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Note: This is a past column from June 21, 2013
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Las Vegas - June 21, 2013


Michael Grimm

Bill Moore

The 27th Annual Ribbon of Life spectacular will take place, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30th, in the 2,055-seat Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This year's production is called Tributes 2013. The lineup of talent will include two-time Grammy Award-winner Jon Secada, and NBC's America's Got Talent star, Michael Grimm, who will headline the event. Secada has sold 20 million albums and has starred on Broadway. He recently released a new single titled "I'm Never Too Far Away." Secada works with charities all over the world through his organization Jon Secada Charities. Grimm took home first place on season five of America's Got Talent. He performs frequently in Las Vegas. This year's show, Tributes, will feature a wide spectrum of tribute-themed performances from contemporary to classic, Broadway to film, pop to hip-hop, comedy and more. Other performers include Clint Holmes (he's everywhere), Josh Strickland, Frankie Moreno, George Wallace, Reva Rise, Mo5aic, The Las Vegas Tenors, cast members from a number of Las Vegas Strip shows and more. "Ribbon of Life" is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and is Golden Rainbow's main source of revenue. The fundraising spectacular is unlike any other production in the city and features some of the best performers from the Las Vegas Strip in original acts. Showcasing new numbers and talent, each year's audience is always surprised, thrilled and inspired by performances that are exclusive to the event. Tickets, ranging from $35 to $200, can be purchased from www.thesmithcenter.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.


Forrest Duke

Guy Mitchell

For those who weren't around these parts in the '80s, let us tell you about the very first major AIDS fundraiser that took place in Nevada. The Superstar Aid for AIDS Benefit was performed in the Cafe Continental Theatre at the Stardust Hotel on June 14, 1987. Inspired by the honesty of entertainer, Stu Scott, who let it be known he had AIDS (almost everyone else who had the disease lied about it), a fund raiser had to take place in this city. Coordinated for AFAN (Aid For AIDS of Nevada), with the help of the organization's executive director, Wes Davis, the Superstar Benefit brought together headliner talent from all over the Las Vegas Strip and set the standard for the AIDS fund-raisers that followed. This was far from an easy task. In 1987, it took several months to find a hotel willing to allow an AIDS event on its property, let alone in its showroom. Most of those who said "no," gave flimsy reasons for turning us down, although one hotel entertainment director told us outright, "We would never have an AIDS event here. It would be bad for business. The committee of concerned Las Vegans - among them Harvey and Gail Allen, Tom Allison, Judge Seymore Brown, Wayne Brown, Norm Johnson, Pam Meek, Bill Moore, Jim Parker, Lamont Patterson, Donna Searles, Mark Tan, Bill Willard and Judi Wolfe, joined by Honorary Chairpersons, including Forrest Duke, Pete Mikla, Donald O'Connor, Ralph Pearl, Line Renaud, Debbie Reynolds and Rip Taylor - were a determined bunch. We wanted to do something bigger than bake sales and garage sales to raise money for AIDS education, and yet, we were turned down by virtually every hotel in the city, until, thanks to Gary Golbart, the Stardust stepped up to the plate, not only giving the group the Lido de Paris theater, but also picking up the tab for the showroom employees and the live orchestra. The list of headliners who performed for the full house audience on that Sunday afternoon, included The Smothers Brothers, Lola Falana, Mickey Gilley, Suzanne Somers, The McGuire Sisters, Guy Mitchell, Dean Martin's Golddiggers, Robert Goulet, Norm Crosby, Kenny Kerr, Loretta Holloway, Mario & Daniel, Bobby Berosini and his Orangutans, Carme, Vic Dunlop, The Four Tops, Garza Bothers, Joseph Gabriel, Finis Henderson, Terry Moore, The Peggy Ryan Dancers, Maureen Murphy, The Platters, Roberta Sherwood, The Platters, cast members from Legends in Concert, City Lites, Les Folies Bergere, the Lido, Minsky's Burlesque and Splash. All this, plus a 17-piece orchestra, led by Jack Holland. Tickets were $25 and $50. The event raised about $20,000...not much by today's standards, but more than any local AIDS fundraisers had ever done. Weeks later, on July 11th in Bally's Ziegfeld Theatre, Golden Rainbow performed its first show. Golden Rainbow, named after a popular 1968 Broadway musical, was the brainchild of singer, Bree Burgess, and Bally's Hotel credit union manager, Peter Todd. The organization was founded in response to the 1986 AIDS death of popular Las Vegas entertainer, Chris Carter, who died alone on a cot in his brother's garage because his family wouldn't allow him in the house. Today, Golden Rainbow remains one of the most successful AIDS organizations in the nation. Last year, the Ribbon of Life raised more than $!50,000. This year's goal is $200,000.

