Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

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


Cousin Claire is, once again, dealing with computer issues. If not for our Guru, we wouldn't have gotten a column out at all last Friday. This week, it's different issues (we hate the new Outlook). Among the things that went wrong in the March 1st column, was the omission of two photos, one of Rebecca Spencer and the other of the late Kevin Gray, so we are running them this week. We regret the problem.

Rebecca Spencer as Madame Giry

Kevin Gray

Last week, we mentioned that singer/actress, Rebecca Spencer, who portrayed Madam Giry in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, will take her bow from the International Asia Tour of Phantom of the Opera, at the end of the Seoul, Korea-season, on March 24th. At this point, the Asian tour is projected to continue through 2014. Ms. Spencer is excited to be returning to the U.S. her husband, Jim D'Asaro, and her new home in Southern California. As we also mentioned last week, Rebecca, and many others in the musical theater community, are mourning the untimely death of Broadway performer, Kevin Gray, who died on February 11th at the age 55, following a sudden heart attack. Only two weeks, earlier, Kevin and his beautiful wife, Dodie Pettit, an original Broadway Phantom ballerina, had celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with other past and current cast members.

We have just learned that the talented Tina Walsh (EFX, Mamma Mia!), who also appeared in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, taking Rebecca's place as Madame Giry when Ms. Spencer departed the show, will once again follow Spencer as Madame Giry in the Phantom of the Opera Asian Tour. As Johnny Mathis sang, "Small World, Isn't It"?

Tina Walsh

Keegan, Keith, Ewing - The Phat Pack

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To celebrate the reopening of The Phat Pack at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed Wednesday, March 13th, as Phat Pack Day! The Phat Pack opened to rave reviews in November 2012, and returns to the Plaza's classic showroom with a new schedule - Wednesdays through Sundays at 5 p.m. Phat Pack Day will be recognized and celebrated at the special re-opening performance on March 13th. Inspired by the spirit of the Rat Pack, The Phat Pack was formed after three of its members met while performing in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Ted Keegan starred as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, both on Broadway and on tour. Randal Keith starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on tour, and Bruce Ewing starred in three out of the four roles in Forever Plaid, on tour and in Las Vegas. Appropriate for all ages, The Phat Pack has received great press. Mike Weatherford of the Las Vegas Review-Journal gave the show an "A" rating as a "first-rate cabaret revue." Steve Bornfeld of Vegas Seven called the show, "fabulous beyond words." And John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun said, "...exceedingly funny and vocally well delivered." The three performers sing the great songs of Broadway, American Standards, Las Vegas favorites, along with some hilarious new original songs, and share some stories of their lives and careers. This new 75-minute show tips its hat to the tradition of excellence and fun that the Rat Pack brought to the Las Vegas musical scene of '50s and '60s -- but brings it into the 21st century! The Phat Pack has received standing ovations at every concert and appearance so far. The show is appropriate for people who love music and having fun. Tickets are available at the Plaza Hotel & Casino box office next to the showroom, or by phone at (702) 386-2507. More information on The Phat Pack can also be found at

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Two trips to The Smith Center in three days? Yes. It's kind of a long haul from our hood, but, in the case of what we were doing there, worth the journey.
On Monday night, exactly one month after his originally scheduled February 4th date at The Smith Center, Travis Cloer had his chance to audience members what else he can do, in addition to playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. In Setting the Standard, Cloer showed no sign of the illness that put his family out of commission for a week. There were no Four Seasons songs in the program, although a few of Travis' non-Valli selections, specifically The Skyliners '50s hit "Since I Don't Have You" (a favorite of Travis' mother), displayed a bit of that familiar Valli falsetto voice. Accompanied by Jersey Boys' musical director, Keith Thompson, on piano, Steve Flora on bass, Brian Czach on drums, Eric Tewalt on sax, Danny Falcone on trumpet, and Kevin Stout on trombone, other selections included "You Make My Dreams Come True;" "I'm Beginning to See the Light;" the Tony Bennett arrangement of "Steppin' Out with my Baby;" a beautiful version of Stephen Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd, inspired by Cloer's baby daughter, Andi; a terrific take on "My Love Is/Fever," with just snapping fingers and Steve Flora on upright bass; a couple of classics, "That's All" and "In the Still of the Night;" "Let the Good Times Roll;" "Bridge Over Troubled Water;" and closing with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "My Funny Valentine." Kudos to Travis' show producer, the creative Jeanne Bavaro. The more than 200 people in the Cabaret Jazz club gave Mr. Cloer the acknowledgement he deserved. Thumbs up to all concerned.

