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Note: This is a past column from July 05, 2013
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Las Vegas - July 5, 2013


Ribbon of Life 2013 Tribute to Kenny Kerr

Golden Rainbow celebrated 27 years of service to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada at its annual Ribbon of Life fundraiser at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30th. Ribbon of Life raised more than $152,000 and drew in a crowd of 1,424 attendees. Called Tributes 2013, the extravaganza's lineup included:
A Tribute to America (Bobby Black, The Las Vegas Tenors and Bella Electric Strings), A Tribute to Nine (produced and choreographed by Jonah Wilkins), A Tribute to Liberace (Wes Winters and Showgirls - Brittany Guinane, Stephanie Deppensmith, Andrea Avruskin and Alexandra Zevalking), A Tribute to America's Got Talent (winner Michael Grimm), A Tribute to The Beatles (MO5AIC, The Sound Collage), A Tribute to Funny Girl (Reva Rice, Vegas! The Show), A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel (Frankie Moreno), A Tribute to Dirty Dancing (Centrifuge, Donny and Marie, Foothills High School, Le Reve, MJ Live, Peepshow, Vegas! The Show, X Burlesque), A Tribute to Elvis (Celebrity City Chorus, Sweet Adelines International Region 11 Champions), A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (Rag Tag Entertainment, Andrew Wright), A Tribute to Kenny Kerr (Jimmy Emerson, Larry Edwards, Crystal Woods, Shawn Magby, Andrew Ryan and Toni James), A Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David (Clint Holmes and Jeffrey Neiman), A Tribute to Nkosi Johnson - a South African child who made a powerful impact on public perceptions of HIV/AIDS and its effects before he died at the age of 12, A Tribute to The Lion King (Josh Strickland), A Tribute to Billy Joel (Cirque du Soleil, Jubilee!, Tribute Royalty, Broadway Celebration/Dancing Queen, Pin Up, Le Reve, Vegas! The Show, Shine Fitness, The Dance Zone), A Tribute to The Bee Gees (Human Nature), special guest Jon Secada, and the Finale with the cast of Ribbon of Life 2013. In addition to the fundraising spectacular, Golden Rainbow hosted a silent auction with exclusive prizes including tickets to some of Las Vegas' top shows, dinner at the city's best restaurants and trips to premier destinations. The celebration continued at Mingo, Kitchen & Lounge for the official Ribbon of Life after party where cast members and guests came together to honor the success of the show. For every "Sweet Sensation" drink purchased, Mingo, Kitchen & Lounge donated $2 back to Golden Rainbow. All proceeds from "Ribbon of Life" benefit the nonprofit's efforts in providing housing and direct financial assistance to the Southern Nevada HIV/AIDS community. As a result of the last year's fundraising efforts, Golden Rainbow provided 8,184 nights of shelter, 527 days of utility assistance, 1,054 days of transportation and medical and dental assistance to more than 500 households in 2012. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call (702) 384-2899. Ribbon of Life 2014 is set to return to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in July of next year.


Wes Winters & Fabulous Showgirls

Photo caption Wes Winters and Showgirls (from left to right): Brittany Guinane, Stephanie Deppensmith, Wes, Andrea Avruskin and Alexandra Zevalking.


Ribbon of Life 2013 Hosts - Zumanity's Edie & TV's Chris Saldana

Ribbon of Life 2013 Finale

A great big thank you to Pietra Sardelli, 1st Vice President of the Executive Board of Golden Rainbow, and Amanda Brophy, Account Coordinator from Kirvin Doak Communications, for their help. All Ribbon of Life 2013 photos by Tom Donoghue.


