Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from November 02, 2012
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Las Vegas - November 2, 2012

Barbra Streisand

Chris Botti

Michelle Johnson's Desert Angels Choir

Some very special things are taking place in Las Vegas on this date. Barbra Streisand is performing with Chris Botti, Il Vovo, and Michelle Johnson's Desert Angel Choir, at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight, while at the same time, Vanessa Guerra and Joe Pero will be at their wedding reception, celebrating their union with family and friends.

Joey Pero & Vanessa Guerra

Mark Adams, Courtesy of Jeneane Marie

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Another loss to the Las Vegas music community, with the sudden passing of drummer Mark Stockton Adams last Friday. Mark had a very impressive musical history in this city. Starting in the '80s, he played with the city's top bands and performers, including Tex Richardson, Sidro's Armada (numerous times), Freddie Bell, Lola Falana, Jeneane Marie, Denise Clemente, Bill DeLoach, Sonny Turner, Wayne Newton, Loretta Holloway, Engelbert Humperdinck, Kristine and The Sting, Anita Sarawak, Tony Tillman, Darcus Speed, Lena Prima and David Van Such. Although this may have been done before, we are not aware of the Fremont Street Experience canopy ever honoring the memory of a local musician with an electrical overhead display. It was done this week to pay homage to Mark Adams, which speaks volumes regarding his fine reputation in this city. Mark was not just a fine musician, he was a fine human being. Services for Mark will be held at 12:40 p.m. on November 7th in the Chapel at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 1900 Buchanan Blvd. in Boulder City. Call (702) 486-5920 for directions. There is only a 40 minute window for the service, so it is suggested that all who wish to attend be prompt. If anyone who cares to say a few words, they are encouraged to do so. Anyone wishing to donate to the family, may send a check made out to Mark's widow, Traci Black, in care of the Adams family home at 7293 Bindweed Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113. For everyone who has expressed their feelings over the news of Mark's untimely death on Facebook (and there have been many), please step up and show your love by helping the family in their time of need in any way you can. Your donations are most certainly for a good cause, and very much appreciated. It is one beneficial way to show what Mark meant to so many of us. For those musician friends who are doing well, and who may have been helped by Mark along the way by a referral, playing a gig with him, lessons, whatever, it's time to pay it forward or to pay him back. On Saturday, November 17th, there will be a memorial/celebration/benefit at Joey's Tavern, 7081 West Craig Rd., on the southeast corner of Craig and Tenaya, behind Denny's. Reno and Ward's (Renaldo Reno Bellamy and Ward Wallace) All-Star Jam will start at 2 p.m., and go until at least 2 a.m. There is a minimum of $5 at the door for the family, but certainly not restricted to that amount. If you can contribute more, please feel free to do so. And, please share this information with everyone. If there are any bands, or if anyone wishes to perform, please contact Ward at (702) 460-8360). A full back line is always provided, but you make bring amps or a keyboard if you wish to play your own. The amazing Sidro Garcia will be playing at Joey's Tavern in the afternoon. If anyone would like to participate earlier in the day, please call Ward.

Fremont Street Honors Mark Adams

Loretta Holloway & Michael Douglas

And speaking of Loretta Holloway, last weekend Ms. Holloway sang the "National Anthem" at the Second Annual Ballin-4-A-Cause Celebrity Basketball Game, featuring the Harlem Globetrotters Legends vs. The Sheen Magazine All Stars, held at the Carolina High School in Greenville, SC. This was a scholarship fundraiser, hosted by the Chapman Foundation of Fountain Inn, SC. The Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, partnered with the Legends and the Michael Douglas (this Michael Douglas being the basketball player, not the actor) Youth Foundation, to raise funds for Upstate students' higher education pursuits. Oh yes...Ms. Holloway will be featured in the November/December edition of Sheen Magazine.

