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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from July 26, 2013
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Las Vegas - July 26, 2013

F.I.O.R.E. Fun With Nelson Sardelli, Oscar Goodman & Angelo Cassaro

Maynard Sloate

The July F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) semi-formal evening meeting was a smashing success, attracting almost 200 people to the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, for dinner, entertainment and camaraderie. Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the group's presidents (all the male members are presidents) played host to special guest, former Las Vegas mayor/author, Oscar Goodman. Angelo Cassaro, president of the IAC as well as a F.I.O.R.E. president, was honored with a F.I.O.R.E.'s Friendship Award plaque, presented by hard-working president, Nelson Sardelli, a key part of the glue that keeps this organization running and growing. The next luncheon meeting takes place at the Italian American Club, on Thursday, August 8th. The August guest speaker will be Maynard Sloate. A Southern Nevadan since 1965, Maynard Sloate is a major figure on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. He has held many important positions, such as Entertainment Director and Show Producer in some of our major hotels. He was producer and director of two editions of Les Folies Bergere production at the Tropicana, and produced 38 Broadway-type shows at the Plaza Hotel. While still at the Plaza, in 1984 he also became the show producer for the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, where he remained until 1993, producing 27 Broadway musicals. This will be a fun and informative talk (Maynard fits in well with the F.I.O.R.E.'s irreverence and nonsense). As always, the buffet luncheon is $25, with doors at the IAC opening at 11:30 a.m. Widows of former presidents are always F.I.O.R.E. guests. Spread the word about F.I.O.R.E. amongst your friends (but only the unconstipated ones, please). Please visit the "about us" page ( before committing to any of our functions, as the F.I.O.R.E is not for everyone. Primary requirements are that attendees be Italian (or not), and that they are fun loving and friendly. Please, at your earliest convenience, RSVP to either [email protected], or to [email protected]. RSVPs are a must.

And speaking of the Italian American Club, following a couple of very successful performances at the IAC, the beautiful and talented vocalist, Rosanna Telford, will become a weekly fixture in the restaurant/lounge portion of the club. We will have more details in next Friday's column.

Rosanna Telford

Dick Feeney & Joe Guercio

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Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey (collectively known as The Rat Pack), Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley are all part of Dick Feeney's every day life. The entrepreneurial Mr. Feeney is the producer of The Rat Pack Is Back and MJ Live, the tribute to The King of Pop, both performing in The Rio's Crown Theater (at different times, of course). Feeney's latest project is the Kona Kozy Comedy & Magic Show, starring comedy magician Paul Kozak (who also was featured in Feeney‘s World‘s Greatest Magic Show productions), inside Kozy's VooDoo Room, part of Hawaii's Humpy's restaurant chain. Dick has even taken his productions to the sky, as owner of The Flying Elvi skydiving team. The Flying Elvi, who were featured in the 1992 movie, Honeymoon in Vegas, is made up of 10 jumpsuit-clad "Elvis Presley" skydivers who "drop in" on events around the world. From altitudes of 5,000 to 12,000 feet, the team free-falls at speeds of up to 160 miles an hour. The act combines a spine-tingling aerial skydiving performance of smoke trails, pyrotechnic fireworks and precision maneuvers, with an over-the-top entertaining stage show, entertaining audiences across the country. Because of The Flying Elvi, Feeney and his crew are often invited to take part in Presley-related events. Such was the case with last weekend's EP EXPO, held June 18th through 20th at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Joe Guercio, Elvis' longtime musical conductor, was a keynote speaker for the big event that featured a traveling memorabilia museum, Elvis Impersonator concerts and contests, Elvis Karaoke, celebrity guests, vendors, and an appearance jump by Dick Feeney's Flying Elvi skydive team. After landing, the team was greeted by Oklahoma's version of The Elvettes.

Dick Feeney's Flying Elvi & Oklahoma's Elvettes

Among the celebrity guests at the recent EP EXPO was Southern Nevada resident, actress Cynthia Pepper - TV‘s Margie (in which she starred), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, My Three Sons, Perry Mason, Julia, The Addams Family, The Flying Nun, Wagon Train - also was a special guest and participant at Shawnee's EP Expo. As Elvis' friend and co-star in Kissin' Cousins, Cynthia is much sought after for all-things-Elvis.

