Displaying keen perception and great insight.
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.
Note: This is a past column from July 20, 2012
You can find the current column HERE
Las Vegas - July 20, 2012
Regular readers know about the upcoming comedy roast, set
at the South Point, to celebrate funny-man Cork Proctor's
80th birthday. Proceeds from admission donations to
Proctor's party will benefit scholarships for persons challenged with severe
intellectual and related disabilities at Opportunity Village, according to
Linda Smith, Executive Director at Opportunity Village. The roast,
honoring Nevada comedy legend Cork Proctor, is set for Sunday afternoon,
July 22nd, at 2 p.m. in the South Point Hotel/Casino's showroom.
Minimum suggested donation is $40 per person and includes two drinks.
Nevada's largest private, not-for-profit community habilitation program,
Opportunity Village, serves more than 3,000 people annually through
vocational training, community job placement, art and life skill enrichment,
advocacy, and social recreation programs. Founded in 1954, Opportunity
Village operates a Thrift Store, and three employment training center
campuses where disabled adults train for jobs throughout the Las Vegas
community. Some of the jobs Opportunity Village scholarship recipients
accomplish include staffing the Nellis Air Force Base Post Office, supplying
porter services for the C-Gates at McCarran Airport, and preparing and
serving meals for Nellis military personnel. "We're dedicated to helping
people with severe intellectual and related disabilities become the very
best they can be," says Smith. "Through our programs, people with severe
disabilities find new friends and future career paths, and realize
independence and community integration." She adds that "Sponsoring a
scholarship that gives a person with intellectual disabilities the skills
necessary to contribute to their community can be a very rewarding
experience. Cork has been a long-time friend and supporter, and we're
thrilled that he has declared the benefits of his 80th birthday roast, which
promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime fun event, to help Opportunity Village."
Personalities expected to participate in the comedy roast are Peter
Anthony, Pete Barbutti, Gerry 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. And, if they are available,
possibly, Tom Dreesen, David Iannaci, and Shecky
Greene. To make reservations for this event, call Mary Ferber
at Opportunity Village, (702) 880-4081. For more information, call
Karen Iglesius, Development Officer, at Opportunity Village, (702) 880-4085,
or visit the Opportunity Village website, www.opportunityvillage.org.
Tickets may also be purchased at the South Point.
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He's back and he's Uncensored! It's Kenny Kerr,
the star of the long running Boy-lesque, at The Onyx, Tuesday,
July 31st, with two shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Audience members
will get live vocals, quick comic wit, and amazing female impersonation by
Kenny Kerr, America's longest running comedy musical female impersonator.
From Las Vegas to Hawaii, Seattle to Philadelphia, Florida, and Italy, the
response is always the same – instant hilarity and amazement! Tickets are
$20. The Onyx is in the Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara Avenue #16,
just west of Maryland Parkway. For reservations, call (702) 732-7225.
And speaking of Kenny Kerr, he is selling a
Cher wig created by the famed Renate Leuschner,
internationally known hairstylist and wigmaker. Renate has been working in
the film business since 1978. In the almost 25 years since she started,
Leuschner has done wigs for TV's Dukes of Hazzard and Mrs. Santa
Claus, and films including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick,
Beaches, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Mermaids,
Moonstruck, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Green Hornet
and Spider Man, among many others. Well-known actors head to
Leuschner's Burbank studio when they need a wig to make them look curly or
sexy or prim, when they need a wig to look as if they were born on a
different continent or in a different era. Among her famous clients are
Sharon Stone, Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire), Bette
Midler, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise (Interview With a
Vampire), Demi Moore, Ann-Margret, Melanie
Griffith, and Carol Burnett. In 1972, Renate was hired to work
on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. She has made more than 100 wigs
for Cher over the years. "She has always been my major client," says
Leuschner. "And when I was doing that show, everyone wanted to look like
Cher, so that's how my business got started." The wig that Kenny is selling
is a well cared for, long, straight black hair, Cher-style. It has a lace
front and is hand-sewn, strand by strand. He is asking $2,000 for the
creation that cost him considerably more.
