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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from August 02, 2013
You can find the current column HERE


Las Vegas - August 2, 2013


Angela Chan

Wayne Green

Wow, it's almost Composers Showcase time again. This month, it‘s on the 14th, and tickets are going quickly! There is a very exciting diverse line-up, with some new faces and voices that the showcase is very happy to be presenting. Come out and support live and original music...that's what The Composers Showcase is all about. Presented by PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, this wonderful event takes place in the Cabaret Jazz club in the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, on Wednesday, August 14th,10:30 p.m. (after theater. Doors open at 9:30. This months' contributors are Composers: Jolana Adamson, Steve Bonino, Angela Chan, Mada Ffank, Wayne Green, Ben Hale, Martin Kaye, Johnny Miles, Frankie Moreno, Richard Oberacker, Danny Roque, Keith Thompson, Mark Wherry, Rich Wyman and more. Performers include: Megan Arnoldy, Travis Cloer, Pascale Elia, Mike Erickson, Kristen Hertzenberg, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia, Nikka Wahl, Jacquie Holland-Wright, and Children of the Moon.
Players are: George Bryant, Gary Cordell, Tish Diaz, Joel Ferguson, Mark Ferratt, Philip Fortenberry, Pablo Gadda, Mikey Hachey, Jimmy Keegan, Kevin Stout, Eric Tewalt, Tyler Williams and others. Sound is by Kevin Harvey, and lights are by Steven Mack. Cash bar and late night menu are available. Tickets are $20 at the Smith Center Box Office, or call (702) 749-2000 or online at www.thesmithcenter.com for reservations. Walk-ups are welcome ... if the show isn't already sold out.

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Once again, Las Vegas is well represented on America's Got Talent. We are sure we have missed other local competitors (we don't see the NBC reality show every week), but this seasons we did catch female magician, Ariann Black; comic impressionist Angela Hoover, who lived her for a few years; Anna Christine, a 10-year-old, Las Vegas-born, singer/pianist/ songwriter; and The KriStef Brothers, a comedy balancing act. The KriStef Bros have been performing together since childhood. Kristofer and Stefan both come from generations of circus families and performance talents. They grew up in Las Vegas, learning hand-to hand acrobatics from Kristofer's father, who comes from an Italian circus background, in their backyard. They also received ballet training from Stefan's mother who was a Prima Ballerina, and jazz training from Kristofer's mother, who was a professional jazz dancer. The two young performers were natural jokesters as children. In addition, Stefan's Swedish born father was a great coach for clowning skills. The KriStef Brothers, who really aren't brothers, began performing by the age of 10, and have continued to learn new talents and tricks to add to their act over the years, leading them to perform worldwide from across Europe and South America, to throughout the US in various acclaimed shows. Both Anna and The KriStef Brothers have made it into the America's Got Talent finals. Stay tuned.


The KriStef Brothers by Joel Gordon

The Rat Pack Is Back!

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On Tuesday night, we were in the audience for Dick Feeney's (with three "e"s) The Rat Pack Is Back!, currently performing in the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The cast, depicting the singin', swingin' members of the famed Rat Pack brigade on the night we saw the show, was made up of Robbie Howard as Joey, Drew Anthony as Dean, Kenny Jones as Sammy and Brian Duprey as Frank. Stacey Nicole does a turn as Marilyn, interacting with a male audience member, much to the delight of the "victim" and the audience.

No pre-recorded tracks for The Rat Pack Is Back! show. Feeney uses real live musicians! During the summer months, nine players are on the stage. During the heavier tourist season, the group bumps up to a dozen musicians. Led by trumpet player Lon Bronson, on Tuesday, in addition to Bronson, the Rat Pack Orchestra was made up of Rob Cooke on piano; Bob Rogan on bass; Tommy Porrello on trumpet; Dwight Smith on trombone; sax men, Garrett Hypes, Jeff Jordon and Dave Stambaugh; and Mark Corbin on drums. "Joey" opens with "Luck Be a Lady," before introducing "Dean," who sings "When You're Drinkin," "That's Amore," "Volare" and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You." It's "Sammy's" turn next, doing "That Old Black Magic," "Hey There," "Something's Gotta Give," "The Candy Man," "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" and "Mr. Bojangles." "Frank" took to the stage last. His signature songs included "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die," "Fly Me To the Moon," "Summer Wind," and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Frank and Sammy do a little song and dance to "Me and My Shadow," the fellows all join up to do "That's Life," with Frank hanging out to sing "My Way" followed by bows. The cast returns for a "New York-New York" finale. Since this is the Rat Pack, and they are recreating Las Vegas in "The Good Old Days," there is plenty of comedy among the boys. The performers and the audience all have a good time...just like in those "Good Old Days." For reservations, call the Rio box office at (702) 777-2399. The Rat Pack Is Back! is dark on Fridays.


