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Note: This is a past column from October 12, 2012
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Las Vegas - October 12, 2012


Melody & Emma Leibow

Gordie Brown

Last year, Jersey Boy cast member, Jeff Leibow, produced the first Las Vegas NF Hope Concert. Held at the Las Vegas Hilton, in addition to the concert featuring performances by cast members from Jersey Boys, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Disney's The Lion King, as well as Strip headliners Gordie Brown, Human Nature, Rich Little and Steve Rossi, NF Hope had a very successful silent auction. All proceeds were donated to NF Network, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting people living with Neurofibromatosis or NF, a neurological disorder which affects 1 in every 2500 births. Neurofibromatosis results from a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. The result is that tumors, called neurofibromas, can grow on any nerve at any time, unchecked by the body's regulatory system. These tumors can cause everything from deformation, seizures, blindness, deafness and a list of other complications, including cancer and, in some cases, death. Other symptoms include severe pain, attention disorders, learning disabilities and other developmental challenges. The impetus for producing this concert came from Jeff and Melody Leibow's daughter, Emma, who was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. Emma has five or six tumors, but is otherwise a very healthy, vivacious little three-year-old. At this time, there is no cure or treatment for NF. With the success of last years NF Hope Concert, it has been decided to make it an annual Las Vegas event. This year, the concert is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, October 21st, in the main showroom at Harrah's. The lineup of talent will include the return of Gordie Brown; Clint Holmes; Kelly Clinton-Holmes; magician Murray SawChuck; Delious Kennedy, from the Grammy Award-winning band, All-4-One; Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees; Anya Garnis and Dmitry Chaplin from ABC's Dancing With the Stars; Chris Phillips from Zowie Bowie; Niki Scalera, and cast members from Jersey Boys, Absinthe, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Vegas! The Show, including Travis Cloer, Douglas Crawford, Philip Fortenberry, Kristen Hertzenberg, Joan Sobel, Melody Sweets, Tina Walsh and more. Jeff has vowed to do everything he can to raise both awareness and monetary support for research and advocacy efforts, in the hope of offering the 100,000+ people living with NF a treatment or a cure in their lifetime. Tickets for the 2nd Annual NF Hope Concert to Benefit Neurofibromatosis Network, start at $25 and go to $75 for VIP booth seats (which includes a signed concert poster). They may be available by phone (702) 369-5111, or through TicketMaster.com. For additional information, go to http://NFHope.org, or follow NF Hope on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vegasnfbenefit.

And speaking of Murray SawChuck...Murray's successful Limited Engagement run at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino's Laugh Factory, located on the hotel's mezzanine level, has been so successful, they have asked the talented entertainer to stay on as a resident headliner, into 2013. As a result, you will be seeing a lot more of Murray, his beautiful assistant/wife, Chloe Louise Crawford, and sidekick/stagehand, Doug "Lefty" Leferovich, around these parts. Show times for Murray are Saturdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m. General admission is $29, and VIP is $44.95, plus taxes and fees. For reservations, call (702) 739-2411.


Murray, Chloe and Lefty at Tropicana

Lon Bronson All-Stars Band

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We are hearing rumors that Green Valley Ranch may be closing their Ovation Lounge. If our sources are correct, and the room is being closed, we have to ask WHY? Ongoing acts, such as the popular Lon Bronson's All-Star Band, and Season Five's America's Got Talent winner, Michael Grimm, attract a few hundred people to the property on a weekly basis...people who may not otherwise have any reason to be at the Henderson property. Add to the mix, visiting acts and bands such as Asia ("Only Time Will Tell," "Heat of the Moment"), The Little River Band ("Lady," "Help Is On the Way"), Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees ("Give Me Just One Night," "Because of You"), Broadway-inspired shows, and more. If you feel, like we do, that shutting down Ovation would be a bad idea, make your feelings known to the powers that be.

