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Las Vegas - August 23, 2013


Philip Fortenberry

The Man at the Piano, Philip Fortenberry by name, will make his third solo appearance at The Smith Center on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. Philip was quickly scheduled for an encore performance in the Cabaret Jazz club, following his sold out initial concert on June 23rd. The second, go-round on July 21st, also sold out within a couple of weeks. Now comes the third time for The Man at the Piano at The Smith Center. If you missed the summer shows, or want to see the very talented Mr. Fortenberry again, we strongly suggest buying your tickets, sooner than later. It's a not-to-miss performance for the fabulous flying fingers of Philip Fortenberry.


Third Eye Blind on Fremont Street

From the sublime, Philip Fortenberry at The Smith Center, to the ridiculous, Third Eye Blind at the Fremont Street Experience. We know a few of the more than 7,000 people who attended the FREE concert, held at the downtown Las Vegas Third Street Stage last Saturday, August 17th. The good news, for the folks who promote downtown Vegas, is that it was wall-to-wall people on Fremont Street. The not so good news is that the performance earned average (or below average), disappointing marks from many folks who have (or HAD) been fans of the San Francisco rock band since their 1990s beginnings. We were told it was as if the group hadn't bothered rehearsing for this engagement. In fact, front man, Stephan Jenkins, shared that he had just come back from surfing in some exotic land. Maybe he should have been going over the music and practicing instead. As for the "free" part, nothing is really free these days. There is, of course, the cost to get to the venue, whether by cab, rickshaw, or your own vehicle, which usually runs on gas that costs a few bucks. Maybe there is a baby sitter involved. Perhaps a frosty beverage to pay for. And, oh yes. Let us not forget the cost of parking. A number of downtown hotels were charging a $5 or $10 fee to park on their property. The experience at the Experience might keep some of last week's attendees from returning for other FREE concerts.

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There wasn't an empty seat in the 500+ seat Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas for Rob Garrett's fourth annual Hot August Night concert last Saturday. As a follow-up to the sold out multi-media Cannery performance, Garrett takes his one hour Neil Diamond tribute revue to Henderson's Sunset Station for two same-day shows tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th, at 4 and 6 p.m. If you missed the Cannery engagement, or want to see Garrett again, he and his King of Diamonds Band will perform Diamond favorites in the comfortable 500-seat Club Madrid. It's still August, and it's still hot. So are Garrett and company. Rob, a longtime Las Vegas resident and entertainer, has been performing his Neil Diamond tribute for audiences around the world since 1995. He has become the most popular and most requested Neil Diamond tribute act in the business, and is known worldwide as the "King of Diamonds." Like his iconic counterpart, Rob as born and raised in New York City. His physical and vocal resemblance to the legendary singer/songwriter is uncanny, prompting an entertainment columnist to call him the "Best Tribute Act in the Business." A limited number of General Admission tickets for Garrett‘s Sunset Station shows, priced at $18.50, plus taxes and fees, are available for purchase at any Station Casino Box Office (open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Rob Garrett by Erwin Flacks

Rosanna Telford

Also back by popular demand, following a couple of earlier SRO gigs, talented songstress, Rosanna Telford, who frequently works with Rob Garrett in his Neil Diamond tribute show, will be entertaining in the Italian American Club lounge on Wednesdays from 8 p.m. until midnight. Rosanna will be using a number of different musicians to accompany her for her weekly engagements. Not only do folks come for the music, but pretty Ms. Telford has an enviable stage wardrobe that brings in the crowd to see, "What will she wear next?" Stop in at the Italian American Club, have dinner, then visit the lounge for a treat for both the ears and eyes.