Robbie Howard

Lon Bronson

And, speaking of Lon Bronson...
If you are reading this early enough, it's First Hot August Friday! for the popular Lon Bronson Band. Tonight, Friday August 2nd, from 9 p.m. to midnight, the group is in the Railhead Showroom at Boulder Station. Featured performers include Tony Davich, Jim Buck, Kenny Jones, Lisa Mayer, Nina D, and many, many more!
(Thanks for your help, Lon.)

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If you were around here in the 1980s, and patronized the Las Vegas lounges, you may remember the name Dondino. The onetime local entertainer is back, after a number of years away (they almost always come back). The longtime Vegas performer is once again making this city his home after "taking his act on the road" for a decade. On Sunday, August 11th, beginning at 8 p.m., he will be honored by the Italian American Club at a fundraiser, entitled "Welcome Home Dondino," at their facility at 2333 E. Sahara. When Dondino came to Vegas in the 1980s, it was for a brief engagement at The Four Queens Hotel and Casino. That "brief engagement" turned into a 12-year gig. His lavishly-produced, six weekly performances attracted thousands of new people to the downtown area, eventually building his following into a worldwide fan club of more than 4,000 members. After 13 years in Vegas, Dondino opened his own theater in the then-booming Mecca of Branson, Missouri, where he performed daily, making even more fans and friends, and prompting many of them to visit Las Vegas. Much of Dondino's success has been enhanced by involvement in humanitarian and civic efforts, including this one on the 11th, a fundraiser for IAC president, Angelo Cassaro. All the proceeds of the evening will benefit the IAC and its many charitable and civic efforts, including scholarships for worthy students. Several dignitaries and celebrities will honor Dondino with a "Welcome Home" segment. The club's facility has recently received a facelift, with new décor and ambiance. Nightly and special entertainment provides evenings of music, excitement, and fun for both members and non-members. There are 300 seats available for the elegant Welcome Home Dondino evening. The cost is $20 or $25 for general or VIP seating. Reservations can be made online, at IACVegas.com, or by phone at (702) 457-3866. The Italian American Club, established in 1961, is a non-profit 501C7 organization, whose purpose in part is to exercise, promote, and protect the privileges and interests of its members and residents of the community, state, and country, as well as, to foster interest in the social, charitable, and civic welfare of its members and community. Over the past 53 years, the IAC has donated to Children with Cancer, Shade Tree for abused women and children, Youth Camp of Clark County, Piute Indians of Moapa, Catholic Charities, and many other charitable organizations.


Dondino

Maynard Sloate Prepares for F.I.O.R.E.

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The next F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon meeting is this Thursday, August 8th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara. The guest speaker will be Maynard Sloate. Maynard has a long history in the entertainment business, as a musician, artist representative, entertainment director and producer. He has been in Las Vegas since 1965. Over the past 48 years, Sloate has produced 38 book shows at the downtown (Union) Plaza Hotel, and was producer and director of two editions of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. He also has credits at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, where he remained until 1993 producing 27 Broadway musicals. This will be a fun and informative talk, especially for those who like show business. As always, lunch is $25. Widows of former F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the male members are presidents) are always guests of the non-club club. If you plan on attending the fun-filled gathering, please RSVP to [email protected] or [email protected], ASAP (that means right away).