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On October 6th, recently retired news anchor, Gary Waddell, was honored as Child Advocate of the Year by the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Foundation at their 22nd Annual Child Advocacy Recognition Gala, held at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. KLAS-TV 8 anchor, Dave Courvoisier, a previous recipient of the Child Advocate of the Year award, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The gala recognized numerous CASA volunteers and members of the community for their outstanding contributions to the CASA program, which provides voices to the abused and neglected children in Clark County's foster care program. Other award recipients included: Kathy Espin, President's Award; Kim Le, Outstanding Case Manager; Bonnie Mays, Excellence Award; KC Caraballo, Gail Dennis, Larry Dreihaupt, Diane Epstein and Olivia Fisher, Outstanding Service Award; Alison Brasier, Diane Climer, Heather McCusker, Patricia Pimentel, Fred Rutberg, Renee Rivera-Shaffer and Vicki Simons, CASA New Comers Award. The Clark County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Foundation has been assisting abused and neglected children in Clark County for more than 20 years. There are currently, 3,500 children in Clark County who were not safe at home and are now forced to live in foster care. The CASA Foundation supports the program that enlists CASA volunteers who advocate for the best interest of these innocent children who have become Wards of the court. CASA Foundation also serves as a resource to supplement the unsatisfied needs of children in care. CASA Foundation raises funds to support the CASA volunteers and benefit the foundation's initiative of providing foster care children with clothing, tutoring, school supplies, scholarships and other necessities while they make their journey to a permanent home. For more information about the organization, call (702) 588-CASA (2272), or visit http://www.casafoundationlv.org.

Accompanying photo of (from left to right): Gary Waddell, Laura Norton, president of CASA Foundation, and Dave Courvoisier, courtesy of Reason Photography.


Gary Waddell, Laura Norton & Dave Courvoisier

Debbie Reynolds

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Services for acclaimed musician Henry Shead, who passed away on October 5th, following a short battle with lung cancer, will be held on Monday, October 15th at Zion Methodist Church, 2108 Revere Street in North Las Vegas. Viewing will take place at 11 a.m., with services starting at noon. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California. The longtime Las Vegan was 71.

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The next meeting of the Las Vegas Media Group will take place on Monday, October 15th. Thanks, once again to Thalia Dondero, for her hard work, this month's interesting guest speaker will be Paul Aizley, a professor at UNLV and a member of the Nevada legislature. The location of the lunch meeting 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. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. Lunch is $17, and the food is great! RSVPs are required. Call Lisa at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail her at [email protected]. For any questions, you can always call Frank Mitrani at (702) 395-3566 (home) or (702) 321-4521 (cell).

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Sweeney Todd arrives at The Onyx Theatre this weekend. Off-Strip Productions is starting an Affordable Broadway Series at the Onyx, with its own intimate, fully-staged rendition of Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This innovative production combines professional live musicians, direct from the Las Vegas Strip, with a powerhouse local cast to tell this tragic tale the way it deserves to be told. Be among the ghosts of Fleet Street as you witness murder, incest, and cannibalism set to music - an "in your face" experience you can only get at Las Vegas's premiere indie art house, the Onyx Theatre. Kick off your Halloween Season with Sweeney Todd! Show times are at 8 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th-14th, 19th- 21st, and 26th-28th. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The Onyx Theatre is located inside The Rack clothing store, in Commercial Center, 953 E. Sahara Ave. Call (702) 732-7225.

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Legendary entertainer, and Vegas mainstay, Debbie Reynolds, was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to an adverse reaction to medication. As a result, the 80-year-old actress-singer-dancer has been forced to cancel all appearances and concert engagements for the next three months. Reynolds still maintains a busy live concert tour schedule. She was expected to appear in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day aboard the "Follow the Stars, Adopt a Pet" float, sponsored by the animal advocacy group Pet Care Foundation.

