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Note: This is a past column from December 14, 2012
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Las Vegas - December 14, 2012


Jenni Rivera

John Denver

Tragedy once again strikes the music world, with the death of Mexican-American singer/ songwriter, Jenni Rivera, in a plane crash on Sunday, December 9th. Best known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres, the Long Beach, California-born entertainer began recording in 1992. Her songs often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Rivera's tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show, Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C. She also appeared in and produced I Love Jenni, starting in 2011, and Chiquis 'n Control in 2012. Jenni Rivera performed in Las Vegas a number of times, including in concert at The Rio in 2008, with Pepe Aguilara at Planet Hollywood's Theatre of the Performing Arts, the 11th Annual Grammy Awards in 2010, and at the Eastside Cannery three times, including in July of this year. Also in July, Jenni, and her then husband, former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza, had their names embedded in the sidewalk in front of the MGM Grand on the famed Strip, as part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Only 43 at the time of her death, Rivera is survived by her five children and two grandchildren.


Dean Paul Martin

Rick Nelson

Rivera joins an undesirable list of other musicians to die in plane crashes. Among those who lost their lives in this manner are Aaliyah (8/25/2001), Patsy Cline (3/5/1963 at age 30), Jim Croce (9/20/1973 at 30), John Denver (10/12/1997 at 53), Dean Paul Martin (3/21/1987 at 35), Glenn Miller (12/15/1944 at 40), Rick Nelson (New Year's Eve 1985 at 45), and Otis Redding (12/10/1967 at 26). On October 20th, 1977, at the peak of their success, Ronnie Van Zant (29), Steve Gaines (28), and his brother, Cassie Gaines (29), members of the American rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with their assistant road manager, pilot and co-pilot, were killed on impact, while attempting an emergency landing on a small airstrip in Mississippi. The other band members, tour manager, and road crew suffered serious injuries. And it was on February 3rd, 1959, called "The Day The Music Died" in the Don McLean song, "American Pie," that rock and roll musicians, Buddy Holly (22), J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (28), and Ritchie Valens (17), along with the pilot Roger Peterson, were killed when the Beechcraft Bonanza plane they were traveling in, crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Funny lady, and recent Peace and Freedom Presidential Candidate, Roseanne Barr, comes into the Tropicana's Laugh Factory for a six week (with possible extensions) run, beginning on January 14th. We got wind of this about three weeks ago, but were told to keep it quiet at the time. The time is up. It's official. The comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, and the original domestic goddess, Roseanne, as controversial, original and funny as ever, unleashes her razor-sharp observations on hypocrisy, class warfare, feminism and the cult of celebrity, as well as her musings on menopause, dieting, pharmaceuticals, her grand-kids and other humorous topics of everyday life. For nine years, Roseanne starred on one of the highest-rated shows on TV, winning countless awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, four People's Choice Awards, and numerous other accolades. Her creation and stark portrayal of Roseanne Conner, matriarch of the Conner family on ABC's Roseanne, has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since 'All in the Family,'" adding, "she's the funniest disturber of peace that we have." This highly rated show still runs in syndication. Roseanne is thrilled to be back in Las Vegas and performing in the Laugh Factory's 320-seat showroom. Bold and brash, witty and insightful, Roseanne is truly a must-see show when visiting Vegas. We first saw Roseanne Barr work live in Vegas, when she co-headlined with Louie Anderson at the Desert Inn in the late '80s. At the time, both comics were new on the entertainment scene. Having two comedians as headliners was unique in those days. Since that Vegas headlining debut, we have seen Roseanne work at New York New York, Stardust, Aladdin and the Sahara. Show times for Roseanne at the Laugh Factory, located on the Mezzanine level of the Tropicana's Paradise Tower, are Saturdays through Thursdays at 7p.m. (off on Fridays). General admission is $49.95, VIP is $59.95, and Golden Circle $69.95, plus taxes and fees.

Murray SawChuck, the Celebrity Magician with TV credits on America's Got Talent and Pawn Stars, continues at the Laugh Factory, through January 6th, with show times at 7 p.m. daily, and second 4 p.m. show on Saturdays. Plans are for Murray to return to the Laugh Factory on February 4th, with new show times at a family-friendly 5 p.m. Call the Trop at (702) 739-2222 or (702) 739-2411 for reservations.

