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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from February 08, 2013
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Las Vegas - February 8, 2013


Giovanna Sardelli by Chad Batka (NY Times)

We got a worrisome call last Saturday afternoon, from some of the members of the Nelson Sardelli Fan Club. They were upset and concerned, telling us that Mr. Sardelli was in a hospital emergency room due to the fact that there was no mention of any Sardelli in the column of February 1st. We are assured that Nelson is doing much better now, and because we do not want to be responsible for anyone's poor health (well, MOST anyone's poor health), we are mentioning two Sardellis this week, and showing an unidentified third. (Mr. Sardelli has some wacky but loyal friends, with very vivid imaginations.) Ladies first.

An article by Eric Grode, titled Meet the Directors, where some of the more active female directors identify their influences and their aspirations, appeared in the January 31st issue of the New York Times. Among the elite group of 15 women directors was Giovanna Sardelli, one of Nelson's creative and talented daughters. About Giovanna, Mr. Grode wrote...PROJECTS Recently, Matthew Lopez's "Somewhere" (Theaterworks in Palo Alto, Calif.); next, Rajiv Joseph's "North Pool" (Vineyard Theater ). BEGINNINGS "I was a nothing-special actress for about a decade, and I got my M.F.A. in acting from N.Y.U. While I was there Zelda Fichandler mentored me and finally said, 'Well, darling, you're a director.' Having this icon of the American theater sort of anoint me as a director - I didn't even question her." CHANGING TIMES "I've always been aware of the statistics, and believe me, my friends and I are all acutely aware of the work we're not getting. But at the same time, we're all working. We're not often in the same room together. I mean, we're busy."

And Staging a Sisterhood, written by Patrick Healy for the New York Times Theater section, says, The old boys' club of New York theater, for decades defined by the chummy relationships of producers and directors, is changing with the rise of female directors who are in demand by veteran playwrights as well as hot young writers. These directors are the new power players of Off Broadway, staging some of the most critically acclaimed productions in recent years, and they are starting to get more shots at the better-paying, career-making gigs on Broadway, where four out of five shows are usually directed by men. The change is unfolding largely because the female directors have cultivated collaborations with playwrights and are emerging as forces to be reckoned with. To read the entire, well-written story, go to http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/theater/female-directors-more-prominent-in-new-york.html?hpw.


F.I.O.R.E. Valentine's Day 2012

As anyone who has checked out Claire Voyant's column before knows, Nelson Sardelli is much of the glue that holds the F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) together. The events may be called "ridiculous," but they really aren't. The "fun Italians" (where many of the attendees are not Italian) have found these monthly gatherings to be addicting (we mean that in a nice way), and the headcount continues to grow with every get-together. Where else can you find a compatible bunch of people to hang out with, while enjoying a yummy lunch buffet, and seeing and hearing live entertainment supported by a group of talented musicians, all for the measly sum of $25? Nowhere, that we can think of.
Therefore, the F.I.O.R.E. 8th Annual Valentine announcement is as follows (spelling left intact)...
The simple fact that you have the distinct privilege to have the honor of being one of the few selected recipients of this coveted edict, signifies that you are an alleged intelligent person, vichyssoise, avant guard and quite escargot (there aren't too many of us left). Below you will find (unless the preceding description was an over estimation of your capabilities) an elaborate and detailed announcement for the upcoming F.I.O.R.E. Valentine Luncheon. Please take the time to read it, or have someone do it for you. We think you will like it, because, having a good attitude and very low expectations, you are easy to please. Don't forget to RSVP (explanation of the term RSVP from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - In the context of social invitations, RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person) at your earliest convenient opportunity or sooner. We hope to see you there. We really do, because our Social Life really sucks and that is the only time we are allowed to leave the HOME unescorted. The F.I.O.R.E. 8th Annual Valentine's Day Lunch actually takes place on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara Ave. Molls are more than welcome. Dress accordingly (93% of you are retired, so dress in style). Live music throughout the event with Gary "Iron Hip" Anderson & The Secret Witnesses Players. Dr. George "Crack Bones" Ritter may or may not join in. President (all the F.I.O.R.E. men are presidents) Nik "At Nite" Mastrangelo will be the featured warbler for the event. Other "Singers" may have to face the music and repeat what they've spilled before. To gain admission use the passwords: "Big Johnny Puleo sent me." See Conrad "Money Bags" Villella at the entrance and bribe him with $25 to get in the door. You may also take part in the rigged 50/50 drawing. An RSVP to [email protected], and/or [email protected], is a MUST, or "No Neck" Guido, "3 Finger" Louie and Vinnie "The Interior Decorator" Finocchio will call upon you (the first two will hurt you...the third one will do your hair).


