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Note: This is a past column from January 11, 2013
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Las Vegas - January 11, 2013


Eleanor Louise Bailey, circa 1950s

Sasha Semenoff at F.I.O.R.E.

Special birthday wishes to special people in our lives - Eleanor Louise Bailey in Florida, and Barbara Sue Ann Singer McKiernan in California - both lifetime friends who celebrate their special day, annually on January 11th. Also blowing out candles (75 of them) on his birthday cake today is entertainer, Frankie Randall. Many happy returns to all.

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On Monday, we learned that longtime Las Vegas musician, Sasha Semenoff, had passed away on Saturday, January 5th. He may have been small in stature (about five feet, three inches), but he was a giant when it came to heart and talent. Born in Latvia on September 20th, 1924, Sasha was a holocaust survivor. His life in the desert started in 1959, when a friend called from Las Vegas and told Semenoff that the Desert Inn was looking to hire 10 violinists for a lounge act. Semenoff was rarely unemployed after that. In addition to working in the orchestras at the Dunes and Caesars Palace, Semenoff opened the MGM Grand (now Bally's) and the Excalibur, and worked most of Frank Sinatra's private parties, including his wedding to Mia Farrow. He was in the old MGM's orchestra for 12 years, his longest gig.

Semenoff helped open the International (later the Las Vegas Hilton, now the Las Vegas Hotel), and was in the orchestra when Barbra Streisand was the first headliner there. He stayed on for Elvis Presley's longtime engagement. Semenoff opened the Venetian in 1999, performing there for several years. He never retired, playing at Maggiano's Little Italy on the Strip for a number of years. He last performed in mid-December as a soloist at Lombardi's, and, with his son Paul Semenoff on bass, and Ty Lemley on guitar, as one-third of the Sasha Semenoff Trio at last falls' Las Vegas Old Timers Reunion at The Orleans. Later in December, Sasha was admitted to a local hospital with an infection. On his deathbed, Sasha told his son he had only one regret in life - that he never got a chance to serve in the U.S. armed forces. "Dad said that if he could not play anymore, he didn't want to live," Paul said. "In the end, heart failure took him. He went on his own terms. Music was his life." Sasha's wife died in 2003 after 49 years of marriage. In addition to his son Paul, and Paul's wife, Lara, of Las Vegas, Sasha Semenoff is survived by his stepson Alan Blum and wife, Sue, of Las Vegas; sister Selma Krugliak of Bat-Yam, Israel, two grandsons, Aaron Semenoff and Joel Semenoff; and a great-grandson, Brody Semenoff. A memorial service is planned in a couple of weeks. We will print the information when it becomes available. Rest in peace, Mr. Semenoff.

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Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr, too long missing from the Las Vegas stages, opens at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory for a minimum six-week run, beginning on Monday, January 14th. Shows are at 7 p.m., dark on Fridays. Tickets are $60.95 for General Admission, $71.95 for VIP seating, and $82.95 for the Golden Circle section near the stage. Prices are all inclusive. Buckle your seat belts!

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Aliante's Access Showroom

Lon Bronson informs us that his popular band will be performing in Aliante's beautiful Access Showroom, Prime-time on Friday nights through January. Lon says, "We've missed you these last few weeks, but good news, we have prime-time Fridays in January! And, it's at hands down the best showroom: Aliante's Access Showroom! Yes it's a bit of a drive for most, but trust me, well worth it. The sound, lighting, and live video are state-of-the-art, and the best we've ever had. And, for those of you who lamented our later start time while at Green Valley Ranch, this time we're starting at 9 p.m. and finishing up around 11:30...finally weekend Prime-time for us! The hotel is gorgeous as well, so make a night of it. Jump in the car, and see us at Aliante, January 11th, 18th and 25th." There is a $5 cover, well worth it for what you get. Aliante Casino + Hotel is located at 7300 N. Aliante Parkway in North Las Vegas. Phone (702) 692-7777. If you are reading this early enough to get there in time, tonight's performance features Tony Davich, Nina D, Michael Johnson and other special guest stars.