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Las Vegas is definitely in the holiday spirit. Downtown Las Vegas shines bright, thanks, in a big part, to the Fremont Street Experience. On December 9th, the annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony took place, and on December 10th, there was the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman lit the Grand Menorah, with a ceremony led by Rabbi Shea Harlig, Director of Chabad of Southern Nevada, welcoming the holiday known as the Festival of Lights. Mayor Goodman helped Santa light Las Vegas' official Christmas tree. The 50-foot tree is decked with festive decorations. It shines brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Fremont Street Experience's Viva Vision screen. Following the tree lighting ceremony, Candy & The Canes performed a live song and dance show to holiday music hits.

Throughout December 25th, Candy & the Canes will bring holiday cheer to downtown with free performances on the 3rd Street Stage. Candy & the Canes will sing holiday hits on Fridays and Saturdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Sundays through Tuesdays (dark Wednesdays and Thursdays), from 5 to 8 p.m. Candy & the Canes is a live musical revue that will perform some of the best known and favorite Holiday classics such as "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "White Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and many more. The cast displays a little bit of naughty and a little bit of nice, and is comprised of singers, dancers and live musicians. Candy & the Canes promise to be sweet, sexy, and fun, and will leave audiences coming back for more. Candy & the Canes is produced by Face Productions and choreographed by Melden Steele. The Grand Menorah and Las Vegas Christmas tree will be on display at the Fremont Street Experience through the holidays.


Fremont Street Menorah Lighting

Sandra Huntsman

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Lots going on at The Onyx Theatre in the Commercial Center in southeast Las Vegas. Happening tonight, Friday, December 14th, the Broadway and Beyond Cabaret presents Christmas Rarities and Uncommon Gems! The Broadway and Beyond Cabaret series brings you talented singers and a relaxed atmosphere with fun and exciting themes every month. Join host, Sandra Huntsman, and her talented friends as they share with you rarely heard Christmas songs and classic tunes with a twist that fill the Onyx with holiday cheer. Show time is at 10 p.m., and tickets are $15.

Johnathan Isley (known as John Eisle, when he's in his non-showbiz mode) presents an Off-Strip Holiday Fundraiser variety show at The Onyx Theatre, tomorrow, Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. The performance will include many local talents, including Sheila DelMonte, Larry Atello, Vita Corimbi, renowned pianist, Christopher Lash, the Onyx's own Artistic Director, Brandon Burk, and Isley. While holiday and pop standards will flow throughout the evening, the performance will also feature a stunning segment, focusing on some of the show-stopping numbers that have left local critics applauding the great work of the Onyx's recent production of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Performers Chris Mayse, Kellie Wright, Troy Tinker and Scott Gibson-Uebele aim to deliver a powerful encore performance. Tickets are $25, with all proceeds going to benefit Off-Strip Productions, and to help foster the continuation of affordable community theater production. Support is needed to continue an ambitious season of "Affordable Broadway" productions. In addition to remounting the innovative and popular production of Sweeney Todd, titles like A Clockwork Orange, The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Cabaret, and Into the Woods, are already in the works, and community help is needed to keep the same professional quality and ticket prices affordable.

Ticket prices include complimentary champagne, served prior to the performance, and an after-party immediately following the show. The performers will be on hand to meet the audience members. Produced by Las Vegas Night Beat, we hope you will bring those dearest to you to see the show and enjoy the nonstop entertainment this cast will undoubtedly deliver. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.onyxtheatre.com, or by calling the Onyx Theatre directly, at (702) 732.7225.


Johnathan Isley

Christopher Lash

At 10 p.m. on Saturday, it's the return of Confessions of a Roid Fag or How He-Man Made Me Gay, one man's examination through monologue and song of He-Man (yes that He-Man), Body Dysmorphia, Gay Identity, Professional Wrestling and, of course, Love. Written and performed by Las Vegas' premiere gay actor and author, Enoch Augustus Scott, with Spencer Baker on piano, the show is part fan boy fiction, part cabaret, part TED talk and part maniacal ravings of the meat head in the locker room. Ultimately, it is a very personal, revealing tale of the genesis of desire and the trouble we encounter when we act on that desire. Confessions of a Roid Fag or How He-Man Made Me Gay offers a unique gay perspective that is sure to entertain, titillate, and enlighten. Tickets are $15.

