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Las Vegas - April 12, 2013

Peter Reveen & Lance Burton

Jimmy Emerson as Roseanne Barr

Stage hypnotist and illusionist, Peter J. Reveen, passed away in Las Vegas on April 8th at the age of 77. Peter, who became known as "Reveen the Impossiblist," was born in Adelaide, Australia, on October 8th, 1935. He first came to North America in January 1961, landing in Honolulu, Hawaii. From there, he took an unpleasant boat ride to San Francisco, California and purchased a Greyhound Bus ticket to Vancouver, British Columbia. As both Canada and Australia are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, Reveen was granted a six month visitor's visa on 16 March 1961. Reveen began his career in the town of Chilliwack, BC, booking himself into local community halls and legions, calling himself "Reveen, the Impossibilist." To promote his shows, Reveen offered complimentary tickets to all businesses willing to put a poster in their storefront window. In many towns, he also offered local radio stations a percentage of ticket sales in exchange for advertising. In 1962, The Man They Call Reveen was given the opportunity to perform in a movie house and his career took off. He toured extensively through Canada and the United States for 35 years, eventually performing for over 6,000,000 people. In September 2007, Reveen came out of retirement with a mini-tour of Atlantic Canada called The Return of Reveen. Reveen was one of the founding members of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California, and in 1987 wrote the book The Superconscious World. In 2000, he won the DRAGON Award, an annual award given to magicians who excel in Drama, Romance, Artistry, Glamour, Originality and Necromancy. Reveen was manager to Las Vegas Illusionist Lance Burton for 20 years, and his friend for 30. Peter Reveen is survived by his wife, Coral Reveen; four sons, Wayne Reveen, Tyrone Reveen, Calvin Reveen, and Peter Reveen Jr. At our deadline, services had not been announced.

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It's that time of, not THAT time, but time for Rainbow Sunday at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, at 255 E. Flamingo, just west of Paradise. Since the word "Sunday" is in the title of the monthly event taking place in the Tuscany's T-Spot Lounge, it would be fair to assume that this fun couple of hours will take place on a Sunday...this month on the 14th. Presented by the Prime Timers, a worldwide social organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives, Rainbow Sunday offers casual entertainment and camaraderie in a comfortable, non-smoking venue. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no cover charge. Comic Jimmy Emerson serves as host/hostess, and Pier Marini is at the piano. An open mic is available, and since a lot of show folk attend, expect some singing. Here's a tip you might want to keep in mind if you are heading to the Tuscany for Rainbow Sunday. In section A of the Friday editions of the Review-Journal, you can find discount coupons for dining at the Tuscany. With a minimum food purchase of $40 in the Tuscany Gardens Italian restaurant, with the coupon, you can save $20! Free variety show in the T-Spot Lounge. Discount meals. What a deal! See you there!

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The Phat Pack

The Phat Pack revue, who had an unplanned, unexpected break in their show schedule at the Plaza, are back up and running (and singing and dancing) at the downtown hotel. The Phat Pack, made up of former Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular cast mates, Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith, were recently voted "Best All Around Performers" in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's annual Best of Las Vegas Readers Poll. Show times for the talented gents are Wednesdays through Sundays at 5 p.m. (dark Mondays and Tuesdays). Tickets are $34.95 plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 386-2507 for reservations.

Also at the Plaza Hotel...
We have just learned that comic impressionist Rich Natole's Voices Of A Generation will open next Thursday, April 18th, in a new little room at the Plaza. Shows are every Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. We will have more details next Friday. Stay tuned.