And, speaking of Wes Davis, he reminds us that "Spring has Sprung. The Grass has fell. Summer is here and it's hotter than Hell!!" Yup - it is that time again. Nothing says summer like grilling. Of course the best thing to use is Davis Dust!! "Don't roll the dice with another spice!" It is good on almost anything. Creating Davis Dust was a labor of love for Wes. It took him four years, but the result was fabulous. You can order Davis Dust by using this Link: vegaswesgourmet.com. Did we mention that Wes also has written a cookbook? You can check out Aunt B's Bordello and Boarding House, An Eclectic Collection of Recipes, on Amazon and Smashwords.


Wes' Davis Dust

Father's Day at Boulder City Veterans Home

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According to Nelson Sardelli (and he should know), this year's Father's Day at the Veterans Home in Boulder City, was the most fun ever (Nelson has been putting this annual event together for eight years). He reports great attendance and all entertainers got in the mood. Among those who made the trip out to create smiles for those who live at the home were, Artie Schroeck, Peter Anthony, Dondino, Felix Silla, Allen Tramont, Linda November, Steve Rossi, Roy Hammock, Dr. Wilfred Krom, Nik Mastrangelo, Paul Campanella and Ronnie Rose and his daughter, Jenna. There was even an act from Arizona, Kirk and Nicole Tracy. Some top-notch musicians, including Gary Olds, Vince Falcone, and Dr. George Ritter, performed for almost four hours.


Dondino Entertains at Veterans Home

Last Thursday's F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon was most informative. The guest speaker was former CIA agent, and one of the original F.I.O.R.E. group presidents, Ken Walther. Walther had more than 70 attendees enthralled with his talk, as he managed to be both entertaining and interesting. In July, the F.I.O.R.E. Non-Club Club will celebrate their anniversary with a semi-formal evening event...AND former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, as special guest. Stay tuned for details!


June F.I.O.R.E. Luncheon

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As part of the Riviera Casino & Hotel's 58th anniversary, the property held a search for the next Strip comic headliner, and Maria Walsh, the "Naughty Mommy" from Long Island, N.Y., was crowned Riviera Next Comic Headliner. As the winner, Maria will be headlining at the legendary Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday, June 23rd. This will be the first time Walsh has performed in Las Vegas. As part of the nationwide search, amateur and professional comedians were asked to submit a 3 to 5 minute video of their act. A total of 226 entries were accepted from all over the country, and the Riviera whittled those submissions down to 16 semifinalists. The winner of each semifinal event competed at the club in the finale. Walsh bested 226 entrants in a search that climaxed April 20. Walsh and three finalists went head to head for the top prize. Walsh, a wife and mother from Long Island, N.Y., will perform at 8:30 nightly on the same stage that helped launched the careers of comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Rita Rudner. "I am overwhelmed to take the same stage at the Riviera where so many legendary comics have performed," Walsh said in a statement. "In comedy, you need to work hard, hone your skills and get your name out there, and this is a great way to do that." Shows start at 8:30 p.m., in the Riviera Comedy Club, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets cost $19.99. They are available online and at the Riviera box office.