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There are very few people in show business, who have worked more on the Las Vegas Strip than singer/impressionist, Bob Anderson. For more than a decade, the Top of the Dunes was his home on the Strip for 40-weeks a year. As a matter of fact, Anderson had two homes in Southern Nevada - the Top of the Dunes for work, and a residence in Green Valley where he and his wife, Karen, raised their two children, Matt and Carrie. "I was very fortunate to have worked as much as I did in town, and to be at home with family and friends, a luxury very few performers enjoy." Anderson moved on from the Dunes to the stages of just about every main room in the city. It was Merv Griffin who, following an introduction by Nancy Sinatra, launched Anderson into the big time. Griffin wrote Bob's act and presented him to the world on his TV variety show as, "the singing impressionist!" Soon, all the other talk show hosts requested an appearance. Johnny Carson saw Bob on the Mike Douglas Show and sent his talent coordinators to the Top of the Dunes to catch his performance. They immediately booked Anderson on the following Monday's show. Bob went over so well, that Johnny asked him back on Thursday of the same week. Bob Anderson is the only artist to ever appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson twice in the same week. Anderson became a well known name, not only in Las Vegas, but in many parts of the world, with more than 100 national and international talk shows, network variety shows and major telethons. In 2012, Anderson performed with 11 symphonies around the world. Anderson's most recent Las Vegas engagement was at The Smith Center Cabaret Jazz. Prior to that, he did a sold-out concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at UNLV. On Saturday, September 14th at 8 p.m., and Sunday, the 15th at 3 p.m. (doors open one hour prior to show), Bob Anderson will be performing at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara. He will have a quintet of some of the finest musicians in Las Vegas, with Vince Falcone at the piano. "I am really looking forward to working at a supper club here in Vegas. The casinos are great, but I'll take the night club every time." Cover charge is $25 for show only. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the (IAC).
Dinner is available before or after show. Reservations are required. Call (702) 457-3866. For more about Bob Anderson, go to bobanderson.com.


Bob Anderson

Nino Frediani by Stephen Thorburn

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Reminder...
The encore of the original variety show, Unstoppable, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25th, at The Onyx Theater, 953 East Sahara Ave., in Commercial Center, just west of Maryland Parkway. Producer and star of Unstoppable is veteran entertainer, Nino Frediani. Appearing with Frediani are some other veteran performers - including vocalists Maggi Albisanai and Victor Moea; Judy Garland tribute artist, Denise Rose; and 79-year-old magician, Zarrin (still not sure of the correct spelling of his name). Frediani, is a member of a nine-generation circus show business family. He began performing at the age of two. Nino latched on to juggling, and, in 1968, was named the "World's Fastest Juggler." He toured around the world four times, performed twice for the Queen of England, and worked with Elvis Presley! In his follow-up of Murray and Chloe Crawford SawChuck's August 14th Beggin' for Magic charity show, benefiting the no-kill shelter Friends for Life Humane Society in Pahrump, reporter John Katsilometes wrote this about Frediani..."Those who donated their time to the show, which was put together in 3˝ weeks and raised $5,500 for the shelter, included the world's best 74-year-old, legally blind juggler, Nino Frediani. This man is a better entertainer than a lot of Las Vegas performers who are decades younger and can actually see beyond the first row. Incredible." (Note: Actually, Kats, Nino is only 73.) Tickets for Unstoppable are $20. Call (702) 732-7225 for reservations and/or more information. The Onyx Theatre is located inside The Rack at 953 E. Sahara, Suite B-16, in Commercial Center.

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Lee Roy Reams, who celebrates his birthday today, passes along this information. The annual An Evening with the Astaires took place at The John Drew Theatre in East Hampton on Sunday, August 18th. The program starred Mr. Reams, who portrayed the flamboyant Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas production of The Producers, along with Anna Bergman and Jennifer Sheehan. Musical direction was by James Followell. It featured an evening of songs associated with, or introduced by, Adele and Fred Astaire. Among the many celebrities in attendance was 87-year-old actress, Dina Merrill.


Lee Roy Reams, Anna Bergman, Jennifer Sheehan & James Followell

Wes Winters & Kathleen "Kat" Ray

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On Wednesday, the Ms. Senior Nevada Pageant, now in its 28th year, was held in the showroom of the South Point hotel Casino. Among the talent performing for the program were the Aliante Steppers, violinist Kevin Gardner, singer Dondino, the Ovations Dancers and pianist/entertainer Wes Winters. The winner of the 2013 competition was Kathleen "Kat" Ray. Ms. Ray, who won the talent portion of the program with her version of "The Lady Is a Tramp," was sponsored by Norm Caparella and LJ Harness of West Sahara's Cadillac of Las Vegas. The new Ms. Senior Nevada was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times newspaper story, profiling her 16-piece big band that maintains their performance level with rehearsals in an east side garage. Congratulations, one and all.

