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

Fledia "Micki" Sardelli

Nelson & Micki Sardelli

We are saddened to report the death of Fledia Fay "Micki" Holland Sardelli, who passed away at her Las Vegas home, surrounded by her family, early Sunday morning, following a long illness. Fledia was born in the small town of Davidson, Oklahoma, the middle of three children, in 1938. She was the amazing mother of three very lucky girls. She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents, Fay and Thurmond (Squinch) Holland, her siblings, Joyce Yarborough and Dean Holland, as well as her eldest daughter, Venetia Sardelli. A 47-year Nevada resident, Fledia served on the early board of Opportunity Village, and was one of the first Presidents of the Vanguards. She was instrumental in the writing and passage of legislation to better the lives of the mentally challenged in Southern Nevada. Her love of knowledge and learning lead her family to lovingly refer to her as Early Google. She lived a life full of integrity and love. She leaves behind her husband of 47-years, Nelson Sardelli, their two daughters, Giovanna and Pietra Sardelli, and her only grand-daughter, Indrani Sardelli. Indrani "Indy" is the daughter of the late Venetia Sardelli, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 42. Fledia will be dearly missed by all those fortunate enough to have known her. Memorial services were held at the Three Square Food Bank, 4220 N. Pecos Rd, on Tuesday, July 10th, from 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Three Square or Nathan Adelson Hospice. In spite of temperatures of about 113 degrees, and a location almost out of the state, it was standing room only, with about 200 people attending the memorial service for Micki Sardelli. Among those in attendance were Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell, Gary Anderson, Ray Borders, Brian Burton, Paul Campanella, Kid Cary and Sophie Merle, Mike Christ, Tommy Deering, Fred Doumani, Robert Ensler, Vera (Mrs. Robert) Goulet, Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, Don and Gloria Hill, Chick and Stella Hughes, Rolando Larraz, Jerry Lopez, Mafalda, Gordon Martines, Nik Mastrangelo, Jeanne Meneley, Francisco Menendez (Chair of the Film Department at UNLV), Julie Murray, Rich and Sue Natole, Gary Olds, Dr. S. William Pierce, Charly Raymond, Dr. George Ritter, Gary P. Rogers, Ronnie Rose, Jerry Schafer, Andy Schuricht, Jim Seagrave, Mike Schaefer, Felix Silla, Lou Toomin, Allen Tramont, Gene Vitale, Denny Weddle, Fielding West, members from the Las Vegas constables office, and friends from the Springs Preserve and the Three Square team. Lloyd Ziel (who later joined Tony Arias and Tim Searcy, as Victorious) in an inspirational song, did a fine job conducting the service. Among those participating in the program were longtime family friends, Sue Gromek, Jennifer Galindo and Marianne Lewis, who honored Fledia, not just in words but with one of her original songs. The beautiful eulogy was offered by Ed Borgato. Sardelli's were represented at the Celebration of Life service, with daughters Giovanna from New York (in a black hat that her mother loved) and Pietra, granddaughter Indrani "Indy" Sardelli, and niece Mila Sardelli (both Indy and Mila came from Florida), joining Nelson.