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In our July 12th column, we posed this question...
"Will Meat Loaf be the next headliner to sign on for a Las Vegas resident gig? We are hearing rumors that he will have his own room in Vegas by September. Stay tuned." Apparently, part of the rumors were true. Meat Loaf, real name Marvin Lee Aday, will launch the upcoming RockTellz and Cocktails, opening at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino mezzanine theater on September 26th, performing for 18 dates, through November 5th. RockTellz and CockTails, a new show that's part VH1 Storytellers and part MTV Unplugged, will feature some of the world's best musicians, with Meat Loaf being first in the series to take the stage in this intimate experience. Show times will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call the Planet Hollywood Box Office at (702) 785-5395, or ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com.


Meat Loaf

Bill Nolte in Most Happy Fella

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Beginning September 21st and running through December 1st, friend Bill Nolte, who portrayed Franz Liebkind in the Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, will be playing the part of Tony in the East Haddam, Connecticut's, Goodspeed Opera House production of Frank Loesser‘s The Most Happy Fella. Rob Ruggerio is directing the powerful and romantic musical, marking the triumphant return of one of Goodspeed's most successful productions at the Opera House and on Broadway. Choreography is by Parker Esse. Bill says, "I am so thrilled to reprise this role, after last fall's Lyric Stage of Dallas‘s production. My conservatory training at CCM is finally paying off . This role fits me like a glove and I feel like I've been waiting my whole career to play Tony. I am so blessed and grateful." Bill is definitely a most happy fella. For Goodspeed reservations, call (860) 873-8668. Until August 18th, Bill is at John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, performing the roles of Jacob/Potiphar/Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Clay Aiken, with Leana Settle as the narrator (she got a Tony nomination this year for her work in Hard Body). For tickets to see Joseph, call the Ogunquit at (207) 646-5511.

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Singer Mark OToole happily tells us that he and Chad Blochowski were married on July 13th in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Surrounded by family and friends, Mark's dad walked him down the aisle, and he says there wasn't a dry eye in the house. "We have been together for five years," says Mark, "and decided to tie the knot. It wasn't like everyone in town didn't know I was gay, and for those who didn't, they probably still think Barry Manilow is straight!!! I'm hoping more of our entertainers come out publicly, as it would help people to understand that gay has been around since oxygen. I don't believe in shoving it down people's throats, but if my friends and fans want to know, I feel like it's something I shouldn't be ashamed of either." Mark goes on to say, "For many years, I have seen more acceptance on this matter, but we still have a long way to go. I don't want to know what goes on in your bedroom, and I'm sure vice versa. I don't believe in public affection, whether it's a straight couple or gay. I don't believe in parading around town to let people know I'm gay either, I just wanted to marry the person I love. When politics and religion continue to preach and condemn people for choosing who we are allowed to love, something is seriously wrong. Thanks to all my friends for their love and support on my decision." Mark OToole, who has won a number of "Best of..." awards, and Entertainer of the Year awards for his work as a lounge performer around these parts, can be seen at Summerlin's Rampart Casino Round Bar, on Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m. The Rampart is located at 221 N. Rampart, at the J.W. Marriott Resort. On occasional Saturdays, starting at 2 p.m., Mark performs at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Call the box office at (702) 693-5583 for schedule. Congratulations, Mark and Chad.


Chad Blochowski & Mark OToole

Frank Mitrani

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Lisa Gioia-Acres passes along this information regarding the Las Vegas Media Group's July meeting.
Hello All. First, let me apologize for not sending the recap of our July 15th Media Group luncheon out sooner. As you know I was not in attendance and I missed, from the reports I've received, a great speaker. Ms. Janet Geary, publisher of Nevada Magazine, shared her Nevada history with the group. Marlene Adrian, president of Women of Diversity and founder of the website, Nevada Women's Virtual Center (NWVC), took video of Janet during her talk and in the near future I believe the presentation will available on the website for all of us to see. I will let you know when that happens. In the meantime, the NWVC site is a women's history resource that you should check out at: http://www.nevadawomensvirtualcenter.org/.