Golden Rainbow Board of Directors

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On Thursday, July 11th, the Internationally recognized F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events), the Non-Club Club, will celebrate its ninth anniversary (in dog years that would be 63 years) with an extra special event. First of all, this month's gathering will be a semi-formal evening occasion, with doors at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, opening at 5 p.m. Nelson Sardelli informs us that a much desired and sought after F.I.O.R.E. Friendship Award (IL PREMIO AMICIZIA) will be presented to President Angelo Cassaro (all the F.I.O.R.E. men are presidents). The meetings' special visitor and guest is former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman - The happiest mayor in the world for 12 consecutive years; lawyer extraordinaire (known to have performed some real miracles); author of Being Oscar, fast becoming a best seller; and the list goes on and on. Suggested dress code for the evening is "formal" or dressed as a "defendant" - defendants are usually well-groomed and trying to look innocent (do your best). The ladies always dress to kill (especially if there is an attorney in the house), and they are welcome to attend. Widows of presidents are always F.I.O.R.E. guests. There will be live music by the Gary Anderson Ensemble, and it all happens at the Italian American Club (where else???), 2333 E. Sahara. Bail is set at $25 per person, and includes a delicious dinner. RSVPs (a MUST) should be made to Gene Vitale at [email protected], or [email protected]...and the sooner, the better.


Angelo Cassaro

Former Mayor Oscar Goodman

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli...
We are, and have been for years, great fans of singing comic impressionist, Gordie Brown. On Saturday night, we got a report that some people visiting the Golden Nugget, where Gordie headlines, heard some most amazing vocals coming from the theater. We all know that Mr. Brown is incredibly talented, but even those familiar with his show would have been very surprised, and even more impressed than usual, to hear him doing "The Music of the Night" from Phantom, sounding every bit as magnificent as our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett!

In fact, it sounded like TWO voices. A little later, a version of Paul Anka's "My Way" came floating out of the showroom, this time sounding like a duet with Gordie and an International singing star. Why, it could have been Mr. Sardelli doing the accent-tinged vocalizing! If the truth be known (and we never lie), Gordie had some exceptionally talented people in the audience on Saturday night - and two of them were Brent Barrett, the original lead in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian, and Nelson Sardelli, star of stages around the world - and chose to bring them, individually, on to the Nugget stage, introduce them to the audience, and invite them to sing, with Mr. Brown joining in with the special guests. In telling the tale after the show, Sardelli was quoted as saying, "Only my unquestionable modesty holds me back and prevents me from saying, WE KILLED THEM! It was as if we had been rehearsing for ages. I must confess I enjoyed it tremendously. Gordie is what is happening in Las Vegas NOW!" Wish we had been there.


Nelson Sardelli, Gordie Brown & Brent Barrett

Sarah Guyard-Guillot

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Tragedy struck Cirque du Soleil last weekend when a performer from Ka died during a performance at the MGM Grand. Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard-Guillot, a Paris-born acrobat, was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 90 feet. Witnesses said that the accident occurred near the end of the production. A witness reported that the 31-year-old performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when it appeared that she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit below the stage. Guyard-Guillot, the mother of two young children, had been with the original cast of Ka since 2006, and had been an acrobatic performer for more than 20 years. Some people in the audience thought it was part of the show. The production continued for a moment, then stopped. Minutes after the accident, a recorded announcement informed audience members that refunds or vouchers to future shows would be offered, and the crowd was dismissed. Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberte, issued a statement Sunday praising Guyard-Guillot and saying performances of Ka have been canceled until further notice. An investigation is ongoing.

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The Lon Bronson Band - Industrial Strength R&B, Rock, Soul & Funk - is back at back at Boulder Station, tonight, Friday, July 5th, starting at 9 p.m. in the Railhead Showroom. Lon says, "It's the best place to be the day after Independence Day...."

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From 1948 to 1971, Ed Sullivan's television variety show dominated Sunday nights. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, July 6th, beginning at 7:30, Memories of Ed Sullivan will be performed at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Dr. Many of those great Sunday night moments will be recreated when George Trullinger duplicates Sullivan's memorable character on stage as he introduces an all-star lineup of tribute artists. Trullinger will perform a dual role, as both host Sullivan and rock 'n roller Buddy Holly. Among the other cast members are Gary Anthony, who frequently performs in Rat Pack tribute shows, paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, Denise Rose who recently stunned audience members, capturing the sound and magic of Judy Garland, Aaron Caruso who will reprise songs from his sold out Carnegie Hall tribute to Mario Lanza, Steve McCoy who was comically choked by Tom Jones when Jones commented, "He does me better than me," and Charles Middleton, who has appeared at many Las Vegas Strip casinos in his tribute to Ray Charles.