At the Composers Showcase on Wednesday night, another couple of hours of top-rate entertainment, presented by some of the most talented musicians in this community. Keith Thompson, who launched the showcase with Michael Brennan almost seven years ago, and serves as host for the most amazing lineup of material and people, started the program with his composition, "Eat, Drink and Be Mary," and later performed "The Man at the Piano" (written the day before). Other songwriters (most who presented their own material) included Dr. Mark Wherry, with Doug Baker, Tina Walsh, and Laurence Sobel at the piano, performing a number called "I Swear To God It's True" (Wherry is a teacher who has heard every imaginable excuse for not doing assignments); Jolana Adamson, accompanied by Philip Fortenberry, sang her composition, "Faded Gray;" Kristen Hertzenberg sang a Keith Thompson song from Idaho; Jersey Boy, Rob Marnell, accompanying himself on guitar, performed his "Believin;'" Thompson debuted his latest song, "The Man at the Piano," accompanied by Fortenberry, the man at the piano; Martin Kaye, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, with Jim Belk and Mikey Hachey, did "Opening Hearts;" Rylan Leo Helmuth played an original classical piano selection; Jeff Leibow, from Jersey Boys, accompanied by Keith on piano and string players, including Rebecca Ramsey and Moonlight Tran, sang "The First Time," which Jeff dedicated to his daughter, Emma; Joel Ferguson, Ben Hale (Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet), and Moonlight Tran, performed Ferguson's "Uncle Jack;" Danny Roque, with Tish Diaz on piano and Laraine Kaizer on violin, is always good for some musical laughs, and "Broken Rubber" did not disappoint in that department; Richard Oberacker's group of seven incredible musicians and seven amazing singers, that included Jimmy Lockett, Eric Jordan Young, Cora Lockheart, and Virginia Woodruff, performed a big number that Oberacker wrote for the first musical adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple (it was like being in a theater on Broadway); classical guitarist, Esteban and his violinist daughter, Teresa Joy, closed the show, earning one of a number of standing ovations. Cousin Claire did not take notes as well as she should have, so some of the talented people who worked very hard on Wednesday night, are not getting their names where they should be, for which we apologize profusely. A tip of the hat to Michael Spadoni, Kris Coleman, Rayme Cornell, Shana Tucker, George Bryant, Sandra Donatelle, Dave Hart, Jenny Massey, Kevin Stout, Geri Thompson and Tyler Williams. Also, there was very talented young man who played violin during Kristen Hertzenberg's "Falling In Love With You" (written by Mr. Thompson). We think his name is Kevin Michael Mendoza, but did not see him listed with the other musicians, where he certainly deserved to be. It was a wonderful, inspiring night.

Keith Thompson, Jeanne Bavaro, Travis Cloer

Mallory Hagen, Miss America 2013

And speaking of Keith Thompson, he will be part of Here She Is, Miss America Homecoming Show & Celebration, featuring Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013 (New York's first Miss America since Vanessa Williams in 1984), nine state titleholders, and stars from Broadway and beyond, accompanied at the piano by Thompson, including Jay Rogers and former Miss America, Susan Powell, as co-hosts; Max Von Essen (Evita), Brandi Burkhardt (Mamma Mia!) and Luke Hawkins (Oklahoma!). During the evenings' festivities, Keith will perform his self-penned "The Man at the Piano," a clever piece of special material he wrote in just one day, and debuted at last week's Las Vegas Composers Showcase. Here She Is, welcoming Mallory home, will take place on Saturday, March 16th, at the Fashion Institute of Technology, on 7th Avenue and 27th Street in Manhattan. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). General Admission is $75 in advance and $100 at the door; Children/Students, $50 in advance and $100 at the door (Children 12 and under, as well as Students, must show ID).

