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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from August 24, 2012
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Las Vegas - August 24, 2012


Just reminding everyone about the benefit concerts of God Lives in Glass this weekend. It's going to be an amazing cast and the participants are all so excited for the opportunity to share this beautiful piece one last time before Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular closes. Please make the effort to come out and support Family Promise and Nevada Conservatory Theatre, and experience an encore presentation of the God Lives in Glass experience! Reflections of God as seen through the Eyes of Children, God Lives in Glass is a Theatrical Musical in Concert. Book and Lyrics are by Robert Landy, Ph.D., with Music and Additional Lyrics by Keith Thompson. Featuring pianist Philip Fortenberry, and a cast of 45 singers, 10 Dancers, 13 Musicians, plus members of the casts of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Jersey Boys, Vegas! The Show, LOVE, Disney's The Lion King, Surf The Musical, Menopause the Musical, Cirque du Soleil's O, and Tony n' Tina's Wedding, along with members of the UNLV Theatre and Music Departments, and other special guest artists. There will be two performances, Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th at 2 p.m. in the Judy Bayley Theatre, on the UNLV Campus. These shows are to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Admission is $25. Senior and Student Discounts are available at the UNLV box office. Tickets will be available for walk-up purchase on the performance dates, but everyone is encouraged to book ahead for the best available seating! All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas and Nevada Conservatory Theatre, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary season at UNLV. For ticket information on any performance, please call (702) 895-ARTS (2787), or go to www.unlvtickets.com.

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How time flies when you are having fun. Murray SawChuck is evidence of that. On Monday, September 3rd, the magician will celebrate his 100th show at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino's Laugh Factory. Audience members can expect a fun hour of various performers joining Murray, his new bride Chloe, and Lefty on stage, as they create their unique brand of illusion and comedy! Shows start at 6:50pm. Arrive by 6:15pm. For reservations, call (702) 739-2411.


Murray: Celebrity Magician

Joseph R. Stanley

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The next F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th, when the Presidents (all the fellows are Presidents) present two special guests in a Double Feature - Joseph R. Stanley, magician/mentalist, and musician extraordinaire, Sasha Semenoff. Joseph R. Stanley started in Magic in 1972. He trained with Legendary Master Magician, Michael Skinner, for more than 25 yrs. While in the U.S.A.F., he did numerous magic shows for the Base Hospitals. Stanley is a former member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In 1998, after the passing of his mentor, Michael Skinner, Joseph dropped out of the magic scene. A few years later he was told that quitting magic wasn't the right way to honor his teacher. Again, he started performing his craft, but incorporating more Mentalist/Magician flavor. Besides being a great performer, Joseph R. Stanley is also a F.I.O.R.E. President. For the past 50 years, Holocaust survivor, Sasha Semenoff, has played his violin in Las Vegas. He has performed alongside some of the greatest names in music, among them, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand. The 84-year-old Virtuoso is also a F.I.O.R.E. President. The members are honored to enjoy his talent and friendship. The gathering is at the Italian American Club at 2333 E. Sahara. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the price of the buffet is $25. To RSVP (they are a must), email to [email protected]. For further information, go to http://nonclubclubfiore.com/.