And speaking of Kenny Kerr's Boy-lesque, we just
learned that George Swift, the Silver Slipper's longtime stagehand,
passed away on June 7th, after losing his battle with cancer. He
was 85. George was born May 3, 1827, in Concord, New Hampshire. He served
in the armed forces, became a roller skater in Roller Vanities and
was a stage technician in Holiday On Ice. George moved to Las Vegas
in 1959, and was a member of I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 720 for more than 50 years. George also
produced Lavender Follies, a female impersonator show that played at
the Fremont Hotel in the early ‘80s. George was a devoted husband and
father. He is survived by his loving wife, of 54 years, Freddie;
sons, George Anthony and Christopher Jay; granddaughter; and
many relatives in New Jersey and Atlanta. He will be greatly missed by
family and friends. Services were at 12:40 p.m. today, July 20th,
at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd. in
Tex Richardson & Radiance
Yesterday, we learned that musician Tex Richardson
had passed away in Virginia earlier in the morning. He was 59 when he
died of cancer. Tex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March. He
fought to live and maintained a positive outlook and his sense of humor
Wilson (Tex) Richardson was born in Illinois, but raised in Texas,
thus the name that everyone knew him by. Tex, a longtime Las Vegan, was the
onetime musical director for Lola Falana. Over the years, Tex
provided piano accompaniment for Darcus Speed, worked as Tex &
Kathy (La Mar), Tex & The Killa Band, featuring Paris Red, who
is currently appearing in Zumanity. (The Killa Band killed them with
great music.) In 2011, Tex put together some of the finest musicians and
vocalists from Las Vegas and performed at The M Hotel & Casino. The place
was packed, as he wished it would be. In recent years, Tex was the musical
director and arranger for both the Radiance and Spectrum. He
also arranged orchestrations that are used for Symphony Orchestras around
the U.S. and aboard. Wendy Edmead, a member of Radiance, tells us
that Tex was very intelligent, as well as funny, and says, "I will miss him,
his spiritual insights, and his sense of humor. Big Brother Rest In Peace."
Wilson (Tex) Richardson is survived by his fiancé, Christina Collins.
Thanks to Wendy and Colleen Custer who provided much of the
information for this obituary.
Wendy also supplied photos of Tex.
In talking to agent Colleen Custer about Tex, late
last night (Thursday), we also got some more sad news (we have had way too
much of this lately). Colleen told us that musician, Walter
Cunningham, had passed away in Louisiana on July 7th.
Walter, who like Tex Richardson, was felled by cancer, was probably best
known around here for his association with entertainers, Tony Tillman
and Earl Turner. From his hometown obituary...Walter K.
Cunningham went to play keyboard and vocalize with the angels on Saturday,
July 7, 2012. He was born on October 12, 1947, in East Chicago, Indiana, and
was a resident of Slidell, Louisiana. Walter was an accomplished musician,
playing keyboard and doing vocals with many well known entertainers in Las
Vegas, New Orleans, and Europe. He was Musical Director for Tony Tillman;
played for the Earl Turner Show, and Deacon John. He opened for
Bill Cosby, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller and countless
other headlines and celebrities. He leaves to mourn and cherish his loving
memories: wife, Guylaine Cunningham; two sons, Nathan Cunningham
and Brandon Cunningham; mother, Thirlie Cunningham; three
brothers, Rev. Doctor Wayne Cunningham (Imogene), Douglas
Cunningham (Rob), and Elliott Cunningham. He was preceded
in death by his father, Walter K. Cunningham, Sr. A Celebration of
Life Service was held on July 14, at Hartzell Mt. Zion United Methodist
Church, 41040 Highway 190 East, Slidell, LA 70461.
