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Note: This is a past column from April 19, 2013
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Las Vegas - April 19, 2013


Norm Johnson & Nancy Barr

Nelson Sardelli, Norm Johnson & Jim Marsh at F.I.O.R.E.

At the April F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon, special guest, President Norm Johnson (all the male members are presidents), shared his background with car racing with the approximately 80 luncheon attendees. Norm Johnson was the founder of the famous Mint 400 Off-Road Race, initiated about 45 years ago while he worked in public relations for Del Webb's Mint Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. We missed it, but President Nelson Sardelli reports it was a great meeting.

And speaking of F.I.O.R.E. and its devoted members...
Suzanne Vitale, the daughter of F.I.O.R.E. president, Gene Vitale, and First Lady, Angela Vitale, was featured on a recent segment of CBS News. Five months ago, Suzanne, a Mineola, New York, physical education teacher, lost her left hand as a result of Superstorm Sandy. As CBS's Jessica Schneider reported, "Vitale was fleeing her storm-damaged home back in October when she got to an intersection where the lights were out. A car smashed into the back of her Jeep, and it flipped. Vitale's left hand went through an open window, and was crushed by the weight of her car. 'People came and lifted the truck,' she said. 'I don't know who they are, I don't know, and they saved my life. They lifted my Jeep and saved me.' But the rescuers could not save Vitale's hand." Thanks to some very modern technology, Suzanne Vitale is making an amazing recovery. She is finally putting her left hand back to work - in prosthetic form, and is striving to master the cutting-edge technology of the prosthetic, by retraining her muscles and brain, firing off electrical signals to open and close the hand. Vitale works twice a week with Daniel Bastian of Progressive Orthotics and Prosthetics. She plans to get back to teaching gym class by the fall. "That's the goal to get back to work, to get back to life," she said. The electric hand technology was developed in 2011. Only 200 hands are in use across the country.


Angela & Gene Vitale

The Hands of Suzanne Vitale

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Got a hankerin' for the blues and some great food? Tonight, Friday the 19th, and tomorrow night, you can get both at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, when Larry "Wild" Wrice and The Chicago Blues Busters perform there. The trio plays from 7 to 11 p.m. Lucille's serves a great Garden Burger - A vegetable patty of mushrooms, onions, carrots, water chestnuts, red and yellow bell peppers, brown rice, oats and wheat, charbroiled with grilled onions, melted jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun...and, for the next two nights, with "Wild" Wrice as one of the sides.


Larry "Wild" Wrice

Penn & Teller

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The Las Vegas Sun's William D'Urso reports that last Sunday's AIDS Walk set records for attendance and money raised. More than 12,000 supporters raised $471,000, with Mayor Carolyn Goodman and U.S. Rep. Dina Titus among those in attendance. Last year, approximately 9,000 people participated and raised about $450,000. This year's 23rd annual AIDS Walk was orchestrated by Aid for AIDS of Nevada, and had the help of entertainment icons Penn and Teller, and was hosted by Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis, stars of Chippendales and participants from the CBS show, Amazing Race, " and Chris Saldaña. The money raised will help treat and educate more than 4,000 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS in Southern Nevada, officials said.

And speaking of the community-minded, charitable Penn Jillette, Opportunity Village, Las Vegas' favorite charity, hosted a viewing party at its Engelstad Campus for an episode of Donald Trump's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. The episode featured longtime Opportunity Village supporter and board member, magician Jillette, acting as Project Manager. Jillette and his team won the week's task, and Jillette was awarded two $20,000 checks for Opportunity Village. "We are extremely grateful to Penn and The Apprentice," stated Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. "The money raised for Opportunity Village in this episode will help to assist the nearly 3,000 OVIPs (Opportunity Village VIP clients) we serve each year." Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. Almost 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States. Nevada's largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Opportunity Village citizens - individuals who were previously considered unemployable - work at Opportunity Village's Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million annually.