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Mark Nadler at 54 Below

Mark Nadler's year is starting off spectacularly. He has been chosen to receive a Nightlife Award for "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," the show that he did at 54 Below this fall. The award is highly coveted, and a great honor, because it is voted on by the New York Cabaret Critics. Mark tells us that the best part about the Nightlife Award ceremony is that "there are NO SPEECHES! Everyone who receives the award accepts by doing a performance of what it is that caused them to be chosen. It's going to be ONE HELL OF A SHOW!!!" The festivities will take place at the famed, historic Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, in New York City, on Monday, January 14th, beginning at 7 p.m. The Nightlife Awards, hosted by multiple Emmy Award-winner, Bruce Vilanch, are considered to be "The Oscars of New York Nightlife." The All-Star cast includes Marilyn Maye, Nightlife Legend Winner; Emily Bergl, Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer; Faith Prince, Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo or Group; Jason Graae, Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo or Group; Julie Halston, Outstanding Comedy Performer; Jessica Kirson, Outstanding Standup Comedy Performer; James Barbour, Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Carole J. Bufford, Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Lauren Fox, Outstanding Cabaret Performer; the above mentioned Mark Nadler, Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Bill Charlap, Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist; Kate McGarry, Outstanding Jazz Performer; Jane Monheit, Outstanding Jazz Performer; with Jim Caruso and Rupert Holmes as Guest Performers. Tickets to the Nightlife Awards are $75 for orchestra and loge boxes, $50 for front balcony, and $25 for rear balcony, and are available through TicketMaster or The Town Hall Box Office. For more information, e-mail [email protected] The 11th Annual Nightlife Awards are produced by Max Weintraub and Scott Siegel. The Awards are sponsored, in part, by ASCAP, The Edythe Kenner Foundation, TheaterMania.com, Berkshire Theatre Group, Jill and Irwin Cohen, Steve Ernst, Stuart Bloom and Robert Aaron: Lightstyles LLC, Ken Geist, and Thoroughbred Records. The Town Hall is a performance space that opened in 1921. It seats approximately 1,500 people. Phone: (212) 997-1003.
[The Nightlife cast is subject to change]


Nelson Sardelli, Tom Biener, Lou Toomin & Marty Allen

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That Nelson Sardelli will do just about anything to see his name in print. We graciously oblige him.
Last Saturday, the incongruous (Sardelli's word, not ours) trio - Sardelli, Marty Allen and Lou Toomin - welcomed Tom Biener to their weekly ritual at the Bagel Cafe'. Tom Biener, who along with his wife, Patricia (Pat) is a new resident of Las Vegas, has major credits as a TV writer (with Harry and the Hendersons, Benson, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Gimme a Break!, and Flo among them), producer/actor, and is the brother of comedian/impressionist/actor, John Byner. Nelson says, "Don't ask me...the two brothers should have a family meeting and agree on the spelling of their last name." (Note: Biener is the correct spelling of the name, changed by John for career purposes.) Nelson goes on to say, "Not only was Tom very welcome, but he most definitely "fits in," and will soon to be a F.I.O.R.E president, of course." For those who have never read this column, F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) meets monthly at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara, for a lunch buffet, live music and entertainment, camaraderie and a generally good time. Monthly buffet luncheons cost $25, and RSVPs are necessary. Not just anyone can drop in to these gatherings. You have to be Italian, or not. You have to know a member of the group and/or be invited. Check out the site at WWW.NONCLUBCLUBFIORE.COM, to learn more about F.I.O.R.E. The presidents (all the male members are presidents) specifically suggest that you read the About Us portion.

Incidentally, on a 1971 episode of Night Gallery, that aired on MeTV a little before 2 on Wednesday morning, Las Vegan Marty Allen appeared as Edgar Allen Poe, in a segment called Quoth the Raven. This may have been the shortest story ever seen on television. Commercials run longer. The rolling credits run longer. But, nonetheless, there was Marty, who, among his many other claims to fame, is a F.I.O.R.E. president, in a one-man tour de force role. One never knows who may turn up on these (MeTV, Antenna TV, this TV and Cozi TV in Las Vegas) stations that play old television series and classic movies, but it‘s fun to watch your youth played out again on television.