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Biographer, Stephen Michael Shearer (Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr, Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, and soon, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, plus his series of 20 celebrity profile features in the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2008 and 2009, sends us this information on comic/author, Judy Tenuta, who will perform at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory, September 17th through 23rd...
Judy Tenuta hails from Oak Park, Illinois, where she was born in the mid-1950s. I remember her when she first came to New York in the early 1980s appearing at the classic comedy club Caroline's. "I had wanted to be an actress when I came to New York," she recalled when I spoke with her recently. Her friends goaded her into doing comedy. As an up-and-comer, Judy was one of the classic originators of the mid-1980s "Golden Age of Character Comedy" which also saw the emergence of such gifted artists as Roseanne Barr, Steven Wright and Sam Kinison. Inventing such self-proclaimed monikers as "The Love Goddess," "The Aphrodite of Accordion Players," and "The Fashion Plate Saint," Tenuta coined the expression "Judyism" to express her religious outlook of the world. In 1987, she appeared on HBO's "Women of the Night" with Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner and Paula Poundstone, and that year she was the recipient of the "Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne" honor at the first American Comedy Awards. She has made numerous TV and film appearances, received two Grammy nominations for her comedy albums, and is also lovingly remembered by a generation of "Dr. Pepper" commercial aficionados. Her first appearances in Las Vegas were opening for George Carlin at Bally's along with Blood, Sweat & Tears (who got her to sing "The Ballad of the Green Berets" after a show one night in one of the small lounges to an audience of older patrons). "It was so much fun," she recalled of her first gigs here. She once opened for Mitzi Gaynor, shared billing with Jackie Mason and with Pauly Shore, and she has headlined at the Paris, the Golden Nugget, The Comedy Club at Harrah's, and with the Amazing Johnathan at Krave. Recalling her first opening at the Sahara, Judy "was pleasantly surprised that Steve Wynn and his family were in the audience. I was so excited I got to meet him." She credits Wynn with giving Las Vegas its resurgence as "The Entertainment Capital of the World." "It's a giant Disneyland for adults," she says. "The beautiful thing about Vegas is...just seeing the shows. It's fantastic!" Tenuta has authored a recent self-published book, Full Frontal Tenudity! (available through ITunes) , and can be seen in two new films, Gibsonburg and Going Down in La-La Land. Her contract with the Laugh Factory, where she will be appearing in two shows nightly beginning September 17, has been extended. Seriously, Judy Tenuta finds comedy "healing of the psyche and emotions," and so very needed in today's world. Her future? Possibly someday she will make a film with George Clooney ("when he asks me"), or she could be the new Cher at Caesars Palace. "Hey, it could happen!"
Thank you, Stephen.


Sasha Semenoff

Judy Tenuta

We have been told that Judy Tenuta will perform at the Tropicana Laugh Factory one week out of every month, and could be deemed the new poster child for the comedy club. In addition to her funny stand-up routines, Judy does great interpretations of Sarah Palin, Cher, Roseanne Barr, and even Rita Rudner, her longtime friend. Those in the Windy City area can see 'The Love Goddess' at the Chicago Laugh Factory, September 6th through 8th.

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Female impersonator, comic, singer, Kenny Kerr, returns to the stage at The Onyx Theatre, with shows at 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd. Tickets are $20. Spend An Evening with Kenny Kerr in the intimate Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. in Commercial Center. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call (702) 732-7225.

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Today's Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen will fill the South Point Hotel and Casino showroom with their unique sounds, September 7th through 9th. The Four Freshmen are a multiple (six) Grammy-nominated American male vocal band quartet that blends open-harmonic jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires (Glenn Miller), The Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey), and The Mel-Tones (Artie Shaw), founded in the barbershop tradition. The Four Freshmen are considered a vocal band because the singers accompany themselves on guitar, horns, bass, and drums, among other instrumental configurations. The group tours internationally to sold-out audiences and records jazz harmonies since its late '40s founding. The Freshmen enjoy a unique fan club, offering the support of more than 3,000 members across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Created in 1948 at Indiana's Butler University, The Four Freshmen are the longest lasting vocal harmony group. The original group comprised of Bob Flanigan, Don Barbour, Ross Barbour, and Hal Kratzsch, and is most well known for their many hits, including "Blue World," "Graduation Day," and "Poinciana." Today's ensemble is made up of Bob Ferreira, playing drums and singing the low bass parts; Brian Eichenberger, singing lead and playing guitar and bass; Curtis Calderon, singing the second part, and playing trumpet and Flügel horn; and Vince Johnson, the baritone voice of the group, playing bass, guitar, and trombone. Tickets for the Four Freshmen range from $15 to $25, and may be purchased by calling the hotel at (702) 797-8055.