Penn Jillette at Opportunity Village

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We were in the afternoon audience for Rainbow Sunday at the Tuscany Suites and Casino last weekend (not surprisingly, on Sunday). The funny impersonator, Jimmy Emerson (who sings pretty damn well, in or out of drag), serves as host of the monthly gathering in the T-Spot Lounge, with Pier Marini at the piano. Sponsored by Prime Timers, a national organization made up of primarily middle-aged gay men, the idea is a fun social gathering with an open mic for those who like to sing. No cover. No smoking. Two plus factors. Many of the vocalists are very good, among them Pier Marini's wife, Cherol; Dino Dante (check him out on YouTube, singing with Kathryn Grayson); Frankie "Sinatra," and Mr. Emerson. The music selection (at least for last Sunday) ranged from standards such as "My Funny Valentine," "One For My Baby," "I've Got a Crush On You," and "I'll Be Seeing You," to "Welcome to Burlesque," from Burlesque, the film starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, and the much recorded (by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Jack Jones, among many), "A Day In the Life of a Fool," to some comedic "special" versions of familiar songs like "New York, New York." The Connie Francis hit, "Where the Boys Are," seemed like a very appropriate selection for the good time afternoon. You don't have to be male, gay or older to attend a Rainbow Sunday afternoon. We will list the date of the next event, and, if you happen to be around the Tuscany, at 255 E. Flamingo, stop in.

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Normally, if you see the name Holmes in this column, it comes at the end of the first name Clint (as in Clint Holmes), or Kelly Clinton (as in Kelly Clinton Holmes), or Audrey (as in the late Audrey Holmes, Clint's opera-singer mother), or perhaps, Sherlock (as in...well, you know), but this Holmes' first name is Brent, as in Brent Holmes, one of Clint's two sons. Brent, a local artist and amateur chef, got some ink by Sonya Padgett in the Las Vegas Review-Journal yesterday, Thursday the 18th. The proud papa wants our readers to know they can read the story online.


Clint Holmes & Marilyn Maye by Jeanne Bavaro

And, once again, speaking of Clint, he was at the Composers Showcase on Wednesday night, not as a performer, but in the audience. With him were music producer, Ken Laub, and music maker, the fabulous Marilyn Maye! For those who are not familiar with the name (or the voice), shame on you! Ms. Maye, who turned 85 on April 10th, is a cabaret artist and has appeared in musical theater, who had her own radio show at the age of 15. She hasn't stopped singing since, which is a very good thing. Known as "The Crown Jewel of Kansas City" (or so we have been told by a couple of our regular readers), was a popular recurring guest on all the major TV variety and talk shows in the '60s and '70s, from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to the Hollywood Palace and Kraft Music Hall, to those hosted by Mike Douglas, Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Joey Bishop, and Steve Allen. In the past couple of years, Marilyn has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Metropolitan Room, and 54 Below, and the Colony in Palm Beach, Florida. Ella Fitzgerald referred to Marilyn Maye as "the greatest white female singer in the world." Go to Marilyn's site and listen to her version of Erroll Garner's classic, "Misty." WOW! If that's not singing, we don't know what is!
We might mention that the visiting New Yorkers were most impressed by the local talent contributing to the monthly music fest. Naming all the showcase participants would run too long this week. We will mention some of the highlights in next Friday's column.

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Wes Winters

Thanks to Carole Fishman for this update on all things Wes Winters. The piano player/ entertainer will celebrate his second anniversary of weekend performances in the South Point Grandview Lounge tomorrow, April 20th. Join the party, with complementary cake and champagne, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wes performs on Fridays and Saturdays at the South Point from 6 to 9 p.m. (although, he will not be performing at the Grandview Lounge on May 3rd and 4th, resuming his normal 6 to 9 schedule, May 10th and 11th. Winters resumes his Tuesday schedule at the Rampart Casino Addison's Lounge on May 7th. Shows are from 6 to 9 p.m. Also, Wes' new 88 Key Club on-line Entertainment Program debuts on YouTube. You can see and hear Wes entertain - performing piano pieces, singing and an doing an interview with renowned magician, Joseph Gabriel. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFZrcGdJymY.

And speaking of the South Point...
The twin sons of the late Rick Nelson, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, will perform Ricky Nelson Remembered at the South Point, May 3rd through 5th, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30, plus taxes and fees. Call (866) 796-7111 for reservations.