reports that Bob Babbitt, the Motown studio bassist who played on
hits including Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown"
and the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is
Today)," died Sunday in Nashville after suffering complications from brain
cancer. He was 74. Born on Nov. 26, 1937, Babbitt grew up in Pittsburgh
before moving to Detroit, where he began playing bass in the late '50s. He
joined Stevie Wonder's touring band in 1966. One year later, Babbitt
was invited to join Motown's house band, The Funk Brothers, after
Motown bassist James Jamerson broke his hand. In that new role,
Babbitt added thick, funky bass lines to hits by the Jackson 5,
Stevie Wonder's "Sign, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" and "We Can Work it
Out," and half of Marvin Gaye's 1971 LP, "What's Going On." After
leaving Motown in 1972, Babbitt recorded with a diverse group of acts,
including Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt and Frank Sinatra.
He scored 25 gold and platinum records in his career and played on more than
200 Top 40 hits, ranging from Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight
Train to Georgia," to Elton John's "Mama Can't Buy You Love." More
recently, Babbitt was presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in
2004, and he played on Phil Collins' 2010 album, "Going Back."
Kitty Wells, the first female superstar of country
music, has died at the age of 92. The singer passed away at her Nashville
home Monday, July 16th, following complications from a stroke.
Born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30th, 1919, her
recording of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952, was the
first No. 1 hit by a female soloist on the country music charts. Her Top 10
hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country
singers who came to prominence in the 1960s. Wells ranks as the sixth most
successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's country charts,
according to historian Joel Whitburn's book, The Top 40 Country
Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba
McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, she
was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1991, she became the
third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams,
and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wells' accomplishments earned her the nickname, "Queen of Country Music."
Kitty Wells circa 1974
Martin Kreloff by Martin Kreloff
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Opening this weekend at The Onyx, Next Fall by
Geoffrey Nauffts. Busy, busy RagTag Entertainment presents
(according to the New York Times), "The funniest heartbreaker in
town! Next Fall embodies something theatergoers have been sorely
missing, perhaps without knowing it, for years. A smart, sensitive,
immensely appealing and utterly contemporary New York comedy." Show times
for Next Fall are tonight, Friday, July 20th (although we
are too late for tonight), and tomorrow, July 26th,
27th and 28th at 8 p.m., and this Sunday, July
22nd at 2 p.m. This presentation is a benefit for the Las Vegas
chapter of The Sin City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Sisters
of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI), also called Order of Perpetual Indulgence
(OPI) in Australia and elsewhere, is a charity, protest, and street
performance organization that uses drag and religious imagery to call
attention to sexual intolerance and satirize issues of gender and morality.
At their inception in 1979, a small group of gay men in San Francisco began
wearing the attire of nuns in visible situations using high camp to draw
attention to social conflicts and problems in the Castro District. The
Sisters have grown throughout the U.S. and are currently organized as an
international network of orders, which are mostly non-profit charity
organizations that raise money for AIDS, LGBT-related causes, and mainstream
community service organizations, while promoting safer sex and educating
others about the harmful effects of drug use and other risky behaviors. In
San Francisco alone, where they continue to be the most active, between 1979
and 2007, the Sisters are credited with raising over $1 million for various
causes. Tickets for Next Fall are $15 and $20. The Onyx Theatre is
located in the Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Ave. For reservations, go
to www.onyxtheatre.com, or call
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A pleased as punch, Martin Kreloff, sent us this
news regarding the follow-up story of his wonderful pop portrait of
"I'm still glowing from a most incredible evening at The Smith Center.
Having Stephen Sondheim visit Las Vegas to share stories and songs of his
career was pure magic. It's with great joy that I announce that my portrait
of Mr. Sondheim is now a part of his collection.
A dream come true. My thanks to Max Friedland, at
DAVID Magazine, and the great John Bucchino for "Putting It
Together. We didn't get the meet and greet I'd hoped for...but Sondheim is
great at emails. He loved the portrait, and asked if we could send it to
him, as he was going on from Vegas to other stops. So, my dream of having
Sondheim own one of my works is coming true...not quite the way I saw it.