Oscar-winning actor, Ernest Borgnine, died on Sunday at the age of 95. Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children at his side. In 1955, the screen star won the best actor Academy Award for playing a lovesick, sad sack butcher in Paddy Chayefsky's Marty. In the ‘60s, he starred in the TV comedy series, McHale's Navy. Marty received accolades for his role as the vicious "Fatso Judson," who beat Frank Sinatra to death in From Here to Eternity. Borgnine's later films included Ice Station Zebra, Willard, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Greatest (as Muhammad Ali's manager). He played opposite Bette Davis in another film based on a Chayefsky TV drama, The Catered Affair, a movie that was a personal favorite of Borgnine‘s. More recently, Ernest had a recurring role as the apartment house doorman-cum-chef in the NBC sitcom The Single Guy. He had a small role in the unsuccessful 1997 movie version of McHale's Navy. And he was the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants, and Carface on All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. Borgnine's personal life got almost as much publicity as his professional life. His first marriage was to Rhoda Kenins, whom he met when she was a Navy pharmacist's mate and he was a patient. They had a daughter, Nancee, but the marriage ended in divorce after his Marty stardom. Borgnine married Mexican actress Katy Jurado in 1959, a union that resulted in headlined squabbles from Hollywood to Rome before it ended in 1964. Shortly after his divorce from Jurado, Borgnine married Broadway singing star Ethel Merman. That marriage ended in 38 days after a fierce battle. We learned that someone who knew Borgnine well said that the actor was so devasted by the union, he would not even drive by an Ethel M plant. Borgnine's fourth marriage was to one-time child actress, Donna Rancourt. They were the parents of a son, Christopher, and two daughters, Sharon and Diana. That marriage ended in 1972. In 1973, Borgnine married for the fifth time. The bride was Norwegian-born Tova Traesnaes. Tova was a successful businesswoman, manufacturing and selling her own beauty products under the name of Tova and used her husband's rejuvenated face in her ads. Marriage number five lasted almost 40 years, ending with Ernie's death on Sunday. Las Vegas resident, entertainer, Marty Allen, and Ernie had been friends for decades. It was Marty who introduced Ernie to Tova, suggesting he not propose to her on the first date.

Ernie Borgnine & Marty Allen

Ernest Borgnine & Joni Illi

We were lucky enough to meet Ernest Borgnine on two different occasions. The first time was at Marty Allen's 85th birthday, when Ernie surprised his friend at a party in the Gold Coast showroom. The last time we saw Ernie was in November, when he came to Las Vegas to participate in an Autograph Show that took place at Harrah's. Ernie joined a lineup of celebrities that included Joan Collins, Barbara Eden, Loni Anderson, Stella Stevens, Tippi Hedren, Carol Lynley, Valerie Perrine, Pamela Sue Martin, Barbara Luna, Charlene Tilton, Jenilee Harrison, Lana Wood, Leslie Easterbrook, Nancy Allen, Celeste Yarnall, Erika Eleniak, Susan Anton, Tempest Storm, George Lazenby, Christopher Knight, Edd Byrnes, Bruce Dern, Richard Hatch, Bo Hopkins, Ernie Hudson, the Village People and David Faustino. Ernie was exceptionally nice to his fans, signing autographs, posing for photos and spending time with the people who turned up for the show - the first of its kind for Las Vegas. Borgnine was so willing and anxious to know his fans that, in 1996, he toured around the United States on a bus to meet them and see the country. The trip was the subject of a 1997 documentary, Ernest Borgnine on the Bus. Borgnine also served one year as the Chairman of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, visiting patients in many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.

From his friend, Marty Allen comes this tribute...

Ernie Borgnine

My heart is full of sorrow because

I have lost a beloved friend.

One of the kindest, warmest, talented

men I have ever known.

He received many awards in his lifetime

that he so richly deserved; but, the one

he should have gotten is

just for being Ernie.

Both ME-TV (local channel 8.2/129 cable) and AntennaTV (local channel 3.3/127 cable) will pay tribute to Ernest Borgnine this weekend. Check local TV listings.

