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Note: This is a past column from June 15, 2012
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Las Vegas - June 15, 2012


Jimmy Emerson

Wayne Newton

It seems that they are two of a kind, and we don't mean Rich Natole and Bethany Owen who have a show by that name coming up on June 23rd (more on that subject later in this column). The two of a kind we are talking about right now are both people who should come equipped with a great big warning label.

Leopards, as most people know, are carnivores, meaning 'meat eaters' (Latin, carne meaning 'flesh' and vorare meaning 'to devour'). It is said that leopards rarely change their spots... although sometimes they do, like in recent months when they might be known to move from one Vegas hotel (the Four Queens) to another (the Riviera). That seems to be the case, anyway, with leopard No. 1, Norbert Aleman, and his resurrected show, An Evening at La Cage. Inspired by the successful Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein Broadway musical, the popular female impersonator show, with roots in Los Angeles (1982) and a company in Atlantic City (1984), was produced by Lou Paciocco and Mr. Aleman. In 1985, when An Evening at La Cage opened at the Riviera in Las Vegas, Dick Feeney (The Rat Pack Is Back, World's Greatest Magic) became associate producer. Over the years, Paciocco and Feeney dropped out of the La Cage picture. After about 25 years, many of them rocky, so did the star/host of the revue, Frank Marino. For the most part, none of the Aleman "divorces" were friendly. Marino went on to open his own show, Divas Las Vegas, at the Imperial Palace. Fast forward to July 2011, and we find plus-size comic/female impersonator, Jimmy Emerson (Starr Pro Productions), a onetime cast member (comedy lead and backup host) of La Cage at the Riv, joining forces with Aleman to reopen the revue at the Four Queens (we love the irony of a female impersonator show at the Four Queens). Huh? What could Emerson be thinking, teaming up with Aleman in a special licensing agreement? Jimmy had witnessed the drama involving Mr. Aleman, but he wanted to be able to use the name La Cage, and he needed Norbert to do it. We suggested to our friend Mr. Emerson, that based on Aleman's past history, this didn't seem like a great idea. The too nice, positive-thinking Jimmy Emerson jumped in with both feet, and 27 years after its original Vegas launch, An Evening at La Cage, starring Jimmy Emerson, opened at the Four Queens. In last Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal, entertainment writer, Mike Weatherford, told part of the tale and where things, sort of, stand now. We will have Emerson's side of the story next Friday.

Then, there is leopard No. 2...Wayne Newton. With Newton, much like Aleman, just about all of his business relationships and "deals" wind up ugly and in the hands of attorneys. No real surprise that such is the case with the Wayner and Steve Kennedy, the big investor in the attempts to turn Casa de Shenandoah, Newton's 40 acre estate in southeast Las Vegas, into a museum. We have to wonder why any smart businessperson would get involved with Mr. Newton. Obviously, Steve Kennedy didn't do his homework. Even if he had turned to the Internet, he would have learned about Wayne's previous bankruptcies, and numerous other issues. Newton (dba Erin Miel, Inc.) has been placed on the AFM's International Unfair List (posted on the AFM website and in the January 2006 issue of the International Musician), this prohibits all AFM members from rendering services for Newton performances. The Musicians Union of Las Vegas, Local 369 AFM, continues to have a labor dispute with Wayne Newton over serious work issues. When Wayne works, a non-union band replaces dues-paying union members. Wayne keeps spending money he doesn't have.

And speaking of which...Remember the antique desk that seemed to disappear from the Liberace Museum overnight? Darrin Hollingsworth, the former hotshot who ran the museum for a period of time, tried to intimidate Cousin Claire, chastising her for asking employees what had happened to the desk. With the answers we did, and didn't get, we concluded that the desk had been purchased by a local auctioneer for an anonymous local buyer. We suspected that the anonymous buyer was Wayne Newton. When we spoke about it, people thought we had lost the last of what was left of our marbles. We recently found out where the desk is. Surprise (not to us), it is in the Red Room of the Newton house at Casa de Shenandoah. While Newton can't pay his veterinarian bills, he can afford to purchase a piece of decorative furniture? Hmmm. While other people and businesses pay the financial consequences for Wayne's extravagances, the former Mr. Las Vegas' lifestyle doesn't seem to suffer. Big house. Big cars. Big ego. If you would like to know more about the Newton longtime pattern of doing business, Google Wayne Newton Creditors. There are many, many creditors. One prominent and longtime Las Vegan, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes Wayne as having an "irrational sense of entitlement." As for the estate, Wayne Newton is not Elvis Presley. He never was and he never will be. To compare Newton's Casa de Shenandoah to Elvis' Graceland in Memphis is a real stretch. At this point, we would more likely describe Casa de Shenandoah as DIS-GRACELAND.