Naughty Mommy Maria Walsh

Loretta Holloway

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The National Federation of Music Clubs will jump start its Biennial convention by presenting "South Carolina's First Lady of Song," Loretta Holloway, in An Evening With Loretta Holloway, June 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Greenville Hyatt Regency, 220 North Main Street . The theme for the convention is "Music, The Colors of Life," with emphasis on the history of South Carolinian Jazz artists and musicians, and the contributions they have made worldwide to its art form. More than 37 states will be represented at the Greenville Hyatt Regency, from June 25th through 29th. On a national level, the organization has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to students within a two-year span. There are three affiliates in the Greenville area whose primary mission is in supporting music education in the community and supplying instruments in schools. The Federation is composed of teachers, performers and music lovers who see the need for keeping music education and programs in our school systems. Mrs. Pat Howle is the General Chairman of the Biennial Convention, assisted by Mrs. Beth Braswell. You can purchase tickets for "An Evening With Loretta Holloway" through PayPal by visiting http://www.greenvillemusicclub.org/ For more information on the National Federation of Music Clubs, please visit www.nfmc-music.org/

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This week, Robert George Allen's Ghosts n' Gangsters radio show will feature Karen Storsteen, M.S. Karen is known for her rare combination of talents as a psychic-medium, psychotherapist, executive coach, management consultant, and public speaker. She has found missing people, helped solve crimes, grown and turned around businesses, and provided insights and loving support to improve relationships, careers, health, and personal well-being. Join in as Robert and Karen discuss the world of Psychics, Mediums and the Paranormal. Tune in at Blog Talk Radio, 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 25th. You can catch Robert George Allen's Ghosts n' Gangsters show live on Blog Talk Radio, or visit the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ghostsngangsters, where you can either play back episodes on the embedded player, or download free .mp3 podcasts that you can play anywhere.

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Boulder Blast!
Join the blast that The Lon Bronson Band is having at Boulder Station's Railhead tonight, Friday, June 21st, starting at 9 p.m. Tony Davich is with the band all night, and four brand new Joe Escriba arrangements are premiering! Next Friday, June 28th, the band is off, so see them tonight, if you can.

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The popular Big Al's Comedy Club has outgrown its space at The Orleans. As a result, they will be making a move. For the remainder of June, performances will continue at The Orleans with shows at 8 p.m. Beginning on Wednesday, July 3rd, the stand-up comics will take their material to the larger Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge, the former home of Forever Plaid, Marty Allen's Hello Dere, Society of Seven, Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre, and even Debbie Boone paying tribute to her late mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney. The line at The Orleans for the next couple of weeks, includes: Timm Metivier with John Crist through Sunday, followed by Gary Caouette with Carla Rea through June 28th.


Funny Lady Carla Rea

Alton Fitzgerald White & Jerry Mitchell at Tonys

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We were very pleased to see Jerry Mitchell, director and choreographer of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, win a Tony Award for Best Choreography for Kinky Boots. We were also pleased to see Alton Fitzgerald White, who performed here in The Lion King, and is now back in the Broadway production of the show, on stage in New York as a Tony presenter.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, June 22nd, is Jazz Night at Sanders Family Winery at 3780 E Kellogg Rd. in Pahrump, Nevada (about 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip), featuring The Tommy Thompson Project, with the fabulous jazz and blues vocalist, Jeannie Snow. As usual, bring your own picnic and/or snacks. Always free wine tasting. Tickets are priced at $15. Call (775) 727-1776 for reservations.