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Stand-up comic/actress, Judy Tenuta, will be filling in for Louie Anderson in Louie's self-named theater at Palace Station Hotel & Casino, 2411 W. Sahara, from Wednesday, October 17th, through Saturday the 20th. Judy describes herself as a "multi-media Bondage Goddess" and "the Aphrodite of the Accordion." Her fans range from fetuses to fossils, gays to geishas, all begging to chew her gum and kiss her feet because she is the only fun-feminist who preaches that all women should be worshipped as "Love Goddesses," and all men have an equal opportunity to become her furniture. It could happen! Ms. Tenuta was the very first stand-up to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards. She has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular TV shows as The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed. She has appeared in The Vagina Monologues and Menopause the Musical, both in L.A. and Chicago, has had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO, and LifeTime, and has hit comedy CDs and a book under her belt. Show times for Judy Tenuta at Palace Station are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $68. Call (702) 367-2411.


Judy Tenuta

F.I.O.R.E. Presidents Nelson Sardelli & Artie Schroeck

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Lady "J" Huston is keeping mighty busy. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, she will be part of the ABMA Spotlight Music Awards, at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 East Flamingo Rd., where she will be a headline performer and is a 2012 nominee for Best Blues Artist. Red Carpet is at 7 p.m., with show at 8. For ticket information, call (702) 979-4621. RSVPs are required. Saturday, October 20th, from 7 to 10 p.m., Lady "J" Huston & The Fireballs perform Jazz, Blues and Classic Soul at Lake Las Vegas, 30 Strada Di Villaggio, in Henderson. All ages are welcome to attend this free concert. Call (702) 564-1600.

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In spite of the 22 steps involved to get to the upstairs meeting room at Big Dogs Cafe & Casino on West Sahara, yesterday's F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) meeting had a good turnout. About 45 folks showed up for a good lunch and socializing. We don't know if it was rigged, or good "fortune," but F.I.O.R.E. president (all the male members are presidents), Artie Schroeck, was one of the lucky winners during the cash drawing. A nice gift for Mr. Schroeck, who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday. As those who pay attention to such things know, the Italian American Club on EAST Sahara, where the F.I.O.R.E. bunch has been meeting for some time, is going through some "growing" pains. Will F.I.O.R.E. return there for future gatherings? We wait for word from Nelson Sardelli. When we know, we will let you know.

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We enjoy visiting the past with new television stations such as ANTENNA-TV, MeTV and THIS. You never know who might turn up in an episode of an old, familiar TV series. A couple of weeks ago, Southern Nevada residents Beverly Washburn appeared in an episode of Gidget, while Cynthia Pepper showed up on the Flying Nun, and last Saturday, the late Liz Renay guest starred in a 1972 episode of Adam-12 called Harry Nobody. Liz, who passed away in Las Vegas in 2007, lived a life that read like a screenplay. Born in Arizona as Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins in 1926, Liz was raised in Arizona by fanatically religious parents. She ran away from home at 13, to seek fame. Within a few years, she won a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest, and become a showgirl. A beauty, Liz eventually became involved with Los Angeles gangster, Mickey Cohen. When he was arrested, she refused to co-operate with the authorities and, as a result, was sentenced to a stint in Terminal Island prison, where she gave painting lessons to inmates, and wrote her autobiography, My First 2,000 Men, in which she claimed flings with Joe DiMaggio, Regis Philbin, Jerry Lewis, and Cary Grant, among many other male celebrities. Upon her release from Terminal Island, she became a stripper as well as an excellent self-promoter. Her criminal past pretty much destroyed any aspirations she may have had of a legit acting career. She did make some B-films, including the John Waters' cult classic, Desperate Living (1977), but her best roles were the ones she played in real life. Liz and her daughter, Brenda, toured with a striptease act. The act ended when Brenda committed suicide on her 39th birthday in 1982. Among her many publicity-seeking antics was to streak down Hollywood Boulevard when she was already a grandmother. Needless to say, the media loved her.