Rich Natole

Gary Oakes & Lou Garcia - Hallelujah Hollywood! 1974

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Lou Garcia gave us this report on last weekends' Hallelujah Hollywood! reunion at Bally's.
Gary Oakes and I had a fantastic time at the reunion held at Bally's Jubilee Showroom on Friday, April 5th. Jason Reddock was in charge of this event and he asked us to sing the medley we performed in the show from April 1974 to January 1976. The medley, "Rose of Washington Square" and "You Made Me Love You," was put together by Gary, and it was the first musical composition we performed as a singing duo. Through the years, this composition has become our signature piece. We also performed it when we auditioned for Donn Arden, in August 1973, at the MGM studio in Culver City, California. That is how we became principals in the musical extravaganza, Hallelujah Hollywood. It was exciting and rewarding to sing the medley once again in the same showroom, but this time with an audience of fellow cast members. Gary started the medley, and when I heard his voice, I knew we were in very good hands, because Mike Byers, the sound technician, was right on the money with his dials, as well as was the light technician, Eric Johnson, with a warm spotlight on us.

Grant Philipo, Jakki Ford & Alberto Stevans - Hallelujah Hollywood! Reunion

Diane Vanney & Hallelujah Hollywood! Costume

There was also a second Hallelujah Hollywood! reunion last weekend. Unlike the get together at Bally's, that came with a hefty price tag ($125) for the attendees, the almost 100 people who were at the one at the home of Grant Philipo, paid nothing. Food and beverages were provided, and the guests were treated to a fabulous exhibit of authentic Las Vegas show costumes, including many from Donn Arden productions. Here are some of the comments and thank you messages received regarding the party at the Philipo estate...
From M - When will the fun end. Another great night with old friends, and how gracious of Grant to open his fantastic home and museum to us. To see all the old costumes and chat with everyone it really was a fun night. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

And from Karan Feder - Dear Grant and Mary Dee: A great BIG thank you for hosting the Hallelujah Hollywood reunion at your gorgeous home/museum. We met so many beautiful and terrific people. I'm so happy you took the time to display some of the costumes from your Hallelujah Hollywood collection. It was so special for the performers to once again see their "old" costumes. Our guest, Richard Hooker, was absolutely thrilled to meet you and see the portion of your collection that is on display. He knew of you and your work but your paths had never crossed...It seems that the 2 of you have mutual friends as Richard knew some of your guests. Thank you for extending our invitation to Richard. Richard is a "big-wig" in the local arts and cultural community and was just granted a 2013 Nevada Humanities Award. Hope you didn't have too much food left over. Thanks again!!

H & CL wrote - Dear Grant, Thank you so much for the marvelous party and your wonderful hospitality this past Sunday. It was a pleasure to meet you and visit your amazing showgirl museum. It was truly a memorable experience.

Dear Grant, How can we thank you for making our reunion truly fun. Your hospitality and home is 1st class. I think we all agree it surpasses Bally's. A fantastic roam down memory lane. I am sending this thank you from all of us as I know we are all grateful. Until we meet again. Love, M

SA had this to say - Hello Grant. I want to thank you for such a lovely evening last night. Your home/museum is terrific! What great memorabilia & treasures you have. Thanks again and all my best.

Diana Saunders had a beautiful floral bouquet sent to the Philipo home following the reunion party. It appears that a very good time was had by all...and the price was definitely right!

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Kristen Hertzenberg

Director Giovanna Sardelli

It's time for the April edition of the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas on Wednesday, the 17th. Presented by PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the popular monthly event begins at 10:30 p.m. (after theater), with doors to the Cabaret Jazz in the Boman Pavilion opening at 9:30. Featuring the songs of local composers and songwriters Angela Chan, Uli Geissendoerfer, Ben Hale, Marisa Johnson, Martin Kaye, Christopher Lash, Rob Marnell, David Mauk, Richard Oberacker, Joey Pero, Keith Thompson (who also serves as host), Tyler Williams and more. Performers include Jolana Adamson, Travis Cloer, Pascale Elia, Kristen Hertzenberg, Jimmy Lockett, Lisa Wilson Orchard, Niki Scalera, Savannah Smith, Joan Sobel and Virginia Woodruff. Player/instrumentalists will be George Bryant, Jacob Chidester, Carl Collison, Gary Cordell, Mike Erickson, Marcelo Falconi, Steve Flora, Philip Fortenberry, Tianna Harjo, Michael Joy, Bonnie Mizell Mason, Charles McNeal, Don Meoli, John Nasshan, Keith Nelson, Jeff Ray, Rebecca Ramsey, Ryan Rose, Kevin Stout, Matt Taylor, Eric Tewalt, Moonlight Tran, Lisa Viscuglia and more. Sound is handled by Kevin Harvey and lights by Jeremy W. Hodges. Tickets are $20 (assigned seating) and available at The Smith Center box office, 361 Symphony Park Avenue. Reservations are strongly suggested. There is a cash bar and a late night menu is available. Call (702) 749-2000, or go online to See you there.