Actually, when we think about it, calling Aleman and Newton leopards, might be a real insult to the cat family.

Do any readers know how Cousin Claire can connect with Elaine Okamura Newton, or she with us? If so, please let us know, or have her get in touch with us. Thank you.

Stay tuned. There is much more to come on both of these topics.


Missing Liberace Desk

The REAL Million Dollar Quartet - Lewis, Perkins, Presley & Cash

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The Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Philips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame...at Million Dollar Quartet, playing at The Smith Center through Father's Day Sunday. Ticket prices range from $35 for balcony seats, to $129 for box tier seats (plus taxes and fees). Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations. The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, just west of downtown Las Vegas.

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The 2012 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, honoring excellence in dance on stage and screen, was presented June 4th at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The ceremony honored Liza Minnelli with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. Broadway veterans, Chita Rivera and Susan Stroman, as well as Grey Gardens filmmaker, Albert Maysles, and Smash choreographer, Josh Bergasse, were presenters for the evening, along with Tony Danza, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Melissa Errico, Joe Morton, Lee Roy Reams, Tamara Tunie, John Turturro and Karen Ziemba (Danza and Reams starred together in the Las Vegas production of The Producers). The 30th annual Astaire Awards ceremony was dedicated to Tony-winning producer, Marty Richards. Tony-nominated producer Kathleen Raitt also was recognized with a special award for her efforts in helping to establish the Astaire Awards.

The nominees follow:

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Musical:

Elena Roger (Evita), Ashley Amber (Evita), Bahiyah Hibah (Evita), Jan Maxwell (Follies), Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Kara Lindsay (Newsies), Kelli O'Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson (Porgy & Bess).

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical:

Hugh Jackman (Back on Broadway), Ricky Martin (Evita), Danny Burstein (Follies), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Leap of Faith), Jason Tam (Lysistrata Jones), Jeremy Jordan, (Newsies), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Thayne Jasperson (Newsies), Ryan Steele (Newsies) Ephraim Sykes (Newsies), Matthew Broderick (Nice Work if You Can Get It) and Robert Hartwell (Nice Work if You Can Get It).

Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Musical:

Rob Ashford (Evita), Sergio Trujillo (Leap of Faith), Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Steve Hoggett (Once) and Ron Brown (Porgy & Bess).

Outstanding Feature Film (Fictional):

"The Artist," "Damsels in Distress," "Footloose," "Musical Chairs," "Passione" and "W.E."

Outstanding Dance Documentary:

"Check Your Body at the Door," "First Position," "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance," "Never Stand Still" and "Pina."


Lee Roy Reams & Melissa Errico

Bill Nolte

Actor Bill Nolte, who, like Tony Danza and Lee Roy Reams, was a cast member in the Vegas version of The Producers, will spend part of his summer in San Diego. He will be performing at the Diversionary Theatre as Fuz in Harmony, Kansas, through July 22nd. With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas, tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn't expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group considers performing in public, threatening everything that matters to him, including the life he's made with the man he loves. Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 to provide quality theatre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The mission of the theatre is to produce plays with gay, lesbian and bisexual themes that portray characters in their complexity and diversity both historically and contemporarily. Located in the University Heights district, Diversionary Theatre is recognized as one of San Diego's best theaters. It is one of the most vibrant showcases of theatrical talent in the city. The goal of the theatre is to continue telling the story of the LGBT community, while providing a home and venue for the remarkable talents of San Diego's theater professionals. Financial support for Diversionary Theatre is provided partly by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture. The Diversionary Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre. It is located at 4545 Park Boulevard #101. Call the box office at (619) 220-0097. Mr. Nolte, who is a fine artist, tells us that he hopes to be doing lots of watercolors while in beautiful San Diego.