Actress Cynthia Pepper at EP EXPO

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Speaking of The Rat Pack, on Sunday we were at the South Point to see Deana Martin, daughter of "The King of Cool," Dean Martin, in the Showroom at the South Point perform her multi-media musical tribute to her father, Deana Sings Dino. Backed by Florida's Rick Krive on piano (Krive also conducts and joins Deana on a couple of vocals), Bob Sachs on bass, Mike Mechem on drums, Steve Cantor on guitar and Tim Jones on percussion, the lady who called Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. her "uncles," opened her show with "I Love Being Here With You," which it appeared Deana did. The pretty and petite (Deana is a size zero, but we won‘t hold that against her) entertainer performed her version of a number of Dean‘s hits, including "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?," "Volare," "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You," "Memories Are Made of This," "That's Amore" and a snippet/parody of "When You‘re Smiling," "When You're Drinking." Included in the program were gems from the Great American Songbook, among them Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "The Lady Is a Tramp," Frank Loesser's "(I'd Like to Get You On a) Slow Boat To China," Cole Porter's "I‘ve Got You Under My Skin," "Miss Otis Regrets," and the Nelson Riddle-arranged "True Love" (the latter done as a duet with a recorded Dean Martin), and Harry Warren's "About a Quarter To Nine," from Broadway's 42nd Street (a show that earned a Tony Award nomination for our friend Lee Roy Reams). There were also nods to Bobby Darin and Ella Fitzgerald, with Deana singing Jack Lawrence's "Beyond the Sea," and Ella's "A Tisket, A Tasket." Traditionally, on Dean's TV shows, a knock on the "closet" door occurred each week, with Martin opening the door to reveal a previously unannounced celebrity guest (most of the time, Martin did not know who the guest would be, to keep his reactions more spontaneous). In her live show at the South Point, although there was no closet door, Deana had a couple of "surprise" guests drop in. The night we were there, the guests were 75-year-young Frankie Randall, who took over the piano and sang a nice version of the Sinatra hit, "The Tender Trap," and Dennis Bono. Deana sang a couple of new songs, "Where Did You Learn To Love Like That," written by L. Russell Brown ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," "Knock Three Times"), and "Read Between The Lines" by Joseph Baldassare, which are on her upcoming CD. There were video clips, photos of Deana's early family life, and fun anecdotes and classic Dean Martin lines interspersed throughout the presentation. The almost full house in the South Point Showroom on Sunday (Saturday night was sold out) were most responsive to Deana. She is a crowd-pleaser, involving the audience in different parts of her show - three "backup singers" joined Deana on stage do the "Sweet, sweet, the memories you gave to me" chorus for "Memories Are Made of This," and strolling through the room getting folks to join in on "That's Amore." Deana ended her evening performance with her father‘s signature song, "Everybody Loves Somebody." Following the show, she held court outside the theater, greeting old and new fans and selling autographed copies of her best-selling memoir, Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes. The book will be made into a movie, with Jennifer Love Hewitt portraying Deana (an inspired bit of casting, in our opinion). Joe Mantegna will direct and co-produce, and Bonnie Hunt is writing the script. The role of Dean Martin has yet to be cast. Suggestions are welcome.

Deana Martin & Conductor/Pianist Rick Krive

Frankie Randall

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Tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th, Gerry McCambridge will celebrate a milestone career event. As The Mentalist, Gerry will perform his 2,000th show in Las Vegas, making him the longest running show of its kind in this city's history! With national TV shows, including The Today Show, David Letterman and the hit TV show, Phenomenon, on his impressive resume, and a slew of audience awards to his credit, the amazing Gerry McCambridge offers a combination of magic, comedy and mind tricks. He can be seen in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort, Thursdays through Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call (702) 260-7200. You have to see this show for yourself to believe your eyes and ears!