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Proud papa, Nelson Sardelli, wants to share the latest news regarding his director daughter, Giovanna Sardelli, with our readers...and the immediate world. About Giovanna's current project, Diana Barth of Epoch Times writes...
Co-produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Radio Drama Network, "Finks" makes for an exciting and informative evening in the theater. Playwright Joe Gilford's "Finks" is a fictionalized telling of his parents' experiences during the horrific 1950s blacklisting period. His father was Jack Gilford, a comic and TV and theater actor. His mother, Madeline Lee Gilford, was a TV and radio actress. Although episodic, with generally brief, almost movie-like scenes, the play holds together beautifully under the taut direction of Giovanna Sardelli. Performances are top rate, especially those of the major players: Miriam Silverman, Aaron Serotsky, Leo Ash Evens, and Ned Eisenberg. Making fine contributions are Michael Cullen, Thomas Lyons, Jason Liebman, and Kenney M. Green, who doubles as an actor and Piano Player. Finks' is at Manhattan's Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street, through April 21st. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111, or visit

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Joyce Moore

Annette Funicello 1942-2013

Lisa Gioia-Acres, who keeps us posted on all things to do with the Las Vegas Media Group, passes along this information. The speaker for Monday, April 15th, is going to be Joyce Moore from UNLV's Special Collection Department and an LVMG member. Joyce just did a presentation at the Southwestern Oral History Association conference titled: Growing Up in Las Vegas: Sixty Years of Changes and Challenges. She has kindly offered to come and share the same with the LVMG attendees. The LVMG regulars are made up of lots who grew up here so they should love this talk. RSVPs are needed, so be sure to let Lisa know if you will be in attendance. Lunch is $17 a plate, and if you say you are coming but don't, they still have to pay for the food. Worse yet, if you show up without an RSVP, who is to say there will be a plate of food for you to eat! The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. They meet at the Wedding Room, at 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of Valley View. If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?) located and/or The Cellar, then you know where it is; Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. Next month's meeting, on Monday, May 20th, is a very special one. LVMG members have been invited, by the Cleveland Clinic/Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas, to have a tour and lunch in place of the regular monthly meeting at the Wedding Room. That means if you want to go, Lisa will need your reservation. She will take RSVPs for this exciting opportunity up until May 13th. By the way, you don't have to be a member of the media to participate. For the April lunch meeting on Monday, or the May 20th field trip meeting at the Cleveland Clinic/Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, please call Lisa at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail her at [email protected].

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The Iron Lady died on April 8th. Actually, in our opinion, two Iron Lady's died on April 8th. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, passed away in London at the age of 87, and Annette Funicello, who first caught the attention of the public as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club, died as the result of multiple sclerosis at the age of 70. The actress and singer began her professional career at the age of twelve. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio," "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess," as well as establishing herself in film, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s. In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with MS. By 2004, Funicello had lost the ability to walk, and in 2009, could no longer speak. For the last couple of years of her life, Annette needed full-time, around-the-clock care. She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California. Funicello was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981. They had three children, Gina, Jack, Jr. and Jason. In 1986, she married California harness racing horse breeder/trainer, Glen Holt. Holt cared for Annette until her death. [

And as we approach our Friday deadline, we learn of the passing of comic Jonathan Winters. Winters, an inspiration to a generation of funny men, including Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, died yesterday, Thursday, April 11th, at the age of 87. Legendary prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief, the first Native American to become prima ballerina of a major company, also died yesterday. From 1942, at age 17, until 1947, she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but she is even better known for her time with the New York City Ballet, from its founding in 1947 through 1965. Tallchief was 88.

