for General Admission and $39.95 for Preferred Seating (includes two drinks). Limited special, $10 dollar discount off of each ticket price. For reservations, call Clarion Box Office at (702) 990-1524. When in Las Vegas...See Houston.

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A longtime friend, and former co-worker, sent us this information. It seems like a good idea, so we are passing it along to our readers...
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. P.S.: I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him..... He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem. Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.
Thanks, Krennwinkle.



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