The Nelson Twins

Lezlie Anders & Buddy Greco

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Happy 18th anniversary to former Las Vegans, Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders Greco, who celebrated the occasion on April 14th. The Grecos, who currently make their home in England, are keeping relatively busy. Buddy, who had a health scare recently, is getting better every day. Lezlie reports that he is walking along the river Thames, now that the sun has started shining there. Buddy is also working on his book. He will be appearing at The Hippodrome in May. The Hippodrome used to be the old Talk of the Town, right in the center of London. Now it's a fabulous casino. If they can keep working, the Grecos can keep their visa status. If they can't, they will come back to the USA. If Buddy needed longterm care, they would have to use Medicare in the states. Lezlie says the health care in England is good, but only for emergencies on their visas. Anything longterm or age-related would have to be paid for privately. If that were the case, Buddy and Lezlie would possibly move to San Francisco with our friends who are also older musicians, have a big house and already have doctors. For now, anyway, the plan is to just keeps singing and playing.

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The Plaza Hotel and Casino, and Levinson & Lewis Entertainment, announce the opening of Centerfolds of Magic on May 1st in the Plaza's Showroom. The ensemble of sexy topless female magicians will run six nights a week (dark Thursdays) at 11p.m. Ticket prices range from $49-$69. Customers must be 18 years of age and older to attend. Taya Parker, 2009 Penthouse "Pet of the Year" and eight time Penthouse magazine cover girl (the most published Penthouse Pet in history), is hosting and performing in Centerfolds of Magic, along with four tantalizing female entertainers/illusionists. Taya has also graced the covers of Playboy, and performed in Las Vegas at: the Sahara. The Centerfolds of Magic will perform such magical feats as the legendary illusionist Doug Henning's "Bumps In the Night," sawing a lady in two in a clear box, a wild and crazy performance with Jekyll and Hyde in Bondage, sexy Zombies disappearing and reappearing on stage, and famed magician Harry Houdini's frightening water substitution, etc. In addition, the show will open with the award-winning antics of comedian Joe Trammel, aka The "TV Guy." Trammel has performed as a headliner in Vegas and on multiple television specials. Show production numbers will incorporate original music, drawing on the rhythms of bands including Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Neon Trees and Me. Tickets can be purchased online at www.plazahotelcasino.com, or at The Plaza's box office.


Centerfolds of Magic

Rich Natole

And speaking of the Plaza, that was Joey Singer accompanying Jackie Evancho on piano for the just-turned-teenager's engagement at The Smith Center last Saturday. The talented, and busy, Mr. Singer has been Debbie Reynolds' longtime piano player, and is also the fourth member of The Phat Pack when he is available. The Phat Pack - made up of musical theater performers Bruce Ewing (Forever Plaid), Ted Keegan (Phantom of the Opera), and Randal Keith (Les Miserables, Spamalot), who were all cast members of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular - can currently be seen and heard at the downtown Plaza, with 5 p.m. shows, Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets start at $34.95 plus taxes and fees. And still speaking of The Phat Pack...
Here is some of what a Broadway World review by Ellen Sterling had to say about The Phat Pack after their opening at the Plaza a few months ago: 'The Phat Pack' Brings Las Vegas First-Rate Broadway Entertainment. The debut of "The Phat Pack" to Las Vegas this month signified a wonderful gift to the city. Drawing the show's name from the fact (or, is that "ph"act?) that the trio of singers all met in the production of "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular." The show is so very much worth seeing. Accompanied by musical conductor Joey Singer, the trio sings - individually and as a group - the best of the Broadway songbook. Ted Keegan, Randal Keith and Bruce Ewing sing numbers from the shows they've been in, songs they love and material specially written for their show. It's a kind of informal, cabaret-like evening. They share their stories, their backgrounds and memories with the audience. They begin with an explanatory number called "The Phat Pack," explaining the naming of the show, their love of theater music and then sing of their musical theater roots. Next, they explain to the audience their preference for being "nine people's favorite thing than 100 people's ninth favorite." Keegan understudied the lead in "Phantom" in Las Vegas and played the part on the road. Randal Keith was Jean Valjean on the road and on Broadway. He took over the lead - giving a terrific performance - when John O'Hurley left the now-lamented Las Vegas production of "Spamalot." Ewing was in the long-lived Las Vegas production of "Forever Plaid." "The Phat Pack" is filled with the music of Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jule Styne, Comden and Green, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Some of the numbers are well known - " In the Still of the Night," "S'Wonderful," "I'll Be Seeing You," "One For My Baby" - and some are obscure, known only to a few diehard theater lovers. Chief among these is "Is Anybody There?" from 1776, sung by Randal Keith. (Broadway geek that I am, I am positive that I was the only one in the audience who not only knows the score from 1776, but has it on my iPod. I am, however, absolutely not the only one who enjoyed it.) Another highlight was the expert and gifted Joey Singer playing "Rhapsody In Blue." Just beautiful. The show was received with a prolonged standing ovation, whistles and cheers. Why, even when they did songs now familiar to everyone - songs like "The Music of the Night" and "Bring Him Home" - they made them their own and the music sounded fresh and new. Playing in the lovely showroom of the Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, the evening was a revelation. It graphically illustrates the fact that Las Vegas is a talent magnet and that such talent deserves to be cherished by the city. (If you don't live in or near Las Vegas, be sure to look at your local arts center schedule for them to appear. They are scheduling performances around the nation and it's worth watching for them and/or requesting them.) "The Phat Pack" is a wonderful show, one of the best in Las Vegas. Be sure to see it."
If you DO live in Las Vegas, or plan to be visiting, call (702) 386-2507 for reservations to see The Phat Pack.