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Dolly Coulter and Bert Anderson are best known around these parts as musicians. Many folks probably don't know (we didn't), that the twosome are also partners in a radio show. Bixby's Tails can be heard on radio station KLAV 1230 AM, Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Bixby's Tails is an on going adventure series, for kids of all ages, that take Bixby the dog, and brothers Joey and Henry on exciting journeys to far away places. Dolly and Bert have been writing together for a lot of years. Their radio show is producing a wonderful storybook series that they are shopping to TV and other radio shows. The project has great animation potential. Bert and Dolly have written all the material and the songs. They also do all the character voices, with the exception of a few guest artists that they like to bring in. All of work is done in Coulter's home studio, called DollHouse Recording Studios. Dolly's hubby, Al Guzman, is the engineer. Bert, Al and Dolly are the core of the entire project. Dolly feels this is the best work she has done in years...at least the most creative. Collectively, Dolly and Bert have written commercial jingles, children's music, and several children's stories on CD; recently they took part in the St. Jude Hospital benefit recording, A Simple Plan. They have had their stage musical, Back Up the Legendary Musical, produced. They co-produced a benefit, God Loves Broadway, for St. Therese Center, and also produced a Christmas benefit CD, One True Gift, for St. Therese. They have formed and are co-producing a new singing group, called The Daddy O's, keeping 1960s pop music alive. Busy. Busy.


Dolly Coulter & Bert Anderson

Happy Birthday Lee Roy Reams

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Happy milestone birthday to musical theater star, Lee Roy Reams, who celebrated yesterday, August 23rd. Lee Roy, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's 42nd Street, played Roger DeBris in the Paris Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Mr. Reams is now an official member of the "Over 70 Club."

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In our July 20th column, we told the story of an unexpected incident that took place at the LVH Hotel during a last month's performance of Nunsense. Lisa Donovan, who plays the Mother Superior in the campy musical, had to "wing it," when alarms started blasting and emergency lights were flashing - not the best backdrop for Ms. Donovan's monologue, explaining why she became a nun. As we wrote in July, 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, some audience members said they loved it -- but that Lisa never gave them the punch line! It took us a little longer than we expected, but we have the COMPLETE tale here...thanks to comedienne, Chris Pendleton, who passed it along to us...

At St Joseph's school, Father Murphy walked into the senior biology class and said "Everybody close your books, today we are having a pop oral quiz" So all the books were closed and the Father said "Mary, please stand and tell the class what part of the body, when stimulated, can grow up to seven times its normal size." And Mary stood up, beet red, and said "I can't answer that, Father, with all the boys looking at me!" So he turned to another student and said "Michael, would you please stand and tell Mary and the rest of the class what part of the body, when stimulated, can grow up to seven times its normal size?" And Michael stood up and said "It's the pupil of the eye, Father." Father replied "Correct!" Then after a pause, he added "Now Mary, this has taught me three things about you. You haven't read the material...you have a dirty mind...and you're going to be bitterly disappointed for the rest of your adult life!"
Thank you, Chris!

Nunsense 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.


Chris Pendleton

Gary Oakes & Lou Garcia

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Fans of the musical Dynamic Duo, Gary Oakes and Lou Garcia, know that, these days, they don't perform together as often as they used to. That makes September special, for both the song and dance men and those who enjoy seeing them work. The talented twosome will be making three appearances around the city next month - 2 p.m., Thursday, September 6th at Sam's Town in Ed Mathews' Variety Toast of the Town show; Sunday, September 9th at 2 p.m. at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, for the Performing Arts Society of Nevada; and on September 20th at a Sun City Summerlin private party for a wonderful group of women, who Lou describes as "a joy to entertain." Oakes and Garcia both have a musical theater background, having performed on Broadway. They also performed for Donn Arden in Hallelujah Hollywood! at the MGM Grand (now Bally's). Tickets for the show at the Winchester, 3130 McLeod, just north of Desert Inn, are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. The box office and lobby open at 1, with seating starting at 1:30. Call (702) 658-6741 for reservations or additional information.