And on Sunday, the 16th, at The Onyx, it's Apples for Christmas, when The Apple Sisters perform. It's the most exciting time of the year for The Apple Sisters. Come watch the sisters sing the most historically accurate Christmas pageant, make it snow on the Strip, and get a visit from the big guy himself. Make sure to bring your toasting glass and enjoy some "Pink Wine," then everything will be fine. Directed by Kevin Chesley, with choreography supervised by John Carrafa (Urinetown), and musical direction by Jerome Kurtenbach.

Show time is at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information on the Apple Sisters, go to www.theapplesisters.com. The Apple Sisters album is available on itunes and cdbaby.
The Onyx Theatre is located at 953-16B E Sahara Avenue (in Commercial Center). For the Box Office, call (702) 732-7225, or the theater, call (702) 333-6698. For more information, please contact Brandon Burk at [email protected]

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres, regarding the Las Vegas Media Group, comes this information.
Monday, December 17th, is the last LVMG meeting of the year. Lisa had intended on doing a little presentation for the attendees, but, because something has come up, she cannot be there on Monday. As a result, her plans will have to wait until the January meeting. Lisa is so sorry that she will have to miss the chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. She says that she will be thinking about all of you on Monday. So, this Monday will be a chance for everyone to catch up with one another. Try sitting in different seats, next to someone you haven't talked to in a while. Enjoy the $17 lunch (that tastes like it costs $25) and one another's company. The meetings take place at the Wedding Room, located on the southeast corner of Valley View and Sahara, at 3601 West Sahara. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between Kaplan College and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. Please let Lisa know, ASAP, if you are going to attend so she can call in an accurate head count. Call her at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail her at [email protected]. If more than 35 people show up, and she has only asked for that many lunches, then someone will go hungry! "See you all next year," says busy Lisa.

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If you happen to be in Michigan, we recommend A Christmas Cabaret at the City Opera House in Traverse City, on Tuesday, December 18th and Wednesday, the 19th, at 7:30 p.m.
A Christmas Cabaret will be a show unlike any other! Imagine getting snowed in at City Opera House with friends and a cast ready to entertain. A Christmas Cabaret is a lively performance showcasing Broadway talent, an onstage band, high-energy dancers, and special local celebrity guests. Award-winning director, Greg Ganakas, and Jersey Boys conductor, Las Vegas' Keith Thompson, have teamed up to create this one of a kind production. They are bringing with them a group of renowned Broadway performers that have been seen in shows such as Rent, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, Urinetown, Tarzan, Legally Blonde, Grease, and more! Special local guests will be Mario Batalli (via video), Denise Busley (Grand Traverse Pie Company), Lupe Izzo (wife of Big Ten Coach of the year, Tom Izzo), Mark Watkins (7&4 Meteorologist), and Doug Stanton (via video, National Writer's Series). Join meteorologist, Watkins, as he guides you through a fictitious evening waiting out the largest wintry snowstorm in years. The evening's music will include Christmas favorites, jazz, pop, Broadway and cabaret tunes. If that is not enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, there will be a festive sing-a-long too! Patrons can choose between Cabaret-style seating in the orchestra with bar service, or theater seating in the balcony. Celebrating 120 Years! The City Opera House Heritage Association is proud to partner with Michigan State University's renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, educational programming, and public and private events in the heart of the region, downtown Traverse City. This performance is generously sponsored by Grand Traverse Pie Company in support of Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center. Tickets are $30 and $45. For reservations, contact the Box Office at (231) 941-8082, or CityOperaHouse.org. The historic Opera House is located at 106 E. Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan.


Keith Thompson by Don Cadette

Frank Dain by Stephen Sorokoff

Or, if you are in New York this weekend, tomorrow night, at 6 p.m., BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards-nominee for Best Tribute Show, Frank Dain, brings his The Magic of Mathis to Don't Tell Mama at 343 W. 46th Street. With Kathleen Landis as musical director, and Saadi Zain on bass, the show is directed by Lennie Watts. There is a $20 cover charge, plus a two drink minimum (cash only/no credit cards). For reservations, please call (212) 757-0788.