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There is another death, of a different kind. in the local music community. We can't imagine why, but band leader, Lon Bronson, passes along this news...
"We just received word that the Ovation Show Room at GVR, and our home for over 3 years, will be closing! The band has just 4 Friday night performances left! It is more important than ever that you come out with all of your friends to support us for these final dates - this Friday, November 2nd at 10:30 p.m., followed by November 9th, 16th, and for our final performance on Friday, November 23rd, the night right after Thanksgiving. Your support is more important than ever. Please stay tuned for the location of our Tower of Power CD release party on Thursday, November 29th."

When we mentioned the rumor about this possible closing in our October 12th column, we were hoping it was just that - a rumor. We don't know who made this decision, or why, but what we DO know, is that The Lon Bronson All-Star Band, and America's Got Talent-winner, Michael Grimm, did turn away business. If the problem was that the Green Valley Ranch lost money in the room, wouldn't it have made more sense to charge A LITTLE more for the shows in the Ovation? In the case of Lon Bronson ensemble, one of the longest running bands in the city, plus the other regular groups in the room, we think that the fans would happily pay a $5 cover for the experiences. And as for Mr. Grimm, bump his cover up from $5 to $10. Adding another cocktail server or two, would also add to the room's revenue, and would keep the music-lovers from having to leave their seats to head for the bar.

Lon Bronson All-Star Band

Pia Zadora

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on the East Coast who are being impacted by the wrath of, what they are calling Superstorm Sandy. Among the many businesses being affected by the weather are Broadway theaters and movie houses in the Manhattan area. Shows have been dark, and we know of at least two of our talented friends - Mark Nadler and his I'm a Stranger Here Myself show, scheduled for Sunday night at the new "in" spot, 54 Below, and Brent Barrett‘s anticipated new show, Night Songs, at the same cabaret on Monday - who had to cancel their respective shows due to the storm. During his opening monologue of his Monday night TV show, Jimmy Fallon, who taped his late night show with no audience, said, "Theater owners here in New York had to cancel all the Broadway shows today. Many performers were having trouble making it in to the city, and you could tell by that one show, 'Blue Man Guy.'"

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The Joe Williams UNLV Jazz Scholarship Fundraising Concert, featuring the UNLV Jazz Ensemble I and special guests Clint Holmes, Pia Zadora, Pete Barbutti, The Cunninghams, Earl Turner, Jobelle Yonely, Laura Taylor, Ronnie Rose, and many other guests, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11th in Artemus Ham Concert Hall on the UNLV campus. Singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards, Joe Williams was an elegant and sophisticated baritone who is counted among the masters of jazz and blues singing; he has, in fact, earned the title "Emperor of the Blues." Williams' singing style, which he developed over a long and consistently successful career, contributed to the success of the Count Basie Orchestra and influenced the style of many younger singers. Williams worked with Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton before joining Count Basie's band in 1954. The success of "Every Day I Have the Blues," established Williams, and after leaving the Basie band in 1961, he led small ensembles singing popular songs, ballads, and blues. He was a frequent performer on television, both as a singer and as an actor. His album, Nothin' but the Blues, won a Grammy Award in 1984. Williams died in Las Vegas on March 29, 1999.
Tickets are $20 and available at, or by calling 895-ARTS (2787).

Joe Williams by Merryl Jaye

Linda November

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The F.I.O.R.E. gang is back at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara Ave., for their next luncheon gathering on Thursday, November 8th. Doors will be opened at 11:27 a.m. Linda November, the "Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow" lady, will be the speaker. Among her many talents, Linda has to her credit, more than 22,000 Jingles. Live music will be provided. In addition, the F.I.O.R.E. non-club club can also guarantee, the food will be great, the silverware will be clean, there is indoor plumbing, plenty of free parking, better weather than they are getting in New Jersey, lots of bitching and complaining from the usual suspects, some nice Christmas items will be given away, more bitching, a skimpy 50/50, and stuff like that. The IA Club is opening their doors just for this meeting, and FIORE is guaranteeing them 35 attendees. They are counting on you to be one of those 35 hungry people. Do not disappoint. Lunch: US $25, or $175 in dog money. Please let Gene Vitale, at [email protected], know that you are coming. See you there.