Ed Sullivan was respected for bringing exciting acts before the public, and on Saturday night, Trullinger as Sullivan continues that tradition. The all-female ensemble, Bella Electric Strings, lead by violinist and arranger, Nina Di Gregorio, has become an in-demand Las Vegas institution for corporate events and trade shows with their blistering solos and unique arrangements. They have performed with Beyoncé, Shakira, and Andrea Bocelli, and have appeared on America's Got Talent. The ladies were recently featured in a David Foster and Friends concert alongside the legendary songwriter and producer. Tomorrow night's show at the Summerlin Library begins at 7:30. General admission tickets are $22.50. Seniors receive a 2-for-1 discount for the July 6th performance (must buy two admissions at $11.25 each). Tickets are available at the door or on line at www.showtix4u.com.


George Trullinger as Ed Sullivan

Jim Hodge & Charlie Vespia - Silver Slipper 1972 by R. Scott Hooper

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Veteran entertainer, Jim Hodge, passed away in Las Vegas on June 27th, at the age of 86. James Clyde Hodge Jr., known as "Buddy" growing up, was born May 31st, 1927, the son of James Clyde Hodge and Anne Prior Hodge of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He spent most of his early life in Augusta, Georgia, and Chattanooga. Jim served in the U.S. Navy from July 5th, 1945, to August 19th, 1946, as a seaman second class. After he came to Las Vegas in 1965, Jim was a well-respected performer on the Strip for many years - as both a principle singer in productions like the Lido de Paris at the Stardust, and burlesque shows such as the Silver Slippers Wonderful World of Burlesque, where Jim played straight man to Top Banana Charlie Vespia (Charlie passed on August 17th of last year). Over the years, Jim performed with such greats as Betty Grable, both in Las Vegas and on the road. For more than 42 years, he was active in the First Church of Religious Science, where he soloed during services and regularly invited show business celebrities to perform there. Such greats as Joe Williams, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Robert Goulet and other lead singers, enlivened the congregants for many years. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Edward Hodge of Augusta; and sister, Joann Hodge Beddow of Birmingham, Alabama. He is survived by his nephews, Scotty Greene of Atlanta, and Jimmy Hodge of Oviedo, Florida; and nieces, Laura Hodge Shedd of LaGrange, Georgia, Leslie Greene Yarbrough, Darah Green Dufresne of Birmingham, and Jim's partner, Cynthia DeKeukeleire. Services for Jim Hodge will be held on Monday, July 8th, in the sanctuary at the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Las Vegas (formerly known as the First Church of Religious Science), 1420 E. Harmon (east of Maryland Parkway), with family visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m., and service at 1. An ice cream social will follow. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 9th, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Las Vegas. For additional information, call the church at (702) 739-8200.


Jim Hodge 1927-2013

Vintage Marilyn Maye

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We received a lovely note from veteran cabaret singer and musical theatre actress, Marilyn Maye. Ms. Maye writes...Thanks so much for including me in your Las Vegas Gossip (April). It was a joy to say hello to you, to join sensational Clint Holmes and hear the wonderful talent Vegas can boast about at the great Smith Center Cabaret. I wasn't listed in your Aries Birthday list though I am an Aries. As a matter of fact, I was there celebrating my birthday after a weekend with Bob Mackie and his assistant Joe McFate who held a party for me in Palm Springs the Saturday before I saw you. I loved seeing the names of some of my favorite friends, Bob Mackie, Martin Short, Ervin Drake (he and his wife, Edith, are always in my audience in New York, Joel Grey (the last time I saw him we discussed that we were both Aries), and Shecky Greene. I worked so many times with Shecky at the Riviera. We still keep in touch. He is the best of all comedians/performers. So nice to meet you and talk briefly in the lobby. I just completed a great two-week run at 54 Below, in New York, and am working one-nighters until The Inn at Lake Okoboji resort in Iowa engagement in July (it will be my 57th year there). I return to NY next week - have a full schedule (11 to 6:30pm) of private lessons and will be holding two master classes (something I have done for the past 5 years). On July 10th I'm doing two shows at the Iridium. I hope there will be a Las Vegas performance in my life soon. Warm personal regards to you, Marilyn Maye

At 85, Marilyn Maye looks amazing, and she sounds as wonderful today as she did when she was a regular guest on just about every variety show on television. The lady was a favorite of Johnny Carson, appearing on The Tonight Show more than 70 times (those are REAL, not imagined numbers). We too look forward to Ms. Maye singing for Las Vegas. Wishing might make it so.