But, bottom line....I'm in Sondheim's collection." Not sure who is luckier,
Marty for having done something wonderful that Mr. Sondheim wanted to own,
or Stephen Sondheim who now has an original Martin Kreloff work in his
collection. We think the real winner is Sondheim.
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Tomorrow night, and ongoing on Saturdays, from 7 to 10
p.m., Nik Mastrangelo, aka Nik at Nite, performs at La Scala
Italian Restaurant, at 1020 E. Desert Inn. Nik is accompanied by Larry
Millonzi on keyboards. Join the gentlemen for an evening of great music
and great food in an intimate setting at La Scala. Reservations are
suggested. Call (702) 699-9980.
On Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m., it's Nik with Uli
Geissendoerfer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and John Plows on drums at The
Lady Silvia, 900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 140. Lady Silvia in on
the ground floor of the high-rise building on Hoover Ave., between Las Vegas
Boulevard and 4th Street. (The entrance is off Hoover St., next to the
Globe Hair Salon.) There is no cover.
Hudson & Saleeby
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Former Las Vegas residents, entertainers Hudson &
Saleeby, will be playing pianos and singing at Miss Ollie's in Jackson,
Tennessee, next Friday night, July 27th, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Jackson Downtown Development Corporation is sponsoring the musical duo
that night. Downtown Jackson is happening, and they want you to see all the
great stuff going on.
Miss Ollie was a famous Madame in Jackson, and the
club is located in the building that was once Buddy's Pool Hall. Help make
more history. If you are in the area, be at Miss Ollie's on Friday. Bring
a crowd! Miss Ollie's is located at 111 E Lafayette St. in downtown
Jackson. For reservations, or additional information, call (731) 868-1120.
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Lisa Gioia-Acres, of the Las Vegas Media Group,
does a great job of getting, and keeping, the word out regarding the
organization. Here is what she sent us following Monday's luncheon meeting
at The Wedding Room on West Sahara...
I am telling you all right now, a seat at the Las Vegas Media Group luncheon
is becoming the hottest ticket in town. Over the last year or so we have
had some amazing speakers come and share their storied lives with us.
What's even more impressive is the caliber of members that we have that
attend each month. I am so proud and humbled to be able to spend time with
all of you. With the help of member suggestions, we have a great lineup of
future speakers. But, let's talk about today. We had 48 people come to
hear Frank Fiedler, former host of the radio show, "Let's Talk Las
Vegas" share some of his stories and the people he was privileged to
interview during his 12 years on the air. We also had several new faces in
the crowd and we hope to see them back again. Our sound system was
wonderful today, thanks to Ed Dodrill for sharing his equipment with
us. We spent some time talking about our dear friends that have recently
passed, as well as sent some thoughts out to those that are presently
ailing. Several members shared stories about Ralph Denton, Ron
Bell, and Fred Davis, members who we have just lost. Our
thoughts went out to Nelson Sardelli who lost his wife, Micki,
after a long illness. To the family members who have lost loved ones,
please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have lots of July
Birthdays. Happy Birthday to: Roger Buehrer, Chuck Evans,
John Foley, John "Buzzy" Ullom, Sam Upton, and, of
course, the above mentioned, Cork Proctor. We haven't set anyone up
to speak at the August meeting as of yet, and if we don't have anyone, it
will be a great time for all of us to chat and catch up. Watch for Las
Vegas Media Group updates in this column...thanks to Lisa.