Jonathan Winters 1925-2013

Esteban & Teresa Joy

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Music from the Heart, starring classical guitarist Esteban and his violinist daughter, Teresa Joy, perform in The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz next Thursday and Friday, April 18th and 19th, with shows at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $35 to $59. For reservations, call (702) 749-2000.

And speaking of Esteban and his violinist daughter (along with a few other victims), maybe we should call this paragraph/rant, "Spellbound." In running the names of the guests on the first of his new "weakly" TV variety shows, the pseudo host, who should have caught this, listed Esteban's daughter as "Tressa" Joy, when her name is Teresa Joy. In keeping with the trend of careless spelling, a large newspaper display ad for our local PBS channel, listed the last name of composer Richard Rodgers, as in Rodgers and Hammerstein, as Rogers (missing the "d"), and in print ads for Smith Center resident artist, Clint Holmes‘ ongoing monthly shows (running this way at least since January), the display ads for his monthly show called Inspired are not inspired enough. One of Holmes' inspirations is listed as Steven Sondheim (it's Stephen Sondheim). Last Sunday, on the TV reality show, Celebrity Apprentice, a misspelled name got Dennis Rodman fired from the program. In the challenge to create an ad campaign for the lovely Mrs. Donald Trump, neither Rodman nor his team members noticed that in the display ads, they had misspelled the name of Mrs. Trump. Her first name is Melania, not Milania. A few years ago, in a review of a local production of a famous Broadway musical, throughout the entire article, the theater critic had the last name of Frederick Loewe spelled incorrectly. These aren't typos, they are just plain carelessness, usually by someone who isn't quite as smart as they think they are.

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This weekend, music-makers Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano return to Ten Chimneys, the last home of America's greatest acting couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, whose southwestern Wisconsin Genesee Depot estate is now a world-class arts center between Milwaukee and Madison. Called music in the drawing room, A ROOM WITH A VIEW: songs in the key of spring, there will be four concerts, performed at Noël Coward's piano, at 6 and 8:30 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th. Call (262) 968-4110 for info and reservations.