During this last week, Lou Garcia, along with Wes Winters and Dondino, provided the entertainment for the Ms Senior Nevada Pageant held at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Lou can't praise the tech crew in the showroom enough, citing Brice Gerken, the Stage Manager; Lou Carto on Sound; Alex Kosseff, who handled the Lights; and Steve Guzman, Video Engineer. "It was a joy to meet Damian Costa (Entertainment Director for the South Point), the grandson of my one my favorite musical conductors in this world, Tony Costa. Tony was the musical conductor for Hallelujah Hollywood!," says Lou. Tony and his wife, singer Jeanne Costa, performed in Las Vegas. They invited Gary and I to their home many times. Wonderful people!"

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Sam Harris, who turned 51 in June, is probably best remembered as the Male Vocalist winner on Star Search in 1983. The exposure propelled his career, first as a singer and recording artist, then as an actor on Broadway, starring in productions of The Life (for which he earned a Tony nomination), The Producers, and Grease. He married Danny Jacobsen, his partner of 14 years in 2008, months after they adopted their son Cooper. In 2010, Harris recorded "My Reclamation," an anthem for marriage equality. Sam will make his first appearance on a Vegas stage when he performs at The Smith Center, Friday, November 9th at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, the 10th at 7 and 9:30 p.m. In this concert, Harris brings his singular interpretation and inimitable style to an eclectic collection of Broadway and Pop Classics, from Hammerstein to Sondheim, and U2 to Lennon to Hendrix. Tickets range from $42 to $65. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Sam Harris

Doris Kotzan (Bambi Jones)

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Reminder...
Society of Seven and American Idol's Jasmine Trias are back in Vegas and currently appearing in the Starlite Theater at the Riviera. The popular, Hawaii-based, musical comedy group, have long been local favorites. The ensemble, who all play instruments as well as sing, dance and act, perform a wide variety of music, from the Great American songbook, to pop tunes and hits from Broadway. Show times for SOS and Jasmine at the Riv, are Wednesdays through Sundays (off on Mondays and Tuesdays) at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $38.45 to $71.45. For reservations, call (702) 794-9433.

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Lisa Gioia-Acres, of Las Vegas Media Group, sends along this message...
I think the heat kept a few people away from Monday's meeting...that, and a few of our regulars had commitments that prevented them from attending. Hope those that aren't feeling well, get better soon, and those having new grandbabies born - CONGRATULATIONS!, and those that are on vacation - have fun and come home safely. We had only 37 out of the 45 I called in, but our wonderful server, Patty, kindly only charged us for 40. That was a relief. I called in so many, because, last month, we had 48 attendees and luckily we had enough food. That is why RSVPs are so important. The LVMG has to pay for the number I call in, whether or not we have that amount in attendance. Monday's speaker was famed boxer, Earnie Shavers. What a wonderful, funny, and humble man. Earnie took questions from the group, and all were impressed with his career and life story. Harriet Trudell is turning 80-years-old, and to honor her dedicated service to the community, the Women's Democratic Club recently recognized Harriet for Women's Equality Day 2012. The group was introduced to former Burlesque dancer, Bambi Jones (Doris Kotzan). She was such a hoot, and will be a speaker for the group in the months to come. Bambi has a book of her memoirs published and it is filled with great stories. Bambi still has what it takes to get attention (see the accompanying photo from our most recent lunch meeting)! Monthly luncheon meetings are held 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 it is - Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions re: The Wedding Room, is (702) 362-6712. For Media Group info, or to RSVP, call Lisa at (702) 245-9206.

