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Note: This is a past column from September 13, 2013
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Las Vegas - September 13, 2013 (It's Friday the 13th. Act accordingly.)


Deana Martin's Destination Moon

Bagel Boys - Sardelli, Toomin, Record & Allen

September 17th marks the release of Deana Martin's newest album, Destination Moon. Destination Moon is more than just an album...it's a musical rocket ride featuring 14 seminal performances by Ms. Martin. On this, her fourth album, Deana has collected 10 classic, and four new songs, each interpreted with her trademark elegance and charm. From the opening track, Deana treats listeners to an exciting program. Deana, who recently performed in Las Vegas in the showroom at the South Point, selected these songs for their personal meaning, including selections made famous by Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and other legends of song. Speaking of legends, Deana shares the spotlight with her father, Dean Martin, on Cole Porter's "True Love." Each selection is a glimpse into Deana Martin's unique window to the world of pop music and The Great American Songbook. Of the tunes presented here, four new songs are showcased, including the world debut of Deana's concert favorites, "Read Between The Lines," "Where Did You Learn To Love Like That," "Paradise" and "Stuck In A Dream With Me." A one-way trip to the moon takes about four days – Deana pulls it off in about 45 minutes. Buckle up and enjoy the ride! If you pre-order Destination Moon through iTunes before Wednesday, September 17th, you can save a few bucks. The regular price is $20, but, for the next few days, it is available $14.99, which also includes shipping.

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"The Incongruous 3" (that would be Nelson Sardelli, Lou Toomin and Marty Allen), plus two "invited interlopers" (producer Maynard Sloate, and singing comedy impressionist, Scott Record), who have become regulars at the west Las Vegas Bagel Cafe on Saturdays, did not disappoint last weekend. In addition to their usual fun brunch, the Bagel Boys were spotted doing a little shopping for take-home treats (see accompanying photo).

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli, he tells us that he went to see his friend Jack Jones' show on Saturday night at the South Point. Here is his review of Jones' performance..."He sang. The sombitch REALLY sang!!! What set of pipes! What tones! I came back home and did the right thing...I BURNT my 'Singer's card'."


Nelson Sardelli & Jack Jones

Marty Allen & Martha Raye (Hollywood Palace 1966)

And speaking of Mr. Allen...As Louie Anderson did during periods while headlining at the Palace Station, the comic is bringing in veteran funny man, Marty Allen, and his musical wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, to fill in for Louie for a few days at his new gig at the downtown Plaza hotel. Allen, who is a "younger than springtime" at 91, along with his "child bride," promise some new and old material during their October 24th, 25th and 26th engagement in the main showroom at the Plaza. When it comes to vintage Allen, a classic Hollywood Palace video from 1966, featuring Marty and comic actress and singer, Martha Raye, will be shown as part of the evening. Show times are at 7 p.m. for Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell at the Plaza.

Also performing in the Plaza hotel's theater, at 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, are Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith in the very entertaining musical revue, The Phat Pack, and, no, plus-sized Louie Anderson is not a part of that show. How about a "double feature" while you're downtown? Why not see The Phat Pack at 5, and Marty and Karon at 7?

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Lon Bronson Band at Smith Center

The Lon Bronson Band, a staple around Southern Nevada for almost 25 years, will be groundbreakers when they take over The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz club on Wednesday, September 25th. The popular group is the first "local band" to be invited to perform in the 247-seat venue. "We are so honored to be the first local band invited by the Smith Center to perform at the Cabaret Jazz room, which if you have not experienced, is nothing short of breathtaking, not only in it's architecture, but also it's amazingly refined sound," says the Emmy Award-nominated Bronson. "We're hoping that if we do well, we'll be opening the door for other local bands to perform there - it will be good for the entire Vegas music community!" Tickets are $20, and may be purchased by calling (702) 749-2000. For all who enjoy and support live music, this should be a winner. Bronson and company are going to put on a killer 90-minute show featuring the 14-piece iconic industrial strength horn infused funk, rock and soul All-Stars, an ensemble of Vegas' most accomplished musicians, as well as surprise guests - and it really will be amazing in this venue. Support our local talent. Showtime is at 9 p.m.

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Las Vegas Showgirl Museum - Grant Philipo & Melody Sweets

Have you ever won something you didn't even know you were up for? Well, that's what happened to Grant Philipo and his Las Vegas Showgirl Museum. An award, naming the exclusive Showgirl Museum as Las Vegas' "Coolest Museum," came courtesy of Melinda Sheckells, Editor of Vegas/Rated Magazine. This is quite a coup for, at this point, a private museum, especially considering the competition in and around the city. Among the numerous choices available are the Atomic Testing Museum, Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, Clark County Heritage Museum, Neon Museum, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Lied Discovery Children's Museum and The Mob Museum Philipo is seeking commercial space where he can exhibit and share his impressive and fabulous collection of costumes with the masses. Grant's goal is to keep at least SOME of Las Vegas' past alive and kicking! To get an idea of what he owns, go to www.lasvegasshowgirlmuseum.com/, or to Facebook.com/lasvegasshowgirlmuseum.
Accompanying photo by Tomomusica.