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Nelson Sardelli by Pietra Sardelli

John Katsilometes by Sam Morris

Bald can be beautiful, especially if the hair loss is for a worthy cause. The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to raising money for childhood cancer research, holds annual head-shaving events around the country. People are encouraged to participate by collecting pledges to shave their heads bald, in solidarity of children fighting cancer, and raising funds for research. People are encouraged to participate by collecting pledges to shave their heads bald. Donations help provide grants to more than 230 institutions for laboratory research, and help make clinical trials available to more children, giving treatment that offers the best chance for a cure and long-term survival. Since 2000, St. Baldrick's has raised more than $69 million by hosting more than 2,500 events and shaving more than 108,000 heads (including nearly 9,000 women), in 24 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Among the many locals who made the sacrifice, and helped raise money for St. Baldrick's, were two of our friends, entertainer/humanitarian, Nelson Sardelli, and Greenspun Media's, John Katsilometes (Kats, too, is a humanitarian). Sardelli, who lost his locks at McMullan's Pub last Saturday afternoon, after a hearty breakfast with friends at the Bagel Cafe, raised more than $4000 for his sacrifice. Congratulations, one and all.

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From Echelon to Resort World

A new mega-resort is coming to the Las Vegas Strip. Genting Group, a major Asian gaming corporation, has purchased the property where Boyd Gaming's Stardust once stood. The Stardust closed in late 2006, and was imploded in March 2007. Three months later, ground was broken on Echelon. In August of 2008, due to the recession, work on the anticipated resort stopped. For almost five years, the skeleton of what was to be Echelon has sat abandoned on 87-acres of prime Las Vegas real estate. Genting plans to build a 3,500-room resort with a 175,000-square-foot casino in what the company is calling the "first phase" of a property to be named Resort World Las Vegas. Groundbreaking for the $2 billion Asian-themed mega-resort is planned for 2014, with the first phase scheduled to open in 2016. According to VegasInc, Phase 1of the project will be 8 million square feet, with at least 3,500 rooms, 210,000 square feet of dining, 250,000 square feet of retail space, more than 500,000 square feet of convention space, a 4,000-seat theater, and 300,000 square feet of pool and water park features. The company also plans to build a replica of the Great Wall of China and develop a panda enclosure for public display. The sale of the Las Vegas Blvd. property leaves Boyd with no Strip gaming locations.

On a personal note, we have to really wonder about the claim of a panda enclosure. Giant pandas (those are the familiar-looking black and white creatures), are a very endangered species. It takes practically an act of congress, or some other form of government, for major zoos in this country to get a Giant panda from China, or more specifically, a pair of pandas, who will, hopefully mate and make more pandas. According to the Internet, there are only four zoos in this country where the black and white species can be observed and enjoyed - San Diego Zoo, Memphis Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoo and Zoo Atlanta. The Red panda, more common, but looking nothing like the Giant pandas, are slightly larger than a domestic cat, have reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs, are on display in a number of US zoos. In the 1980s, there was a wannabe "producer" in Vegas who was putting together a magic show. We suspected the guy was full of it. We knew, for sure, that he was a phony, when he told us that he was going to have an illusion that would be the ultimate Vegas animal illusion. What was it? He was going to have a vanishing baby panda. Right. The show actually did open...for a while. Needless to say, there was no panda. Anyone remember Magic Magic (we called it Tragic Tragic) at the old Landmark?

Red Panda

Roseanne Barr

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Roseanne Barr's absence from the Tropicana's Laugh Factory is only temporary. The former presidential candidate returns to the Las Vegas Strip hotel at the end of the month. In the meantime, if you want to see the comedian, you may be able to catch her on episodes of The Office, and as the mayor of Portlandia.

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Songstress Renee Hale informs us that Garfield's management has decided to temporarily suspend entertainment on Sundays through Wednesdays, including Tuesday nights, when Renee had been performing there for more than a year. Live music will continue at the Desert Shores dining establishment, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights only. This weekend, you can see and hear Renee at Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood (formerly Ruth's Chris), where she is delighted to be working with multi-talented Randy Thomas on Friday and the fabulous Dan Ellis on Saturday. Renee invites her talented friends to, "C'mon down and sit in."