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is issuing a special pictorial postmark to help the City of West Hollywood proclaim August 26th as Helen Reddy Day in recognition of the singer's contributions to women's equality. The date coincides with the 93rd Anniversary of the 19th Amendment being incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
West Hollywood Mayor, Abbe Land, Helen Reddy and celebrity artist Nicolosi, who designed the pictorial postmark, provided a sneak peek of the image on Monday, August 19th, at a press conference in West Hollywood City Hall Lobby, when the City officially proclaimed August 26th as Helen Reddy Day in West Hollywood. On Monday, the 26th, the City of West Hollywood will host the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board with A Night In Herstory! at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers & Auto Court, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The event will feature Helen Reddy as keynote speaker. Reddy will perform her iconic song, "I am Woman," and unveil an enlargement of the special pictorial postmark on a commemorative cachet envelope designed by Nicolosi. Afterwards, Reddy and Nicolosi will both sign the enlargement and be available for autographs. The City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board will celebrate Women's Equality Day a special celebration commemorating both the Board's 20 years of service to the West Hollywood community and the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 26th at the West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room Council Chambers and Auto Court, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The program will feature special guest speakers, a historical digital installation, film shorts and a reception. In addition, there will be a special performance from Helen Reddy of her song "I Am Woman." Reddy will also serve as the keynote speaker for the evening. A representative from the United States Post Office, artist Nicolosi and Helen Reddy will unveil the pictorial commemorative postmark and limited cache envelope which will be available for purchase with their autographs. The iconic singer and actress' song, "I Am Woman," was her first No. 1 record. The song won the Best Pop Vocal Performance Female GRAMMY in 1972, and remains a powerful feminist movement anthem. Reddy, who will turn 72 in October, has been singing since she was a young girl, as part of a well-known show-business family in Melbourne. But she didn't score hugely until her 1971 hit cover of "I Don't Know How to Love Him," the big ballad from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Over the next decade, she produced 15 top 40 hits - including "Leave Me Alone," "Angie Baby," You and Me Against the World," and "Ain't No Way To Treat a Lady" - with three reaching No. 1. As fans know, her biggest song was the feminist anthem "I Am Woman." Ten years ago, the "I Am Woman" singer-songwriter gave up on show business and started a whole new life in her homeland of Australia. She got her degree in clinical hypnotherapy, and for the last decade has lived modestly in Sydney. Reddy recently made her return to the musical stage at a club in San Diego. She decided to come back to performing after being buoyed by the warm reception she got when she sang at her sister's birthday party. The August 26th Helen Reddy Day special pictorial postmark will be available by mail for 30 days from the date of issue. It will be applied free of charge to any item that can be ink-stamped and has applicable First-Class postage affixed. Place item to be postmarked, with stamps affixed, into a cover envelope and mail to address below. Be sure to include any special instructions and your return address. Helen Reddy Day Postmark, c/o Los Angeles District Retail Manager, 7001 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles CA 90052-9602. We think Las Vegas is ready for Reddy to return to a local stage. Anybody listening?


Helen Reddy Honored

Dr. Timothy Hoft

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Tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th, at 7:30 p.m., the Live at Green Valley Presbyterian Church Concert Series presents Dr. Timothy Hoft and Anastasia Petanova, Flute and Piano Recital.
UNLV piano faculty Timothy Hoft has given solo and chamber performances in the concert halls of France, Italy, England, Scotland, Czech Republic and the U.S., including at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Kennedy Center. He will collaborate with virtuoso flutist, Anastasia Petanova. Originally from Moscow, Ms. Petanova has performed with the leading orchestras of Russia in concert tours throughout Europe and North America. Together the two will be performing sonatas by Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Strauss.
Green Valley Presbyterian Church is at 1798 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson. This recital is free. For more information, call (702) 454-8484, or go to www.greenvalleypres.com.


Anastasia Petanova

Mikalah's New Recording

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Mikalah Gordon, aka Mikalah Cavaricci, best known for her stint on Season Four (2005) of TV talent show, American Idol, has a new recording available. Her debut single, called "Honey," can be downloaded from itunes. "Honey" is a fun, sexy, empowering and "bad ass" rock anthem. Co-written by Mikalah and Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton) who also produced, "Honey" features guitar player Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy). The Idol finalist grew up in Las Vegas, where her father, Rocky Gordon, is a veteran musician. Mikalah started her road to stardom at the age of 12 when she sang for The President of the United States, Bill Clinton. After her success with the performance, and multiple leads in school plays, Mikalah decided to audition for American Idol. Continuing to branch out, Mikalah pursued her other first love, acting. She showed off her comedy chops in a recurring role alongside The Nanny's Fran Drescher on the WB sitcom, Living with Fran, and landed other notable appearances, including guest spots on the CBS series The Unit. Most recently, Mikalah starred in CMT's hit music reality series, Gone Country 2, alongside fellow cast members, Sebastian Bach of Skidrow, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, Sean Young, Lorenzo Lamas, and host, John Rich, taking her singing, songwriting and fun-loving personality into the world of country music. Mikalah often performs at events to raise awareness for arts education in schools with the charity, Little Kids Rock. These performances allow her to continue her love for music, and pass it on to a younger generation. Often pairing her up with former American Idol contestants and other celebrities, Mikalah has had the opportunity to meet many people that have influenced her as an artist. Musician/ producer, Rob Arthur, is one such person that has had a great impact on Mikalah's life. After meeting on a tour and performing together Mikalah and Rob hit it off and began making music together. With the release of Mikalah's "Honey," the teaming of Mikalah and Rob will begin to bring a new genre of music alive.