Birthday celebrants for the month of July include, Lenn Cooper, A.D. Hopkins, Chuck Evans, John Foley, Roger Buehrer, Sam Upton, and John "Buzzy" Ullom who turned 80 on July 16! Now, for some news that tears me up to share. I received a call from our beloved leader, founder and caretaker of the Las Vegas Media Group, Frank Mitrani. In April of this year, Frank was told he had bladder cancer. The doctor treating him then was optimistic, believed the treatment prescribed had put the situation under control, and as Frank relayed, treated the whole thing "very casually." This past Friday, however, Frank's kidneys became blocked. Further investigation revealed that the cancer had progressed. Our dear friend will undergo surgery in mid-August to remove his bladder. We are hopeful that his kidneys will be found to be untouched by the disease. If not, then he must undergo radiation therapy. Frank's wife, Jean, is recovering from back surgery and Frank was to be her caregiver. Now, the two of them will need support to help them through this ordeal. As we all know, they live in Kanab, Utah, now. If they were still here in Las Vegas, I know that we would all rally together and give them 24/7 care - they'd likely kick us out of their house! I am going to go up to Kanab to see them in a couple of weeks. I've been meaning to go visit them since they moved there a few years ago. Why is it we wait until something tragic happens before we are stirred to act? I am going to go and give Frank a huge Lisa Hug first, then an even bigger Las Vegas Media Group Collective Hug from all of you. Please keep Frank and Jean and their entire family in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time. We love you, Frank. We miss you. Get well soon.

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Entertainer Nikolas (Nik at Nite) Mastrangelo tells us that they had a fabulous evening at the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay a week ago Thursday, even though, at times, it was so crowded you couldn't move. I cannot find enough superlatives for the band, which consisted of Joey Singer on keys, Steve Golden on winds, and Ryan Rose on drums. There were some showstoppers, which included a guest appearance by The Fab (who were playing in the Mizuya Lounge downstairs). We were also joined by Martin Mancuso who wowed the crowd with his alto sax, and John Acosta, from the Australian Bee Gees show at the Excalibur, who accompanied himself on keys. There were too many guest singers to list here (if I did, I'm sure to forget someone). In addition to members of the House of Blues Foundation Room (whose mission is to support live music and music scholarships and training for young people), we had familiar as well as new faces cheering us on. Thanks to all who attended.

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Richard Perez passes along this info on The NiteKings...
Where does the time go? Is it already August? My how the days fly by when you're having fun! And, you can always have lots of fun when you take time out from your busy schedules, and catch The NiteKings during this month! We do have a couple of changes this month, so please take careful notes, as there will be a test later (once a school teacher, always a school teacher). Every Sunday during August, we will be performing at Sam's Town, in Roxy's Lounge, from 7-11. The crowds have been very good since our move to Sunday night, and we find ourselves playing to a packed house each week. That is pure enjoyment for an entertainer. We thank you all so very much. You can find us there on August 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Every Wednesday during August, you can find The NiteKings and the ever popular NiteKing Band, rockin' the house at The Orleans in The Bourbon Street Cabaret, from 4-8. ONE EXCEPTION! We will not be there on August 28, since we will all be in Pittsburgh doing a big "Oldie" show. (I hope they can get me on the plane and strap me down too). Mark the dates, August 7, 14, and 21. That's the rundown for August with The NiteKings. We do appreciate your continued support and loyalty. Without you, our fans, we would not have the opportunity to perform for you each week. Thank you all again very much from The NiteKings: Victor, Angelo, Eddy, and Skip (Rich, Mgr), and The NiteKing Band: John, Red, Chris, and Tony.


The NiteKings

Neil Patrick Harris

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The very talented Neil Patrick Harris is heading back to Broadway. The all grown up Doogie Houser (Neil just turned 40), will play the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film based on the stage show of the same name, about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The film was adapted and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who also portrayed the title role. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask. The musical has gathered a devoted cult following. In 2001, the film won the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival as well as Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Mitchell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and the Premiere magazine "Performance of the Year Award." In 2003, we saw a local version of Hedwig, put on by Deanna Duplechain's Nevada Theatre Company. This community theater production starred Marcus Weiss (Blue Man Group, Second City, Le Reve) in what may have been the best acting job done by just about anybody. We hoped that a local venue might pick it up to play weekends (ala The Rocky Horror Picture Show) somewhere in the city. It didn't happen...yet. We still think it would be a dandy idea. Anybody listening?