Katrina Loncaric, Takis Chlaris & Sweet Baby James

And singer/actress, Katrina Loncaric, who also appeared in The Producers, contacted Cousin Claire to let readers know that she and her little family have relocated to Atlanta, so 10-month-old baby James can get to know his grandparents. For the next two weeks, Katrina will be teaching a Musical Theatre workshop for the Atlanta Jazz Theatre Summer Intensive.

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More than 60 Presidents, First Ladies and friends didn't let a little heat stop them from attending the June F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon meeting yesterday. This was Dick Contino's second appearance at a F.I.O.R.E. meeting in almost eight years. He has probably been too busy attending Italian Festivals all over the country and parts of Asia. President Peter Anthony "presided" and emceed this month's event. Dr. Lonnie Hammargen introduced the guest Speaker Dr. Peter J. Shields. A great program. Dr. George Ritter joined the great musical ensemble, The Usual and Malcontented Suspects, under the direction of award winner musician, Gary Anderson. Only a few well behaved aliens were spotted in the buffet line. Some of them did not do so well on election day. President Nelson Sardelli (all the gentlemen members are presidents) tells cousin Claire that, henceforth (or from now on even), the F.I.O.R.E. luncheons will be moved from Thursdays to the second Tuesday of every month. The price ($25) and place (the Italian American Club) will remain the same.


Team F.I.O.R.E.

In the historical accompanying photo from yesterday's meeting, the attendees are (clock wise): Sasha Semenoff, Lou Toomin, Nelson Sardelli, Peter Anthony, Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, Linda November, Don Hill, Artie Schroeck, Dick Contino and Bill Acosta.

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The Onyx Theatre proudly presents, Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality. Del Shores, creator of the cult franchise Sordid Lives, is touring his hilarious new standup show! This is Shores' third national tour and, in Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality, he will share more sordid stories about his Texas family, read letters he's written to the haters (including Newt and Kirk Cameron), act out scenes from your favorite reality shows (including Hoarders and The Kardashians) and, yes, he will address his new, unexpected, single life. "Del says what most people think. He has no censor -- on or offstage. Audiences love him because of his 'bless-their-hearts' Texas charm," explains Caroline Rhea. "Look, I've had a rough few months, okay. I'm bitter and mean and don't give a shit, so no telling what I'll say this time!" Shores warns. Del Shores is a writer, director, producer, activist and comic. His career took off with the 1987 play, Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got The Will?, and the subsequent 1990 film. He is best known for his 1996 play, Sordid Lives, which became a film in 1999 and later gave birth to an acclaimed 2008 TV series for Logo. His other plays include Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, and mostly recently, Yellow, which won him the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association Awards for Best Production and Best World Premiere. He recently completed his new film, Blues For Willadean, staring Beth Grant, Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey, David Steen and Debby Holiday, due out later in 2012. Shores' work has garnered him countless awards including GLAAD Media Award, NAACP Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Back Stage West Garland Award, Ovation Award, Drama-Logue Award and LA Weekly Award (including their 2006 Career Achievement Award). Shores has also written for TV shows, including Queer As Folk, Dharma and Greg and Ned and Stacey. In 2006 he was given a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. He is the father of two daughters, Rebecca and Caroline. For more information on Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality, contact The Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas, or call (702) 732-7225.



Tony Blanco

Audrey Arno

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Impressionist Rich Little, who is starring in Jimmy Stewart & Friends in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, had originally planned to perform at the LVH, April 30th through May 23rd. The show, in its pre-Broadway engagement, is now being held over until early July. Show times for Jimmy Stewart & Friends, written by Little and Steve Rossi, and produced by Jay Harvey, are at 8:30 p.m., dark Thursdays and Fridays. Call (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361 for reservations.