And speaking of the Byner/Biener family, Mrs. John Byner, that would be the talented Annie Gaybis, is co-starring at Florida's Dayton Playhouse with Robert O. Dimsey, in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. This is a fundraising project for the Playhouse, located at 100 Jessamine Blvd. in Daytona Beach. There are only three performances - January 18th and 19th at 7:30 p.m., and January 20th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting Raise the Roof for the Playhouse. Phone (386-255-2431. If you are in the Florida area...


Annie Gaybis & Robert O. Dimsey in Love Letters

Suzanne Goulet

After reading about Liza Minnelli tribute artist/impersonator, Suzanne Goulet, who we wrote about in last Friday's column, Annie Gaybis, a loyal Claire Voyant reader, asked if Suzanne was related to the late Robert Goulet. Since we didn't know the answer to that question, we went right to the source, Suzanne herself, who tells us that, although she is not a close relative of Robert‘s, they may have been distant cousins, "especially since her grandparents were born close to the town where Robert grew up." Suzanne tells us that, in 2001, while she was performing at the Imperial Palace in the Legends in Concert show, Robert was doing his own show at The Venetian. There was an article in the newspaper with the title "Goulet Brings Back Class To the Strip." Trying to pull a fast one on her fellow Legends cast mates, Suzanne put the clipping on the board backstage, in an attempt to make them think the story was about her, not Robert Goulet. It worked for a brief time. Suzanne is very excited about her upcoming shows, Liza & Judy Together Again, with Denise Rose as Judy Garland. The ladies will perform at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, January 12th at 7 p.m., and at the Freedom Hall Theatre in Sun City Anthem, Sunday, January 27th at 3 p.m. For the Anthem performance, Suzanne and Denise will be joined by the Cabaret Dancers, Alejandro Domingo and Yordan (not a typo) Mayedo, adding authenticity to the musical revue in the "City Lights," "Swanee," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Natural Man," "Get Happy," "New York New York," and "It Was a Good Time," numbers. Copies of some of the original costumes worn by the legends will be featured. Tickets for the Starbright show are $15 for residents, and $18 for non residents. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required), with no credit cards accepted. All shows are first come, first served with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased, and may be bought, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers. 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 for Liza & Judy Together Again at Freedom Hall in Anthem, tickets are $15, and are available only to residents of the community, unless you are lucky enough to be invited by a resident. Call (702) 614-5864, for additional details.

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Broadway star and recording artist, Travis Cloer, currently starring as Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, brings his versatile vocal stylings and energetic stage presence to The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz for one night only, Monday, February 4th. Show time is at 7 p.m. Experience "Setting the Standard," a night of timeless songs from Broadway and jazz, to R&B and Pop, that will leave you on your feet begging for more. As Frankie Valli, Travis has been called "truly amazing." The Metro UK says, he "melts hearts with his voice." As a soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Travis was called "classy, jazzy, and Rat Pack smooth" by the Review-Journal. Don't miss this intimate performance of one of the best voices to hit the stage in a long time! Tickets prices are $25 and $35, and attendees will receive a complementary copy of Cloer's CD, Setting the Standard, with each ticket.


Travis Cloer

Rick Michel

Acting as consultant for Travis' show, and collaborating with his New York management company, is Jeanne Bavaro. The creative Ms. Bavaro has also been associated with The Phat Pack; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, at the downtown Plaza; guitar master, Esteban, currently in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH; Tap Dance Master, Jay Fagan; New York-based vocalist/opera singer, Aaron Caruso; Houston McPherson, Canadian-based comic/ impressionist; singer, Mark Giovi; and vocalist/impressionist, Bill Acosta, among others. When she isn't working with talented people, chances are you can catch Jeanne on a dance floor somewhere. Not only does she enjoy dancing with a handsome partner, she also is a dance teacher and is especially fond of Zumba. Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer, Alberto "Beto" Perez, during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in more than 140,000 locations in more than 150 countries.