And still on the subject of music and New York, a note from musicians/entertainers Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano...Thanks to all who packed Stage 72 at The Triad for our Sammy Cahn Show with the superb Jeff Harnar (especially the Cahn family members). The occasion was the celebration to honor Sammy Cahn, The Rat Pack Poet, on his 100th birthday. Stay tuned for a longer run in the fall. Eric and Barbara are Across the Pond, making their London debut with their critically acclaimed show, Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack. They are appearing at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street in Central London, through tomorrow, July 6th.


Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano & Jeff Harnar

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Happy birthday to entertainer, actor, comedian John Byner, who recently appeared in in the sold out limited run revue, When You're in Love, the Whole World is Jewish. The hit musical comedy revue, that played at the Gateway Court Theatre in Los Angeles, was directed by Tony®Award-winner Jason Alexander (Seinfeld). Written by Bob Booker and George Foster, with additional segments by Alexander, Danny Gold and Billy Riback, the show contains classic Jewish humor. The ensemble cast features changing Broadway veterans and supremely talented comics. Part of Byner's role calls for him to read a will as George Jessel.


Danny Gold, Jason Alexander & John Byner

Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond

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Sam Wagmeister sends this reminder...
After a 33-city western tour to near sold out audiences, Rob Garrett returns to his Las Vegas roots and Santa Fe Station's Chrome Showroom, tomorrow, Saturday, July 6th, with his tribute to Neil Diamond. Garrett, who opened the Chrome Showroom eight years ago, has developed a loyal audience, both locally and nationally, having been named the Male Tribute Artists of the Year in 2008. The Santa Fe Casino's semi-circular showroom provides the audience with a comfortable, up-close and intimate feel with exceptional viewing from all seating. Garrett's past tributes to Neil Diamond have included a comprehensive retrospective of Diamond's music, from his first album in 1966, released on Bang Records, The Feel of Neil Diamond. That album, never released on CD, included "Solitary Man," Paul Simon's "Red Rubber Ball," "Monday Monday," "Hanky Panky" and "Cherry Cherry." Garrett's musical career began with a tribute band he formed in high school that was geared to adult music. After 15 years, his musical road led him to Neil Diamond. In addition to his loyal West Coast following, demand for Garrett's tribute has beckoned his band to appearances throughout the United States and internationally. Tickets, at $15, are available the day of the show. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N. Rancho Dr., off I-95. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

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Romance was definitely in the air last Tuesday. Near the end of Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at The Quad, Alex Schechter, vice president at SPI Entertainment (Human Nature, The Australian Bee Gees Show, Thunder From Down Under, Boys II Men AND Divas), entered the stage, wearing a tuxedo and carrying a small box. There was a short video, featuring Alex and the star of Divas, Frank Marino, and as it came to an end, Schechter got down on one knee and proposed marriage to his partner of 20 years. Did we mention that there was a five-carat diamond ring in that small box? Alex started planning for this very unprivate moment after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, last week. The ruling, and the couple's 20th year of togetherness celebrated on July 4th, made thee timing just too good to resist. Frank said "yes." The two plan to make it legal in about a year-and-a-half. We don't expect the ceremony to be subtle and low-key. Congratulations, you two. (We can't wait to see that ring!)


Alex Schechter Proposes to Frank Marino On Divas Stage

Herb Alpert

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Dolores Doris "Kim" Krantz, 80, of Las Vegas, passed away on June 12th. She arrived in Las Vegas in 1953 for a two-week engagement at the Desert Inn Hotel. "There were 35,000 people when I came here," she said. The show was held over at that property for three months, and then it moved to the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Bill Miller approached her to join a new production at the Dunes Hotel. He and Harold Minsky were preparing Minsky's Burlesque, the first to feature US women in a nude show. She opened with the original cast and stayed for two years. Kim was and entertainer with the Latin Quarter Show in New York. Over the years, she performed extensively, working with such entertainers as Donn Arden. After her 1957 marriage to Danny Krantz, the Food and Beverage Manager for the Flamingo Hotel, she retired from show business. She and her husband opened several restaurants. She raised four children in Las Vegas, but remained connected to the entertainment industry. A memorial service will be at noon tomorrow, Saturday, July 6th, at Our Lady Of Las Vegas Catholic Church, 3050 Alta Drive.