Aileen Piazza, the longtime owner of the Pine Cone Inn in Kernville, California, passed away on July 4th. She was 92. Aileen's feisty nature and quick wit made her an unforgettable personality in Kern River Valley history. She was born in Toronto, Canada, on January 5th, 1920, to Amelia "Millie" Breton. As a child, Aileen traveled the country with her mother and her step-father, Pacie J. Wolfe, who made their living as farm workers. Their travels took them to the Sacramento Delta, Lodi, and Monterey, where Aileen recalled sleeping in the car when the whistle announced there was work for her parents at the canneries. As a young woman in the 1930s and early ‘40s, Aileen worked as a waitress. She had fond and vivid memories of working at El Paseo and The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, where she learned five star service and how to run a restaurant. In 1942, she married Alvin Piazza. Al served in the U.S. Army through WWII as an auto mechanic in combat zones in the Pacific. During the war, Aileen worked as a taxicab driver in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, and was always proud of her driving skills. After the war, Al and Aileen traveled the southwest and then saw opportunity in the Kern River Valley, a place they had each visited separately. Aileen recalled her winters in the ranching country of the South Fork, where she and her mother stayed in Cap Canyon in the 1930s. In 1954, Kernville had just been relocated, and Lake Isabella was being filled. Aileen and Al put their car up as collateral for a loan to buy a prime piece of property at the corner of Kernville Road and Sierra Way. On Memorial Day, 1955, they opened the Pine Cone Cafe and built the motel five years later. At first, her mother, Millie, cooked, then later Al ran the kitchen and Millie the motel. Aileen led the business for the rest of her life. The Pine Cone is Kernville's oldest original family business, and a favorite with locals and tourists alike. In its more than half century of operation, many valley residents worked for Aileen and Al; for some, it was their very first job. Aileen's daughter, Roberta Gordon, who lives in Las Vegas, was born in the fall of 1955, just after the Pine Cone opened. Daughter Dolores was born in 1960. Al passed away in 1988. Aileen and Al loved to visit Las Vegas, and Aileen maintained a home here. Her last visit was a week before her death. She was a clever slot machine player who won more often than not. In her 70s, Aileen started square dancing, and in her 80s, she took up ballroom dancing. She danced for the rest of her life. Aileen's flaming red hair lit up the dance floor. She loved Elvis, cute clothes and, always, her dogs. Graveside services were conducted for Aileen Piazza yesterday, Thursday July 12th at Kern Valley Cemetery, followed at 6 p.m. by a celebration of her life at the Pine Cone.

Aileen Piazza

Ralph Lloyd Denton

Ralph Lloyd Denton, an attorney for more than 60 years, a former Clark County commissioner, and an outspoken advocate for civil rights, died at his home on July 6th. He was 86. Denton was born September 8th, 1925, in Caliente. A veteran the U.S. Army, Ralph served during World War II. He graduated from the American University School of Law. His honors included Distinguished Nevadan (with his wife, Sara), and the UNR President's Medal for his service to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and selection as one of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's "First 100." He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel (Baker) and Floyd Denton; his sisters, Henrietta and Betty; his brother, Lewis; and his son, Jeffrey. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 63 years, Sara; his sons, Mark of Las Vegas and Scott of Henderson; his daughter, Sally of Santa Fe, N.M.; and ten grandchildren. Services for the lifelong Nevadan, a member of one of the state's pioneering families, were held this morning at Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas, 302 Cathedral Way. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Ralph L. Denton professorship in law, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV.

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Superstar female impersonator, Frank Marino, and the brilliant cast of Divas Las Vegas, will celebrate the 1,000th show of the dazzling drag spectacular at Imperial Palace Las Vegas on Saturday, July 21st. In addition to commemorating this milestone performance, Marino can celebrate the fact that he's the only entertainer with two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame, has a street named in his honor, his own official day (February 1st), a key to the city, a branded gambling betting wheel, his own building wrap on the famed Las Vegas Strip, and has been named "Entertainer of the Century." Marino has performed in Las Vegas for more than 27 years, making him the longest-running headliner in Sin City. Further cementing his status as an international entertainment icon, he recently appeared on Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker, and E!'s Fashion Police. "With 17 costume changes per show, I have had a total of 17,000 costume changes at Imperial Palace. I put the Strip in Las Vegas Strip!," Marino said. A contemporary and upbeat production, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself as the only Las Vegas tribute show to feature 17 characters each night. In addition to featuring talented female celebrity impersonations of entertainment's most beloved superstars, including Cher, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Bette Midler, and Madonna, the production was the first on the Strip to add new characters such as Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Additionally, the show now features a new Katy Perry number, featuring the hits "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold." Marino narrates the entire production, and also performs a comedic pop culture monologue. At 1,000 performances, Divas Las Vegas continues to wow audiences, from young and old, with amazing talent, imagery, and, most importantly in a divas-style drag show, with stunning costumes and gowns. Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas is co-produced by Adam Steck and Alex Schechter of SPI Entertainment. Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas performs six nights a week (dark Fridays) at 10 p.m. Tickets are $39, $69 and $79 (plus tax and fees), and are available at the Imperial Palace box office, online at, or by calling (888) 777-7664. For more information on Frank Marino, visit

Frank Marino

Bart Williams

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Our friend, actor Bart Williams, will be performing in Disney's Aladdin and Hairspray at Utah's Tuacahn Theatre through August 20th. The shows are always big, glorious fun, set against the beautiful red rock canyons. If you get there to see the shows, tell Bart that Cousin Claire says hello.