While still on the subject of New York, on Tuesday, we received this follow-up from Lion King star, Alton Fitzgerald White, regarding his Monday's Can't Wait For Christmas show, with music direction by Doyle Newmyer, and special guest, Yolanda Wyns, at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room. "I Awakened This Gorgeous December Morning, Joyful and Grateful to GOD for a SOLD OUT,STANDING ROOM ONLY Debut at The Metropolitan Room Last Night! It is Such a Blessing To Share, and A True Gift to have Such Wonderful People to Share With! Thank You to ALL of the Beautiful People who Came Out in Support and for the Prayers from The Beautiful Ones who could not attend. We had An Absolute BLAST!!!!! Very Special Thanks to The Phenomena that are Yolanda Wyns and Doyle Newmyer !!! However,The Greatest Treat was having My Mummy-Wummy sitting there Smiling-Front and Center!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!"
Good going, Alton!


Alton Fitzgerald White & Yolanda Wyns

The Phat Pack by Frankie Sanchez

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Thursday evening, it was Media Night for The Phat Pack show at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. Despite a stormy night in the city, there was a good turnout for this entertaining revue that generated a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience. The Phat Pack is made up of Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan, and Randal Keith, all former cast members of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. The talented trio has created a brand new show, jam-packed with great Music made up of Broadway, American Standards, Las Vegas favorites and original songs; Laughter in song and story, and Dreams, as the guys share their personal and career journeys. The members of The Phat Pack cast has an impressive history - Keegan, as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on tour; Keith as Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on tour; and Ewing as Jinx in Forever Plaid on the National Tour and in Las Vegas. The Phat Pack Musical Director, Joey Singer, has been Debbie Reynold's Musical Director for 28 years. The Phat Pack plays every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 Main Street. For tickets and more information, call (702) 946-8934, or visit www.PlazaHotelCasino.com, or www.PhatPackShow.com.

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On Tuesday, December 18th, Nik Mastrangelo will be at the Blue Fire Supper Club, where he will be hosting a jam session and performing three talented musicians, consisting of Larry Millonzi on keys, Tom Hall on reeds and John Plows on drums. The fellows will be having a "Holiday Jam," and expect to have some great musicians sitting in. A Tuesday was selected as the best night to allow musicians to be free of other commitments. Show time will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Plenty of time for you to catch some great music and still get your beauty rest for the next day (although some of us need more beauty rest than others). For those who do not know, Nik warbles at night and practices law during the day. The Blue Fire is located at 4275 S. Durango (just south of Flamingo) in Las Vegas. Call (702) 462-5400.


Nik Mastrangelo

Howard Jochsberger & Nancy Archer

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When it comes to Howard Jochsberger and Nancy Archer, you can forget those stories about people becoming bored and depressed after retirement. Howard and Nancy are both former Boyd Gaming employees. He retired after more than 25 years with the company, and she following a lengthy career with Boyd. During most of the years before retirement, the two people worked together in the Marketing Department at the downtown Fremont Hotel. What do these two longtime friends and co-workers do to kill time? We don't know about ALL of their time, but we do know about what they were doing at Thanksgiving. Ms. Archer traveled from Ohio, where she once again makes her home, to Florida, where Jochsberger now lives, where they spent a week visiting, catching up, and dining. And then, there's that ocean, which provided great Kodak (or any digital camera) moments for a number of scenic shots. You can check out the accompanying photo to see for yourself.

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For those who have made inquiries, dealmaker, Jack Wishna, who died in Las Vegas last month at the age of 54, had requested that there be no services, so, apparently, none will be held. On November 27th, Wishna was found in his car at his home in Henderson, Nevada, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. The death was ruled a suicide.

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Singer Deana Martin will be performing in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center, tonight, December 14th, through Sunday. Combine the coolness of The Rat Pack, with the vocal sophistication of Ms. Martin, and you have The Deana Martin Christmas Show, the Christmas concert of the season. Deana takes the audience on a musical sleigh ride, filled with classic yuletide tunes and songs, honoring her legendary father, Dean Martin, and other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for more than four decades. This is the soundtrack of Christmases past and Holiday memories yet to be shared. In the age-old tradition of a family Christmas, Deana offers a toast to the Holidays with some of the greatest songs ever written. Singing what has become the soundtrack of the season, Deana has hand selected a collection of timeless favorites such as "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "The Christmas Song," and a newly recorded duet of "White Christmas" with Mr. Christmas himself, the late Andy Williams. The show is a heartwarming combination of musical treasures. As part of her show, Deana intertwines classic songs from her Dad, such as "Memories Are Made Of This," "Everybody Loves Somebody," and "Volare." She also pays homage to her Uncle Frank (Sinatra) and Uncle Sammy (Davis Jr.) and more. Her on stage performance treats the audience to an intimate glimpse of her family's Christmas celebration with personal recollections, anecdotes and never before seen home movie footage. The Deana Martin Christmas Show will leave you with the happy wish that the Christmas spirit be celebrated everyday of the year. Treat yourself and those you love to a once-in-a-lifetime evening of Holiday Cheers. See and enjoy Deana Martin, live. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2. Tickets range from $37 to $59. To purchase, go to The Smith Center Box Office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas, or call (702) 749-2000.