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George Lucas, Herb Alpert, Tony Kushner and Elaine May are among the National Medal of Arts honorees to be awarded July 12th in White House ceremonies. Lucas is to be honored for his contributions to American cinema. "By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time," the White House said his citation will read. Alpert, the founder of A&M Records, and the Tijuana Brass, will be honored for his varied contributions to music and the fine arts. Playwright/screenwriter Kushner, best known for 1993's Angels in America, will be honored for his contributions to the theater and films. May will be honored for her contributions to American comedy. Others to be honored are: Lin Arison, co-founder of the National Young Arts Foundation and the New World Symphony; Joan Myers Brown, dancer, choreographer and founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company; opera singer Renée Fleming; author and teacher Ernest Gaines; painter, sculptor and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly; landscape architect Laurie Olin; composer, producer and performer Allen Toussaint; and the Washington Performing Arts Society. President Obama also will give out the National Humanities Awards that day. Among recipients are author Joan Didion, playwright Anna Devere Smith, and sports editor and writers Frank Dedford.

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Work of Artist Austine Wood - Kyle Canyon Visitors Center

Southern Nevada artist, Austine Wood, was chosen to create a 70-foot-long window installation for the new Kyle Canyon Gateway Visitor's Center being built Northwest of Las Vegas. The project was developed by the U.S. Forest Service and the building designed by the LGA architectural firm. This breathtaking facility will be a 4,000 square-foot center where visitors can stop on the way up the mountain to enjoy the area's beauty and take a cool respite from the desert heat. Austine will be creating a magical scene of the mountain range that will appear initially as a gray landscape silhouette, but when viewed through special polarizing filters in the environment (or polarized sunglasses), will spring into full color pictures of the plants and animals that make the Spring Mountain Range their home. If you live outside the Las Vegas area, you are likely unaware of this amazing resource available for recreation so close to Sin City. In the winter, there is a first class ski and snowboard resort 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas. In the summer, you can take the kids and the dogs and hike a network of shaded trails lined with an amazing array of nature leading to stunning vistas! It is, perhaps, Las Vegas' best kept secret. Austine is so honored to be awarded this important commission, one of only two artists chosen for the whole project. The Visitor's Center is scheduled to open to the public late 2014. Hope you can visit. And be sure to take your polarized sunglasses along!

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Reminders...
Trunk Songs, the critically acclaimed original revue that made its Las Vegas premiere at the Onyx Theatre in February, is back for encore performances, tonight and tomorrow, July 5th and 6th at 8 p.m. The production, directed by Jay Joseph, with musical direction by Karalyn Clark; is filled with songs that were cut from shows during try-outs on their way to Broadway or cabaret productions. The songs are written by three critically acclaimed composers - Gerald (Jerry) Sternbach, Faye Greenberg and John Kroner. Produced by ATOM Las Vegas, Trunk Songs stars some of Las Vegas' finest talent - Lysander Abadia, Karalyn Clark, Dolly Coulter, Jay Joseph, Benjamin Loewy, Margaret (Gret) Menzies, and Kellie Wright. You don't want to miss the encore performances of Trunk Songs. Tickets are only $20, and are available at www.onyxtheatre.com.


Trunk Songs Onyx Cast

Nik Mastrangelo At Nite

It's Mark Giovi and Nik Mastrangelo's night to entertain the crowd at The Mad Greek Café, 8565 W. Sahara at Durango, on Tuesday night, July 9th. The two talented gentlemen will be "Singing Broadway, Their Way," from 7 to 10. There is never a cover charge at The Mad Greek. On night's with live music, reservations are recommended. Call (702) 242-7669.