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Rick Michel will be appearing with his salute to Frank Sinatra at Sun City MacDonald Ranch Ballroom on Friday, January 18th. This is not an impersonation show, but an interpretation performed by Michel. Sinatra Forever is a timeless concert and part of the American Songbook. Michel has been a master impressionist for more than 30 years. He has shared the stage with many successful celebrities, including Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, John Byner and Sherman Hemsley. Variety called Rick "the closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard." Show time is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Sun City MacDonald Ranch residents, and $15 for non-residents. The facility is located at 2020 Horizon Ridge in Henderson.

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Following a letter that we printed in the December 28th column, regarding one person's opinion on the 10 Tenors show at a locals casino, we received these two communiqués on the same subject from other readers.

Gail Goltz sent the following message:
I totally agree with Barbara Sue Schwartz regarding the show at the Suncoast, "Las Vegas 10 Tenors." I am of Jewish faith and if I had known that the music being sung was all Revival music, I never would have bought a ticket. It was definitely false advertisement.

Michelle Johnson, a local entertainer, had this to say:
I thought the Ten Tenors concert at the Suncoast was AMAZING, and the night I saw it there were standing ovations throughout. It was a Christmas show and there was a lot of gospel music, but hello? It's mostly black men from the black church tradition doing a Christmas show, and being a tenor does not mean you just sing opera. The talent was diverse and they WERE all tenors. The people who saw it clearly had a narrow view of what entertainment means. The music was wonderful and every man could sing ... and I mean sing. There was a large black audience there the night I saw it, which was actually new and interesting, but the regulars were there too of ALL races. (I know many of them personally since I do the Hit Parade there sometimes.) Most people were on their feet at the end, following moving, heartfelt performances. If a few people felt the Spirit that night than so be it! But to say it was "horrible" is just ridiculous. It is just a matter of musical preference. I applaud Boyd properties for exposing their audience to more than Broadway, and Rat Pack style shows and classic rock ... though I love all of that too. I thought it was a great move. There were traditional Christmas songs too and they were well received. There was some jazz, some sing along sections, some acoustic guitar, some dance ... and fantastic vocals throughout from the likes of singers like Ken Young, who backs up Gladys Knight and has his own record out, Bruce Williamson, the LEAD singer of the Temptations, also recording an album, and so many more. All power houses. All gentlemen. And ALL talented! It was a fantastic show, which is why they were invited back to do a second show. Bravo Ten Tenors ... you are on your way! Minds are opening and Las Vegas is changing. It's your time.
Opinions are like certain body parts. Everyone has one.

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Terry Hernandez

From Terry Matthew Hernandez, SinCityQSocials Founder/Host, comes this news.
Here's to a New Year, with new beginnings, new opportunities and new mountains to climb; may your new day be filled with much success. Well, it's been an amazing seven years and now it's time for me to leave Las Vegas, but before I do, we will need to discuss the past, present and future of SinCityQSocials. SinCityQSocials was started in April of 2006, with our first event at the Peppermill. Over the years, we would go on to host more than 450 events in over 400 of the most exclusive locations in the Las Vegas valley. We've signed up over 18,000 members since our beginning and we've made a couple hundred thousand personal introductions. SinCityQSocials was the first to offer a weekly gay pool party for the community, initiated the creation of the LVGA3 (Las Vegas Gay Athletics, Arts & Activities Organization), launched Fashionista Social Club, established a thriving monthly Ladies event and supported every LGBT organization in Las Vegas. Should SinCityQSocials continue to exist in my absence, then we will need to change our structure a bit, while calling on your support now more than ever. I believe that those who have the ability to make a difference; have the responsibility to make a difference. Every step along the way is filled with memories of you, but there were many people who helped make all of this possible. I would especially like to thank Dr. Michael Franklin for his years of sacrifice and support. He has dedicated his time and energy to help host and manage the organization. Dr. Franklin will act as our administrator during my absence. I would also like to thank our Board of Directors, Jim Campbell, Todd Campbell and John Willey for their vision, advice and leadership. Then there is the matter of gratitude for our Lesbian Leadership Team, lead by Tia Lewis, Shauna Leahy and Sandy Margolin. Thank you, to all of you for stepping up to assist your community. Our sponsors are the best that I know. Thanks to Marty Linde and Jeff Bradach at Budweiser, you are true champions to our community. I would also like to thank Dr. Poremba, Jesse Acosta, Papillion Tours, David Saxe Productions, American Male Salon, Blue Moon Resort and Peter Cleary for their years of support. There are so many more to acknowledge, but here are a few that just can't be forgotten. Over the years I have given away thousands of show tickets to our community and I would like to thank a few people who helped make this possible, beginning with Lu Ann from Showtime Marketing, Alex Schechter and Frank Marino from SPI Entertainment, Glenn Alai from Penn & Teller, Eric Schyman from David Saxe Productions and our friends Jan Rouven and Frank Alfter with their new show, "Illusions" at the Riviera.