Rocky Gordon & Company will present Dixieland Jazz, a dinner show at Garfield's Restaurant, 2620 Regatta Drive, off Buffalo, between Lake Mead and Cheyenne, on Tuesday, August 27th. Dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m., with entertainment starting at 6. Cost is $45 per person, and includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call (702) 925-8333.

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Hope 6: An Afternoon of Classical Ballet, sponsored by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow, August 24th, and Sunday the 25th, at UNLV's Judy Bayley Theater. The program will feature former dancers from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular production, and the Nevada Ballet Theater, along with dancers from a number of other Las Vegas shows. Proceeds from the performances will benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. General seating tickets for this event are priced at $25, plus taxes and fees. Discounts are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, military personnel, and all students. To purchase tickets by phone, call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787, or to purchase online, visit the UNLV Performing Arts Center's website at pac.unlv.edu. For more information, go to http://nct.unlv.edu.


Hope 6

Lou Toomin Celebrates Another Birthday

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Man about town, Lou Toomin, celebrated his birthday a few days early, brunching with friends and family at the popular westside Bagel Café. Joining in the celebration were Nelson Sardelli, Marty Allen, and Lou's son, Dr. Larry Toomin, visiting from Southern California. Many happy returns of the day to the elder statesman/perennial candidate.

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Produced by Greg Thompson, The IV Tenors perform at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th, at 7 p.m.
The show features vocals by Brian Damson (who also provides some comedy moments), Morgan James, Michael Scott Brooks and Ken Nielson. The IV Tenors sing hits from Broadway, classical masterpieces, rock and pop music anthems, and even some big sky country music. The Reno Gazette Journal raved, "The IV Tenors are four big strapping guys with even bigger voices!" The Seattle Times declared, "The Tenors nearly blew the roof off the theatre!" Broadway World claimed, "Knockout harmonies with fun, sexy charisma!" Presented by Mistinguett Productions, tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. They are available at the Starbright Theatre door, or by going to the box offices at the Pinnacle, Mountain Shadows, or Desert Vista community centers. For more details, call the Starbright at (702)240-1301. On Sunday, August 25th, at 3 p.m., The IV Tenors entertain at Freedom Hall Theatre in Henderson's Sun City Anthem, 2450 Hampton Road. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Anthem residents, and $18 for non-residents, and are available at the Freedom Hall Theatre Box Office. For additional information, call (702) 614-5864. Don't miss the opportunity to see this hit show as The IV Tenors pass through Las Vegas on their National Tour.


The IV Tenors

Maryann Morrone

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Maryann Morrone, 68, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Aug. 15, 2013, after a brief illness. She was a 40-year resident of Las Vegas, co-owner of Andiamo Travel, and lector at Guardian Angel Cathedral. Maryann is survived by her life partner, Adrienne Gottlieb; and numerous friends and family. Those who knew Maryann were truly blessed and will never forget her. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Guardian Angel Cathedral, 302 Cathedral Way. Burial followed at Palm Valley View Memorial Park, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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Lisa Gioia-Acres reports on this weeks Las Vegas Media Group get-together. "What a great meeting we had on Monday, Aug. 19. Joining the group via a SKYPE chat was our leader, Frank Mitrani. I can't believe we didn't think to do this sooner; Frank was able to watch the comings and goings, talk and see his old friends, and stay with us for most of the presentation (until the computer battery ran out. I forgot to bring the cord!). It was so good to see Frank and his beautiful wife, Jean. As you know, Frank is going through some health challenges and can't make it our meetings for the time being, so being able to visit with him this way was the next best thing! John Getter and his wife, Pat, were are team speakers. Both shared a bit of their history as authors, journalists, and now as public speakers. Pat gave some wonderful anecdotes about her pre-Las Vegas history when she and her mother visited as tourists. It gave a different perspective to all of us Las Vegas Old Timers!" Stay tuned for news about the September Las Vegas Media Group luncheon.