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Claire Voyant gets her news from all around the country. Longtime Las Vegas resident/ entertainer, Carme Pitrello, who now makes his home in Florida, sent along this information... The late Billy Kay, and his stage-partner wife, Pam Petfarken, will be honored by the local Entertainment Consumers Exchange on April 20th. We will provide more details when we have them.

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Here Comes the Judge! Here Comes the Judge! Judge William Jansen has graciously accepted an invitation to be the speaker at the March 14th F.I.O.R.E. luncheon at the Italian American Club, at 2333 E. Sahara. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The group is honored by the presence of Judge Jansen. The Judge, a president at the Non-Club Club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events), graduated from Michigan State University with B.S. in Criminology, and from Drake University Law School with a Juris Doctor Law. He was a special F.B.I. agent for almost 25 years, and served 27 years as Judge – Clark County Justice Court Dept. # 5. During his high school days and for seven years of college, Jansen worked as a garbage collector in his home town of Pekin, Illinois. The judge will talk of major cases he was involved in, how the cases were solved, and his experiences investigating such cases. He will also talk about some interesting and even humorous cases he experienced while on the Bench. Although there will be a time for questions and answers; all presidents, first ladies, ambassadors and guests are strictly forbidden to ask the Judge to fix any parking or moving violation tickets or ask for early release of any one currently in jail. We don't do that. It's not cool. We will have live music, great food, a non-rigged 50/50 drawing, and the usual semi-sincere camaraderie...all for only $25. Ladies and guests (and even lawyers) are welcome. Widows of past presidents are, as always, guests of F.I.O.R.E. Spread the word. RSVP to [email protected], or [email protected]. RSVPs are a must. F.I.O.R.E. does not accept nolo contendere pleas. Failure to appear for lunch will deprive you of a good time. Your lawyer can tell you that.

Judge William Jansen

Italian American Club New Bar

And speaking of the Italian American Club...The place that Frank and Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Cary Grant, Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano, and so many others, called home, is reopening "Rat Pack-style." Las Vegas' Italian American Club, the oldest Italian restaurant in Nevada, is inviting old and new friends to sample their new look, their new atmosphere and their new cuisine, as their guest to a complimentary buffet this weekend. Italian American Club's new chef, who brings in an impressive resume that includes the Ritz Carlton in Paris, has designed a menu that reflects the traditional fine dining experience. He has promised a new "tapas style" menu. The redesigned bar area has added a mirrored backdrop, deep wood tones and rich back granite counters. A stage and high tech sound system have been added to the bar area to feature the best local vocalists and musicians. Joe Spraker, a 9-year veteran of Las Vegas stages, kicks things off Friday and Saturday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Spraker, who currently is musical director for Sheena Easton, brings a credential-rich resume with solo acts at Caesars Palace and House of Blues, as well as on stage with top headliners including Doc Severinsen. Sunday night, popular jazz pianist and vocalist, Ghalib Ghallab, with son, Jihad, on drums, commands the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. Ghallab, a Las Vegas performer since 1989, with eight albums to his credit, at one time held down simultaneous gigs at several major casinos and The Range Steakhouse. Italian American Club is located at 2333 E. Sahara Av., just east of Eastern. The complimentary Italian cuisine buffet will be offered tonight, Saturday and Sunday, from 7 to 10 p.m. Watch for the official Grand Opening of the full service restaurant.

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Spencer Baker will be presenting a recital at Doc Rando, UNLV Monday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. Baker is on the music ministry staff at Green Valley Presbyterian Church and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts with an emphasis in piano performance at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Spencer has been awarded a Graduate teaching assistantship for his residency at UNLV, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Master of Music degree in piano performance from UNLV in 2004. Monday's program will feature the complete Schubert "Winterreise" song cycle (24 songs), with baritone, Jonathan Baltera. Admission is free and a reception will follow the recital.

Spencer Baker

Uli Geisssendoefer

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Uli Geissendoerfer's Colors, featuring Pascale Elia on vocals, Ryan Rose on drums, Steve Flora on upright bass, Charles McNeal on sax and, of course, Uli on keys. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Mad Greek Café (Sahara & Durango). Enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Brazilian and Uli. Make your reservations now by e-mailing to [email protected], or call The Mad Greek Café at (702) 242-7669, or Evan Davis at (702) 630-6111.