Liz Renay

New Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas

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We are saddened to report the deaths of two more Las Vegans with ties to the entertainment industry. Anne Richard, known professionally as Patti James, passed away October 5th. A popular Las Vegas lounge act since the 1960s, Patti's signature gimmick was standing on her head. Her last singing job was at the closing of the Sands Hotel. After she retired from show business, she became a 21 dealer at the Riviera Hotel. She loved her job and her players, who came back time after time to see her. When she worked the Big Wheel at the Riv, she would occasionally entertain her players with one of those special headstands. She was preceded in death by husbands, Harry Seybold and George Richard. She was the beloved mother of Patricia Seybold Killian and Jamie Seybold; and "Nana" to D.J., Jayme Anne, T.J., Michael, Aaron and Anne Elizabeth. Patti would have celebrated her 75th birthday, tomorrow, October 13th. Services are private.

And Sir Charles Ogle Mather passed away on October 4th. He was born May 10, 1927 in Whitley Bay, England. He lived all around the world in places like New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and South Africa and ultimately settled in Las Vegas 52 years ago. On April 22, 1988, Prince Penalouge, on behalf of the Knights of Malta, granted "The Grand Sovereign Dynastic Hospitallier of St. John Knights of Malta" to Sir Charles Ogle Mather. Serving as a Royal Marine Commando as a physical training instructor teaching hand to hand combat. Training with the Kodokan in Japan to mastering martial arts (8th Dan) after the World War II. Charles was a licensed theatrical agent and manager (International Artist Management and Agency).

He is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia "CJ" Mather; his oldest son, Stephen; his daughter, Michelle; and youngest son, Charles Jr.; his loving stepchildren, Robert Lozano and Leah May; his grandchildren; his great- grandchildren; and countless friends. A service to remember Charles Mather will be at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, at Canyon Ridge Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road, in North Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend. Call (702) 658-2722.

Our deepest condolences to both families.

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The Wet 'n' Wild water park, which disappeared from the Las Vegas Strip in 2004 after almost 20 years in operation, will rise again in the Vegas Valley. The 27-acre park, that was located just south of the Sahara Hotel, was a popular tourist attraction before it closed, purportedly to make room for another hotel casino (the property still sits empty). The new water park, called Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas, will take up 41-acres, and be located in the southwest part of the city, on South Ft. Apache near Sunset. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the $50 million park will have 25 slides, including the Rattler, a steep, twisting coiled chute with high-banked curves that is part tube and part flume, giving riders the experience of being both inside and out. The park also will feature a wave pool, lazy river, water playground and toddler pool, as well as a seven-story speed slide and head-first mat racer. The attraction will be built on land leased from the Howard Hughes Corp. Investors will include Andre Agassi; his wife, Steffi Graf; Dr. Steven and Karen Thomas, members of the Thomas family of Thomas & Mack Center fame; and Roger and Scott Bulloch, of SPB Capital Partners. The new park is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend of next year.

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We received this e-mail on Sunday. The writer gave us permission to share it with our readers.
We went to see BATMAN LIVE at the Thomas and Mack last night and unlike The Smith Center, we heard almost 98% of what everyone said, even with Pyro going off! Ten Stars for their Sound technician! The expensive 4 seats we bought were front row, Center Seats. That was partially correct. They were front row. However, they were so far upstage we saw the backs of the performers the majority of the time. Being the backside connoisseur that I am there were moments of pleasure! The concept of the show was basically a distorted Cirque show only this one made sense and was something you could relate to. Mainly Acrobats with a few actors thrown in. No singing, but had we been able to see this show straight on I'm sure it would have been great! Someone needs to teach these people, just because you have space for a seat doesn't make it worth sitting in! Anyone ever planning to see this show, do yourself a favor, sit directly in front of the center stage or you will miss the dynamics of their forced perspective and visual images on this Huge Screen! They did not offer any free program even at $ 82.50 a ticket and there is one more thing I must say I loved! In this show the Penguin says as he announces a Circus section, " Here are our Showboys and Showgirls! " Can't tell you how great that was to hear someone admit they have SHOWBOYS! They may have had flesh colored tights covered in Jewels but they were very sexy! All in all a worth while show and The Smith Center needs to hire whoever the sound man was from this show!