An important message from President Nelson Sardelli...
President Gene Vitale
had a family emergency and had to fly to New York. He has the list of all those who have RSVPd for Thursday's luncheon. Under the circumstances, Nelson does not think he should be bothering Gene for it. At last count, there were 33 people who had RSVPd that they were planning to attend the luncheon, and the number was still growing. Nelson has no idea who is coming and/or if more people have replied since . For those who have already responded, please do so again...THIS TIME, sending the info to Nelson at [email protected], or call him directly. If you haven't responded yet, the information should go to Nelson, they will have the right number for the chef at the Italian American Club. Thank You. Our positive thoughts go with Gene Vitale and his family.

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Jimmy Emerson

David de Alba

From entertainer Jimmy Emerson, comes this message...
Sorry for the mass email. I usually never do this, BUT this is very important to me.
My friend, David de Alba, has poured his heart and soul into his career and put together a show remembering his glory days with the famous Finocchio's club in San Francisco. He is (and has been) doing a series of shows remembering the 'old days' and what life was like back in the day. David is still able to create the illusion that paved the way for so many in our field of impersonation. I feel he has been tossed aside by some people who think that you should know when to 'go away'... We must all pay respect and honor the talents of those who went before us...David is GENUINE and he has passion and love for what he does. So please do yourself a favor and see this show at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas on Sunday, November 11th at 3 will truly impress and humble you. Best of luck David ... I will be there! Check out this short youtube promo I did for him...

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The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), 3000 Paradise Road, will be the site of the Hollywood Show Vegas, next Friday, November 9th, and Saturday, the 10th. Friday's pre-show offers vendors selling movie and television memorabilia - posters, photographs, books, and other interesting items. Times are from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $10. On Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can take a nostalgic trip back in time and meet your favorite stars for photo ops and autograph opportunities. You can make a day of it for only $20. Among the special guests scheduled to appear at Hollywood Show Vegas on Saturday are: Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tickle Me with Elvis), Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch), Beverly Washburn (Walt Disney's Old Yeller, The Greatest Show on Earth, Here Comes the Groom, Spider Baby, Star Trek), Bob Berryhill ( The Surfaris), Brandon Cruz (The Courtship of Eddie's Father), Butch Patrick (Eddie Muster in TV's The Munsters), Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon), Cynthia Pepper (Margie, Kissin' Cousins with Elvis Presley), Denny Laine (The Moody Blues and Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney), Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS), Eddie Mekka (Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa on Laverne & Shirley, Hairspray at the Luxor), Erica Eleniak (Baywatch), Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on The Addams Family, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Star Trek), Jenilee Harrison (Three's Company, Dallas), Jimmie Walker (JJ "Dy-no-mite" Evans on Good Times), Johnny Whitaker (Jody Davis on Family Affair), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Michael "Mickey" Callan (TV's Occasional Wife, co-starring with his then real life wife, Patricia Harty, Cat Ballou), Morgan Fairchild (Falcon Crest), Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic), Pat Carroll (The Danny Thomas Show, Laverne and Shirley), Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch) and Sofia Milos (CSI: Miami, The Sopranos). All of this takes place in Ballroom A on the casino level of the LVH.