F.I.O.R.E. Valentine's Day Moll

Nik Mastrangelo

And speaking of Nik Mastrangelo, as Nik at Nite, he will be performing an evening of standards and jazz at Casa di Amore restaurant, tomorrow night, Saturday, from 6:30 to 10:30, as he fills in for Mark Giovi. Casa Di Amore represents vintage Vegas, with a lively atmosphere and great music. If you plan to stop by, reservations are recommended as the place fills up fast. Call (702) 433-4967. Casa di Amore is located at 2850 E. Tropicana, east of Eastern.

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The Dollies

James Allen

Reminder...
This Sunday, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.), the Performing Arts Society of Nevada will present In The Mood For Love in the theater at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod (east of Eastern, and north of Desert Inn). The program will feature the nostalgic singing group, The Dollies, a trio of beautiful, young female vocalists who deliver a close harmony blend that is positively electric and emulates the unmistakable sound of the legendary Andrews Sisters. Joining The Dollies are tenor James Allen, and dancer, Brigid Kelly. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741, or email [email protected]. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit organization dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years.


Brigid Kelly

Greg Kata

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We just got this information, and, even though it doesn't give you much notice to add it to your weekend social calendar, because it is for an important cause and involves some very talented people from the city's entertainment community, here it is...
Greg Kata's On With the Show! presents Heart and Music, a showcase taking place on Sunday, in the Copa Room at that Italian joint (that we never name) in the 7000 block of Las Vegas Blvd. South. OWTS will be presenting an afternoon of some of the most beautiful music ever written. In addition, there will be special guest appearances from cast members of the upcoming [title of show] (and, yes, that is the name of the show), featuring Kristen Hertzenberg of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Sarah Lowe of Jersey Boys, and Robert Jarrett of the Las Vegas Mamma Mia! production. Heart and Music starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are available at the door for $20 per person (children under 5 are free). Price includes a luncheon buffet! All proceeds from the event are benefiting the American Heart Association, in honor of Greg's late father, Dr. John M. Kata. The American Heart Association is very pleased to work with OWTS to continue its mission of "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The American Heart Association has taken on a new goal. By 2020, they hope to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while also reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. The focus is to help people identify and adopt healthier lifestyle choices. On With the Show! has been a hit since their inception in February of 2010. This event marks their third anniversary. As the premiere youth vocal performance program in Las Vegas, OWTS offers kids, ages 10 thru 18, a unique performing and educational experience. On With the Show! students develop the professionalism and dedication it takes to be a performer. Greg Kata is the Founder and Artistic Director of On With the Show! He recently completed a tour around the world, as a singer and Company Manager for Six Star Luxury cruise line, Silversea. Greg, who graduated with a B.F.A. in Drama from New York's Tisch School of the Arts, came to Las Vegas directly from New York City to perform in the hit musical, Mamma Mia!

We will have more details about [title of show] in next Friday's column.

There are a number of justifiable reasons why we never give a plug, or any credence, to the above (not) mentioned Italian joint on Las Vegas Blvd. South. Here is an example of how they operate. Last Sunday, they had a duo, vocalist and piano player, scheduled to perform at the place. With virtually no notice, the gig was cancelled. Why? Because of Super Bowl Sunday. Like the folks at this establishment didn't realize it was Super Bowl Sunday when they booked the engagement? The folks who run this place don't have a clue about how to treat the customers OR the entertainers, which we find remarkable, since the owner and her husband both are/were entertainers themselves.
We just got word that the duo, who sat out the 2013 Super Bowl at home, were told they will get paid for last weekend (a step in the right direction). We will let you know if that happened.