Mentalist Gerry McCambridge

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Poor Richard's Players, in cooperation with Off-Strip Productions, is bringing its unique brand of storytelling to the ever-popular musical Godspell. Created by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell debuted off-Broadway in 1971, and enjoyed a revival on Broadway in 2011. This timeless tale recounts the story of the disciples of Jesus, using text from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Through parables, this musical shows how a group of seemingly disparate individuals come together to form a community and how this community survives the tragic loss of one of its members. Show times are August 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m., and August 11th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased at The Onyx Theatre Box Office, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Bldg.16 (inside The Rack), in Commercial Center. For additional information, or to make show reservations, call (702) 732-7225.

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This information was sent to Cousin Claire by a loyal reader, not a Las Vegas resident, but one who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. It is an update on the health of singer Denise Clemente. Denise tells her family and very special caring friends, how much all their prayers mean to her.

She had a heart attack on May 5th, and also developed pneumonia. She wound up having triple bypass surgery. Ms. Clemente explains that when she first went to emergency, they intubated her throat so she could breathe. When they removed the tube after three weeks, Denise had no voice. Her health is improving each day. She is walking without a cane and going to therapy and hopes to be singing again very soon. A lesson learned during this awful experience, is that when it comes to your health, always get a second (or even third) opinion. The first doctor told Denise that she needed a heart transplant. Apparently, that was not the case. Ms. Clemente is most grateful for the loving help of Bernie and Kandy Cavaretta Yuman, who helped her find the very special heart doctor. Denise is also very thankful to her pastor, Randall Cunningham, pastor Bob, and the parish that prayed for her. "I am so lucky to have such wonderful and loving friends. I miss all my students, and can't wait to start teaching again. I love you all!," says the on-the-mend, Denise Clemente.

Denise Clemente

Frank Marino and Cast

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Don't know how we missed this, but we did. Show times for Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas production at The Quad (formerly known as the Imperial Palace), has changed. The start time for the popular female impersonator revue is now 9:30 p.m., not 10. The boys take Friday nights off. During the rest of the week, you can see recreations of legendary and current stars such as Cher, Liza Minnelli, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Bette Midler, Beyonce, and Madonna, among others. As additional eye candy for the audience members, there are hunky, well-costumed and choreographed boy dancers adding to the mix. For reservations to see Divas Las Vegas, hosted by Frank Marino, call (702) 794-3261.

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Songstress Renee Hale is having a blast at the Onyx Restaurant inside Bogey's Bar & Grill at 7770 W. Ann Road (not to be confused with the theater on East Sahara), every other Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. It has been packed since they started open mic nights, with wonderful talent, including Ronnie Fabre, Rita Lim, Joni James, Brenda Bouchard, Joni Illi, Martha Watson, Peter Pavone and more, dropping in to sing a song or two. Dan Ellis is at the piano. The Onyx has asked Renee to stay on until at least the end of October. Next appearance is on August 7th. Call the Onyx for additional Wednesday dates. Beginning on July 31st, Renee, accompanied by Doug Taylor on piano, will be at the Silverstone Golf Club, at 8600 Cupp Dr., from 6 to 8 p.m. The club is offering a special dinner, with a set price of $17.99. If you want to have dinner, please RSVP by phone at (702) 810-3013, or e-mail [email protected]. Dinner is not required. You can always stop by just for cocktails.

Renee Hale & Doug Taylor

Grant Philipo & Ray Williams in Showgirl Museum

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Grant Philipo, creator of the Las Vegas Showgirl Museum, played host to Kansas City, Missouri-based travel columnists, Donald Pile and Ray Williams, giving the visitors a tour of his incredible home/museum. Because the collection of costumes and other production show memorabilia is housed in a residence (quite a residence, we might add) in southeast Las Vegas, it is not open to the general public. Viewing is by appointment only. We hope that situation will change soon, and that Philipo finds a himself a commercial spot where his treasures can be seen and enjoyed by the public. Perhaps one of the major hotels has a suitable space, or maybe there is an unused location inside the downtown Mob Museum building, that could house this beautiful part of this city‘s history so it could be seen and enjoyed by many, instead of a select few.