Deana Martin & Andy Williams

Human Nature by Erik Kabik

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The boys from Down Under are making a move, Down the Strip. Presented by Smokey Robinson, Human Nature, the Australian vocal group, who have been entertaining audiences at the Imperial Palace for the past three-and-a-half years, will open at The Venetian on January 19th. The Motown-loving foursome - brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen - will be performing at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays (dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Ticket prices are Reserved Seating at $59.95, Preferred at $79.95, and VIP $99.95 (includes a commemorative CD), plus tax and handling fees. Tickets for the newly renamed Human Nature: The Motown Show can be purchased at The Venetian Box Office, by visiting www.Venetian.com, or by calling (702) 414-9000.

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It's Holiday time at the Historic Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. As is its tradition, the Annual Gingerbread House display will be a vital part of the Railroad Pass celebration, running through December 26th. This year, the chefs of Railroad Pass will create their favorite scene, with the elaborate creations on display in the casino lobby for everyone to see. Each of the Chefs will be designing and building Gingerbread creations for an interdepartmental contest at Railroad Pass. The history of Gingerbread is an interesting story. It first became known as a European staple in 992, when a Monk from Pompeii moved to France, and began teaching Priests and Christians the art of making Gingerbread. By the 17th century, it was popular all over Europe. In 1773, the city of Drayton in Shropshire, England, became famous for its Gingerbread creations, which were displayed and sold throughout England. In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the book, Hansel & Gretel, which had a famous house, made of Gingerbread and decorated with various stones and sugar windows. America picked up on the Christmas tradition during the early 1800s, and trumpeted the making of Gingerbread Houses for the Christmas season. "We wanted to display the artistic talents of our chefs to our loyal customers, while making the holiday display available free, 24 hours a day, to the public in our hotel lobby here at the Railroad Pass," Curt Thompson, Director of Operations, said. Thompson pointed out that, while admiring each creation, please appreciate the time and dedication each chef and baker put into creating their display. The Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino is located at 2800 South Boulder Highway, in Henderson on the way to Boulder City. For additional information, call (800) 654-0877.


Railroad Pass Gingerbread House

Woody Allen

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Happy birthday, Sagittarians (November 23 through December 21): Miley Cyrus, Amy Grant, Rich Little, Tina Turner, Randy Newman, Jon Stewart, Paul Shaffer, Garry Shandling, Howie Mandel, Chuck Mangione, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Idol, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Larry "Wild" Wrice, Britney Spears, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Ozzy Osbourne, Wink Martindale, Freddy Cannon, Jay-Z, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Little Richard, Jose Carreras, Jim Messina, Margaret Cho, Gary Allen, Steven Wright, Gregg Allman, Sinead O'Connor, Donny Osmond, Gloria Loring, Rita Moreno, David Gates, Brenda Lee, Jermaine Jackson, Mo'Nique, Dionne Warwick, Connie Francis, Sheila E., Taylor Swift, John Davidson, Morris Day, Abbe Lane, Patty Duke, Tim Conway, Cindy Birdsong, Julie Taymor, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Richards, Roger Smith, Christina Aguilera, Ron White, Criss Angel, Alan Parsons, Jane Fonda, Ray Romano, Andy Dick, Larry Henley, Kenny Kerr, Mark Giovi, Beverly Washburn, Shea Satterwhite, Linda Lashever, Harley Akers, Mac King, Joni Illi, Wes Winters, Doug Breniser, Tim Olsen, Roger Caldwell, Damain Costa, Dana Satterwhite, Paul Lowden, Bill Fayne, George Verbiwski, Tom Waits, Aaron Carter, Mario Cantone, James Galway, Bobby Flay, Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), and Gene Balmain.
And anniversary wishes to Ken and Melissa Miles Gardner, Dick and Melissa Feeney, and Steven Lee and Brenda Leonard Cowart.