Felix Silla

Dangerous Curves

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If you are in Las Vegas, and haven't had a good reason to go downtown to check out Don't Tell Mama, here are three good reasons to do so... Lisa Smith, Margaret "Gret" Menzies, and Karen Michaels - the ladies of Dangerous Curves. Don't Tell Mama, a piano bar with roots in Manhattan, has been a part of the Fremont East Experience since February 2009. On Sunday, November 4th, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), Dangerous Curves, Finding Harmony On the Road Less Traveled, will perform the music of Scott Alan, Marcy & Zina (creators of cabaret favorites, including "Taylor, the Latte Boy" and "Alto‘s Lament"), Stephen Sondheim, Frank Wildhorn, George Gershwin, Leiber & Stoller and others, and pay tribute to some of their favorite female artists, including Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, and even Lady Gaga! Dan Ellis serves as musical director. This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Las Vegas-based trio joins powerhouse vocals with their famously delicious harmonies, and the result is nothing short of spectacular! In 2011, Dangerous Curves was named one of the "Best Female Cabaret Acts" to appear in Los Angeles. Bringing their own take on the timeless music of yesterday, as well as an eclectic mix of Broadway, jazz, contemporary pop, and even country, Dangerous Curves has become renowned for reinventing, or "curvify"-ing, musical favorites in the dynamic way only these girls can! We suggest that you head to Mama's, at 517 Fremont Street (just east of Las Vegas Blvd.), for a cocktail and an evening of incredible music, courtesy of the Curvy girls. Tickets in advance are $12, and can be purchased online, using any major credit card, debit card, or PayPal at WWW.DANGEROUSCURVESMUSIC.COM, or purchase at the door for $15 each, if the intimate club is not sold-out. Got questions? E-mail [email protected], or call (702) 518-CURV (2878).

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The Railroad Pass Hotel/Casino, the oldest existing licensed casino in the country, has many traditions accumulated over the years, and one of the most rewarding ones, is the Annual United States Marine Corp's Toys For Tots drive. The Fifth Annual drive will take place this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the west entrance to the Railroad Pass Hotel/Casino. "This is the fifth year that the MGM Railroad Pass property has supported the Marines and their Toys For Tots motorcycle event to raise money for the children of Las Vegas," Curt Thompson, Director of Operations, said. Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. William Hendricks was inspired by his wife, Diane, when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child, but was unable to find an organization to do it with. At her suggestion, Hendricks gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated the new effort. That first year the Marines collected some 5,000 toys for local children, from collection bins placed outside of all the Warner Bros. movie theaters in the Los Angeles area. In 1948, Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. And the rest is now history. Each year, some 600 to 800 motorcycle riders from throughout the valley, converge on the Railroad Pass Hotel/Casino to support the Marines in their annual event.

Toys For Tots, Circa 1948

Hammargren Home of Nevada History

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Dr. Lonnie Hammargren has been working very hard, both preparing for his annual Nevada Day Open House, and running his campaign for University Regent. The Hammargren Home of Nevada History, which has been called the "Most Unique Home in the USA," is located in the southeast part of the city, at 4300 Ridgecrest, off Sandhill, between Flamingo and Tropicana. The home will be open tomorrow and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Tour the residence, and enjoy music and food, for a $10 donation. Dr. Hammargren tells us that he is working on another project as well. As curator, Nevada's former Lt. Governor, will present the availability of the Paul Fisher Space Collection at the Henderson Space and Science Center Board Meeting. Doctor Hammargren wishes to encourage reevaluation of the funding of the space center as a place to display this important, historic collection of space history from the International Air and Space Education Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Organization. Southern Nevada Businessman, Scott Fisher, wants to continue his father's legacy of space and science education. Paul Fisher was an accomplished inventor and politician. In 1965, he invented the famous "space pen" for NASA, which allowed astronauts to write in zero gravity and on nearly any surface. Paul was a long time businessman and scientist from Boulder City, who, in 1960, ran against John F. Kennedy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Paul Fisher used his brilliance and exclusive access to the space program to amass an amazing collection of space memorabilia. Scott Fisher wants the memory of his father's passion for space to live on and educate future generations. He has entrusted the collection of pictures, posters and space memorabilia to fellow space enthusiast, Dr. Hammargren. The availability of the collection was reported October 24th at the Henderson Space and Science Center Board Meeting.

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Following a successful summer run as Bonnie's Old West Musical Revue at Bonnie Springs Ranch off Blue Diamond Highway, The Grand Ole Vegas Revue opens in the showroom at the downtown Plaza Hotel and Casino, tomorrow, Saturday, November 3rd. The show is the creation of Jonathan and Marisa Paull Gorst, and John Goss. The cast is made up of (in alphabetical order) Scotty Allen, Jeanne Brei, William Finch, Kate Gordon, Nellie Norris, Enoch Augustus Scott, Lee Scott and Solinea Stark. Show times are at 5 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Tickets start at $19.95.