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On Sunday, April 21st, at 3 p.m., Mistinguett Productions will present Cirque Berserk, a wacky and whimsical variety show, in Sun City Anthem's Independence Center, Freedom Hall at 2450 Hampton Road in Henderson. Cirque Berserk will feature seven talented veteran entertainers, presenting outrageously entertaining acts. Magician/illusionist Michael Turco is the show's host and "Ring Master," direct from his national appearance on America's Got Talent, and his more recent engagement at Plant Hollywood with his production Magic and Mayhem. With his "magical" way, Turco will be introducing the acts to the audience, as well as bridging the transition between performers, with his own samples of illusions and trickery. Joining Michael on stage will be "one half" of the quarter-finalists on America's Got Talent show this last year, Robert Scott of the Scott Brothers. Debuting his solo act, Robert will amaze the audience with his precision dance style and entertaining improv. From Cirque Du Soleil's Viva Elvis is "Diabolo Diva," Maria Wolf. Performing her world champion diabolo juggling act, Maria will dazzle the audience with her high energy, high flying disks. And as an encore, Maria will debut her amazing QUICK CHANGE ACT, changing her outfit on stage several times so quickly that it's magic. She will have the audience asking, "how the heck did she do that?" Another extraordinary act is Bob Markworth and his archery display. Be prepared to be astounded when his assistant/partner catches his arrow in mid air with her teeth! Markworth has been performing his spectacular bow and arrow shooting act in nightclubs, hotels, theaters, and sport shows in 58 different countries around the world, as well as on TV's CIRCUS AND THE STARS. Hilario Cabral and Hayley Kent, who met while being featured artists in the largest big top circus in California, CIRCUS VARGAS, soon realized that by combining their unique talents of Argentine dancing, martial arts, hand balancing and contortion they would be able to create an act that was dynamic and highly entertaining. Hilario's many international appearances include "The Command Performance" for The Queen of England at The London Palladium, "Jubilee" at Bally's Hotel Las Vegas, Splash at The Rivera Hotel Las Vegas and opening act for Dean Martin at The Celebrity Room Bally's Hotel just to name a few. Hayley, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she studied gymnastics, circus arts and dance. "The Rope Master," James Brewster Thompson, has been called the world's strongest jump roper. He has been featured in print media and broadcast television around the world. The Ripley's Believe It Or Not comic strip, features James jumping rope with three people weighing a combined total of over 400 pounds. He has appeared on David Letterman and Arsenio Hall, as well as in the film Lionheart with Jean Claude Van Damme. Tickets for Mistinguett's Cirque Berserk are $12 if purchased before April 14th, and $15 If purchased after (be an early bird and save a few dollars). Good news! You can now charge tickets on your credit card and purchase and pay for them over the phone, as well as at the Freedom Hall box office. You can call the Box Office at (702) 614- 5864. For additional information, go to

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Poor Richard's Players opens their 2013 season at The Onyx Theatre with Dealer's Choice .
Written by Patrick Marber and directed by Benjamin Loewy, the production will run Fridays and Saturdays, April 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 14th and 21st at 2 p.m. In Dealer's Choice, Stephen runs a restaurant and has a weekly poker game in the basement with his cook Sweeney, his waiters Mugsy and Frankie, and his son Carl. Mugsy wants to open his own restaurant but needs a loan. Sweeney has an early morning visit with his daughter and doesn't want to play tonight. Frankie wants to move to Vegas and go pro. And Carl is broke and owes thousands of dollars to Ash, a professional gambler. When Ash shows up to collect, Carl convinces him to join the game for some easy winnings. Tickets are $15. The Onyx is at 953 E. Sahara Ave., Bldg.16 in The Rack clothing store at Commercial Center. For additional information or reservations, call (702) 732-7225.

And speaking of the Onyx...
Ernie Curcio is stepping in as the Onyx Theatre Manager. The local playwright and actor will be working alongside Artistic Director Brandon Burk, and be assisted by Lysander Abadia, as he continues to foster the extraordinary productions already scheduled for Onyx Theatre.

Ernie plans to implement theater workshops that will be conducted by adept instructors, and to continue producing original works from local writers, as well as eminent musicals and plays from established authors. After receiving his bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Curcio lived in New York City where co-founded Boon Theater. Las Vegas recognizes him as co-founder of Cockroach Theatre, where he is currently resident playwright. He served as acting coach for Insurgo Theatre Movement, and as artist-in-residence at The Katherine Gianaclis Park for the Arts. Curcio has written two new plays for the 2013 Las Vegas Fringe Festival. His play, Unfinished, won Best Of Fringe in the 2010 Las Vegas Fringe Festival. The Onyx Theatre is thrilled to be bringing Broadway to Las Vegas, and is committed to provide high-quality entertainment at affordable ticket prices. As mentioned above, Onyx is located inside Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara, #16. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website,, or call (702) 732-7225.