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Jennifer Grim, Assistant Professor of Music at UNLV, who initiated a chamber music series in Southern Nevada, passes along this information. The final concert of the inaugural season of the UNLV Chamber Music Series will take place on Thursday, February 14th, at 7:30 p.m. in the University's Doc Rando Recital Hall. UNLV welcomes the Zéphyros Winds from New York for this special Valentine's Day concert. In addition to their performance, Zéphyros Winds will give a master class to UNLV students on Wednesday, February 13th, from 4 to 6 p.m., also taking place in Doc Rando Recital Hall. The Zéphyros Winds will be performing works by Ravel, Carter, Pierné, Klughardt, and Szervansky. Zéphyros Winds, one of America's most distinguished chamber ensembles, brings together five of the finest wind players of their generation - James Roe, oboe; Ms. Grim, flute; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Saxton Rose, bassoon; and Zohar Schondorf, horn. Zéphyros presents an insightful program drawn from the wide spectrum of chamber music featuring wind instruments. Now in its 18th season, Zéphyros Winds made its New York concerto debut opening the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival, and has appeared at the nation's most prestigious concert venues, including The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Carnegie's Weill Hall, Dumbarton Oaks, Duke Performances at Duke University, "The Movado Hour" at The Baryshnikov Art Center in New York City, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Skaneateles Festival, and Lincoln Center's "Great Performers Series." In 2010, Zéphyros performed in Beijing, China at the National Centre for the Performing Arts' May Festival. The Philadelphia Museum of Art engaged Zéphyros to create a program complimenting their exhibition, "Manet and the Sea," and at the invitation of the French Embassy in Washington, DC, Zéphyros performed a gala concert celebrating the centenary of Francis Poulenc's birth. Taking its name from the Greek god of the West Wind, Zéphyros Winds first gained national attention in 1995, when, one year after its formation, it won both the First and Grand Prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, becoming the first wind quintet in the competition's 22-year history to do so. They made their New York debut in 1997 at Merkin Concert Hall, and began extensive touring throughout the United States. Tickets to Zéphyros Winds are $25, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787), or by visiting pac.unlv.edu. Student rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and are available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada's longest-running performing arts venue. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances each year. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.


Zephyros Winds

Marlena Shaw

Shown in the accompanying photo (from left to right): Jennifer Grim, Zohar Schondorf, Marianne Gythfeldt, Saxton Rose and James Roe.

And more UNLV music news...
On Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m., it's the UNLV Jazz Concert celebrating Black History Month. UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, conducted by Dave Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, and featuring guest artists, Marlena Shaw, Clint Holmes, Ronnie Rose, and Don Cunningham, will perform in the University's Black Box Theater. General Admission tickets are $10. For reservations, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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This Friday, February 8th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Lisa Smith will be filling in for the talented Nieve Malandra at Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Store, 2620 Regatta Drive, in Desert Shores. According to Eating Las Vegas, the 2013 edition of the city's 50 Essential Restaurants, Marche Bacchus was among the Top 10 dining spots in Southern Nevada. Marche Bacchus serves contemporary French cuisine with a New Orleans influence in a comfortable and casual environment. The food is the creation of Executive Chef Dave Middleton, former Chef d'Tournant at Alex (Wynn) and sous chef at David Burke (Venetian). The wine list is among the best in Las Vegas, with more than 950 labels to select from!

Enjoy the meal and Jazz Under the Stars with Lisa Smith. Reservations are suggested. Call (702) 804-8008.


Lisa Smith

Michael Turco

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Next weekend, the Rampart Casino will feature Michael Turco in the Grand Ballroom, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the 15th, for an evening of amazing illusions. Turco made his national debut on America's Got Talent, before creating his own headline show here in Las Vegas. Tickets are just $15 (include LET) and available for purchase at the Rampart's Casino Cashier. On Saturday, the 16th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, the 17th at 4 p.m., Oh What A Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will play in the Rampart's Grand Ballroom. Oh What A Night! is an exciting musical revue featuring hits such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like A Man," just to name a few. Tickets are $15 to each show (includes LET), and are available at the Casino Cashier.

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If you are a fan of TV's Mike & Molly, you can see the "Mike" half of the CBS sitcom at The Orleans at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, the 16th, when Billy Gardell takes the stage in the hotel/casinos' showroom. The star of romantic sitcom, Gardell plays Chicago police officer Mike Biggs, who met wife Molly Flynn (played by Oscar-nominee for Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy) at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The third season of the series is currently airing on CBS. From 2007 to 2009, Gardell had a recurring role on the NBC television series, My Name is Earl. He has guest-starred on numerous shows, including Bones, Desperate Housewives, Burning Hollywood, Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Monk and Sullivan & Son. On the big screen, in 2002, Gardell made his debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in Avenging Angelo, and has since starred in Bad Santa, You, Me and Dupree, The Deported and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Gardell took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are part of his stand-up routine. Gardell has opened for well-known comedians such as George Carlin and Dennis Miller. Tickets start at $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees. You can purchase tickets at The Orleans Box Office, Sundays through Thursdays, from noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 10 p.m., or call (702) 365-7075, or (888) 365-7111.