Grand Ole Vegas Revue

Sam Harris

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In his Las Vegas debut, Sam Harris comes into The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz for three shows, next Friday, November 9th at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Sam got his start as the grand champion of Star Search in its 1983 premiere season. He gained acclaim and became best known for his winning rendition of the song, "Over the Rainbow" on the show. "Over the Rainbow" has since become his signature song.[ His appearance on Star Search led to him landing a contract with Motown Records. His first single, "Sugar Don't Bite," was a Top 40 hit, reaching No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984. Harris is a multi-million selling recording artist, with nine studio albums to his credit, and can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist and cast recordings. He has toured extensively in concert, and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater and in London's West End. Sam has appeared with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, at the White House, and has sung on a variety of television specials and live productions. In 2008, he released a single entitled "War on War" that became a part of his album, Free, which was released that summer. The single, "Change Is On The Way," was written to support President Obama's first campaign. In 2010, Sam wrote and released "My Reclamation," which has become the anthem for marriage equality. On Broadway, Sam Harris received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in the Tommy Tune- directed revival of Grease, and a Drama League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama Desk Award-nominations for his work in Cy Coleman's Tony nominated musical, The Life. He has also appeared as Carmen Ghia on Broadway in Mel Brooks' Tony Award-winning musical, The Producers, in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and in the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Hair, and Pippin. He also starred in the self- penned shows Hardcopy, Different Hats, Revival, and his critically acclaimed show, SAM. Harris' most recent theatrical outing was the film-to-musical adaptation of The First Wives Club, seen in a limited run at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in the summer of 2009. Harris has appeared in three feature films to date - In the Weeds (2000, as Jonathan), the documentary Little Man (2005, as himself) and Elena Undone (2010 as Tyler). Harris co-created the television series Down to Earth (1984, which ran for four years). He was a series regular on The Class (2006- 2007). Harris also appeared in the recurring role of Jackie on Rules of Engagement, and The Wayne Brady Show. Sam served as music supervisor on Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, and has made guest appearances on numerous talk shows, including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 500th episode of Dr. Phil, The View, The Tyra Banks Show, and The Dr. Drew Show. Harris and Danny Jacobsen, a director, film producer, and presentation coach for numerous Blue Chip companies, have been together since 1994, and married in 2008. They have an adopted son, Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen. Harris redefines the vast American Songbook, exploring songs from the 1920s up to today, appealing to audiences of all ages. In his Smith Center concert, he brings his singular interpretation and inimitable style to an eclectic collection of Broadway and Pop Classics, from Hammerstein to Sondheim, and U2 to Lennon and Hendrix. Ticket prices are $39 to $59. Call the Box Office at (702) 749-2000.

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Gourds In Ohio

Nancy Archer In Ohio

A battleground state, or swing state as it is otherwise called, is defined as meaning, a state where no political candidate has overwhelming support, meaning that any of the states major candidates has a chance at winning the state's electoral college votes. These states are usually targets of the major political parties in elections because winning a battleground state is the best way to gain electoral votes. Non battleground states are called safe states because one party has strong support, so it is safe to assume that they will win the states votes. Those undecided states include Colorado, Florida (where Roseanne Barr, representing the Peace and Freedom Party, is on the ballot), Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition to being a swinging/battleground state, Ohio also holds some other distinctions - the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Akron Zoo, Pro Football Hall of Fame, beautiful gourds (see accompanying photo), fields full of pumpkins, rhubarb growing wild, and former Boyd Gaming employee, now retired and living in Alliance, Nancy Archer (see accompanying photo).