I will take a temporary leave of absence from the organization as I relocate to Washington State, in order to assist my family with their new business. In the interim, I would like to appoint Oscar Santana as our new Host Team Leader. He will step up in my absence to lead our new Host Team and to become "the face" of SinCityQSocials. Several of our members have volunteered to become Official Hosts for the next 6 months. A New Year brings a new day with new opportunities and new horizons for all of us, but don't be too quick to move forward without taking a moment to reflect on the past and make resolutions that you intend to keep. We need you now more than ever and we hope that you will consider attending this event tonight. We'll be taking leadership head shots and getting your personal information for business cards and official name badges ordered. Thank you for your understanding and please accept my apologies for not writing until now. I waited for something inspirational to write, but I just realized this morning that I'm not really saying, "goodbye". I'll be back someday soon in order to reconnect with all of you. Until then, please take care of yourselves and each other. Cheers! I'll write shortly with a personal explanation about my current project and progress. Thanks again for everything!

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Tonight, January 11th, and tomorrow, the 12th, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Lisa Smith on vocals, and Gary Peterson on piano, will be performing live Jazz in the lounge at the new to Las Vegas Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, 3900 S. Paradise (formerly Ruth's Chris Steak House). There is no cover charge, just a one drink minimum. There are Happy Hour Specials from 3 to 6:30 p.m. nightly, half-price well drinks, house wine and specialty martinis, along with half-price bar menu too. For reservations, call (702) 791-7011.

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Windy Karigianes

Tomorrow night, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., songstress, Windy Karigianes, takes to the stage at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E. Tropicana at Eastern. She will be accompanied by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, Mark Speights on guitar, and Mike Mechem on drums, and joined by some special guests. Enjoy the live music and check out the notorious bargain burger and fries. For additional information, call (702) 458-6343.

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On Sunday, January 13th, at 2 p.m., the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus is offering a free Parenting Workshop hosted by world-renowned psychologist specializing in children and families, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. Four-hundred parents will have the opportunity to hear from this best selling author and sought after speaker who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show. Thompson's workshop is titled Pressured Children, Worried Parents: A Conversation about Parenting in 2013: managing you and your child's expectations and emotions with regards to adolescence, friendship development, popularity and social cruelty. "This is Michael Thompson's fourth visit to our school and he is back by popular demand," said Paul Schiffman, head of school of Adelson Educational Campus. "As a celebrated psychologist, he provides parents with wisdom, guidance and humor through all the tough decisions they make." Dr. Thompson is a consultant, author and psychologist, specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons (Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002), About Best Friends, Worst Enemies, the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life, with Teresa Barker (Ballantine, 2004), was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It's a Boy!: Understanding Your Son's Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. He is presently writing a new book about summer camps and schools trips entitled, Homesick and Happy: How Children Change and Grow When They Are Away from Their Parents. Michael Thompson has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's Morning Edition with Susan Stamberg, Talk of the Nation with Ray Suarez, and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain, that was broadcast nationally in 2006. Dr. Thompson serves on the board of the American Camping Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent Magazine. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, and is the father of Joanna, 26, and Will, 20. The mission of The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus is to instruct and inspire new generations of students who will draw strength from a rich Jewish heritage, use their knowledge, values and vision to fulfill their own potential, and build a better world. Adelson Educational Campus was originally founded in 1980 and now educates children from 18 months through 12th grade. Adelson Educational Campus accepts students of all faiths and affiliations and offers a drug-free commitment to its students and faculty. Adelson Educational Campus is located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. For more information please call (702) 255-4500 or visit www.adelsoncampus.org or Facebook/Adelson Campus


Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.