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Next Monday, thanks to Pat Gaffey's recommendation, the Las Vegas Media Group has a real treat when Marie Rowley, a recent UNLV graduate, shares her research on the history of the infamous Block 16, prostitution and brothels in early Las Vegas history. This might attract a big crowd, so it really is imperative that you RSVP right away. The June 18th luncheon meeting takes place at The Wedding Room, 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 The Wedding Room 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. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712.
Lunch is $17, and starts at 11:30. You must RSVP to attend the meetings. Be sure and e-mail Lisa Gioia-Acres, or give her a call at (702) 245-9206, right away, to let her know you are coming before she has to call in the head count on Saturday. In the meantime - drink lots of water and stay cool.

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Magician Tony Blanco passed away in Fresno, California, on May 28th, one week before what would have been his 52nd birthday. He had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. Before moving to Fresno, Blanco had a 20-year career on the Las Vegas casino circuit, performing at places such as Circus Circus, where he played Lucky the Clown, and Excalibur. He once taught Macy's employees the art of clowning before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was a graduate of the Ringling Bros. Clown College. Growing up in Queens, N.Y., Blanco fell in love with magic as a teenager. To earn money for equipment, he became a street performer at 17. He would save his money, then run to the magic shop and buy a new book of tricks. Eventually, he was a magician, a clown, mime, a juggler and comedian. A self-taught carpenter, Blanco also made and sold his own props to magicians through his company, Props Unlimited. "He knew the end was near, but he would also say he had to get ready for shows," said Jill Bedford, Blanco's fiancťe. "Up until 12 hours before the end, he was still planning for shows. In his mind, he was going to get up tomorrow and he was going to start rehearsing. That's the kind of person he was." An Evening to Honor Tony Blanco was held on June 6 at Full Circle Brewing Co. in Fresno. It included performers of all sorts -- music, belly dancers, a juggler -- plus a raffle and auction to help with medical costs. Our sympathies to Tony's family and friends.

Reader Grant Philipo passes along news of the death of Audrey Arno. We were told that Audrey, who was a star in the Folies Bergere in Las Vegas, died Monday. We have been unable to confirm this information, or find additional details. Hopefully, we will have more next Friday.

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Tomorrow, June 16th, from noon to 11 p.m., Frederic Apcar Productions is pleased to present the 2012 version of Reggae In The Desert, Las Vegas' largest Reggae festival, showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music and the Caribbean lifestyle. While you are enjoying the legendary musical performances from some of Jamaica's most legendary performers, you will be able to bargain with vendors for Caribbean island style arts and crafts, and when you get hungry sample the great flavors of the Caribbean Islands with an onsite food court that will satisfy any appetite. Quench your thirst at the conveniently located beer gardens, where you will be able to enjoy some of your favorite drinks, and dance the night away. The festival takes place at the Clark County Amphitheater, 500 South Grand Central Parkway, and is open to all ages. The Event Schedule is as follows: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. - Fortunate Youth; 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. - Pato Banton; 3 to 3:45 p.m. - Fiji; 4:15 to 5 p.m. - J-Boog; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Tribal Seeds; 7 to 8 p.m. - Israel Vibration; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Third World; and 10 to 11 p.m. - Ky-Mani Marley. DJ Ramma is spinning between sets. General Admission is $25 in advance (First-come, first-served seating anywhere on the lawn... the earlier you arrive, the better. Bring a blanket.), and $30 at the door (VIP packages are SOLD OUT). Children ages 5 and under free. To purchase tickets in advance, go to http://www.ticketfly.com/event/38561/. Cash only accepted at the front gate for ticket purchase. ATMs now available on site. No refunds. Show is rain or shine.

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If you happen to be in New York next week, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents England Swings: NoŽl Coward in Jazz. Artistic director and host is Eric Comstock, who will be joined by Andy Bey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Daryl Sherman, Billy Stritch, Barbara Fasano, Harry Allen, Neal Miner and Vito Lesczak, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. This one-night only show, on Monday, June 18th, offers two performances at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sir NoŽl Peirce Coward was an English composer, lyricist, playwright, stage and screen actor, singer, producer, director, nightclub entertainer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Among the standards written by Coward are "Mad About The Boy," "I'll See You Again," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "If Love Were All," and "Sail Away." The amazingly prolific Noel Coward was born in 1899, and died on March 26th, 1973. England Swings: NoŽl Coward in Jazz is presented in association with the NoŽl Coward Foundation, as part of the 2012 NoŽl Coward Festival and Exhibition, a city-wide celebration of Coward's work, which includes the acclaimed exhibition Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward. The exhibition, which opened on March 12th, will run until August 18th in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. There is a $25 cover/$10 minimum food or beverage charge for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, located at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time-Warner Center, 60th Street and Broadway, NYC. For reservations, call (212) 258-9595.