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On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th at 3 p.m., Neil Diamond tribute artist, Rob Garrett will perform at Freedom Hall in Sun City Anthem, 2460 Hampton Road in Henderson. Ticket prices are $15 for member/residents, and $18 for non-member/residents. For information, please call (702) 614-5800. The next night, Mr. Garrett will celebrate his birthday with the crowd at his favorite Monday hang, The Tap House, 5589 West Charleston. We will have more about this next Friday.

Rob Garrett

Swing City Dolls

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Up at the Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre (there is a beautiful view of the city from that vantage point), some interesting things are taking place over the next couple of weekends.
Gateway Arts Foundation proudly presents The World Groove Trio, this Sunday, November 4th at 2 p.m. The World Groove Trio is bringing in the holiday season with Hot and Spicy Christmas classics, infused with tropical and Latin rhythms. Joey Singer, film and television composer and keyboardist, and music director for Debbie Reynolds, has conducted for Johnny Mathis, and Henry Mancini, and appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and Oprah. Jose Pepe Jimenez, the extraordinary Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall drummer, has performed with Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, headliner Frankie Moreno, Surf-the Musical, Zumanity, Criss Angel Believe, Mamma Mia and Disney's The Lion King. These outstanding artists will be joined by special guests for this memorable concert. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Gateway Scholarship Fund for advanced private music studies for outstanding Las Vegas students. Tickets are $12 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $15 for non-residents. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle Community Centers in Sun City Summerlin. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non- refundable.

And Mistinguett Productions presents Stand Up & Salute, a musical tribute to the Armed Forces, at the Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre on Saturday, November 10th at 2 p.m. This 75- minute patriotic extravaganza of music, dance, variety acts, laughs, heartfelt tears and rousing recognition of all veterans and active military, is starring the Swing City Dolls. With a cast of 11 performers, the Swing City Dolls, featuring Connie Murray, Robin Vincent, and Natalie Carson, are a delightful trio of superb musical talents with a unique nostalgic style. Influenced by the tight harmonies of the Andrews Sisters, "The Dolls" combine a vintage look and choreography, with lively, original musical arrangements that appeal to audiences of all ages. Celebrate Veterans Day with this high energy USO-style show, featuring a swinging 6-piece band, swing dancers and special guests. The Dolls take you on a trip back in time to the 1940s and 1950s, with songs such as "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," "Apple Blossom Time," "Sincerely," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and many more. Veterans will be honored during this show in a special tribute to our Armed Forces. You will leave the show feeling patriotic and proud to be an American! Whether at home or abroad, the Swing City Dolls are guaranteed to "Bring the Swing." Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early, so you don't miss out! Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista (702) 363-1341, Mountain Shadows (702) 966-1410, and Pinnacle (702) 240-1301 Community Centers box offices in Sun City Summerlin. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non- refundable. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301. As mentioned above, the Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd.

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Tomorrow night, Saturday, November 3rd, from 7 to 10 p.m., songstress Windy Karigianes will be in Las Vegas singing at The Blue Fire Supper Club, 4275 South Durango Drive, along with her old band from the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse days - Billy Nunn on keys, Adam Shendal on drums, and Mark Speights on guitar. Dinner is served at 6, and Windy's show starts at 7. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call (702) 462-5400.

Windy Karigianes

Robert Allen

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) at UNLV, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The NCT is the professional theatre-training program of UNLV, and is committed to bringing to Las Vegas the highest quality theater by featuring professional artists and advanced students recruited from around the country. Their mission is to entertain, provoke and inspire. As part of its 2012-2012 season, on November 9th and 10th, the NCT will present Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire in the Black Box Theatre. Rabbit Hole depicts the life-altering experience one has when a family member dies. The show, which offers a sad, but sweet emotional release, mixes wit, insightfulness, compassion and honesty during an in-depth examination of grief.
For ticket information on any performance, or for season ticket information, please call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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Robert Allen and Danny Archer invite you to join them at MINDvention 2012, Las Vegas' annual all mentalist convention, taking place Sunday, November 11th, through Thursday, the13th, at Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Explore the Art of Mentalism, with shows, lectures, panels and dealers. Presenting the world's finest mystery entertainers - Kenton Knepper, Max Krause, Patrick Redford, George Tait, Roy Zaltsman, Colin McLeod, Larry Haas, Satori, Ross Johnson, Tony Chris, Christopher Taylor, Paul Draper and others - in three days of performances, lectures and discussion groups. Cost is $300 for the three day convention. For additional information, or to reserve your space, contact Robert Allen at (702) 338-2014.