And also on the Plaza's entertainment lineup is comic impressionist Rich Natole, who performs at 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as part of the Bonkerz Comedy Club lineup. The Guidos of Comedy follow Natole at 9 p.m., and on Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m., it's Vintage Vegas Comedy and Magic Revue. Looks like the place is coming back to life again, which is a good thing.

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In our April 5th column, we suggested that if you were a Rolling Stones fan and wanted to see them at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas next month, you starts saving your dollars. That was BEFORE we knew what the tickets to see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, and special guest, Mick Taylor, who was a member of The Stones from 1969 to 1974 - were actually going to cost. Now that we DO know, perhaps a home equity loan is in order. The tickets, which go on sale today, range in price from $85 (through limited sources) to more than $2,000, through Ticketmaster. Of course, if you willingly spend the $2,000+, in addition to seeing the 50 and Counting concert, you will get a beverage, buffet and souvenir. NOW we understand the high prices.

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Joanie Spina, who is dealing with her own serious health issues, doesn't slow down much when it comes to animal rights. Joanie, who has been active in the world of magic for many years (including working with David Copperfield), is still out there fighting for the dependent furry creatures, and helping the ones that she can.


Joanie Spina & Roxie

LJ Harness

And speaking of animals, and community members who care about them...
LJ Harness is serving as a spokesperson for the upcoming Nevada SPCA's Animals in Wonderland benefit at Spanish Trail Country Club, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., on Thursday, April 25th. The event is sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas. A number of entertainers will perform at the afternoon event. Tickets are $125 per person. LJ, who can frequently be found sitting behind a drum set, is also one of the organizers/players at the popular Vegas Underground Monday Night Jam at the Tap House, as well as at various shows around town that support live entertainment, and for a variety of community events including Toys For Tots.

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Entertainer Annie Gaybis reminds us that the annual SHARE Show will take place at the Beverly Hilton on May 11th. Everyone wears cowboy/cowgirl attire for this event, with many of the costumes designed by Joanna Carson, the onetime Mrs. Johnny Carson. Annie's husband, the talented comic impressionist John Byner, is hosting the entire evening, and will be working throughout the show which is produced by Emmy Award-winner, Gary Smith. SHARE raises money for a number of charities. The volunteer organization recently presented checks to some of the groups they support at an event held at the Hollywood Museum. Annie raves about stage actress Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End Of the Rainbow. The show closes at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles after Sunday's performance. Annie, who has seen the show twice, describes Bennett's as one of the greatest stage performances, rating it "right up there with Elaine Paige in Piaf, and James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope, says Annie. "Just incredible." Coming from another stage actress, you can't get a better endorsement.


Annie Gaybis & Hubby John Byner

The Apple Sisters

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The Apple Sisters are back at The Onyx by popular demand, with one show on Thursday, April 25th at 10 p.m. From their hit podcast on Earwolf ,the Award Winning LA based 1940s musical comedy trio, The Apple Sisters, starring Vegas' own Sarah Lowe (Jersey Boys), Kimmy Gatewood (Conan, Community), and Rebekka Johnson (This is 40!) are pleased as apple pie to announce their one-night-only performance at the Onyx Theatre! There will be songs, dances, a big MESS and special guests from Las Vegas' biggest shows on the Strip. Here is what some of the critics have to say about the girls. "It's Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs." (Pick of the Week) - LA Times. "These gals are subversively funny, sexy and just plain weird." -The Economist. "Think The Andrews Sisters crossed with The 3 Stooges but with the subversive wit of an Amy Sedaris." - The Portland Mercury. "There's something gut-funny and satisfying about watching gorgeous, leggy ladies inexplicably make themselves unattractive, as tenet Amy Sedaris proves again and again." - Time Out NY. For more information on the Apple Sisters, visit www.theapplesisters.com. General admission tickets are $20. The Onyx Theatre is located inside Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara Avenue #16, inside The Rack. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please call (702) 732-7225, or visit the website at www.onyxtheatre.com.