Marcus Weiss

Erich Bergen

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According to the internet, Jersey Boys will soon be coming to the silver screen. Clint Eastwood will be directing, with Frankie Valli as an executive producer. Christopher Walken is supposed to be playing one of the lead roles. What we find most interesting is that Erich Bergen, who played Bob Gaudio in the local production of the musical about the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is rumored to be recreating his role in the film! Most interesting. Erich, who was let go from Jersey Boys when it was still at The Venetian (it is now at Paris Las Vegas), recently performed at The Smith Center in the touring company of Anything Goes. Stay tuned.

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The unsinkable Debbie Reynolds, with busy Joey Singer as her musical director, performs in the Rampart Casino's Grand Ballroom, tomorrow, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday at 4 p.m. At 81, Debbie is still singing, dancing and kicking...maybe just not as high as she used to. Check out this veteran entertainer. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the casino cage. The Rampart is at the corner of Rampart and Summerlin Parkway. Call (702) 507- 5900 for additional info.


Debbie Reynolds

The Presidents of the United States of America

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The Riviera Casino & Hotel will be hosting Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) viewing parties at Queen Victoria Pub in August. Fans are invited to watch UFC 163, tomorrow, Saturday, August 3rd, and UFC 164, Saturday, August 31st, live on pay-per-view. Admission for the viewing party alone is $20, or $50 for all-you-can-drink domestic beers and well drinks. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. UFC 163 features Jose Aldo versus Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) for the World Featherweight Championship in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The UFC 163 fight card also features Machida versus Davis, Leites versus Watson, Ferrira versus Hestor, and Leniker versus Harris. UFC 164 on the 31st pairs Benson Henderson versus Anthony Pettis for the World Lightweight Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fight card includes Mir versus Barnett, Mendes versus Guida, Koch versus Poirier, and Rothwell versus Vera. The Queen Victoria Pub will also host viewing parties for two upcoming UFC events – UFC 165 on September 21st, and UFC 166 on October 19th. Queen Victoria Pub offers an extensive "Craft" beer selection and a pub menu to entice any appetite. Located near the Riviera's casino floor, Queen Victoria Pub is open seven days a week: Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Ever try a smoked beer, herb beer, or fruit beer? Come visit Queen Victoria Pub and taste something new or enjoy your old favorites. For more information, visit http://www.RivieraHotel.com.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, August 3rd at 9 p.m., The Presidents of the United States of America will perform a free concert at the 1st Street Stage during Fremont Street Experience's Rock of Vegas summer concert series. The legendary downtown Las Vegas entertainment venue transforms into summer's alternative destination through Labor Day weekend with the free concert series that showcases a stellar lineup of bands that take music to the edge. The Seattle-based trio, The Presidents of the United States of America, first burst into the public eye with its debut on the strength of radio smashes like "Lump" and "Peaches." The band continues to thrive as an enduring modern rock disc since peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200. II, released in 1996, rocked just as hard, giving birth to the full throttle "Mach Five," which fostered The Presidents of the United States of America's most imaginative and infamous music video. Meanwhile, accelerated fan favorites like "Lunatic to Love" and "Tiki God" left their imprint on then-up and-comers, The Hives. In 2008, The Presidents of the United States of America delivered an inventive, uplifting and often brilliant rock and roll album with These Are The Good Times People. To this day, the band's high energy shows continue to pack venues all over the world, selling out shows in London, Amsterdam, New York, Sydney and Seattle on its last world trek. Third Eye Blind takes the stage on Saturday, August 17th, and Puddle of Mudd finishes out the 2013 Fremont Street Experience's Rock of Vegas summer concert series on Saturday, August 31st. All shows start at 9 p.m.