Noel Coward

Courteney Cox & David Arquette

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On Tuesday, their 13th wedding anniversary, David Arquette filed for divorce from Courteney Cox. The stars first announced their separation in October of 2010. Arquette, 40, cited "irreconcilable differences" in his filing. He is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Coco, who turned eight two days ago. Arquette is not requesting spousal or child support, and there is no mention of how his shared properties with Cox, 47, will be divided. The two remained amicable during their 20-month separation, and Arquette represented himself in court. In an interesting side note, on Monday, David had his bar mitzvah -- reading his first portion ever of the Torah -- at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. "Finally, I'm a man," he tweeted of the rite of passage. Jewish boys typically are bar mitzvah at age 13.

Speaking of Jewish boys...Earlier this week, 86-year-old Jerry Lewis was hospitalized in New York, just before he was scheduled to receive an award and present another to Tom Cruise at the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Awards. Lewis' publicist, Candi Cazau in Las Vegas, said colleagues have told her Lewis is fine. She says he is very busy and simply forgot to eat or drink and his blood sugar level took a dive. She says she doesn't know if he collapsed, but he became weak and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Besides the Friars event, Cazau says Lewis is beginning three weeks of rehearsals on The Nutty Professor, which is scheduled to open shortly in Nashville, Tennessee. On Saturday, July 14th at 8 p.m., Lewis is scheduled to appear at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill's in Primm, Nevada (at the California border), with Les Brown Jr., and the Band of Renown. We imagine that, even in his late 80s, Lewis is still doing the same shtick he has gotten away with for decades - acting the fool and being obnoxious. At one time, decades ago, maybe what he did on (and off) stage was "cute." Today? Not so much. In our opinion, the too nice Ms. Cazau deserves hazard pay for running interference for the long-in-the-tooth Nutty Professor.


Jerry Lewis

Vintage Vinton

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KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers at Harrah's Las Vegas is offering special monthly burger and shake combos this summer, keeping the menu fresh and fun. Each flavorful burger and shake creation, crafted by master chef Kerry Simon, is only available for one month. Ordered separately, the burgers are $14 and the shakes are $6, while the burger and shake of the month combo is $18. The delicious creations for June are the shogun burger and mocha coconut milkshake. Marinated in sweet chili, the shogun burger is made with Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, ginger sesame coleslaw, fried egg and shishito pepper aioli on a white bun. The mocha coconut milkshake complements the shogun burger and is made with mocha ice cream and coconut, topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and toasted coconut. For the month of July, guests can experience the all-American BBQ rib burger. Made with an eight-ounce beef patty and drenched in barbecue sauce, the burger is topped with tender barbecue beef rib meat, coleslaw, crispy fried onions and American cheese, all served on an onion roll. Accompanying the burger is the classic apple pie milkshake. The dessert is made with homemade vanilla ice cream, swirled with apples and cinnamon and garnished with whipped cream, pie crust pieces and caramel sauce. Wrapping up the summer, the teriyaki chicken burger is available for the month of August. The burger is made with sweet teriyaki chicken, lettuce, tomato, sautťed onion, red peppers, julienne cucumber, grilled pineapple and cilantro mayo on a white bun. Paired with the burger is a tasty pink lemonade milkshake made with homemade pink lemonade ice cream topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Dubbed the "Rock 'n' Roll Chef" by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon knows a thing or two about burgers. In an upbeat atmosphere, Simon offers patrons the ultimate burger selection with his special flair. He serves up a menu of uniquely inventive burgers, signature snacks and sides including his "Iron Chef"-winning sliders, tater tots and sweet selections such as cotton candy and the signature Captain Crunch milkshake. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays. For reservations, or more information, please call (702) 369-5065, or visit www.harrahslasvegas.com.