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One of Las Vegas' most critically acclaimed female trios, Dangerous Curves, is producing their very first Christmas CD and have launched a FAN-based campaign on IndieGogo.com, to help raise the funds for get it finished, packaged, and ready for sale! Don Grigware, of BroadwayWorld.com, named the Curves as one of the Best Female Cabaret Artists appearing in Los Angeles in 2011. Lisa Smith (soprano), Margaret Menzies (mezzo) and Karen Michaels (alto) are well-known for their spectacular blend of powerhouse vocals and delicious harmonies, and have already performed in many of Las Vegas' most renowned hotels, including The Flamingo, The Four Seasons, The Orleans, and Treasure Island. The group's popularity is predicated on their ability to navigate through the timeless music of yesterday and an eclectic mix of Broadway, jazz, contemporary pop, cabaret, and even country. In short, they reinvent or "curvify" everything they sing with their incredible arrangements. Their first CD, Girl Talk, was released in 2009 to rave reviews, and this latest recording project should also generate equally positive accolades. To find out how YOU can help these talented gals reach their goal (AND receive special "perks" like advanced/signed copies of the CD; entrance to an invitation-only VIP champagne reception with exclusive performance and CD Release Party; show tickets; limited-edition Dangerous Curves merchandise; associate or executive producer credit on the CD; and much more), visit www.IndieGogo.com/DangerousCurvesLasVegas, and watch their fun video! Then, tell all your friends (...and they'll tell two friends...and they'll tell two more friends...). Here is the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nctyr_ueku0 - to view the YouTube video featuring our rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from the album (mentioned in the video above), and our salute to the troops and their homecoming from Iraq this past Holiday Season. Have some tissues on hand, as this is sure to generate a tear or two. If the Link doesn't take you to the site, Google I'll Be Home for Christmas VIDEO, Christmas 2011 - sung by Dangerous Curves.mp4. It's worth the trip.


Dangerous Curves

Jerry Lewis

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For those who can't bear to think of Labor Day without Jerry Lewis, cheer up. All is not lost. Although you won't see the perennial six-year-old (no disrespect to six-year-olds) hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon this year, ANTENNA TV (Channel 3.3 and 127 in Las Vegas) plans a 24-hour Jerry Lewis Marathon, beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, September 3rd. Oh, thank heaven for ANTENNA TV!

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Esteban (born 1948 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the stage name of guitarist Stephen Paul. Recognizable by his bolero hat and sunglasses, Esteban has gained much of his commercial success by selling his CDs and guitars on QVC and HSN. Paul was the oldest of four children. He recounts that he began playing guitar at the age of eight, when his uncle brought him a nylon-stringed guitar. He attended South Hills Catholic High School (since absorbed into Seton-La Salle Catholic High School) in Mt. Lebanon. He then attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he double-majored in music and English. At this time, he was teaching approximately 150 students a week and playing in nightclubs. Esteban states that, at this point in his studies of the guitar, he felt a strong desire to study with Andrés Segovia, a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain. Segovia, who died in 1987, is widely considered to be one of the best known and most influential classical guitar personalities of the 20th century. According to Esteban, after a long period where he pursued Segovia by sending notes to the hotels he was staying at, he at last met Segovia in Los Angeles in 1972 and studied with him intermittently for the next five years, splitting his time between Spain and California. Esteban moved from Southern California to Phoenix with his wife and daughter, Teresa Paul (also known as Teresa Joy), in 1978. During the next two years, he toured playing classical music. In 1980, while driving his mother home from the airport, Esteban was involved in a collision with a drunk driver. He was left with broken ribs, missing teeth, and a light-sensitive eye. He recovered but was left with nerve damage in his hands. Unable to play the guitar, he sold solar energy systems for Reynolds Aluminum. During his long recovery, he decided to move away from playing only classical music. After recovering some of the use of his fingers in 1988, he had begun playing again by the end of 1989. At that time, Esteban was playing at a Hyatt Regency hotel. He released his first album in 1991. Audiences responded well to Esteban's charisma and frequently bought his albums. In 1999, Esteban came to the attention of Joy Mangano at Ingenious Designs, inventor of the Miracle Mop and other household accessories sold on QVC. She recognized Esteban's charisma and he was invited to play on QVC in November 1999. Soon after, Ingenious Designs was bought out by HSN, and Esteban achieved commercial success. He sold 132,000 CDs after two appearances on HSN in the summer of 2000, and two of his albums reached the top 54 entries in the Billboard 200. Esteban quit playing at the Hyatt in 2000. He has since been featured in The Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. From 2001 to 2003, Esteban released more than a dozen additional albums, four of which placed in the lower half of the Billboard 200. He has also been featured in various infomercials advertising his guitars and instructional DVDs. Esteban landed his first major CD distribution deal (with Sony RED Distribution) with the release of The Best of Esteban in October, 2006. The magical artistry of guitarist extraordinaire, Esteban, will fill the Jazz Cabaret club at The Smith Center on Thursday, September 13th, and again on Sunday, September 16th. The Las Vegas resident will perform along with his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, and his band of outstanding musicians, with show times set for 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $59. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Esteban