Sister Sisters - Ina Jo & Lisa Donovan
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The old saying is, "The Show Must Go On." That is what
happened earlier this week, during a performance of Nunsense at the
LVH Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). Alarms started blasting and
emergency lights were flashing - not the best backdrop for Lisa
Donovan‘s, as Mother Superior, monologue explaining why she became a
nun. But that's what Ms. Donovan had to contend with when she was about to
launch into the monologue in Nunsense the other day. Being the pro
that she is, Lisa stayed in character - Irish brogue and all - kidding with
the audience with a mixture of good nature and concern. She told them, "This
is a sure way to kill a monologue," while trying to ascertain whether this
emergency was the real deal. She even began a joke, "Did you hear the one
about Father Gallagher...?", telling the audience that she hoped she didn't
get to finish it because she might get in trouble - "It is a really dirty
Catholic joke." All the while she kept an eye on the bandleader/musical
director, Dan Ellis, looking to see if he was concerned. For
whatever reason the audience kept laughing. When the all-clear sounded Lisa
went back into her monologue and her song, everybody safe, sound and happy.
At the end of the show a couple of audience members said they loved it --
but that Lisa never gave them the punch line! (We hope to have the joke AND
the punch line in next week's column!) Nunsense, the world-famous
musical, plays at 4 p.m., every day except Friday in the Shimmer Cabaret of
the LVH Hotel & Casino. In addition to Lisa Donovan, the cast of
Nunsense is made up of Lisa's sister, Ina Jo Donovan,
Kathryn Arianoff, Danielle Corley, Margaret "Gret" Menzies
Gonzales, Audrei-Kairen and Amanda Kaiser. For show
reservations, call (702) 732-5755.
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Glad we held off on mentioning Cee Lo Green's
Loberace, which had been scheduled to launch at Planet Hollywood
Resort & Casino on August 29th. On Wednesday, it was announced
that the show has been postponed, and will now open in late February and run
until mid-April. Can Cee Lo attract enough people for a late night show
that is supposed to run for that many weeks? And will this be something
that Liberace fans might have any interest in? We will see.
Cee Lo Green
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Yes, that is Rob Hyatt doing some regional TV
commercials for Walmart. You may have seen Rob before as a member of the
amazing Fifth Avenue vocal group (that also includes Jerry
Jones, Bryce Robinson and Jeff Celentano), or as a cast
member of Oh What a Night!, or playing piano for Sebastian Anzaldo
and Sharon Owens, in Barbra and Frank: The Concert That
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Comic Grandma Lee, Anthony Padilla's Happy Hour Comedy
Show, and Geechy Guy's Dirty Joke Show, have all departed the Rio
All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
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From Mark Winkler...
As many of you know, one of the favorite things I've been doing these last
few years is teaching songwriting. I thought it would be fun to showcase
some of my best students. These three are definitely at the top of my
list... Tonight, Friday, July 20th at the M Bar at 8 p.m. For an
hour and a half...
Dina Valenz-- is an incredibly talented artist who I first met at my
UCLA class. Her voice is strong and clear as a bell, and she writes
wonderful songs about what it means to be a young woman in today's world.
Falling in love, dealing with "skinny bitches", going to best friends
weddings and having a burning desire to sing and play her own songs. No one
can write catchier hooks.
Andrew Abaria- A wonderful singer, writing great
melodies, and playing terrific piano.... His stuff is truly pop at it's
finest. Sort of like Bruno Mars meets the Scissor Sisters.He's been my
assistant for a while now and his growth as a writer has been wonderful to
Kilfire Aire (Oliviero)- Mike is another performer
I met at my UCLA classes. He's a fine singer and instrumentalist who writes
insightful, intelligent and intricate lyrics. Although folk based-- he's
having his "Dylan at Newport" moment now-- with guitar loops and more
intricate arranging ideas. Very interesting!
Hopefully, this will be my first showcase of many. Please
join me. The cover is just $7. If you love good contemporary songwriting
and performing you will not be sorry. Please reserve~
The M Bar is located 1253 N. Vine Street in Los Angeles.
They don‘t have a sign, but they are in the mini mall next door to El
Floridita on the southwest corner of Fountain and Vine...if you happen to be
in Southern California.
The Phat Pack & Joey Singer
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The Phat Pack will be performing in the Cabaret Jazz room at The
Smith Center, in two shows, 2:30 and 7 p.m., on Sunday, July
22nd. The Phat Pack is a new group in Las Vegas.