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Company Cast, Andy Wright & Bill Fayne by Ed Foster

On Monday night, we attended a concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Company at the LVH Hotel. The 22-piece orchestra, conducted by Bill Fayne, was most impressive, as was the 14-member cast - Ayler Evan, Richel Kompst, Lou DeMeis, Margaret "Gret" Menzies, Jay Joseph, Natalie Carson (who, along with Lysander Abadia, served as choreographer), George DeMott, Robin Vincent, Benjamin Loewy, Kellie Wright, Douglas Baker, Kirstin Maki, Jennifer Breed, and Brenna Folger. This production of Company was directed by RagTag Entertainment's, Andrew Wright. Lots of talent on that theater stage, with special kudos to Kellie Wright's "The Ladies Who Lunch," and Ayler Evan (Bobby) for his knock-out version of "Being Alive." There was a good turnout on Monday night, including contestants for the 2012 Mrs. United States Pageant. In addition to people, there were a couple of dogs (the four-legged kind) in the audience. As we approach deadline, we have been unable to learn why the were in the theater. They did not appear to be service dogs, but who knows.

In addition to Sondheim's Company at the former Las Vegas Hilton on Monday and Tuesday, tomorrow, Saturday, the composer himself will be featured in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, where he will be joined by Broadway musical stars, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Ebersole, for Stephen Sondheim - A Life in the Theater: An Evening of Music and Conversation, and, on Sunday, RagTag Entertainment presents Putting It Together, in the Cabaret Jazz club at the same facility. So, it's a week of Sondheim in Las Vegas.

Ayler Evan as Bobby by Ed Foster

Stephen Sondheim by Martin Kreloff

And, what is missing in this picture?
Some years ago, one Mayor Goodman (Oscar), for whatever reason, chose to name a no-talent local personality, with a huge ego, the city's Entertainment Ambassador, while the current Mayor Goodman (Carolyn) missed the opportunity to honor a true entertainment legend, Stephen Sondheim, by not declaring it Stephen Sondheim Week (or Month) in Las Vegas. Stephen Joshua Sondheim, born March 22nd, 1930, is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. Described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as "the greatest, and perhaps best-known artist working in musical theatre," Sondheim's most famous works include (as composer/ lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. Sondheim has written material for movies, including the 1981 Warren Beatty film Reds, for which he contributed the song "Goodbye For Now." He also wrote five songs for the 1990 movie, Dick Tracy, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)," sung by Madonna and Mandy Patinkin in the film, which won the Academy Award for Best Song. Sondheim was president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on September 15th, 2010. Cameron Mackintosh, described as being "the most successful, influential and powerful theatrical producer in the world" by the New York Times (he is the producer of shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Martin Guerre, Miss Saigon and Cats), has described Sondheim as "possibly the greatest lyricist ever." At around the age of 10, Sondheim became friends with James Hammerstein, son of the lyricist and playwright, Oscar Hammerstein II. The elder Hammerstein became Sondheim's surrogate father, and had a profound influence on him, especially in developing a love for musical theatre. Thus began one of the most famous apprenticeships in the musical theatre, as Hammerstein designed a kind of course for Sondheim on the construction of a musical. Shame on Las Vegas for an opportunity missed to honor the great Stephen Sondheim properly.

George Gershwin

Jan Rouven & Murray SawChuck

And speaking of great American composers, pianist/songwriter, George Gershwin, whose work included "An American In Paris," Rhapsody In Blue," and "Porgy and Bess," currently enjoying a very successful revival on Broadway, died on July 11th, 1937, of a brain tumor. It is hard to believe that George Gershwin was only 38 years old at the time of his death. Imagine the body of work he might have produced, had he lived to be 80.