Billy Gardell

Frank Sinatra

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The new Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, at 3900 Paradise Road, the former location of Ruth Chris, seems to be a happening place when it comes to live music. Tonight, Friday the 8th, between 7 and 10:30 p.m., Ronnie Rose will be performing, and next weekend, on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, Renee Hale will be singing at Kelly's. Among Renee's song selections will be "Happy Birthday," sung to her mother, Eileen, who will be celebrating number 82 at Kelly's.

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Costume and fashion aficionados: You are invited to Steppin' Out: A Celebration of Frank Sinatra, Men's Fashion and Classic Las Vegas, at the Nevada State Museum, 309 S. Valley View Blvd., on Friday, February 15th. The UNLV Public History Program, Nevada State Museum, The Las Vegas New Bureau and the College of Liberal Arts at UNLV are pleased to unveil the addition of Mr. Frank Sinatra's formalwear to the current Nevada State Museum exhibition Vegas Style. "The Vegas Style exhibit offers a glimpse of the trendsetting Las Vegas fashions of the 1960s and '70s. Curated by UNLV public history students, the collection includes beaded gowns, fringed Helldorado Day apparel, and showgirl outfits. The exhibit also features 60 Las Vegas News Bureau photos of Las Vegas celebrities performing in their outfits, among them, Penn & Teller, Shecky Greene and members of The Rat Pack - Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra." At 4 p.m., featured speakers will be Eamon Springall, founder of Stitched at the Cosmopolitan, and Lorraine Hunt-Bono. At 5, it's Cocktails and Hors d'oeurves. Please RSVP to Karan Feder at [email protected].

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This is the last weekend to see the cult classic, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange: A Play With Music, at The Onyx Theatre. Brace yourself for the mind-bending journey of Alex the Large, leader of a young rebellious street gang in the not-so-distant future. After a spiral of excess, violence, and rape results in murder, Alex is left with only one choice. He volunteers for a new medical treatment that strips the subject of his ability to choose. Alex is "cured," but at what cost? "Carissa Berge offers a strong and admirable performance as Alex the Large, considering the myriad of emotions the character goes through during the story. Director, Brandon Alan McClenahan, has created an interesting and thought provoking piece of theater. Fans of the book and film will have no trouble enjoying this rendition of A Clockwork Orange," says Matthew Martello, The Edge Las Vegas. Show times are at 8 p.m., tonight, February 8th and tomorrow, the 9th, and on Sunday, the 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, and may be purchased at The Onyx, inside The Rack at 953 East Sahara Ave #16 in Commercial Center, or call (702) 732-7225.



Katie Couric

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So, Ricki Lake has been cancelled, while Katie has been renewed for a second season. Are we watching the same shows as the decision makers? To be honest, we haven't seen Ricki Lake's newest show, but we have seen Katie Couric's. We find Katie's talkfest to be a childish embarrassment. She is either gushing excessively over the guest, or, as in the case of Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman, competing with him in a Broadway musical sing-off. Come on, Katie. If you fancy yourself a performer, there's always America's Got Talent. And, please, don't' get us started on Wendy Williams, Jeremy "Look at Me!" Kyle, or the booze-loving Kathie Lee and Hoda of the NBC Today show's fourth ho-hum hour. These two are a great endorsement for Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Jim Nabors, the actor best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s, married his male partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, 64, in Seattle on January 15th. The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. The two men traveled from their Hawaii home to Washington state, where gay marriage became legal in December. A judge from Olympia, Washington, performed the small private ceremony in a room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, with a couple of friends serving as witnesses. Nabors said he's not an activist, but feels strongly that gay marriage should be a right for everyone. "I think every person on this earth has a choice of who they want to spend their life with," he said. The actor


Jim Nabors & Stan Cadwallader

Billie Ann Sabala

says marrying his longtime partner doesn't change anything about their relationship - he just wanted it to be formally acknowledged. "I just wanted it legal," Nabors told The Associated Press. "He's my best friend," Nabors said. I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed." He says that when he was working as an actor, he was open about being gay to his co-workers and friends, but never publicly came out in the media until now.