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The Lon Bronson Band, featuring Industrial Strength R&B, Rock, Soul & Funk, has two more shows in the Access Showroom at Aliante Casino + Hotel, 7300 N. Aliante Parkway in North Las Vegas. Bronson and the gang will be on stage from 9 to 11:30 p.m., tonight, and again next Friday, March 15th. There is a $5 cover charge. Then, beginning on March 22nd, it's every Friday night at Boulder Station for the big band!

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Wendy Mazaros, author of Vegas Rag Doll, will be signing copies of her book at the store of the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, tomorrow, March 9th, from 1 to 5 p.m. A Nevada native, Mazaros spent her early years "playing out in the desert with my brothers, chasing lizards, catching snakes, and digging caves." At age 15, she fell into the arms of Ted Binion, heir-apparent of the Binion's Horseshoe Club family. Binion passed her off to Tom Hanley, who she would eventually marry, only to later learn he was a hit man for the mob. Today, Wendy makes her home in the Las Vegas suburbs and enjoys a wide circle of family and friends. Her book, Vegas Rag Doll, chronicles her extraordinary story. The Mob Museum is located at 300 E. Stewart Ave. in downtown Las Vegas.

Wendy Mazaros

Ronnie Rose

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Singer, musician, Ronnie Rose, performs at The Dispensary tonight, Friday, March 8th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Dispensary, which has become a popular hang out for live music fans, is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of Eastern. A late night menu is available.

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In business, rules aren't necessarily meant to be broken, but if some things make no sense, and make life more complicated and stressful for customers, at the very least, the rules should be reviewed. The best employee at the Office Max, 4995 S. Eastern near Tropicana, did just that last week, keeping a frustrated customer happy and appreciative. As a result, the customer will return to the store instead of boycotting the place. Did we mention that that best employee is named Joshua Best? Yep. That's his name. Say hello when you stop in there.

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RagTag Entertainment Presents Guys & Dolls in the Theater at the LVH, at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29th. One of Broadway's most popular song and dance musicals, Guys & Dolls will be presented in a unique staged concert atmosphere, starring cast members from Jubilee! as well as many performers from the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area. Proceeds from Guys & Dolls will benefit The Beyond Sight Veteran's Project and the Twinkle Toes Foundation (dance scholarships for families that cannot afford to have their children in dance classes) charities. If you love amazing song and dance performances, don't miss Guys & Dolls! Tickets are $25 and $40 VIP (includes tax and service charge). For reservations, please call the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Box Office (24 hours a day) at (800) 222-5361.

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There is something relatively new going on over at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E Flamingo Rd. On the second Sunday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Tuscany's T-Spot Lounge is the site of Rainbow Sunday. Longtime Las Vegan, Piermarini, is at the piano, to play as well as accompany welcome drop-in singers. You can expect to see some familiar faces and hear some familiar voices, as a number of professional entertainers have discovered Rainbow Sunday. Comic/ actor/actress, Jimmy Emerson, serves as host. Drink specials and snacks are available. On the first Rainbow Sunday, 22 people showed up. With no advertising, and just good word of mouth, in February, more than 60 were in the non-smoking T-Spot Lounge, both as audience members and performers. Jimmy, invites any and all entertainers to stop by and most of them do. In the past, John Eisele, Kellie Wright, Paul Pratt, Frankie Feliz, Jim Hodge (from his wheelchair), and other singers have gotten up and do a song or two. Emerson, familiar from shows such as An Evening at LaCage, Un-BOY-lievable and Bottoms Up!, does some comedy and sings for the group, some calling themselves Primetimers. It's fun. It's free. It's in the daytime. Check it out this Sunday, March 10th. Don't forget to reset your clocks, or you might be late!

Jimmy Emerson

Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre

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Some openings are happening around here - new shows and a new, or renewed, movie theater among them. Opening tonight, Friday, March 8th, at the Onyx Theatre is the Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. "No show on Broadway has made as direct a grab for the heart - or wrings it as thoroughly - as 'Next to Normal' does. This brave, breathtaking musical ... focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives." - Ben Brantley, NY Times. Winner of a 2010 Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration, Next to Normal is a raw, authentic rock musical chronicling the effect of mental illness on a mother and her entire family. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact. Next to Normal is directed by Steve Huntsman, musically directed by Shannon Winkel, and choreographed by Kathy Ortiz. Show times are tonight, March 8th, Saturday the 9th, the 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 17th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. The Onyx is located inside The Rack at Commercial Center, 953 E Sahara Ave #16. Call (702) 732-7225 for reservations.