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Magic. Magic. Wednesday night, magic man, Murray SawChuck, welcomed the Riviera's resident magician, Jan Rouven, to his Tropicana show. Also visiting Murray at the Trop was Dr. Gadget, a frequent guest on Extraand The View. Murray: Celebrity Magician performs at 7 p.m. every night in the Tropicana's Laugh Factory. Tickets range from $37.90 to $55.45, all inclusive. Call (702) 739-2411 for reservations.

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Gina Eckstine is back at Jax Bar & Grill in Glendale, California, tomorrow, Saturday, July 14th, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Gina, daughter of the legendary Billy Eckstine, will be joined by Chip Smith on piano, and Paul Eckman on acoustic bass. They will be playing classic jazz and pop standards, and performing the great songs from Gina's new CD, Everything I Have Is Yours.

Gina invites you to stop in, hang out, and enjoy the evening, listening to great music and enjoying delicious food and drink. Reservations suggested. Jax Bar & Grill is located at 339 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. For additional information, call (818) 500-1604.

Gina Eckstine

Jerry Lewis

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Why are we not one bit surprised to learn that the Jerry Lewis with Les Brown Jr. and the Band of Renown show, scheduled for tomorrow night at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, has been canceled. We doubt that there were too many people willing to drive from Las Vegas to Primm, or stop on the way in from Southern California, for this one. What we do hope, is that conductor Vince Falcone and the musicians, who were set to play the gig, will get some financial compensation.

And speaking of Lewis, if we didn't know better, we would think this was an April Fool's joke, but it's too hot to be April...Candi Cazau, publicist for Jerry Lewis, confirms that the 86-year-old has been approached by the folks at American Idol regarding possibly becoming a judge on the TV talent show. Are they kidding? For the past few years, Lewis might be described as a loose cannon. He seems to have no boundaries, behaving erratically and saying anything that pops into his head. Maybe that is why he no longer hosts the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. If they want that kind of nutty image for Idol, why don't they get someone like Charlie Sheen to be one of the judges. What? They have approached Charlie as well? Steven Tyler, please don't go!

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On Sunday, July 15th, at 2 and 7 p.m., take a stroll down memory lane, as Putting it Together celebrates some of Stephen Sondheim's most celebrated songs. Five of Las Vegas' most gifted performers - Richel Kompst, Lou DeMeis, Brandon Albright, Jay Joseph and Anne Barr - backed by an 8-piece band, will take you on a fun-filled romp through Sondheim's catalogue. Putting it Together showcases songs from Company, Sunday in the Park With George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many more. Musical direction is by busy Bill Fayne, and the revue is directed by equally busy Andrew Wright of RagTag Entertainment. Tickets are $20 and $35. The performances will take place in The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz club. Call (702) 749-2000.

Bill Fayne by Ed Foster

Hope 5 for Family Promise

Hope 5 – An Afternoon of Classical Ballet, featuring dancers from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular and Nevada Ballet Theater are performing to benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas. The program will take place at the College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors/students.

It's 3 Blonde Moms weekend in Las Vegas. Mistinguett Productions is proud to present the National Touring Hit Comedy Show, 3 Blonde Moms...See How They Run, starring Joanie Fagan, Donna Cherry and Kat Simmons. This top-notch, high-energy, semi-scripted PG 13 standup comedy show is jam packed full of hysterical material about being a Mom, having a Mom, kids, schools, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and more. The audio visual aspects of live stage show, just reinforce that these are three very special, distinct, and unique personas with three diverse lives, who are unlikely friends in the Cul 'd Sac. If you have a family, want a family, or know a family, this is the show for you! It may be too late to see tonight's 7 p.m. show at Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall Theatre, 2450 Hampton Road in Henderson, (702) 614-5864, but you may still be able to get tickets for tomorrow night's, July 14th at 7 p.m., performance at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15 for Sun City residents, and $18 for non-residents. Call (702) 240-1301.