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Blame it on the Walleye truly is a Musical Journey Through the Neurotic Mind of a Norwegian Blonde! This journey features singer/comedienne Richel Kompst and her school of Walleye back-up singers and band members that come to life via the magic of animation and rear projection. The story is told through music and monologues, featuring our Mistress of Ceremonies, Olga Torkelson, flown in directly from the great fishing state of Minnesota and a bevy of cameo performers, including Doris Day, Ann-Margret as well as the beloved Barbra Streisand. The show brings the audience through diverse styles of music, from jazz to country, Broadway to the Beatles. Richel currently plays Soap Star, Iowa Housewife, Professional Woman and Earth Mother in the Las Vegas production of Menopause the Musical. She has enjoyed a 30 year career as a singer/actress performing around the world in productions such as Les Miserables, Beach Blanket Babylon and Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Vegas to name a few. Blame it on the Walleye is playing on Saturday, July 13th, 7 p.m., at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., in Sun City Summerlin. Tickets are $13 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $15 for non-residents. To purchase, call (702) 240-1301.


Richel Kompst

Marie Osmond

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Marie Osmond's talk show has been canceled. As USA says, "You didn't know Marie Osmond even had a talk show? Well, that might have been the problem." Hallmark decided not to renew Marie for a second season. Marie, which is scheduled to run through September, premiered on October 1st of last year. Marie and her brother, Donny Osmond, have an ongoing resident production show at the Flamingo Las Vegas. If you want to see Marie after September, you will probably have to do that in the showroom at the Flamingo. As the siblings take off on the road occasionally, we suggest check their upcoming schedule by calling (855) 234-7469 or (702) 777-2782.

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A note from The NiteKings reminds us, "But it's a dry heat!" Gee, humidity was up to 12% last night. I think it was 85% in Jersey! So forget about the heat, and come out for a really hot time inside where it's cool! You can find us at one of these fabulous venues during the month of July. On Wednesdays, throughout July (the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st), The NiteKings will be performing at The Orleans, in The Bourbon Street Cabaret, from 4 to 8 p.m. There is no admission or cover. The Orleans offers a large dance floor, tables and booths inside, and a giant bar with video poker access surrounding the entire lounge. Quite a nice set up. Sam's Town is still the home of The NiteKings on Sundays as they perform in Roxy's Lounge from 7 to 11 p.m. Mark your calendars for July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. No admission or cover to see the eight-piece group rock the house. Much smaller dance floor, but still a nice intimate setting with lots of tables that allow you to view the show. The NiteKings are composed of singers: Victor Moea, Angelo Mastrio, Eddy B, and Skip Petronzio. The NiteKing Band features John Falbo (guitar), Red Michaels (bass), Chris Jacobs (drums) and Tony Cedola (keys). The entire operation is under the scrutiny of manager and founder, Rich Perez.

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The Onyx Theatre and Off-Strip Productions will be presenting Tennessee Williams' timeless classic, The Glass Menagerie, from July 12th to July 27th. Caught in the stranglehold of The Great Depression of 1937, an aging Southern Belle wishes a better life for her precious children. Her son, Tom, is persuaded by his mother to invite a nice, young man home for his crippled sister, Laura, with hopes of finding her a husband. The play is the recollection of that evening, presented by Tom, and surrounded by the light, music, and sentimentality of an aching memory. Directed by Ernie Curcio, the cast includes Valerie Carpenter Bernstein, Brandon McClenahan, Jessica Afton, and Aaron Oetting. The Glass Menagerie performs at the Onyx Theatre: Fridays and Saturdays, July 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 21st at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. The Onyx Theatre is located inside Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara Avenue #16. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at www.onyxtheatre.com.

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Last weekend, a lucky Las Vegan left the Palms Casino Resort a rich man. The man, who was not identified, walked into the casino Saturday and sat down at International Gaming Technology's Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Within a short time, he hit a $3.1 million jackpot. The new multimillionaire told IGT officials he plans to share his winnings with his family. The mega win came seven hours after a woman from Indiana hit a $8.3 million Wheel of Fortune jackpot at the Fitz Tunica Casino and Hotel in Mississippi. You see...it CAN happen!



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