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Rita McKenzie, Helen Reddy & Scott Stander

It's been a while since we have heard Helen Reddy's name, or her voice. That's because after many years of recording and performing, Ms. Reddy decided to step out of the spotlight. Ten years was a long enough break, and the lady is back. She played Wolf Trap on March 7th and 8th, the promoter at the venue said that with someone coming out of retirement, it can go either way . For her, he said, she is better then ever . Her voice sounds the same, but she seems so much more at home and at ease on the stage. She has come back on her own terms - singing what she wants to and not what the record labels make you sing. Doing it for her and her fans this time. Last week, Reddy performed at the Catalina Jazz Club. "Helen was a smash," says her agent, Scott Stander. "I'm so proud of her." Greg Hernandez wrote about Helen, "The great Helen Reddy (is) as good as she ever was in LA comeback concert at Catalina Jazz Club. Helen Reddy played to what looked to be a sold out crowd thrilled to see her return to the stage after more than a decade away. Miss Reddy, 71, has lost none of her vocal abilities as she hit every note she ever did and sang with great passion, conviction and at times a real sense of fun. She was so relaxed and didn't worry one bit if she forgot what song was coming up next or even when she forgot the lyrics to her signature song I Am Woman at one point (She clearly knows them since before singing the legendary anthem she actually wrote the lyrics for, Miss Reddy recites it as a poem in one of the evening's most powerful moments. You could hear a pin drop). Once one of the most popular recording artists in the world with a string of such hits as I Am Woman, Angie Baby, Delta Dawn, Ruby Red Dress, You and Me Against the World, I Don't know How to Love Him, Peaceful, Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady, You're My World, Somewhere in the Night and, of course, Candle on the Water from Pete's Dragon.

Stander, who also represented Hal Linden and Loni Anderson in their recent Las Vegas performance of Love Letters, tells us the show went wonderful. "Standing ovations at each show. Loni and Hal were in tears after each performance and so was the audience. Really good match."


Loni Anderson & Hal Linden in Vegas

Michael Feinstein & Andre Previn

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Reminders...
It's Mistinguett;s Cirque Berserk on Sunday, April 21st, at 3 p.m., in Sun City Anthem's Independence Center, Freedom Hall at 2450 Hampton Road in Henderson. The wacky and whimsical variety show will feature seven talented veteran performers, presenting outrageously entertaining acts - magician/illusionist Michael Turco; Robert Scott, "one half" of the quarter-finalists on America's Got Talent show, The Scott Brothers; Maria Wolf, performing her world champion diabolo juggling act and her amazing Quick Change Act; Bob Markworth and his archery display; contortionists, Hilario Cabral and Hayley Kent; and "The Rope Master," James Brewster Thompson. Tickets for Mistinguett's Cirque Berserk are $15. 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 www.mistinguettproductions.com.

Tomorrow, beginning at 11 a.m., Lifetime TV's America's Supernanny: Family Lockdown host, Deborah Tillman is the keynote speaker at Las Vegas National Nanny Training Day. Dr. Lindsay Heller (The Nanny Doctor), Cari Marshall (Life Coach), Vanessa Houssels (Healthy Living Expert and host of event), Sue Shifrien-Cassidy (Entrepreneur), and Carole Devon (Founder of Peoples Autism), will also participate. CEO of Nannies & Housekeepers U.S.A., Lexy Lionel, is hosting the conference. This event will take place in the Tuscany Hotel & Suites Florentine Ballroom, 255 E. Flamingo. National Nanny Training Day is taking place in 38 cities nationwide tomorrow. More than 2100 nannies (national and international) are being honored, and the conference highlights raising standards in the industry and serving families in the U.S. Proceeds from the event will support local nonprofits including: Baby's Bounty and Communities in Schools of Nevada. Nannies & Housekeepers U.S.A. hosts the annual event sponsored by Parents Guide of Las Vegas.