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Once every decade, artist Austine Wood holds a Studio Open House. This decade, that event will take place on Saturday, October 20th from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be refreshments and wine, as well as many new Polage works on display, including some of Austine's newest "liquid crystal" kinetic works. Imagine brilliantly colored artwork made with absolutely no pigment. Or painting with light to create a work of art in which each piece is painstakingly hand cut and placed. This is the art of Polage®, a unique concept of polarized light collages described by a term coined from the words "polarize" and "collage." Using cellophane and polarizing filters, Austine Wood Comarow invented Polage 41 years ago. All work starts as a drawing. This is followed by cutting various thicknesses of clear colorless cellulose in the form of cellophane into hundreds of tiny pieces at different angles, laminating each piece between polarizing filters. For this occasion, and because she is celebrating her 70th birthday, Austine will be offering special pricing on many pieces. She will also be featuring works in other media, never before shown. A portion of each sale will be a tax deductible donation to Angel Flight West, a wonderful non-profit organization which provides no-cost flights to children and adults for medical procedures and other compelling needs. If you would like to attend this unique showing, call (702) 260-1600 for the home studio address and directions, or RSVP to [email protected]
To learn more about Polage, go to http://media.swarthmore.edu/bulletin/?p=48.


Artist Austine Wood

Paul Stone

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Last Sunday night, we attended Paul Stone's World Stars of Magic show at the Gold Coast. We doubt there is anywhere else in the city (or maybe ANYWHERE), where you get more bang for your buck. With the pre-show in the showroom lobby, featuring the clever and audience-pleasing, Jacob Jax; to the continuing on-stage pre-show, with talented young people, Edward Hilsum, Sos Jr. and Tigran; followed by the advertised stars of the show, Christopher Hart, Kyle and Mistie Knight, Sos and Victoria, Jeff Hobson and Ben Stone, the crowd (what we would consider a full-house) got three hours of top-notch entertainment for $24.95 plus tax (locals, with proper ID, got 2 for 1 tickets - costing only an amazing $12.50 each). We spotted guitarist John Wedemeyer and his mother, Ardis, in the audience. Also taking in the most entertaining show, were Magic magazine's Stan Allen; magician Jason Byrne; and world-famous magician/hypnotist, Peter Reveen. Watch for the next booking of Paul Stone's shows. Plan to take the entire family. We guarantee, everyone will be most pleased.

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Clint Holmes hasn't been spending much time at his Las Vegas home lately. His busy schedule continues through the week, beginning with his October 15th appearance at Birdland in New York with Jane Monheit, who performed here at The Smith Center in May, in Frank & Friends. Clint and Jane will appear in concert with multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer, Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, and the Tony-nominated, Bonnie & Clyde). Tickets are $35, with a $10 food or beverage minimum per person. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. October 17th through 19th, Clint will be one of the performers at the 23rd annual New York Cabaret Convention, celebrating the late "King of Cabaret," Donald Smith, to be feted by the Mabel Mercer Foundation at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Convention has honored many people and events over the past two decades. Legendary performers, composers, lyricists, and their anniversaries, have all had their day and their due as the Convention grew in visibility, stature, and acclaim. Performances for 2012 are scheduled to convey a level of joy, song, and laughter that quite possibly will top everything that's gone before as they celebrate the man who worked with The Foundation's namesake, created the organization in her memory, and produced countless events to showcase the Great Popular Songbook and those, whether veteran star or hopeful newcomer, who perform it. Donald F. Smith, the Foundation's Executive Director, died in March, but to say his legacy seems gloriously intact is a colossal understatement for the age. This year will continue the extraordinary levels of entertainment provided by Smith and his compatriots, as well as provide happy, personal memories of the Mercer/Smith coalescence upon which the Foundation plans to thrive in the future. The schedule is as follows - Wednesday, October 17th: Gala Opening Night, hosted by KT Sullivan (named in April as the Foundation's Artistic Director), includes the annual presentations of The Julie Wilson Award (to newcomer Shana Farr, who will perform) and The Noel Coward Award (to Jeff Harnar; co-sponsored by the London-based Noel Coward Foundation), plus performances by Emily Bergl (who performed here at The Smith Center in June), Barbara Carroll, Tony DeSare, Lauren Fox, Gregory Generet, Edward Hibbert, Valerie Lemon, Amanda McBroom, Mark Nadler, Catherine Russell, Ms. Sullivan, and Amra-Faye Wright (currently starring as Velma Kelly in Chicago The Musical on Broadway). Thursday, October 18th: Salute to Cole Porter (Smith's avowed favorite composer/lyricist), hosted by Andrea Marcovicci (at Las Vegas' Smith Center last April) and Mr. Harnar; performances by the co-hosts, plus Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Ann Hampton Callaway, Clint, Marilyn Maye, Maude Maggart, Colleen McHugh, Todd Murray, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, Daryl Sherman, and Billy Stritch. Friday, October 19th: Thanks for the Memory, hosted by Klea Blackhurst. Includes the presentation of the annual Mabel Mercer Award (to Christine Andreas) and the first annual Donald F. Smith Award (to Ms. Blackhurst); performances by the two honorees, plus Carole J. Bufford, Jim Caruso, Natalie Douglas, Nicolas King, Karen Mason, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, Sidney Myer, Lee Roy Reams, and Craig Rubano. All three performances begin at 6 p.m. at The Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th Street. Tickets are priced at $100, $50, and $25. Please call The Mabel Mercer Foundation at (212) 980-3026, or the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office, (212) 721-6500.