Ernie Curcio by Richard Brusky

Deborah Tillman

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Village Square will hold the first Arts & Eats, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th at the open-air retail and dining center located at 9400 W. Sahara Ave. and Ft. Apache Rd. The public is invited to enjoy live music and original art displays from featured contemporary artist Niki J Sands and Jessica Galindo Fine Art and Leather Couture, Laura Zollar Fine Art, Ernesto Chavez Photographer /Galleria De Chavez, 3 Baaad Sheep, Christian Gabriel, Art By Carrie Bardeau, Joseph Watson Collection, Art by Glynn Galloway, Karen Jaikowski, Ragen Mendenhall, Maria Vandermolen, Lynne Adamson, Chris O'Rourke Metal Sculptures, Armando Flores Fine Art, Bubble Tubbie by Epiphany Schwarz, Color Me Mine, European Antiques and LV Art Reach, free of charge. DJ Douglas Gibbs will be the announcer, while Betsy Holm (11:15 a.m-1 p.m.), Ashley Cheri Meyers (1:15-p.m.) and Glen Nowak (3:15-5 p.m.) will be performing live music. Visitors can also partake in sampling and tasting award-winning cuisine and drinks from many of Village Square participating restaurants, such as Bachi Burger and Cold Stone Creamery, as well as, Chinita Mexican Bar & Grill, 808 Tapas, Rocket Fizz, Tropical Smoothie, Chicago Brewing Company and Jollibee by purchasing a $20 restaurant passport. All proceeds from the eats passports will be donated to the Three Square Food Bank, which provides hunger relief through wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. More than a dozen new businesses have opened their doors at Village Square since Westport Capital Partners purchased the property in late 2011 and immediately began infusing extra life and energy into the center. The renovation to modernize the center is in its final weeks, and all businesses are open during the construction phase that officially began in the summer of 2012. The new and relocating businesses at Village Square are helping to create local jobs, along with 350 construction jobs during its renovation., bringing new energy to the shopping area, neighboring areas, and revitalizing the community. Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 24.5 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 18.8 million meals – per year, to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information, visit

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The Downtown Cultural Series has announced that the all ages free and open to the public concert, featuring jazz duo, Rocky and Ruthie Lombardo, with Songs from the American Songbook, originally scheduled for Friday, April 19, noon to 1 p.m., has been canceled. No reason for the cancellation was given.

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Lifetime TV's first U.S. homegrown supernanny, Deborah Tillman, host of America's Supernanny: Family Lockdown, flies to Vegas to appear as key note speaker at the annual "National Nanny Training Day" on Saturday, April 20th at Tuscany Hotel & Suites, 255 E. Flamingo. Several hundred national and international nannies will attend the all-day conference. Proceeds from the conference will support local nonprofits, including Baby's Bounty and Communities In Schools of Nevada. Nannies & Housekeepers, founded by Vegas executive Lexy Capp, will host, and Parents Guide of Las Vegas will sponsor the day. Deborah Tillman is a Virginia based child specialist, TV host, teacher and author. She recently appeared on The View, The Steve Harvey Show, and co-hosted Anderson Cooper's daytime chat show. She's flying to Los Angeles following the Vegas conference to tape Hallmark TV's Home and Family. America's Supernanny: Family Lockdown highlights Deborah living with a different family each week, dealing with the chaos in troubled households, and providing solutions to resolve outstanding issues. The series is currently in its second season.

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On Sunday, April 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom, located at 10700 Havenwood Lane (west of Town Center Drive, between Desert Inn and Sahara), will be holding its annual gala. This years' theme is Casino Night. In addition to casino games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and poker, there will be great food and entertainment. The entertainment will be provided by tribute artists, Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond, and Sherrie Rae Parker as Bette Midler. Tickets are $200 per person, and includes $200 in gaming chips. Please RSVP, ASAP, by calling the Temple at (702) 804-1333.

Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond

Sherie Rae Parker as Bette Midler

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) at UNLV, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The NCT is the professional theatre-training program of UNLV and is committed to bringing to Las Vegas the highest quality theatre by featuring professional artists and advanced students recruited from around the country. Their mission is to entertain, provoke and inspire. They are proud to be a part of Southern Nevada and UNLV, and we believe our region has a cultural destiny. UNLV is their home. As they wind down the 2012-2012 season, the NCT presents, The Learned Ladies, directed by Ann-Marie Pereth. The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes savantes) is a play by Molière in five acts, written in verse. A satire on academic pretension, female education, and préciosité (French for preciousness), it was one of his most popular comedies. The story looks at the lives of three "learned" ladies whose uncontrollable obsession is learning and culture of the most conceited kind. The women use every tactic to advance themselves, including obtaining a special protégé to be the fixture of their literary salon. It premiered at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal on March 11, 1672. Show times for The Learned Ladies in the Alta Ham Fine Arts Black Box Theatre are 8 p.m. April 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20. Matinees are 2 p.m. April 14 and 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $13.50 for those under 18. Discounts are available for seniors, military, persons with disabilities, UNLV faculty/staff, and all students. UNLV student tickets are priced at $10 with a valid ID. For tickets or additional information, visit the Performing Arts Center website or call 895-ARTS (2787).

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Returning to Las Vegas for a record-smashing 54th consecutive year, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer, Don Rickles, will perform at The Orleans Showroom, at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Having earned the nicknames "The Merchant of Venom" and "Mr. Warmth" (the latter coined affectionately by Johnny Carson). Award-winning actor, writer, director and singer, Robert Davi, will open for Mr. Rickles. Tickets start at $79.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting

Don Rickles

Austin Pooley

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Jazz drummer, Austin Pooley, performs in a Junior Recital at UNLV's Alta Ham Fine Arts Paul Harris Theatre, on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. Presented by the Department of Music, admission is free to attend this performance. Austin is the son of singer/actress Tina Walsh, best known around Las Vegas for her roles in EFX at the MGM Grand, Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay, and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. For additional information regarding Mr. Pooley's recital, call (702) 895-3332, or e-mail [email protected].

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Wish we had known about this last Friday so our Las Vegas readers could have joined in the fun, met some of our local celebrities, and gotten some delicious ice cream at no coast. On Tuesday, Ben & Jerry's in The District at Green Valley Ranch took part in the 35th annul "Free Cone Day," offering free ice cream to benefit local youth charity. Ben & Jerry's, the company that broke the mold for businesses, demonstrating you could make a profit while giving back to the community, enlisted help from some of the city's hottest entertainers who scooped to benefit St. Jude's Ranch for Children. All small cones were FREE, with no purchase necessary, although patrons were encouraged to make a donation to the store's respective charity partners. Gracious celebrity guests - including master illusionist, Jan Rouven; Lady G and Jeff G from Hot 97.5's Morning Show; Sam Riddle, Whitney and Tiffany from X Burlesque; John and Gavin from Chippendales; The Revolver Girls; BMX pro, Ricardo Laguna; Claire Sinclair, star of PIN UP! at the Stratosphere; Fantasy's Tracey and Mariah; comedic magician, Mac King, and Jeff Civillico - rolled up their sleeves, dug in and worked to help raise money by scooping ice cream throughout the day on Tuesday. As a way to thank customers for their support and to celebrate 35 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops are happily giving it away! "Free Cone Day" was originally launched to thank the community for their loyalty to Ben & Jerry's and to congratulate the staff on the company's first anniversary. It was such a huge success; it is now a tradition celebrated around the world each year. While the full flavor line-up is up for grabs on "Free Cone Day" featuring "legend-dairy" palette pleasers like, Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Ben & Jerry's debuted its newest offerings - Candy Bar Pie: Peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat and sweet and salty pretzel swirls, along with Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt: Lemon Greek frozen yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl, inspired by NBC's 30 Rock - as part of the celebration. The District at Green Valley Ranch is located next to the Green Valley Ranch Casino on I-215 and Green Valley Parkway. Ben & Jerry's is located across from Panera Bread. St. Jude's Ranch for Children, in Boulder City, serves abandoned and neglected children and families, creating new chances, new choices and new hope in a safe, homelike environment while working to break the vicious cycle of child abuse and provide help and hope to children and families. For more information, please call (702) 294-7100, or visit Ben & Jerry's produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Contributions made via the employee led Ben & Jerry's Foundation in 2008 totaled more than $1.7 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry's philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. Ben & Jerry's inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino and the District at Green Valley Ranch are owned and operated by Las Vegas native, Georges Maalouf. A current Henderson resident, Maalouf has been a longtime supporter of local charitable organizations. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit

Jeff Civillico & Mac King Scoop at Ben & Jerry's

E Bunny Visiting Children at UMC Hospital

We also learned about E Bunny too late to promote for this Easter. Hopefully, we will have the information earlier next year. Barbara Kenig, E Bunny Coordinator & Founder, passes along this message...
From all of us at E Bunny, we thank YOU for your support this year. Your time, love and donated baskets went to sick homeless and disadvantaged children all over the Valley. We reached many new groups that we have not served before. We found children living in cars and temporary shelters we didn't realize were there. Thanks to your basket donation(s) - children who would not have had an Easter - celebrated with their families. Please remember us next year, and donate an Easter basket to a child in need. We'll make sure your basket reaches a child who wouldn't otherwise receive one. Thanks again for all your efforts, and God Bless You for caring!

We DO know about this worthy cause, in time for you to participate's the annual AIDS Walk. Walk on the Wild Side at the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas as they raise money for Southern Nevadans infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk will be hosted by Jaymes & James, hosts and stars of Chippendales and CBS' The Amazing Race, and Chris Saldaña, host and TV anchor. Bring your blankets and stay for the AFAN/HRC After Walk Picnic featuring some of the most talked about food trucks! Aid for AIDS of Nevada has led the AIDS Walk for more than twenty years. Individual Walkers and Walk Team numbers have grown significantly, sponsorships by local businesses and organizations continue to increase, and public awareness rises with every walk. Last year, more than 9,000 people walked raising over $450,000. Over 250 corporate and community teams raised 70% of the total funds collected. Teams represent some of the leading corporations and organizations in Southern Nevada including Walgreens, Nordstroms, Citi Group, M.A.C Cosmetics, UNLV, Wells Fargo, Penn & Teller and many more. Rio Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller will again take part in AIDS Walk Las Vegas on Apr. 17. They've invited individuals to sign up for the walk under the "Penn & Teller Challenge." The duo matches every dollar raised by participants who take part in their challenge. In 2010, Penn and Teller matched a hefty $93,000 in donations. Today there is newfound hope in the fight against AIDS - but still no cure. Some people with HIV/ AIDS are living longer, thanks to new therapies. Tragically, the new treatments do not work for everyone, and HIV continues to spread at an alarming rate. We will walk until that point in time, when AFAN is no longer effective, our services no longer needed and our purpose no longer essential to the solution. Join in on Sunday, April 14th, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meet us at the Las Vegas PRIDE Booth. All team members raising at least $20 will receive the official 2013 PRIDE/SHARE T-Shirt (while supplies last). Call (702) 895-3011.

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Nik Mastrangelo, aka Nik at Nite, tells us what a great evening he and Mark Giovi had at the Mad Greek on Tuesday. "We had a full house and the place was full of excitement," says Nik. The two had a number of musicians adding to their mix, including Steve Pancar on sax and flute, Paco Martin on drums, Bobby Howard on guitar, Ned Mills who sat in on keys, Martin Mancuso sitting in on alto sax, and Billy Wade sitting in on drums. Also adding to the evening were Steve Rossi, who after about 10 minutes of shtick, did a delightful rendition of his hit song "More," plus David DeCosta, Kent Foote, Ghalib Ghallab, Peter Pavone and Michael Delano. All in all, says Nik, those who attended the event were treated to a prodigious collection of talent and a good time was had by all. Mastrangelo will be performing tonight, Friday the 12th, from 6:30 to 10:30, at Casa DiAmore with Mills at the piano.

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