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More than 500 guests attended last month's Denim & Diamonds, SHARE's 60th Anniversary Boomtown fundraiser, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom. The evening raised thousands of dollars for "at risk" youth, developmentally disabled, abused, neglected children, as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities. The star-studded western-theme evening featured cocktails, live and silent auctions, a sit-down dinner and entertainment by the Grammy Award-winning R & B band, The Temptations Review (that's how they spell it), featuring Dennis Edwards. The Temptations performed a medley of classic favorites, such as "My Girl," "Just My Imagination" and "Get Ready." Actor/comedian/ impressionist, John Byner, emcee'd the evening, which also featured the fabulous dancing SHARE Ladies, including John's wife, actress/singer/dancer/entertainer, Annie Gaybis, and occasional Las Vegans, Nancy Gregory and September Sarno. George Christy of the Beverly Hills Courier wrote, "Funny man John Byner held the audience in his hand with impressions of Bob Dylan, John Wayne, Robert Stack, etc., followed by the three-legged (yes!) Yacov Noy, a hoot of a comic we should all know. Congratulations to executive producer Gary Smith, director Charlene Painter, music director Nelson Kole and production designer Rene Lagler for a night of unforgettable fun." Among the celebrity guests were Nigel Lythgoe, Yakov Smirnoff, Robert Davi, Ryan O'Neal, Laura San Giacomo, Norm Crosby, Kate Lindner, Chris Geddy (Glee), Omar Benson Miller, Patrick Kilpatrick, Quinton Aaron, Joanna Carson, Susan Blakely, Michele Lee, Sondra Currie (The Hangover Trilogy), Julian Morris, Dr. Wendy Walsh, Lois Aldrin, Drew Baldwin, Daphne Wayans (VH1's Hollywood Exes), singer/songwriter Di Lee, legendary stuntman Bob Yerkes, L.A. City Councilmember Jan Perry, and Suzan Hughes. Donelle Dadigan, President and Founder of the Hollywood Museum, received the 2013 "Shining Spirit Award." Dadigan was introduced by L.A. City Councilmember, Tom LaBonge. She received video tributes from L.A. City Councilmember, Eric Garcetti, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter Lynne Segall, and movie critic Leonard Maltin, among others. Wendy Hammers led a spirited live auction for specialty items such as seven days for two at the Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch, dinner for 24 at Spago, with the menu created by Wolfgang Puck, breakfast with Larry King, Norm Crosby and friends at Nate 'n Al of Beverly Hills, and a walk-on part on the CBS hit show, NCIS. SHARE President, Debra Cirilov Couch, presented Caryn Mintz with the "Member of the Year" award. The grand finale featured all the SHARE members performing a special 60th Anniversary dance montage, "I Know We've Come So Far." SHARE, INC. is a non-profit philanthropic organization composed of women who are passionately committed to raising funds. For 60 years, the ladies of SHARE have continuously strived to "SHARE Happily and Reap Endlessly!" SHARE, INC. was founded in 1953, and has raised almost $50 million to date. To learn more about this outstanding organization, go to www.share4children.org.


SHARE Denims & Diamonds Fundraiser

We might mention that musician/composer, Nelson Kole, acknowledged in the article above, has a Las Vegas history. His professional career began on the Strip, where he accompanied headliners from Frank Sinatra to Dionne Warwick. He soon became musical director/arranger for Don Rickles, Ben Vereen, Ann Jillian, Lorna Luft and Clint Holmes. While in Las Vegas, Nelson's jazz group, Nelson Kole 'n Kompany, became a local favorite. After moving to Los Angeles, Nelson became composer/arranger on Martin Short's TV series, Prime Time Glick, as well as Nickelodeon's Weinerville. He collaborated with Billy Crystal, writing "out take" songs for Crystal's character, the One-Eyed Monster, in the Disney/Pixar animated feature, Monsters, Inc. "Someday," a song that Nelson entered into American Idol's first songwriting competition, was chosen from a field of more than 25,000 entries as a Top 20 finalist, and has since been recorded by Daniel Rodriguez, the Singing Policeman of 9/11 fame. The multi-talented Mr. Kole's work can also be heard on Comedy Central's Talk Show With Spike Feresten. "She's Dangerous," written and produced by Nelson, was featured on NBC's Superstars Of Dance. Nelson has scored four musicals to date - Dennis the Musical, an adaptation of the popular Dennis the Menace comic strip character; Pirates for Princess Cruises, featuring an all-original score, a first for the cruise line industry; Comfortable Shoes (the original tile of Clint Holmes' biographical musical, also called Breathe, JAM, Just Another Man and My Own Song, during different stages of its development), which was nominated for Chicago's prestigious Jeff Award for "Best New Work;" and A Cappella Love, written with collaborator, Mark Milner. We figured a man with these kinds of impressive credits deserved a little ink and his very own paragraph. Hope you agree.


John Byner & Annie Gaybis Byner

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Regarding singer Denise Clemente's serious health problems, we got this information, forwarded by a friend, about a week ago...Good News, Folks! Denise had Triple Bypass surgery last night and everything went perfectly! It was a high risk surgery for her but she came through with flying colors! Her Mom, Dora & husband Chuck wanted to thank EVERYONE for all their prayers and good wishes throughout this horrendous ordeal! She had a long road to recovery but with all the love and support, i am sure that she will be back on stage , singing her heart out, in record time! She still is in ICU , so no visitors yet but I will keep you all posted as to when she can see people! Again....THANKS everyone for all your good wishes!