Frank Mitrani via SKYPE

Martin Mancuso

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Martin Mancuso, "The Man with the Singing Saxophone," returns to Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, tonight, Friday, August 23rd, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Back by popular demand after a successful first performance last week, Mancuso will play Romantic Ballads, Rhythm & Blues, Standards, Bossa Nova, Blues, and Bocelli, while accompanied by Bill McClure on keyboard.

Martin, who is the nephew of veteran Las Vegas musician, Gus Mancuso, will introduce his new game show. Join the evening with fantastic food, music and fun. Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, located at 3900 Paradise Rd., is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. Call (702) 791-7011.

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In addition to last Friday, August 16th, being the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and what would have been the 85th birthday of the late Eydie Gorme, it was also the 50th birthday of Madonna, and the birthday of the Giffords...that would be talk show co-hostess, and one of TVs most annoying "personalities," Kathie Me Gifford, and her husband, retired professional football player, Frank Gifford. The fourth hour of the Today show made an overly big deal out of Kathie Me's 60th, with her grimacing and complaining about being so old throughout. If aging is so painful for her, and she thinks she is over the hill at 60, we have to wonder how she feels about Frank, who turned 83 on the same day his wife went through the trauma of surviving to the new 40. Poor Frank.


Frank & Kathie Me Gifford

Steve Golden

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This was sent to us by both musician Steve Golden and actor Bart Williams (who feels the same pressures and rewards apply to actors as well). We felt the message was worth sharing.
"Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes."
This was written by David Ackert, of the Los Angeles Times.

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My Healthy Meals Grand Opening

My Healthy Meal, a provider of all-natural organic and pre-portioned meals, celebrated the opening of its new location in Henderson with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 20th. My Healthy Meal owner, Candace Bailey, welcomed City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, several members of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, as well as Henderson City Councilwoman, Gerri Schroder. "Our first store opened in Summerlin last year, and we noticed many of our customers were traveling from Henderson," says Bailey. "We kept hearing requests to open a second location and it felt like the right time. We've received such a warm welcome from the city of Henderson and couldn't be happier to be part of the community." The new Henderson location, at 9500 S. Eastern Ave, features My Healthy Meal's first ever Smoothie Bar. During the celebratory event, Mayor Hafen enjoyed the Henderson Health Nut smoothie made in his honor. In addition to 14 smoothie flavors, customers can choose from fresh portion-controlled meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as snacks that cater to individuals always on the go. Menu items include salads, seafood, beef, chicken, flatbreads, vegetarian, desserts and raw foods to take home or dine-in. For those with specific dietary and nutritional needs, My Healthy Meal offers gluten free, low carbohydrate, high protein, low calorie and vegetarian options. The Summerlin store is located at 10220 W. Charleston Blvd. #2.
Shown in accompanying photo by Joe Coomber: Candace Bailey (center), Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder, and members of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.

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Grape Street Café Wine Bar & Cellar, is introducing Open Mic Night, beginning tonight, Friday, August 23rd. On Fridays, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., all musicians, comedians and magicians are welcome to take the mic and show off their talents. Jason Hutchings, a local musician, songwriter and producer, will host Open Mic Night. Grape Street is also offering a late night happy hour, with half off on all appetizers, and buy one glass of wine or beer and get the next one free during Open Mic Night. Happy hour is not valid with any other offer. "We want our guests to have fun while dining with us," said John McKibben, executive chef and owner of Grape Street Café. "What better way to add a little more excitement to the dining experience, than with live entertainment." Grape Street, which opened in Las Vegas in November 1997, offers an Italian, Mediterranean and California bistro-style menu. The restaurant has been ranked "very good to excellent" by Zagat for its cuisine and was named a "Top 10 Las Vegas Wine Bar Restaurant" by Gayot. With a full retail license, customers can purchase bottles of wine to go for 50 percent off or 60 percent off by the case. Grape Street has a private room available for parties and also offers catering. Open Mic Night host Hutchings got his start in music playing for Professor Punn, a local band that opened and toured with Sublime and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also produced music for ESPN, SPIKE TV and independent films. Hutchings attended the acclaimed Musicians Institute, where he obtained a degree in music production. He has performed with local groups, including The Watson Family and DevilCar. Grape Street, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd. at Buffalo, is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information on Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar, call (702) 228-9463, or visit http://www.grapestreetcafe.com/.

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