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Reminders...
Bobby Vinton takes over the Events Center at the Eastside Cannery, tomorrow night, June 16th, at 8:30 p.m. Vinton, born April 16th, 1935, is an American singer of Polish origin. In pop music circles, he became known as "The Polish Prince." Among his many hits are "Please Love Me Forever," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Halfway to Paradise," "I Love How You Love Me," "Mister Lonely," "Sealed With a Kiss," "My Melody of Love," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Save Your Kisses for Me," "Moonlight Serenade," "Only Love Can Break a Heart" and "Make Believe It's Your First Time." Tickets for Bobby Vinton range from $24.95 to $46.95, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 856-5470.

At the same time on Saturday, Mitzi Gaynor will be dazzling audience members with her Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins show at Sam's Town Live. It had been about 30 years since Mitzi had performed on a Las Vegas stage, prior to her triumphant return at The Orleans last October. Ms. Gaynor, now an energetic 80, obviously liked the experience and the response from her fans, as she is back tomorrow, for another go-round (one show only). Show time at the Sam's Town theater, located on the Boulder Strip, is at 8 p.m. Tickets are a reasonable $33 and $38.50, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 284-7777 for reservations.


Mitzi Gaynor & Oscar Goodman

The Phat Pack & Joey Singer

Late tomorrow night, Saturday, June 16th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (after her Shades of Sinatra show at the Clarion Hotel), Lisa Smith returns to sing at the Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E. Tropicana (near Eastern Avenue). Lisa will be accompanied by Gary Peterson (keys), Fred Watstein (bass) and Jess Gopin (drums). WOW! There is no cover charge and no drink minimum at the Dispensary...just great jazz. Last week was so much fun, the group is thrilled to be back to do it again. Stop by, even if it's just for a short time.

Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., it's The Phat Pack, featuring Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular cast members - Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith - with Joey Singer at the piano, performing at the big Community Lutheran Church on East Tropicana just west of Sandhill. The fellows will be performing musical theater favorites, American Songbook standards, Rat Pack hits, Las Vegas inspired material (including something from the Jerry Herman unproduced musical, Miss Spectacular), and some new, fun original songs...among them, three by the amazingly talented Keith Thompson, musical director for Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. If you haven't already RSVPd, and had your place in the church confirmed, you are probably out of luck for this Sunday's show. The Phat Pack Premiere Concert is sold out! They are taking names for a waiting/cancellation list, and will do their best to get you in, if they can! (Don't get your hopes up.) E-mail requests to [email protected].

Also taking place Saturday, June 16th, on the other side of the city, Richel Kompst stars in Blame it on the Walleye. Blame it on the Walleye, is a musical journey through the neurotic mind of a Norwegian blonde! This journey features singer/comedienne Kompst and her school of Walleye backup singers and band members that come to life. The story is told through music and monologues featuring our Mistress of Ceremonies, Olga Torkelson, flown in directly from the great fishing state of Minnesota. The show brings the audience through diverse styles of music from Jazz to country, Broadway to the Beatles, and features a bevy of cameo performers including Doris Day, Ann-Margret and the beloved Barbra Streisand. Show takes place at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Call (702) 229-6383 for more information.

And next Saturday, June 23rd, it's Two of a Kind, featuring impressionists Rich Natole and Bethany Owen at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas. Natole and Owen dazzle on stage in Two of a Kind, delivering an original and unique Las Vegas entertainment experience! Two of a Kind offers an evening of comedy, song for the whole family to enjoy, and a fascinating journey into the world of two of the most extraordinary impressionists of our time...Rich Natole and Bethany Owen! Tickets are $15 per person. Earlier dinner is available at the Italian American Club, prior to the 8 p.m. show for a reasonable additional charge. For reservations, please call (702) 457-3866.