The too long shuttered movie theater on Sunset near Green Valley Parkway has reopened. Recline, relax and experience movies in a whole new way at the eight-screen Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre, in Green Valley Town Center, at 4500 E. Sunset Rd., just east of Green Valley Parkway in Henderson. The theater is in the same location as a former eight-screen United Artist Cineplex that closed in 2005. Galaxy Theatres, based in Sherman Oaks, California, has spent $4 million to renovate the long-vacant space. "To perfect the movie-going experience, all seating will be on a reservation basis but at no extra cost. Just like purchasing tickets to a concert, you pick the location of your seats before arriving or at the box office," states Rafe Cohen, Galaxy Theatres co-owner and president. "Say goodbye to having to arrive early for your ideal seat, and say hello to a whole new experience." Located in the Green Valley Town Center shopping center, the eight-screen, 40,600 square-foot theater has undergone a total makeover and will incorporate an array of features including cushioned leatherette reclining seats with powered footrests and attached snack tables; extra wide rows allowing patrons to pass in front without having to put the footrest down; all reserved seating; all stadium seating; all digital sound and projection; premium concessions, and beer on tap and wine service. "It's a different experience," says Cohen. The individual theaters range in size from 60 seats to a couple of hundred seats. Tickets will have standard pricing, about $10. Every seat in the theater, featuring first-run movies, is assigned, like at a baseball game or a concert. Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre's facilities will be available for a variety of events including birthdays, seminars, company meetings, private showings, anniversaries and more. Group tickets and gift certificates are also available. "Settle back with a glass of wine and enjoy the best large screen auditorium in the Las Vegas area. We are sure once you see a movie here, you won't want to see a movie anywhere else," added Cohen. Currently playing at Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre is Identity Thief, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Silver Linings Playbook. For show times and reservations, call (702) 442-0244, or visit For iPhone users, you can also find movies and show times and purchase tickets on-the-go with the official Galaxy Theatres iPhone app. Download is free at the Apple app store. No printing necessary. Display your on-screen ticket purchase to the door person or Guest Services.

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Poppy Den, by Chef Angelo Sosa, a gastropub with Asian influences, authentic flavors and handpicked ingredients, continues Meaningful Mondays, a community giving program created to raise money for local charities. From 6 to 10 p.m., the restaurant, located in the heart of Tivoli Village at 440 Rampart Blvd, Suite 180, will donate 20 percent of the proceeds made to a different local charity. The ongoing program kicked off on March 4th, with Create a Change Now, and will continue with a variety of other local charities including: March 11th, Opportunity Village; March 18th, The Shade Tree; March 25th, Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Nevada; April 1st, Epicurean Charitable Foundation; April 8th, Nevada Blind Children's Foundation; April 15th, Dress for Success Southern Nevada; and April 22nd, Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas. "Meaningful Mondays started off with a bang and we look forward to building partnerships with different local charities," said critically acclaimed, award-winning Chef Sosa. "This is a great program for all involved, the charities receive some well needed funds and our guests give back by simply eating here on a Monday night." Poppy Den, Chef Sosa's first Las Vegas based restaurant, is open Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Den is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, please visit Guests, looking to support their favorite charity, are encouraged to make a reservation by contacting Poppy Den at (702) 802-2480. Charities looking to get involved with Meaningful Mondays should contact Preferred Public Relations at (702) 254-5704 for more information.

Chef Angelo Sosa

Lladro Passionate Tango

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Regis Galerie, located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will host a signing event with Rosa Lladro on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Passionate Tango will be on display, with a limited number available for sale. For more information, call the Galerie at (702) 414-3637.

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It's TIME to Spring ahead. Late on Saturday, March 9th, or early on Sunday (like 2 a.m.), set your clocks ahead one hour. If you don't, you may be late for a very important engagement.

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