Cindy Raft-Pier

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Three Square Food Bank will host its annual benefit event, DISH Las Vegas, presented by IGT and Smith's Food & Drug Stores, featuring a variety of delicious tasting stations by top Las Vegas restaurants, an array of refreshing cocktails, and an intimate concert by local favorites, Zowie Bowie. The event will take place at the Pool and Bungalows at the Palms Casino Resort on Thursday, September 20th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will experience an exciting and unique culinary event, providing an opportunity to taste delicious food from more than 20 of Las Vegas' best restaurants, including Bagatelle Las Vegas, NOVE Italiano, Top of the World Restaurant, LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub and Bar+Bistro @ The Arts Factory, among others. Attendees can also mingle with Las Vegas' top chefs and bid on high-end silent auction items. Zowie Bowie brings a unique blend of today's hottest dance, hip-hop, top 40 and classic Las Vegas music to audiences. The musical talent of Chris Phillips, Marley Taylor, and a high-energy band, creates a sound that has become a Las Vegas mainstay. "For the fourth year, DISH Las Vegas will be raising money to provide food and hope to those less fortunate in our community," said Brian Burton, president and chief executive officer of Three Square Food Bank. "DISH has become the culinary event of the fall – providing delicious food and drink and live entertainment at a fabulous Las Vegas venue." Tickets are all-inclusive (apart from auction items) and are priced at $100 per person for advanced tickets, and $150 per person when purchased at the door. Event proceeds will help provide nutritious food to Southern Nevada children, seniors and families struggling with hunger. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.threesquare.org or call (702) 644-FOOD (3663). Guests must be 21 and older to attend. Three Square was established to end hunger in the valley by providing wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need. A national model project, inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with the gaming industry, businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the CCSD, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 24 million pounds of food and grocery product - the equivalent of nearly 18 million meals - per year to more than 650 Program Partners, including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information, visit www.threesquare.org.

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Babe Pier, Sabrina & Cindy Raft-Pier

Tommy Moe Raft

If you are a regular Claire Voyant reader, you know about the July 31st passing of comic impressionist Babe Pier. The funny man was loved by all who knew him, and he will be missed. The person who misses him the most is, and will be, his wife of 27 years, Cindy Raft Pier. Babe's death has left Cindy in a serious financial situation. She needs to get back to work as soon as possible. Cindy's work experience has been almost totally entertainment related. Laughter is in her blood, and gene pool. Not only did she have an almost 30 year relationship with Babe, her father was comedian Tommy Moe Raft. In addition to her years as a talent agent, Cindy also served as a Wine Goddess in the gourmet Bacchanal Room during the 1980s and 1990s. The popular restaurant was closed in 2000. Cindy needs some income. She needs a job and is on the hunt. If you might be able to help, or have an idea, please contact her at [email protected].

It is hoped to get a Celebration of Life in honor of Babe Pier organized for a date in the next month or so. This could be quite an event. Stay tuned for details.

As for Tommy Moe Raft (1914-1974), he was a popular comic performer, regarded as one of the funniest men in show business. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was best known as a main attraction for many Las Vegas casino and burlesque shows. He also appeared in the feature films "The Wacky Playboy" (1964) and "The Black Connection" (1974).

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The "Music of the Night" will go silent in the beautiful theater at The Venetian, following the closing performance of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular on September 2nd. The cast and crew are leaving an indelible impression on the community after a more than six year run. The performers are a giving, generous bunch, willing to help with many local charities. They will be greatly missed.

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