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In response to our paragraph in last weeks' column about the recent passing of veteran Las Vegas entertainer, Janice (Cinnamon Steen) Fahey, we received this message from longtime performer, Peter Anthony...To read in your column that Cinnamon has left the scene saddens me greatly. To put it as succinctly and simply as possible, she was the best of the best. May she rest in peace.

Cinnamon Steen Fahey & Sammy Davis Jr.

Mark Giovi

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Mark Giovi, who has been a part of the Las Vegas music scene for the past 10 years, heads back to his New Jersey roots, where he will have steady employment at a classy New York restaurant/club called EVR. Although we didn't hear this directly from Mark, we were told that his main reason for "Leaving Las Vegas" is so that his young children can grow up around their extended family. Last night, a Big Bash to bid a happy and sad farewell to Mark who has crossed generations bringing joy and inspiration to so many Las Vegans. Mark has not let the fact he has cerebral palsy slow him down or divert him from his desire to be an entertainer. During part of his time in Las Vegas, he contributed his talent and served as a spokesperson for Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities. Thursday night, Giovi's friends and fans gathered at the Italian American Club for an evening of great food, heartfelt toasts and lots of love and good wishes just days before he loads the family into the van and steers his career to Manhattan and the exclusive EVR club. Management of the Italian American Club invited the entertainment community to participate in this tribute, requesting vocalists to bring their tracks of recorded music. Giovi's is the story of the "small town boy makes good," but in his case, that small town is the Entertainment Capital of the World where he accumulated a performing resume that most would envy. During his decade here, Mark was a member of the Las Vegas Tenors, performed for seven years as the lead in Bite at the Stratosphere, opened for comic Brad Garrett, and headlined at Sam's Town Live, the Las Vegas Hilton, Casa di Amore, Mandalay Bay's Foundation Room, performed on the Grammy Awards and much, much more. In the summer of 2011, when LJ Harness, a former drummer and now a marketing maven for a Las Vegas Cadillac dealership, was approached by the management of a local west side bar and grill with an idea to liven things up on Monday nights. Harness, longing to twirl the drumsticks again, assembled a quartet of performers that included himself, guitar guru Keith Neal, musical director Ned Mills on keyboard and Giovi as host and vocalist. The Monday night schedule coincided with "dark night" for many local shows and provided a gathering spot where entertainers entertained entertainers. By the second week, the vibe at West Charleston's Tap House was that of a speakeasy where you knocked on the foreboding door and had to be recognized to get a table, or even get through the door. Once inside, newcomers initiated themselves with chants of, "I never knew there was still a place like this in Las Vegas." Suddenly, Las Vegas East Siders were coming to the West Side for the long-thought dead entertainment. Eventually the band grew, adding Steve Poncar on saxophone and flute, and developed into a fraternity that some christened The Vegas Underground with Giovi as its founding Social Director. Unofficial membership, as all memberships in the Vegas Underground are, extended to legendary Las Vegas headliner Frankie Scinta, Neil Diamond tribute artist Rob Garrett, Sinatra tribute artist Gary Anthony and others. As host at the Tap House, Giovi excited audiences with his rock and roll, show and pop tunes; awed audiences with his booming Italian renditions of Beach Boy's and Moody Blues songs; brought audiences to tears with his operatic selections from Phantom and other dramatic shows. For those on the East Coast, Mark Giovi should be performing in your part of the country within the next month. Check with EVR, in the heart of Manhattan's Empire District, to learn Mark's show times and then check him out. The club is located at 54 West 39th Street. The phone number is (212) 997-3900. Good luck Mark, wherever you go and whatever you do. Las Vegas will miss you.
Thank you to Sam Wagmeister for contributing much of the information for this article.

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Kristen Hertzenberg will be performing with The Tyler Williams Trio at The Mad Greek Café, Thursday, August 1st, from 7 to 10 p.m. The talented Ms. Hertzenberg, with the amazing voice and a smile that lights up a room, starred as Christine Daae in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, during the productions' run at The Venetian. The Mad Greek Café is located at 8565 W. Sahara at Durango. For additional information or reservations, call the café at (702) 242-7669.