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The next Composers Showcase will take place beginning at 10:30 p.m. (after theater) on Wednesday night, June 27th, and for the third time will be held in the Cabaret Jazz club at the busy Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas. This month's composers will feature Roger Butterley, Travis Cloer, Bill Fayne, Mark Giovi, Wayne Green, Susan Haller, Clint Holmes, E.J. and Michael Lackey, Aaron MacKenzie, Richard Oberacker, Keith Thompson, and Tymara Walker. Performers include Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Aaron DeJesus, Bruce Ewing, Chris Fore, Ted Keegan, Randal Keith, Zoe Konsur, Rob Marnell, Brianne Morgan, Tristan Sanchez and Joan Sobel. The musicians include Philip Fortenberry, Keith Hubacher, Don Meoli, Jeff Neiman, Jeff Ray and Joey Singer. A cash bar and late night menu are available. Tickets are on sale at the Smith Center box office for $20, no surcharge, or pay a little more for the convenience of booking online at http://ev10.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3ATSC%3ATSC1112%3AC0627%3A&linkID=tsc&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=&cgc=, or by phone at (702) 749-2000.


Travis Cloer

The Jacksons

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It is reported that The Jacksons have scrapped the first two dates on their upcoming summer tour so they can continue recording songs for their new album. In April, the surviving members of the Jackson 5 - Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito - announced plans to hit the road for their first trek in almost three decades. They were due to kick off the Unity road show in Louisville, Kentucky on June 18th, but, according to reports, have decided to cancel that gig and another in Cincinnati, on June 19th, as a result of "scheduling conflicts." As far as we know, the plans for the July 20th concert at the Cannery, will take place as scheduled. It is not yet known if Michael Jackson's older brothers will reschedule the scrapped dates. The Unity Tour concerts will mark the first time the group has toured together since 1984. Their last album, 2300 Jackson Street, was released in 1989.

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Deana Martin is an influential American singer, actor and performer, and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Deana will be performing in the showroom at the South Point Hotel & Casino/Spa, Friday and Saturday, June 22nd and 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20, and $15, plus taxes and fees. Call (866) 796-7111 for reservations.


Deana Martin

Rebecca Spencer & Jim D'Asaro 1987

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Regarding Sunday's upcoming Father's Day trip to the Southern Nevada Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nelson Sardelli reports that he never heard back from Jackie and Gary Cooper, Totie and WC Fields, Andrew and LaToya Jackson, Doug and Dizzy Gillespie, Barry and Ella Fitzgerald, Bill and Loretta Young, Brad and Arm Pitt, Spencer and Dick Tracy, Warren and Tanya Harding, Dinah and George Washington, Mahalia and Jesse Jackson, Woodrow and Nancy Wilson, Lon and Dick Chaney (close enough), James and Marilyn Monroe, Ulysses and Cary Grant, Jack and Buck Jones and John and Edie Adams, regarding their requested participation in the annual event. Some people just have no manners.

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Sirc Michaels Productions is holding Open Auditions for the off-Broadway hit, The Awesome 80s Prom, which will be coming to the Las Vegas Strip this summer! The show is being directed by Ken Davenport, the creator of the show. Actors are paid per performance.

They are looking for actors who want to have fun. The setting is a High School Prom in 1989, and all of the characters one would anticipate seeing from a John Hughes film are in it! So dust off your Reeboks, slip on a Members Only Jacket, practice your Moonwalk, and come on down! This is an audience-interactive show. Some parts require specific looks or abilities, but there's something for just about everyone.