And, when it comes to on-the-mend Arleen Gibson, she corrected some facts in our last week's article about her getting run over by her own vehicle. The incision following her spleen removal required 23 staples, not 17 as we said, to close, and a neighbor/worker got Arleen's son, Brandon, to call 911 after he saw her on the ground in her driveway. The handyman and Brandon saved Arleen's life. In a very grim incident, that could have had a more tragic end, it turned out that she had luck and angels on her side.

And another little "numbers mistake" that we made last Friday, involved our tale of Frank Marino's trip to San Francisco with his family, and, more specifically, the group's visit to the must-see, almost 40-year-old (but always covering the news of the day) musical comedy revue, Beach Blanket Babylon. Former Las Vegan, Kenny Mazlow, BBB's artistic director/choreographer, tells us that North Beach's Club Fugazi, where the popular show plays, seats almost 400, not 300, as we indicated. Even Cousin Claire goofs every once in a while. Mea culpa.


At Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco

Shown in the accompanying photo (from left to right): Beach Blanket Babylon's Kenny Mazlow, Diva's Frank Marino, SPI Entertainment's Alex Schechter, and Frank's mother and stepfather, Mary and Lou Mastrangelo in San Francisco.

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Unfortunately, we were unable to attend Wednesday night's Cast Party at The Smith Center. Lucky for us, we had a friend take notes and, according to her, here is some of what we missed. Clint Holmes opened with "Angel Eyes;" Dangerous Curves (Lisa Smith, Karen Merstik-Michaels, Margaret "Gret" Menzies), sang Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich's "Sing Your Own Song;" Rob Gonzalez (from California) sang Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like a Rock;" Tina Walsh (EFX, Mamma Mia!, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular) sang George and Ira Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me;" Keith Thompson sang his original song, "The Man at the Piano," with Philip Fortenberry accompanying on piano, then Philip played Liberace's version of "Chopsticks;" Ron Smith sang "Come Back to Me," from On a Clear Day; Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, Anything Goes) sang "Cry For Me" from Jersey Boys; Maren Wade (Fantasy) performed "Over the Rainbow;" The Phat Pack (Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan, Randal Keith) sang "Men of a Certain Age," written by Keith Thompson; Mark Shunock (Rock of Ages); Traci Reynolds; Douglas Crawford, Graham Fenton and Buck Hujabre, all from Jersey Boys, sang "Belle" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame that played at Paris Las Vegas in 2000; Frankie Moreno sang his self-penned, "Some Kind of Love;" Tara Palsha (Vegas! The Show), accompanied by Bill Fayne on piano, doing John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Pain;" Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys) sang John Mayer's "I'm Gonna Find Another You;" Anne Martinez sang "Gimme Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie; Eric Jordan Young (Vegas! The Show) sang the Sammy Davis Jr. hit, "I've Gotta Be Me;" vocal jazz group, Fifth Avenue (Rob Hyatt, Jerry Jones, Bryce Robinson, Jeff Celentano), performed Rob's arrangement of "There Will Never Be Another You;" and New York co-hosts, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, closed out the night.


Maren Wade

Fifth Avenue Jazz

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An All-Star line-up of entertainers is scheduled to appear at Saturday's June Jamboree at Palace Station, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event celebrates the 10th Anniversary of The Vegas Voice newspaper. Scheduled to appear are Plaza Hotel headliners, The Phat Pack; the cast of Menopause the Musical; Juggler/Magician/Comedian Jeff Civillico headlining at The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace); Gary Anthony, Frank Sinatra tribute artist and Strip headliner; Mark Giovi, multiple award-winning vocalist and host of the Vegas Underground; Kenny Davidsen, host of Tuscany Casino's Friday night Celebrity piano bar and musical director for Kelly Clinton's Talk Tails; Rosanna Telford, sensational, multi-talented newcomer from Central America; Rob Garrett, award winning Neil Diamond tribute artist; and John Rothman's Sun City dance troupes. Many of the performers are providing Prize Packages and discount tickets for attendees. This FREE event is scheduled for Palace Station's Grand Ballroom, located in the 2nd floor near the buffet. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, so get there early. The Palace Station is located at 2411 W. Sahara Av., just west of I-15 and Sahara.