Kristen Hertzenberg

Windy Karigianes

And, it's warm and Windy over at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 East Tropicana (on the southeast corner of Eastern), tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The jazzy Windy will be accompanied by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, Mike Mechem on drums and special guests. For a night of music and fun (and a great half-pound burger and fries for $5.99), check out The Dispensary.

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Northport, Michigan's Community Arts Center, in Leelanau County near Traverse City, recently hosted Harry Goldson and Northport's Big Band in the 434-seat auditorium, attached to the Northport Public School. Harry Goldson and his clarinet and saxophone are almost household words in Michigan. Harry's musical career began when he was a teenager in Chicago. He was regarded as one of the top reedmen in the country, and played with the likes of Claude Thornhill, Jan Garber and many others. Military service during the Korean War, and a very successful non-music career in finance, were part of Harry's life after military service. Harry says that music now is more fun than ever. He plays what he wants and the way he thinks it should sound. For the June 13th engagement, he amassed a group of outstanding musicians that did it "Harry's way." The concert will probably be the beginning of a tradition in the Northport Community Arts Center's future productions. This could be the start of something BIG. Goldson has family members who live in Las Vegas.

Sax Man Harry Goldson

Little Anthony and The Imperials

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Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 American film about the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace, and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson's memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21st, and competed for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra aired on HBO on May 26th, and was given a cinematic release in the United Kingdom on June 7th. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Baby Boy (a dog that appeared in the film as one of Liberace's pet poodles), won the Palm Dog Award. This is not an official part of the festival, but takes place at the same time. Behind the Candelabra has received 15 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including nominations for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Matt Damon (as Thorson) and Michael Douglas (as Liberace). Winners will be announced on September 22nd. In the film credits, Las Vegan Philip Fortenberry is billed as "piano double: Liberace." Although we feel he should have been, Mr. Fortenberry, who is the assistant musical director for Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas, was not nominated for an Emmy Award. In June, and earlier this month, the fabulous flying fingers of Philip Fortenberry were featured in The Man At the Piano, sold out concerts at The Smith Center.

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Little Anthony and The imperials have been making music since the 1950s. With lead vocals by "Little Anthony" Gourdine, the rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop group from New York had chart-topping hits with songs including "Tears On My Pillow," "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)" (1964), "Goin' Out Of My Head" (1964), "Hurt So Bad" (1965), "I Miss You So" (1965), "Take Me Back" (1965), "Hurt" (1966), "Better Use Your Head" (1966), and "Out of Sight, Out Of Mind" (1969). Little Anthony and the Imperials will perform those songs and more in the Eastside Cannery Events Center on the Boulder Strip, Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12.95.