KT Sullivan, who has appeared here at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and the Historic Fifth Street School with her frequent performing partner, Mark Nadler, sends along news about a Centennial Celebration that will honor, among others, Perry Como, Woody Guthrie, Burton Lane and Teddy Wilson, all born 100 years ago. KT will host a program that will include the talents of Cleve Douglass, Jeff Harner, Valerie Lemon, Tim Sullivan and Jon Weber. The celebration will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Tuesday, October 16th. Call the theater at (212) 695-6909 for additional information. Also, KT and Karen Kohler will perform Vienna to Weimar, in 7 p.m. shows on October 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th, at the Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd Street in the Big Apple. Call (800) 838-3006 for reservations.
Thank you, dear KT, for the package of newsy goodies!


KT Sullivan

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

And while we are in New York...
Mark Nadler's critically acclaimed show, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, continues at 54 Below, on Sundays, October 21st and 28th, and November 4th and 11th. All show are at 5:30 p.m.

And a New York reminder...It's Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, with Sean Smith on bass, in The Night Has a Thousand Eyes at the intimate Metropolitan Room. What critics are saying about these entertainers - "Exhilarating...Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. "Fasano is a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor's intensity in whatever she sings." - Frank Scheck, The New York Post. "Masterful...They take it to a whole other level." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal. "Comstock's new CD, bitter/sweet, elevates him to the plateau of Fred Astaire and Chet Baker...his vocal blossoming is complete. Fasano's contribution is undeniably beautiful...refined sublimity." - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes. There will be six performances, October 15th through 20th - Monday, the 15th at 9:30 p.m.; Tuesday, the 16th and Wednesday the 17th at 7 p.m.; Thursday, the 18th at 9:30 p.m.; Friday, the 19th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, the 20th at 9:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street in New York City. For reservations, call (212) 206-0440.