In the mid-1980s, Jim Nabors was one of the rotating stars in George Arnold and Bill Moore's Bal du Moulin Rouge production at the Las Vegas Hilton. In addition to Nabors, among the other headliners of the revue were Suzanne Somers, Vic Damone, Charo, and Debbie Reynolds.

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Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the 'Spring Festival', the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year." This Chinese New Year's Day falls on Sunday, February 10th. It is the Year of the Snake. Chinese New Year is celebrated in Las Vegas, from the famed Strip to downtown's Fremont Street. This evening, Friday, February 8th, at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage (next to The D, Four Queens and Fremont hotels), Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will help usher in the new year by participating in the Opening Ceremonies and ribbon cutting. The new year will be greeted with a live authentic dragon dance performed by the Las Vegas Lohan School of Shoalin ( where Billie Ann Sabala is the administrator of the school, as well as a tai chi instructor), complete with virtual firecrackers on Viva Vision (the largest video screen in the world measuring 1,500 feet long and suspended 90 feet above the street), an eye painting ceremony and performers dressed in elaborate costumes. Throughout the festival, guests will be taken on a journey around the world as they experience performances from several Asian entertainers on the 3rd Street Stage and visit the International Vendor Village, located on 3rd Street North between Fremont Street and Stewart Avenue, to taste the international flavors from renown food vendors. The International Vendor Village and Cultural Performances will take place today from 5 to 10 p.m., and tomorrow and Sunday, February 9th and 10th, from noon to 9 p.m. To commemorate the Lunar Lantern Festival, which officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations, primary grade students of Clark County School District will be constructing paper lanterns marked with their "wish" for 2013. The lanterns will then be on display throughout Fremont Street Experience during the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival. Additionally, guests and passersby are invited to stop in at a booth located near the 3rd Street Stage to build their own lantern to display on Fremont Street Experience. The Lunar Lantern Festival is sponsored by St. Jude's Women's Auxiliary Group. Throughout the three-day event, several women will compete in the Miss Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) USA Pageant. Contestants will participate in the Macy*s Fashion Show, modeling the latest cutting edge Spring fashion lines from Macy*s, a Talent Show, emceed by Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills 90210, and interview segment for the chance to be crowned Miss AAPI USA. The winner will receive a combination of cash and gift prizes with a retail value of $10,000. The First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up will receive a combination of cash and gift prizes with a retail value of $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

The schedule for the Miss Asian American Pacific Islander Pageant, all taking place on the 3rd Street stage, are as follows: Friday, February 8th at 8 p.m. - Introduction of Miss AAPI USA Contestants; 9 p.m. - Macy*s Fashion Show; Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. - Talent Show: Miss AAPI USA Contestants; and Sunday, February 10th at 8 p.m. - Interview and Crowning of Miss AAPI USA Contestants. On Saturday, February 9th, thousands of walkers from all over the Valley will step out to support the American Heart Association during the Heart Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the 3rd Street Stage, with the walk taking place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, the 10th, local businesses and organizations will come together to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year during the McDonald's Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade. Parade participants will showcase their talent and creativity with the most extravagant floats in vibrant colors to commemorate the rich history of the most important holiday of the Asian community. Starting at 10 a.m., at the intersection of Gass Avenue and 4th Street, the McDonald's Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will travel up 4th Street through Fremont Street Experience and end at the intersection of 4th Street and Ogden Avenue. For a detailed entertainment schedule go to www.cnyinthedesert.com. All entertainment is free and open to the public. Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Venetian/Palazzo Celebrates Chinese New Year

Every year at this time, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is transformed into a The Chinese New Year décor at the Strip property will last through March 3rd. Bellagio invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Snake with alluring and vibrant floral creations rich in Chinese tradition now through the 3rd. The design of the Conservatory's tranquil temple is guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui - the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. Each garden within the Chinese New Year display encompasses water, ensuring a positive flow of energy; and the three friends of winter - pine, bamboo and plum, symbolizing perseverance, integrity and modesty, respectively. The Venetian and The Palazzo are celebrating the Year of the Snake with extravagant Chinese New Year activities and displays, created by 77 Worldwide Artists, and featuring almost 194,000 flowers. Through February 25th, visitors will be greeted with opulent holiday-inspired art and decor, restaurant offerings, and incentive cards. Both of these properties warrant a visit during this time of year. Happy Year of the Snake!



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