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Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna, the YouTube host popular for showing people how to be spa fabulous without spa prices, will launch Lucky Luciano's Pet Products in honor of her Pomeranian, Luciano or "Louie." Marianna rescued Louie from Adopt a Rescue Pet (ARP), and will donate 15 percent of the sales from this line to ARP. Marianna will officially celebrate the launch of her pet products line at Park on Fremont, located at 506 East Fremont Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th, the day Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed as Adopt a Rescue Pet Day. "After rescuing Louie from ARP, we wanted to do something to help other animals like him," stated Marianna. "Louie and I created a luxury dog shampoo and pet perfume with the hopes of finding a loving home for as many animals as possible." Lucky Luciano's Unisex Pet Perfume is botanically enriched to leave four-legged friends smelling fresh and clean in between baths or grooming, while at the same time adding shine to dull coats. This spa-quality mist neutralizes odors and softens for that "just left the groomer's" look and smell. It can also be used as an after-bath spray conditioner, cooling skin soother, or pet furniture and/or air freshener. Lucky Luciano's Luxury Dog Shampoo is the perfect alternative to harsh, chemical shampoos, as it gently and effectively removes dirt, odors, dander and allergens. Made with all natural ingredients, like vitamin E, kosher vegetable glycerin and silk amino acids, this shampoo helps condition skin and promotes a beautiful, shiny coat. Simply apply the shampoo to wet fur and massage through. When finished, rinse and dry completely. Hypoallergenic and pH balanced, it can be used to clean both dogs and cats. Both products are hard water safe and free of harmful chemicals, parabens, alcohols, detergents, SLS, sulfates, phthalates and gluten. The Tuesday launch event is open to guests 21 and over, and will feature food, treats for dogs, complimentary drinks and a red carpet as well as fabulous raffle items including show tickets, staycations, gift baskets and more. Among the celebrities set to appear are Amy Hanley, former cast member on TLC's Sin City Rules; comic/magician Murray SawChuck, headliner at Tropicana Hotel/Casino‘s Laugh Factory; Robert Nash, host of Raack N' Roll at the D Hotel/Casino, and more (subject to change). Well behaved and leashed dogs are encouraged to attend. The first 85 people through the door will receive goodie bags. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Marianna's Pomeranian, Louie. To learn more about the Lucky Luciano's Pet Products line, or to purchase products, please visit Since obtaining non-profit approval in 2000, Adopt A Rescue Pet has grown to be one of Nevada's largest animal rescue groups, providing a safe haven for dogs suffering from abuse, neglect or homelessness. In most of these cases, death would have resulted if the animal had entered a municipally funded shelter. Currently, Adopt A Rescue Pet houses rescued dogs in foster homes, local boarding facilities, and our "under construction" rescue ranch and retirement facility. Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna began as a series of YouTube videos showing how to create facial and body products using items found in the average refrigerator or grocery store. These videos have received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube. In 2013, the "how-to" videos became so popular, that the demand for retail products was evident and Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna's product line was born.

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The Mob Museum

For the first time, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and The Neon Museum, are partnering to offer guests one ticket to two great museums for $30, an average savings of 30 percent. Guests now have the chance to book one daytime tour for the Neon Museum and then visit the Mob Museum with this special same-day offer. Both attractions are located in downtown Las Vegas, approximately 10 minutes apart from one another. The Mob Museum presents an exciting and authentic view of organized crime's impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world while the Neon Museum is the world's largest collection of neon signage displayed in a two-acre Neon Boneyard featuring 150 rescued architectural landmarks from iconic Las Vegas properties, ranging from the 1930s to present day. "We have worked hard to make this collaboration a reality," says Jonathan Ullman, executive director and chief executive officer of The Mob Museum. "In doing so, our guests will encounter two unique and entertaining perspectives on the incredible events and iconic signage that made this city famous." With engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, Museum houses the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. During the guided Neon Museum tour, guests will learn about the unique stories regarding the personalities who created the signs, their inspirations, where and when the signs were made, and the role they played in Las Vegas' colorful history. "We know our Museums offer distinct yet complementary versions of Las Vegas history, so it's a thrill to offer guests one ticket that enables them to experience both sides in one day," concludes Danielle Kelly, executive director of The Neon Museum. Currently, The Neon Museum offers daytime guided tours seven days a week at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The Mob Museum is also open seven days per week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To purchase tickets, go to, or call (702) 229-2734. *Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts and is applicable to both Las Vegas residents and Las Vegas visitors. Tours must be experienced on the same day. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of "20 Places Every American Should See" by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, "Las Vegas' Best New Attractions for 2012" by Travel + Leisure magazine, "9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas" by CNNgo and "Best Museum" by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $19.95 for adults 18 and over, with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. 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. For more information, visit or call (702) 387-6366.

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The city of Henderson announces that Diamond Rio, six-time award-winning "Vocal Group of the Year" and multi-platinum country music super group, will perform at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, for the first time on Friday, September 13th, at 8 p.m. Diamond Rio is one of the most successful country music bands of all time. The group has been entertaining fans for decades. In that time, Diamond Rio has put their stamp on country music, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide, winning four CMA awards, along with two ACM honors, and recently capturing a Grammy after 13 nominations. While in Henderson, the inductees will perform their greatest hits, from the early ‘90s through today. Such songs include "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "Beautiful Mess," "God Is There" and "Meet in the Middle," Diamond Rio's history-making debut single and No. 1 smash hit. Tickets are $15, and are now on-sale. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion box office, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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