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Lewis B. Warren, known professionally as Lou Dupont, passed away on October 21st, in Las Vegas, at the age of 84. He was a world-renowned entertainer and ventriloquist, who performed around the world, from Asia, to Europe, and into Africa. He also did his act in Bob Hope's USO Tours in the 1950s and 1960s. For many years, Lou resided in Las Vegas, where his show, Burlesque Burlesque Burlesque, played at the Royal Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. A part of his act, from the ‘70s, from a Steve Allen show, can be found on YouTube. Lou's brother, Rayford Barnes, was also an entertainer, and appeared in many cowboy movies. Dupont is survived by his only daughter, Glennel Warren, of Las Vegas and Hawaii. Services are pending. Condolences may be sent to Glennel at P.O. Box 673, Haleiwa, HI 96712.

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Starting this month, all roads lead to Penny Lane – a new penny game destination at The Orleans, Gold Coast, and Sam's Town. Players looking for the hottest penny titles need look no further than Boyd Gaming's local properties, which will offer more than 1,000 popular games within a themed area on the gaming floor. "Penny slot games have become enormously popular over the last several years. With Penny Lane, we'll offer Locals a fun, exciting and unique place to play these popular games," said Steve Thompson, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming's Nevada Region. "These new games will be a perfect complement to our video poker selection, with thousands of games offering payback of 99% or better. From video poker to penny slots, our gaming floor will be among the most competitive in Las Vegas." To ensure Penny Lane is offering the best selection of penny games in town, new titles will be introduced on a regular basis. B Connected members can visit, and use the Slot Search function to check out Penny Lane's current line-up at each of the participating properties. To celebrate the launch of Penny Lane, members of Boyd Gaming's B Connected loyalty program will receive 15X points on Wednesdays and Saturdays in November, when playing select machines in Penny Lane. Penny Lane players can also earn entries into weekly drawings throughout November for 1 million pennies ($10,000). Containers holding one million pennies will be on display at each property's Penny Lane during the month. For further information on Penny Lane, B Connected and Boyd Gaming, visit,, or visit any B Connected Club desk. Membership in B Connected is required to participate in all promotions and specials; membership is free and available to persons over the age of 21.

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It's Clint Holmes weekend in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center. Joining Clint for shows at 8:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, are outstanding vocalists Pascale Elia and Serena Henry, along with Clint's multi-talented wife, Kelly Clinton Holmes, who, by popular demand (HERS!) will make a special REappearance. Ticket prices are $35 and $45. Call the box office at (702) 749-2000 for reservations.

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Ben Vereen

Upcoming at The Smith's Ben Vereen, Saturday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m.
The Tony® Award-winner and Broadway legend dazzles audiences throughout the United States with his one man show, Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen. The show travels through Ben's stage and television career, while paying tribute to his iconic journey on Broadway and highlighting the work of Frank Sinatra and Ben's longtime friend and mentor, Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring such songs as "Defying Gravity," "My Way," and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen is a show filled with song and dance, stories of Ben's life, and a great deal of humor. Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at UNLV, David Loeb, will serve as Musical Director, and a burning big band will be accompanying Mr. Vereen. Tickets start at $24. The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Call (702) 749-2000.

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From the Associated Press...
The nation's largest gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, announced Wednesday that Brad Pitt agreed to match contributions from the group's members, up to $100,000. In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it's "unbelievable" that people's relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state. The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign says it has spent $8 million to push for marriage equality for gays and lesbians over the past two years, including $5 million in the four ballot measures this year.

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