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Have the Crazy Girls GONE Crazy? With no notice (at least none that we saw), for a couple of weeks, the girls have been missing from the upstairs room at the Riviera, where they had been performing for decades. When we called the hotel to find out what was going on, we were told the show had been dark for two weeks (no ifs, ands, or you-know-whats), and would be reopening on the 14th (of June). When we told them "tonight is the 14th," we were put on hold. When the representative returned to the phone, she said they would be back open on the 19th, not the 14th. Today is the 21st, and they are still not up and running. Now the folks at the Riv are telling people the show returns to the lineup on the 26th. This is a gambling' town. Anyone want to make a bet, that there is much more to this story? Something just doesn't sound right. Just makes you want to go, "Hmmmm."


Crazy Girls - "No Ifs, Ands, or ..."

And speaking of Crazy Girls, the award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, that features some "odd," if not crazy, "girls," has opened at The Venetian for a limited (through August 18th) run. This outrageously fun show tells the uplifting story of two drag queens and a transsexual, who contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. As they head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, named Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the three friends come to the forefront of a comedy of errors, encountering a number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while widening comfort zones and finding new horizons. An international hit, with more than 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites, including "It's Raining Men," "Downtown," "I've Never Been to Me," "What's Love Got to Do with It?," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "I Say a Little Prayer," "I Love the Nightlife," "Both Sides, Now," "I Will Survive," and even more. The Hollywood Reporter calls Priscilla "funny and fabulous!" It is joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart. Show-time is at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $83.35 to $183.80. Call (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469 for reservations. Recommended for ages 13+ due to explicit language and mature situations, and no children under the age of 5 will be admitted.

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Lisa Gioia-Acres sends along this recap of last Monday's June Las Vegas Media Group meeting, saying she thought the meeting was terrific! Several members brought their collectibles: Carey Burke brought photographs, postcards, and casino napkins and more. Thalia Dondero brought pictures, an old Las Vegas High School Seal and the very first gaming license issued in the state, dated 1931. Several members brought their photo album collection and there are some never-before-seen pictures of the celebrities that came to Las Vegas - candid as well as posed shots taken by veteran photographers Bo Boivert and Frank Valeri. These photographs are a must-see for anyone interested in Las Vegas's heyday of celebrities. Chuck Evans brought desert sand pottery that his family has produced for many years. There were so many more items on display. Betty Bunch gave away signed copies of her book, High Heels and Headdresses. Marlene Adrian, back from a two-year stint in Baltimore, informed the group about Women of Diversity and Nevada Women's Virtual Center's involvement in Nevada's Sesquicentennial. Thanks to member Carl Harley, the July speaker is Nevada Magazine publisher, Janet Geary. She is coming all the way from Carson City to share her Nevada life and career story with the group. We might mention that you don't have to be a member of the media to attend these afternoon get-togethers. You basically need to have an interest in Southern Nevada history and like meeting and hanging out with nice (most of them anyway) people. What you DO have to do, if you want to attend, is contact Lisa to let her know you will be coming. RSVPs are necessary so The Wedding Room knows how much food to prepare. We will have more details about the July meeting, along with the contact sources to RSVP.


Frank Valeri & Lisa Gioia-Acres

Jimmy Dorsey 1904-1957

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Patty K of Las Vegas sent the following message:
I am responding to refute the negative comments regarding The Smith Center. I have attended 6 events there--3 in each venue--and have never encountered any problems with seating or a correct name. I am thrilled with this state-of-the art center which now brings in some of the best touring companies of Broadway musicals. I only wish these shows could extend their runs for those of us who are not series subscribers.

We are pleased that Patty has had only good experiences at The Smith Center, and would hope that everybody who patronizes the facility could feel the same way. Maybe with a few more issues taken care of, we could all give positive ratings to the pride of downtown Las Vegas. Thank you for sharing your feelings, Patty.