Blake - The Captain of the Football Team. A Charming, egotistical jock. Think "Jake" in 16 Candles.
Louis - The Nerd. Introverted, computer geek. Think Michael Hall in 16 Candles.
Fender - The Bad Boy. Mean, defensive, loud. Think Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club.
Michael Jay - The Class President. A young Republican/born politician. A Guy-Smiley game show host type. Think Michael J. Fox on Family Ties.
Feung - The Asian Exchange Student. Charismatic, speaks little English. Think Long Duk Dong in 16 Candles.
Dickie - The Drama Queen. Flamboyant, fabulous and bitter. Sings "Don't Rain on My Parade" like Barbra Streisand. Think Ducky in Pretty in Pink mixed with Jack from Will & Grace.
Beef - A football player. Big and intimidating, but not too bright. Think Chris Farley
Mr. Snelgrove - The Principal. A fascist dictator. Think the principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The Heathers - Cheerleader No. 1 and No. 2. Whitley's back up cheerleaders. Must cheer/dance. All dancers without acting experience, but with fun personalities, are strongly encouraged to audition.
Kerrie - The Spaz. Petite. A sweet but hyper nerd. In love with Blake. Surprisingly cute, once she removes the glasses and headgear.
Missy - The Head of the Prom Committee. Perfect. Way too perky. Think Reese Witherspoon in Election.
Whitley - The Head Cheerleader. Attractive, sexy, bitchy, and vain. Thinking "Heathers." Must cheer and dance. All dancers without acting experience, but with fun personalities, are strongly encouraged to audition.
DJ Johnny Hughes - The DJ. Extremely charismatic host who can warm up a crowd. Runs dance contest, etc. Stand-up comedians, karaoke hosts, etc. all encouraged to audition. Must have high energy and an infectious energy that can keep a party going.
Inga - The Swedish Exchange Student. Tall and voluptuous. Speaks with a heavy accent.
Mrs. Lascalzo - The Drama Teacher. A leftover hippie who loves everyone. A little clueless.
Molly Parker - A freshman. A member of the Freshman Cheerleading Squad and the yearbook committee.
Lloyd Parker - Her twin (less cool) brother.
Mystery Guest - A 1980s celebrity impersonator (i.e. Madonna, Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, Prince). Performs (or lip syncs) one song at the height of the prom.

Please prepare a brief contemporary comic monologue. If you do not have one, you may choose to read from sides that will be provided.

Monday, June 18th from 6 to 10 p.m., and Tuesday, the 19th from 5 to 9 p.m., at David Saxe Productions, 920 South Commerce Street in Las Vegas. They will not be accepting video submissions. Auditions are open. First come, first serve, not by appointment. For questions, contact [email protected].

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Happy birthday to these Gemini celebrants (May 21 through June 21)...Rich Affannato, Tim Allen, Charles Aznavour, Jim Belushi, Sandra Bernhard, Pat Boone, Wayne Brady; soap star Tracey Bregman, daughter of music man, Buddy Bregman; Lon Bronson, Gordie Brown, Melanie Brown (Mel B, Spice Girl), Drew Carey, Mel Carter, Dana Carvey, Adam Corolla, Mark Curry, Vic Damone, James Darren, Bob Dylan, Diane Ellis, Sarasue Essenpreis, Melissa Etheridge, Faith Evans, Dick Feeney, Harvey Fierstein, Siegfried Fischbacher, Kenny G, Tom Gallagher, Boy George, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sandy Hackett, Marvin Hamlisch, Neil Patrick Harris, Sam Harris, Jim Hodge, Sharon Holmes (Mandel), Tom Illi, LaToya Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Jewel, Jenny Jones, Tom Jones, Wynonna Judd, Gladys Knight, Lenny Kravitz, Patti LaBelle, Michael LaRocca, Marvin Lashever, Joe LaVigna, Katrina Loncaric (Chliaris), Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, Kenny Mazlow, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, Kylie Minogue, Anne Murray, Jim Nabors, Stevie Nicks, Bill Nolte, Dan Pero, Elizabeth Pero, Joe Piscopo, Nicholas Pomeranz, Priscilla Presley, Prince, Shirley Alston Reeves, Lionel Richie, Joan Rivers, Boz Scaggs, Nancy Sinatra, Nate Tannenbaum, Bernie Taupin, Donald Trump, Gino Vannelli, Hank Williams Jr., Ann Wilson (Heart), Brian Wilson, Merrick Wolfe, and Ron Wood.

Also, anniversary greetings to Gerry (The Mentalist) and Kim McCambridge, Jim and Jan Seagrave, Ed and Valerie Mathews, and Rebecca Spencer and Jim D'Asaro who celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss on May 23rd.

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Carla Rea

It's funny folk Jason Dudey and Carla Rea at Big Al's Comedy Club in The Orleans, June 20th through 24th. Big Al's Comedy Club is a newly renovated 200-seat theater where guests can enjoy a few drinks and great laughs in an intimate setting. Tickets are $19.95 (all inclusive) and include one drink. Must be 18 or older to attend. Show times are at 8 p.m.



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