Jimmy Kimmel

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Talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, took a career step backwards. Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, isn't complaining, though. Beginning last Tuesday, his late night ABC show starts at 11:35 p.m., instead of a little after midnight, putting him in direct competition with Jay Leno on NBC, and David Letterman on CBS. Nightline has now moved to 12:35 a.m. on ABC.

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Cher

Picked this story up online...
Cher is eyeing a return to TV after inking a development deal with cable channel Logo.
Producers at the channel, which is aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) audience, announced the deal during the network's Television Critics Association presentation on Saturday, revealing the singer is working on a top-secret project. Logo Senior Vice President, Brent Zacky, remained tight-lipped over whether Cher will star in the new show, but indicated she is collaborating with comedy writer Ron Zimmerman on a pilot script set in 1960s Hollywood. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We read some of the stuff that Cher and Ron [Zimmerman] had written and it was really terrific. We came up with an idea set in Hollywood in the early '60s and we're very excited to see how we get through the process. The deal is brand-new and we're just getting started on the project." The singer/actress was a television fixture in the 1970s, most notably as half of "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" with then-husband Sonny Bono.

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And back in London for A Chorus Line, that's the leggy Leigh Zimmerman in red in the middle of the Line. See http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/arts/theatre/article1186604.ece.

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On January 18th and 19th, Renee Hale will be performing at the Rampart in Addison's Lounge. She is very excited to be singing with some incredible musicians, including Michael Tramontana, Dan Ellis, Jeff Davis and Mark Speights. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m.

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Celine Dion

On Sunday, January 20th, Celine Dion, Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live are teaming up to create a special one-night only event, Adding Tomorrows with Celine Dion, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The benefit concert will raise funds to support critical research for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections and premature death. Celine lost her niece, Karine, to Cystic Fibrosis in 1993, and has been involved in the fight against this disease as the Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1982. Celine will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning at 8:30 p.m. Guests who have purchased special VIP packages, that include the exclusive dinner, are invited to attend an exclusive pre-concert cocktail reception during Celine's sound check, with full orchestra, at The Colosseum. Tickets for the concert range from $55 to $250. Additionally, a limited number of VIP concert packages are available from $4,000 to $25,000, and are tax-deductible. Packages include reserved front orchestra seating; a special cocktail reception and group photo with Celine during her pre-concert sound check; a VIP dinner; priority entrance to the concert; admission to the after party at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits; one night accommodation at Caesars Palace; round-trip transportation between the airport and Caesars Palace; and a limited edition Celine VIP collector gift.

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For all you folks in the Memphis area (and we know you are out there)...
Musical duo, Hudson & Saleeby, continue at Theo's Bistro. They are making some great new friends at Theo's, and also seeing many familiar faces, so if you are in Memphis, stop by and join the piano playing/singing twosome. They will be playing music there next Friday, January 18th. Great food, cool staff, tasty drinks, and five TVs, so you won't miss a game. They start playing around 8:30 p.m. Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby, who were Vegas favorites for a number of years, are hoping to be at Theo's on Fridays in the months to come, so stop by and make a song request or sing one with them! Theo's is on Poplar at Kirby, near McDonalds on the same side as Kroger.

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Nik Mastrangelo reports that he will be hosting an Open Mic Night at the Blue Fire on Wednesday evenings, beginning on January 16th, from 7 to 10 p.m. This community is blessed with some great talent, who are welcome to the Open Mic Wednesdays at the Blue Fire. If you have friends who are singers or musicians, please let them know they are welcome to join in. Vocalist, Nik, joined by some great musicians, will also be performing at the Blue Fire on Saturday night, January 19th, from 7 to 10. Stop by.

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Disney On Ice Dare to Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment, takes over the Thomas & Mack Center, Wednesday, January 16th, through Sunday the 20th. Ticket prices range from $14 to $55 for front row seats. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 on Friday; Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Call (702) 739-FANS, or go to www.unlvtickets.com.



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