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The Cannery in North Las Vegas presents Men of Soul, featuring Jeffrey Osborne ("On The Wings of Love," "Love Ballad," "Stay With Me"), Peabo Bryson ("A Whole New World," "If Ever You're In My Arms"), Freddie Jackson ("You Are My Lady," "Rock Me Tonight"), and Howard Hewett ("I'm For Real," "Stay"), in The Club, tomorrow, Saturday, April 20th, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95. Call (702) 507-5700 or (866) 999-4899.

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Don't know if it was a coincidence, or planned, but Michael Feinstein's latest recording, Change of Heart: The Songs of Andre Previn, is out at around the same time as the legendary composer-conductor-pianist's 84th birthday (April 6th). The album celebrates Andre Previn's repertoire from his lesser-known catalog of pop songs, including many that were written for film.

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April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and the Neon Museum invites members of the public to consider joining its dynamic roster of volunteers at an informational open house on Saturday, April 27th, from 1 to 3 p.m. Interested individuals visiting the museum's world-renowned Neon Boneyard can talk to current staff and volunteers and learn about the different volunteer positions available, including: Docent - gives guided tours of the museum's iconic Neon Boneyard; Special events host - helps staff parties, reception and other events in the Neon Museum's indoor and outdoor events spaces; Greeter - welcomes visitors arriving at the Neon Museum's La Concha visitors' center. "We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers for the knowledge and passion they bring to the museum each day," said Neon Museum director, Danielle Kelly. "We welcome everyone interested in sharing their enthusiasm for our museum with visitors from around the world to consider joining our volunteer team." Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors' center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby, as well as 15 restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum's ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors' Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. Visit www.NeonMuseum.org for additional information.


Neon Museum

Janis Ian

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Happy birthday to Aries (March 21-April 20) (or March 21-April 19) celebrants, including
Eddie Money, Rosie O'Donnell, Stephen Sondheim, George Benson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marty Allen, Chaka Khan, John Pinette, Perez Hilton, Bob Mackie, Louie Anderson, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Danica Patrick, James Caan, Diana Ross, Steven Tyler, Vicki Lawrence, Martin Short, Kenny Chesney, Mariah Carey, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Dave Koz, Reba McEntire, Lady Gaga, Eric Idle, Peter Marshall, Warren Beatty, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Norah Jones, Gabe Kaplan, Herb Alpert, Debbie Reynolds, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Lee Dewyze, Ervin Drake, Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Merle Haggard, Sebastian Bach, David Hyde Pierce, Eddie Murphy, Clive Davis, Janis Ian, John Oates, Shecky Greene, Peggy Lennon, Hugh Hefner, Jackie Evancho, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Brian Setzer, Joel Grey, Herbie Hancock, David Letterman, David Cassidy, Vince Gill, JD Nicholas (Commodores), Al Green, Peabo Bryson, Loretta Lynn, Brad Garrett, Roy Clark, Bobby Vinton, Jimmy Osmond, Luis Miguel, Carmen Electra, Patti LuPone, Tony Danza, Steve Schiffman, Danny Colica, Benny Hollman, Susan Soble, John Encinio, Jessica Gerstein, Leigh Zimmerman, Mary Flanigan, Carole Fishman, Mary Marcella Schwartz, Vita Corimbi, Corky D'Fini, Jackie Brett, Rich Rizzo, Grace (Bambi Jr.) Coronel, Barbara Ciarlantini, Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett, Jimmy Emerson, Michael Cohen, Larry Atello, Arthur Shafman, Brian Keith Griffiths, and Jerry Fink.

And happy anniversary to Sandy Hackett and Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett, Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders Greco, and Tom and Joni Illi.


Tom & Joni Illi

Oliver Richman

And speaking of the Miller-Hacketts, we hear that Lisa's son, 12-year-old Oliver Liam Richman, just shot a pilot for NBC starring Craig Robinson and Jean Smart, and he's in the running for another pilot for CBS. Six-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Hackett, just shot a couple of national SAG commercials. The grownups are on their second national tour with Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show, and they are producing a documentary about Lisa's dad, songwriter Ron Miller, and working on two new live theatrical productions. Lisa's mother, Aurora Miller, turns 80 on April 30th.



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