Actually, it's a new group ANYWHERE! Inspired by the spirit of The Rat
Pack, three singers who met up in Phantom - The Las Vegas
Spectacular, realized that the bulk of their careers were supported by
three shows. Ted Keegan spent years playing the Phantom in Phantom
of the Opera, on the road and on Broadway. Randal Keith spent
years playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, on the road and on
Broadway. And Bruce Ewing sang three of the four roles in Forever
Plaid, on the road and in Las Vegas. They have come to the point of
their careers where all they want to do is create music, singing the songs
they want to sing and having fun! Together with musical director, Joey
Singer (Musical Director for Debbie Reynolds), The Phat
Pack sings Musical Theater, American Standards, Las Vegas Hits, and some
new, fun original music. It's all about great singing, creating good music,
and having fun! Tickets are $20 to $35 and are available at www.TheSmithCenter.com, or call
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Happy birthday to Cancer celebrants (June 21-July 22)
including, Brandon Flowers, Kathy Mattea, Cyndi
Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Asher (Peter &
Gordon), Alan Osmond, Jason Mraz, Mick Fleetwood,
Jimmie "JJ" Walker, Carly Simon, Billy Davis Jr., Chris
Isaak, Gretchen Wilson, George Michael, Drake Bell,
Mel Brooks, John Byner, Kellie Pickler,
Richard Lewis, Mike Tyson, David Alan Grier, Twyla
Tharp, Deborah "Blondie" Harry, Pamela Anderson, Johnny
Lee, Betty Buckley, Hunter Tylo, John Waite,
Neil Simon, Geraldo Rivera, Bill Withers, Huey
Lewis, Marc Cohn, Della Reese, Doc Severinsen,
Ringo Starr, Michelle Kwan, Jerry Vale, Steve
Lawrence, Ed Ames, John Tesh, Courtney Love,
Jerry Herman, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Jessica
Simpson, Tab Hunter, Richie Sambora, Bonnie
Pointer, Peter Cincotti, Bill Cosby, Joey Gian,
Louise Mandrell, Cheech Marin, Linda Ronstadt,
Eddie Griffin, Michael Flatley, Phyllis Diller,
Diahann Carroll, Lucie Arnaz, David Hasselhoff, Cook
E. Jarr, Dion DiMucci, Martha Reeves, Ricky Skaggs,
Vikki Carr, Brian May, T.G. Sheppard, Kim
Carnes, Carlos Santana, Julianne Hough, Steven Lee
Cowart, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Damian Marley,
Cork Proctor, David Spade, Serena Sobel, Tony
Ruivivar, Deano Noto, Bill Acosta, Denyce Tuller,
Jennifer Porter, John Argent, Scott Humphries,
Loretta Holloway, Lee Plotkin, Jeanette Shead,
Michael Cagle, Steve Lippia, Philip Fortenberry,
Toni Sandoval, Jeanne Bavaro, Steve Kennedy, Julie
Olds, Skye Dee Miles, and Ronnie Fabre.
And happy anniversary to Steve Golden and Ronnie Fabre, and
Marvin Lashever and Linda Glynn.
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You are invited to join the Kristofer McNeeley
Acting Studio for an Acting Intensive workshop, July 28th,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Are your goals in focus? Are you using that focus to
create a career as an actor? Are you ready to work? The Kristofer McNeeley
Acting Studio is pleased to announce we will be offering a master class to
kick off the fall season! A limited number of working sessions are
available, and we are also offering auditing spaces. "Most actors spend so
much thought energy preparing for auditions, that they often end up
"thinking" their way out of the role before they get in the room. But
there's another way. You can nail the audition having never seen the
material before. This is not a shortcut. It's about always being READY.
The work is intense and the growth I witness in my students is exponential.
I want to help you to become fearless and autonomous as an actor - take the
leap and watch how that freedom transforms your work." Special guest,
Peter Golden, Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS.
Kristofer says, "We are excited to have Peter Golden with us to speak about
casting and tell us what he looks for in actors during the audition process.