Shea Satterwhite

Susan Haller

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Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the holiday drive-through spectacular, is hosting a series of promotional evenings throughout the rest of December. These events will provide attendees with special offers and giveaways from Las Vegas businesses. Tomorrow, December 15th, Fresh & Easy and the Boy Scouts of America will distribute hot cocoa and coupons for Fresh & Easy's holiday fresh meal guide to the first 200 vehicles (limit one per car). Thursday, December 20th, from Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the first 200 vehicles (limit one per car) will receive a gift card for $5 off a future purchase at Grimaldi's. Saturday, December 22nd, from Sunny 106.5, the first 200 vehicles will receive various free gifts including show passes and movie tickets (limit one per car). Glittering Lights is open nightly through, January 6th, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Speedway Children's Charities receives a portion of ticket sales, and provides funding for hundreds of children's charities throughout Southern Nevada. Goodwill of Southern Nevada will provide $2 off admission with a donation of gently used items at any of the 30+ Goodwill sites located in Southern Nevada, or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Nevada's largest drive-through Christmas light show, with millions of LED lights and hundreds of sparkling light displays. Glittering Lights is back for its 13th season and its third year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With more than one million lights along a 2.5-mile course, the festive holiday event brings a smile to everyone's face, year-after-year. In addition to being the largest light tunnel in the world, Glittering Lights also features attractions such as Avenue of Trees and a NASCAR Scene.

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Gateway Arts Foundation presents A Dead Guy in My Daughter's Bedroom, an afternoon of dark musical comedy by Las Vegas playwright, Susan Haller, tomorrow, Saturday, December 15th at 2 p.m. at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. It's Friday the 13th, when Kate discovers the roommate of only 10 days has suddenly died in her daughter's bedroom. Just who are the strange and crazy people who come after the body? What happens when Kate calls her office to tell them that she won't be in because… "There's a dead guy in my daughter's bedroom?" A "madcap day," filled with a cast of bizarre characters. Based on a true story. A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Gateway Arts Foundation Scholarship Fund for advanced music studies for Las Vegas students. Tickets are $12 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $15 for non-residents, and include Live Entertainment Tax. 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, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle Community Centers in Sun City Summerlin and are non-refundable. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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Downtown's Cockroach Theatre, located at ArtSquare, 1025 S. First Street, presents Love Song by John Kolvenbach. Love Song, directed by Erik Amblad, with original music by Arles Estes, and starring Brandon Alan McClenahan, Jessica Afton, Jessica Hird and Glenn Heath, is a heartbreaking and funny tale of love, awakening and impenetrable human suffering - just right for the holiday season. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through December 23rd. Tickets are $15-$18.

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The usually very private Barbra Streisand seems to be coming out of her shell. Yes, she has a new/old album (Release Me is made up of long ago recorded songs that had never been heard by the public) that she is pitching, but even with new albums in years past, Babs has never been quite this visible. From recent live performances in Brooklyn, and Las Vegas, to numerous appearances all over the tube, that even included an hour with Dr. Phil. Oh, and did we mention her new movie, with Seth Rogen, called The Guilt Trip? The tale revolves around a mother (Streisand) and son (Rogen) taking a 3,000-mile, cross country car trip…together. Dr. Phil indicated that there would be a line in the film that would have mothers everywhere cheering, when "Joyce" says to her son, "Andy," "You don't have to like me or spend time with me, but as long as I'm your mother, you have to treat me with respect." As a mother, we say, "Amen." The Guilt Trip opens in Las Vegas on Wednesday.


Guilt Trip

The Amazing Johnathan

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The Amazing Johnathan will host his first-ever classic car show and sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 15th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at his warehouse located at 6290 Harrison Drive, between Patrick and Sunset. This free event is open to the public, and will feature more than 25 collectible automobiles on display and ready for sale. Entertainment will include a live radio remote with 97.1 The Point, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and sideshow acts featuring 1950's style performers, as well as food trucks including Sausagefest, Roamin' Dough and Bad Ass Coffee. An avid car collector, Amazing Johnathan will showcase numerous classic vehicles and offer several cars for sale from his prized collection at this event. To show his holiday spirit, the magician will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each vehicle to Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada.



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