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Las Vegas is famous for its glitz, entertainment and gambling, but it is also just as famous for its past ties to the Mob. Vegas' mob history has been featured in countless movies, documentaries and books and will now have its own Mob Convention. Mob-Con 2013 will take place at Palace Station Hotel & Casino, September 7th and 8th. For the first time ever, former mobsters, lawmen, true crime writers and historians and people from the entertainment industry will be together in the same place at the same time to talk about "the day." Attendees will have the opportunity to hear and meet in person the very people they used to read about in the papers or see portrayed on the big screen. Mob-Con 2013 is a presentation of Las Vegas entertainer and business man, Robert George Allen, and former mobster, Frank Cullotta. They have also teamed with Mob Attraction to further enhance the Mob-Con experience. "Las Vegas is the ideal city to host Mob-Con (and for many years to come)," said Allen. "People are fascinated about the mob and, without the mob, Las Vegas would not be what it is today. Anyone who has an interest in the mob will not want to miss this event. Mob-Con is giving the general public unprecedented access to the individuals who were a part of this history." The current lineup of guests include: Cullotta (Chicago Outfit and Hole in the Wall Gang), Tony Montana (Chicago Outfit), Andrew DiDonato (Gambino Family), Frank Calabrese Jr. (Chicago Outfit), Kenji Gallo (Columbo Family), Dennis Arnoldy (FBI), Vito Colucci (Law Enforcement), Denny Griffin (Law Enforcement and Author), Warren Hull (Author), Gary Magnesen (FBI), Gary Jenkins (Law Enforcement), Ronald Fino (FBI/CIA) and Cathy Scott (True Crime Author). More will be announced leading up to the event. Visit http://mob-con.net, for updates, more information and to register. Win prizes such as wine, cigars and dinner with the Mob member or law enforcement agent of your choice in daily raffles. Bid on authentic Mafia memorabilia on auction and check out Mob-related wares from numerous vendors. Included with your Mob-Con admission ticket is a complimentary Mob tour, a gripping bus tour of Las Vegas that shows you Sin City's most lurid crime scenes throughout the years.


Frank Cullotta of Mob-Con 2013

Grimaldi's Green Chili Chicken Pizza

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Grimaldi's Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, is featuring the zesty Green Chile Chicken Pizza for the month of August. The Green Chile Chicken Pizza is Grimaldi's classic crust, topped with sliced chicken, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, roasted green chiles, sliced black olives, onions and a sprinkling of cilantro. This pizza is available at all Grimaldi's Pizzeria locations. For dessert, indulge in Grimaldi's Chocolate Cheesecake, served with rich chocolate syrup and whipped cream or Caramel Apple Cheesecake topped with a swirl of delicious caramel and whipped cream. Grimaldi's Pizzeria will continue to offer its traditional dessert menu for guests to choose from. Selections include: Tiramisu, Housemade Cheesecakes-New York Style or Oreo Cookie-priced at $5 each and Grimaldi's Famous Cannoli for $4.50. Grimaldi's pizzas are prepared fresh daily and range in price from $9 to $18. In the world of pizza, Grimaldi's is an institution that has garnered more awards than any other pizzeria in the country, and has more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients, a "secret recipe" pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi's serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi's famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza year after year. Grimaldi's Pizzeria has five locations in Las Vegas and one in Sparks, Nev. Las Vegas locations include The Shoppes at The Palazzo, Rainbow and 215, Boca Park Fashion Village The Fashion Show Mall and Richmar Plaza. The Sparks restaurant is located in The Legends at Sparks Marina.

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Jason Sudeikis

It's apparently official. Jason Sudeikis will be leaving Saturday Night Live. There has been speculation that Sudeikis, whose movie, We're the Millers, opens August 7th, would be the latest SNL cast member to depart, following Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Sudeikis, who's been with SNL for 10 years, recently said, during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, he's "definitely done" with the show. Asked by Letterman how long "a person" could go on with Saturday Night Live, Sudeikis, known for his impressions of politicians Mitt Romney and Joe Biden, replied, "A person can go with it as long as they want. Lorne (Michaels) has been kicking butt at it for 33 out of 38 years. But I'm definitely done. I'm gonna leave. I'm not coming back." Sudeikis began performing at ComedySportz (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. After moving to Chicago, he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic. He was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company, and also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of Second City Las Vegas, where he performed with the company at the Flamingo.

In 2003, at the urging of Tina Fey's husband, Sudeikis joined Saturday Night Live as a sketch comedy writer. Sudeikis also had a recurring guest role on the NBC comedy, 30 Rock. In addition to television, Sudeikis has appeared in films including What Happens in Vegas, Going the Distance, Hall Pass and Horrible Bosses. Sudeikis is currently engaged to Olivia Wilde. See. Sometimes Las Vegas can still be a launching pad for a successful show business career.



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