This is an invaluable opportunity to learn about the business from an
industry veteran. Regular classes are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at J.E.T. Studios,
5126-30 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood, California. For Class
Information, please call (818) 850-1595.
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There will be some REAL magic taking place at The Smith
Center during this week.
On Wednesday, July 25th at 8:30 p.m., The Las Vegas Magic
Experience will take place in Reynolds Hall. The Society of American
Magicians proudly presents some of the best Las Vegas magicians appearing
together in one "spectacular" show. You would have to visit six different
casinos to see these stars, who have all played the major high priced hotels
and casinos in Las Vegas over the years. Now, here they are, in one family
show with all their manipulations, grand illusions, levitations, quick
changes, comedy, and, yes, even the disappearance of a ferocious Bengal
Tiger. Fielding West hosts Luna Shimada, Jason Baney,
Losander, Ayala and Tanya and Sonny Fontana.
Thursday, July 26th at 8:30 p.m., it's the
International Magic Spectacular. The Society of American Magicians
Annual Convention invites the public to witness its final Gala Show,
featuring top magicians from around the world who have gathered for this
event. Prize winning magicians will appear with an array of grand illusion,
impossible card manipulations, fantastic comedy acts, plus three home town
Las Vegas stars who will entertain you and your family. Bring the kids.
Starring R G Smith, John Cassidy,( the man in the balloon),
Funtasio, Chris Kenner, The Great Tomsoni and Company,
Korean champion Kim Hyun-Joon, and our own Nathan Burton.
Tickets are $31 for each show. Call The Smith Center at (702) 749-2000 for
additional details and reservations.
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Mike & Molly sitcom star and comedian, Billy
Gardell, will perform at The Orleans Showroom, Friday and Saturday, July
27th and 28th. In the CBS sitcom, Mike & Molly,
Gardell plays police officer Mike Biggs who meets Molly Flynn, played by
Melissa McCarthy, at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting where they begin
a romantic relationship. From 2007 to 2009, Gardell had a reoccurring role
on the NBC television series, My Name is Earl. He has also guest
starred on other shows, including Bones, Desperate Housewives
and Burning Hollywood. Gardell's additional television credits
include Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation and Monk. On the big screen, in 2002, Gardell made
his debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in
Avenging Angelo, and has since starred in Bad Santa, You,
Me and Dupree, and The Deported. Gardell took the long road to
Hollywood, stopping at every small town lounge, military base and comedy
club along the way. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and
new family life are part of his stand-up routine. Gardell has opened for
well-known comedians such as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.
Showtime each evening at The Orleans is 8 p.m. Tickets are available
starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at
any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.
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Dana Satterwhite, of TastySpace Gallery, tells us
that the Downtown Project announced their first-ever arts contest this week.
It extends far beyond visual art to writers, musicians, sculptors, dancers,
choreographers, film makers, and more. On top of the personal fulfillment of
creating something, there are cash prizes-several of them. We're inspired
by the energy and passion of the Downtown community, and we're looking for
arts submissions that are inspired by it, too. Through August 15th, we'll
be accepting submissions via video from local artists of all types. The
requirements are that the submission comes from a local resident and that
the submission must be new, original work in any medium that is inspired by
Downtown Las Vegas. By any medium, we mean ANY medium. The submission could
be a song, a piece of choreography, a poem, a long-form narrative, a
sculpture, a painting, a photograph. This list is not meant to be inclusive
of all the possibilities. The submissions will be judged by a jury of local
artists, writers, and community members. From the submissions, 10 runners-up
will be chosen and each will receive $100. The Grand Prize winner will
receive $2500. All of those chosen will have their work featured on
downtownproject.com and will participate in an exhibition/
performance/reading at First Friday on October 5th as part of the 10th
Anniversary Celebration of Las Vegas' monthly arts festival. Video
submissions must be made through our website and must not exceed three
minutes in length. See rules at... http://downtownproject.com/arts-submissions/.
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