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Sam's Town Live! hosts an evening reminiscent of a classic Vegas dinner show with the legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on Saturday, June 29th. The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30. Jimmy Dorsey is considered one of the finest clarinet and alto saxophone players of his day. The Orchestra had 11 No. 1 hits during the '30s and '40s. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra is now under the direction of trombonist, Bill Tole. The combined energy of the band, with Tole's sentimental style, will take the listening audience from the '40s through the decades to the present day. Nancy Knorr is the featured vocalist with the Orchestra. With elegance, Knorr recreates a tribute with her own style and vocal ease to the original Orchestra singer, legendary Helen O'Connell. The menu for the Vegas Dinner and dance show includes a tossed green salad; choice of chicken marsala, salmon or filet mignon; scalloped potatoes; asparagus; peach melba and red or white wine. A cash bar will be available. Reserved table seating is $55, including tax and gratuities. Enjoy dinner and dancing on Saturday night, the 29th. Reservations can be made at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 284-7777, or visiting www.samstownlv.com. Sam's Town Live! Is located inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, 5111 Boulder Highway.

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Mark Giovi, under the musical direction of Bill Fayne, will perform at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara Ave., at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 30th. Tickets are $15. For information call (702) 457-3866.

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Galaxy Cannery Theatres, located at Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, recently added Dolby® Atmos™ to its exclusive Digital Fusion Experience (DFX) auditorium which will open with the midnight showing of Man of Steel on Friday, June 14. The Galaxy Cannery Theatres DFX auditorium, which features a wall to wall and floor to ceiling 65 ft. screen, is now the largest Dolby Atmos location in Las Vegas; providing a powerful new listening experience to the 500 seat theatre. "Galaxy Theatres is always working to provide the best movie-going experience and Dolby Atmos helps us do that. The system allows sound to come from anywhere which draws audiences into the story and makes you feel as if you're in middle of the action like never before," said Rafe Cohen, president of Galaxy Theatres. "It really is terrific." Dolby Atmos is a break-through, next-generation audio solution that changes the way people experience entertainment sound. Dolby Atmos places sounds anywhere in the auditorium, delivering a unique and compelling experience with natural and lifelike soundscapes, surpassing anything else currently available in theatres. Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema with major studios, directors, sound teams and exhibitors from around the world adopting the solution.

"With Dolby Atmos, filmmakers can now position and move sounds precisely anywhere in the theatre, even overhead, to heighten the realism and impact of every scene," said Tim Schafbuch, Sales Director, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "We are sure that Dolby Atmos will provide an extraordinary experience that will keep moviegoers coming back for more." Galaxy Theatres exclusive DFX auditorium features a high frame rate 4K digital projector from Christie Digital. This digital projection system offers viewings of digitally created movies with ultimate color and clarity along with the new Dolby Atmos sound technology to produce a powerful, lifelike movie experience. The auditorium is also equipped with a MasterImage 3D Projection System. Moviegoers should check Galaxy Cannery Theatres website at www.galaxytheatres.com for information on show times for movies utilizing Dolby Atmos.

Galaxy Theatres, LLC is a fully integrated movie theatre company. Privately owned, it is ranked by size in the top 10% of its industry, according to the National Theatre Association and currently has theatres in California, Nevada, Texas and Washington. Formed in 1998, its focus is to develop and operate a portfolio of high impact, state-of-the-art movie entertainment theatres in select markets of the western United States. Galaxy Cannery Theatres is located in North Las Vegas at 2121 East Craig Road, inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel and features a 14-screen multiplex, with all auditoriums equipped with DLP Cinema® technology. For show times call (702) 639-9779 and more information, visit www.galaxytheatres.com. To advertise on Galaxy movie screens, visit www.adsonthewall.com. "Like" Galaxy Cannery Theatres on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/Galaxy-Cannery-Theatre/374662427784?fref=ts

Dolby Labs is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever. Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by major studios, award-winning directors and sound teams, and leading exhibitors worldwide. More than 40 films around the world have been released or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film was released in June 2012. In 2013, the Cinema Audio Society gave Dolby Atmos its coveted Technical Achievement Award for Post Production. Galaxy Cannery Theatres Becomes the Largest Dolby Atmos Auditorium in Las Vegas. Powerful new listening experience allows audiences to "hear the whole picture."

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