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Philip Fortenberry

Spencer Baker

Next Friday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m., the UNLV Choral Ensembles celebrate the opening of their 2012-2013 concert season with Goin' Up to Glory in the Beam Music Center (Rando Recital Hall), located on the northeast end of the university campus in the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center. This performance features more than 100 voices in a variety of uplifting choral selections presented by the Concert Singers, Chamber Chorale, Women's Chorus, Varsity Men's Glee Club and contemporary a cappella ensemble, Lamprophony. The performance is conducted by Jocelyn K. Jensen and David B. Weiller with pianists Philip Fortenberry, Spencer Baker, Barbara Buer and Alec Bart. The Women's Chorus and Varsity Men's Glee Club, established over 20 years ago, represent students from throughout the campus as well as alumni and community members. The women perform classic gems, including "Psalm 23" by Franz Schubert and, "Vocalise" by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The men interpret songs by American composers Mark Templeton and Z. Randall Stroope, as well as "Being Alive" by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. The Chamber Chorale sings fiery "Zigeunerlieder" (gypsy songs) by Johannes Brahms as well as works by Hugo Distler and Joshua Shank. The Chorale continues a hallowed tradition that spans four decades with English poet Edmund Waller's, "Go, Lovely Rose," this time in a setting by Brian Myer. Myer, a recent UNLV alumnus, is now a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He composed the song four years ago as a gift dedicated to the Chamber Chorale, and it has recently been published for national distribution. The Concert Singers present the well-known Shaker tune, "Simple Gifts" in a new arrangement by Grant Cochran with piano and string quartet reminiscent of the Americana style of Aaron Copland. "All Works of Love" by Joan Szymko explores a powerful text by Mother Teresa, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Szymko is an American composer known for her lyricism and vigorous attention to text. This work was recently commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association. The concert concludes with a rousing André Thomas spiritual in gospel style, "Goin' Up to Glory." Tickets for the October 19th concert may be purchased at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office or by calling (702) 895-ARTS. General admission is $10; senior citizens, military and UNLV faculty/staff tickets are $8. Students from UNLV and the Clark County School District may receive one free ticket by presenting valid student ID at the box office. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. General admission is $10; $8 for Seniors/Military/UNLV Faculty & Staff.

In the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, on the same night, next Friday the 19th, and also again on Saturday the 20th (so you can do both), it's Christine Ebersole in The End Of The World As We Know It Cabaret. The two-time Tony Award-winner (42nd Street revival and as Leading Actress in a Musical for her "dual role of a lifetime" in Grey Gardens) Ebersole has captivated audiences throughout her career, from the Broadway stage to television, films, concerts and recordings. The End Of The World As We Know It Cabaret, her latest concert, premiered during her annual Cafe Carlyle engagement this past winter. Hailed by critics, The New York Times said it was "The Apex of New York" and "Brilliant." TheaterMania called it "An extraordinary evening of entertainment," and it was "Elegant, Witty, Intelligent and SENSATIONAL!" according to The New York Observer's Rex Reed. Friday show time is at 8:30 p.m., with 7 and 9:30 p.m. performances on Saturday. Tickets range from $39 to $69. Call the Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Christine Ebersole

Loretta Holloway

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On Saturday, October 20th, the Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia, presents An Evening With Loretta Holloway. If you long for songs to which you can understand the lyrics and a singer who know how to deliver them then look no further than, former Las Vegas resident, Loretta Holloway. Officially "South Carolina's First Lady of Song," Ms. Holloway will bring her one woman show for one night only to Alpharetta's newest and most posh listening room...the Velvet Note . Holloway has appeared around the world as opening act for Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg and a Royal Command Performance in Australia for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Look for Loretta to sing songs from her debut jazz CD, Quietly, as well as from her R/B CD, What Became Of Us. Dubbed the "singing actress," Loretta adds her personal signature to such standards as "Guess Who I Saw Today," "At Last," "I'm A Fool To Want You," "Here's To Life" and Broadway show stoppers. Visit www.LorettaHolloway.com, for more information and to listen to snippets of songs and view video. Make plans to be mesmerized and enchanted by this "Quintessential cabaret chanteuse." Tickets are $20 per person, with show times at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call (855) 585-5838. The Velvet Note is at 4075 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.

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Treasures, Bargains, and MORE! Got stuff that you'd like to sell and/or get rid of? The Metropolitan Community Church in Las Vegas will host a "swap meet" style event on Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can reserve a "booth" the size of a parking space in their lot for only $10. Turn those surplus items into CASH by selling them directly out of your car trunk, or on your own ground tarp or a table. Don't have a tarp or table? Then, rent one of our tables for an additional $5 (limited number of tables are available). BYOC (Bring Your Own Chairs). Food vendors will also be offering food for sale. Join us for a Fun-Filled day of food, music, community service and MORE. The Metropolitan Community Church Las Vegas is at 1140 Almond Tree Lane. To reserve a space, call (702) 369-4380.



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