3 Blonde Moms

Cork Proctor

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Some friends went to see Foreigner at the Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater last Saturday night. At least they THOUGHT they were going to see Foreigner. They were most disappointed. Why? There wasn't a familiar face or a familiar voice on the stage. Perhaps this group should have been billed as "Faux Foreigner," or, at the very least, a tribute band. Where was Lou Gramm? Where was founder Mick Jones? Where were any of the original band members? If they were there, they were not recognizable by any of the Foreigner fans we spoke to. Tickets were not cheap, ranging from $29.50 to $96.50. What gives?

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If you want to see if the "Oral Assassin," Cork Proctor, can take it as well as can dish it out, plan to attend his 80th Birthday Party/Comedy Roast, on Sunday, July 22nd at the South Point Casino Hotel's showroom. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, adults only, show. Come see professional comedians, such as Peter Anthony, Pete Barbutti, Jerry Bedknob, Carme, Kenny Bob Davis, Kathleen Dunbar, Jac "Mundane the Grate" Hayden, Bob Larson, Kelly McDonald, Kim Richards, Sammy Shore, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's John Smith, Johnny Thompson, and Bob Zany, take the stage and give it back to Mr. Proctor. Tom Dreesen, David Iannaci, and Shecky Greene have promised to attend if their schedules permit. All proceeds will go to Opportunity Village to help support their programs and services provided to well over a thousand people with disabilities learning vocational skills, working in jobs throughout the community, paying taxes and living more fulfilling lives. Minimum donation of $40 per person is requested. Price includes two (2) drinks. We take credit cards, checks or cash. For reservations and/or questions about check-in, please call Mary Ferber, at (702) 880-4081 during business hours, or email at [email protected] If you have further questions and/or need more information about the show, please contact Carolyn Hamilton at [email protected].

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The third Monday of the month is on approach, which means it's time for the Las Vegas Media Group luncheon. If you have an interest in Las Vegas history, this is a great place to network, meet new and old friends, and learn. This months' guest speaker is Frank Fiedler, long-time Las Vegas resident who hosted a radio show called, Let's Talk Las Vegas. The location is The Wedding Room 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. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.

There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room.

Lunch is $17.00 and the food is great! RSVPs required. The phone number for any questions or directions to the Wedding Room is (702) 362-6712. For more information about the Las Vegas Media Group, contact Lisa at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail [email protected].

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Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle will be appearing together at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill's in Primm, tomorrow, Saturday, July 21st. Hopefully having Lee Greenwood as part of the show will liven up Crystal Gayle‘s stage presence. We saw her years ago at the Desert Inn, and found her to be the most boring "live performer" we have ever seen. There was no life, no humor, no connection to the audience. Ms. Gayle kept checking her Timex-looking wrist watch, as if she had to be some more important in a few minutes. When she wasn't checking the time, she would turn her back to the ticket-buyers, walk to the piano, pick up a water bottle and, very slowly (seemed like five minutes), quench her thirst. This occurred numerous times during Crystal's time on stage. There was so much dead time, the audience members could have taken some short naps. The most entertaining thing about her show was her hair. Everything else was a disappointment. Hers was the worst live headliner show we have seen here in more than 35 years. Maybe she has improved her act over the past two-and-a-half decades. For those that spend their money on tickets, we hope so. "God Bless the USA," and Lee Greenwood. He has his work cut out for him. To purchase tickets, call (800) FUN.STOP, or go online at, or through ticket master at (800) 745-3000.

Crystal Gayle

Memphis the Musical

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Next week is Memphis Week at The Smith Center. The New York Post describes Memphis as "An exuberant musical with classic values: catchy songs, heaping spoonfuls of inspirational moments and gifted performers at the top of their game." From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by David Bryan, founding member of Bon Jovi. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience what AP calls "the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be." Shows run from Wednesday, July 18th, through Sunday the 22nd. Tickets start at $24. Best seat selection available for 2 p.m. matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Box Tier seats are available. Call (702) 749-2000 to purchase tickets or for more details.

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We will have a F.I.O.R.E. meeting follow-up, and, hopefully a photo, in next Friday's column.

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