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American Trilogy - Icons Garrett, Shandor & D'Egidio

It was a year in the making, but Rob Garrett's American Trilogy - Three Icons/Three Generations finally made its world premiere with two performances at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin last weekend. American Trilogy pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond - with Nick D'Egidio as Sinatra, Justin Shandor as Elvis, and Garrett as Diamond. The three talented gentlemen, backed by seven instrumentalists and vocalists, performed individually and in pairs and groups, covering favorites including "Luck Be a Lady," "Witchcraft," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Love Me Tender," "Strangers In the Night," "Viva Las Vegas," "Sweet Caroline," September Morn" and "New York, New York." The production ended with a show of patriotism in a finale medley of Elvis' "American Trilogy," Diamond's "(Coming to) America," and Sinatra's "The House I Live In," generating a standing ovation from the audience. Saturday's show was a sell out, with the Starbright three-quarters full for Sunday's encore performance. Mr. Garrett's time putting this revue together was obviously well spent. This is the kind of show that could, and should, become an ongoing presentation.

Next Tuesday, September 17th, Rob Garrett will receive the "Tribute Artist of the Year" award of excellence from the Entertainment Exchange at an event presented at the E String Bar & Grill in Henderson, Nevada. A nice and well-deserved honor for a talented, and nice, man.

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Houston reader, Jerry Vann, sent along this information...
Judy Garland's talented daughters, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli, will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two Monday concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer and support The Actors Fund. The 7 p.m. concerts will be held in New York on October 14th and 21st at Birdland on West 44th Street. Most tickets start at $250 and include drinks and dinner. The last time the sisters performed together was during a memorable duet at the 1993 Tony Awards. Other guest performers will include Nick Adams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jim Caruso, Kelly King, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman and Marcia Strassman. The concerts will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Another of our show business readers, Bart Williams, passed along these comments regarding the benefit performances..."I won't be in N.Y. at that time, but THIS would really be worth seeing!! I recall that many years ago, Liza flatly refused to ever appear with her sister. This may be a "once in a lifetime" event! I wish I could see it. But, you know damn well that it will be SOLD-OUT, and they will be such a big success that it will evolve into "An Act" called "Momma's Girls," and be booked into Las Vegas, (where I WILL go see it) then an Album and a National Tour. I guess it took The Actors Fund to get those two together." For tickets to Lorna's Pink Party, starring Lorna Luft with her special guest Liza Minnelli, call the Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation at (212) 221-7300, or e-mail [email protected].


Lorna Luft & Liza Minnelli

Jim Belk

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A memorial service for Jim Belk will take place in Las Vegas at Christ the King Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines, on Thursday, September 19th at 1 p.m. The well-liked and much respected musician was only 47 when he passed away on September 3rd, the result of a rare form of cancer. Jim is survived by his wife Megan; two young daughters, Andress (12) and Eliza (10); and many friends. The public is invited to attend.

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Broadway's Tommy Tune, who was one of the alternating headliners (which also included The Phantom of the Opera's Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, and Rick Springfield) in EFX at the MGM Grand in 1999, returns to Las Vegas for shows in the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center on Saturday, September 21st at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday the 22nd at 3 p.m. Tickets for the appropriately named Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales show, are priced from $39 to $59. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Tommy Tune

Alison Ward

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Get well wishes to Howard Jochsberger, who is on the mend, and back home, after some health problems. The former longtime Boyd Gaming executive retired to Florida, to be closer to family members, about a year ago.

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On Sunday, September 22nd, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30), the Performing Arts Society of Nevada will present Play It Again Sam! The Music of Casablanca and Other Songs Too Well Loved To Ever Be Forgotten, in the theater at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr. (east of Eastern, and north of Desert Inn). The program will feature Alison Ward, a native of Liverpool, and New York/New York veteran of Broadway Celebration and Dancing Queen, along with an ensemble of some of Las Vegas' most promising vocal and dancing talent. Together, they'll revisit the magical world of Casablanca, covering the movie's soulful and romantic favorites like "As Time Goes By" and "The Very Thought Of You," as well as other hits made popular by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sarah Brightman, Andre Bocelli, The Beatles, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and other great vocalists. Alison began her singing career at an early age with performances throughout the UK and Germany, including the London Palladium and the prestigious Her Majesty's Theater in London. A Leed University graduate, Alison has recorded original songs, guest entertained on Princess Cruises around the world, and sang as the lead singer "Agnetha" in the world tour of Abba Mania. Joining Alison will be New Jersey native and Carnegie Mellon University trained musical theater trouper, Graham Fenton. Graham plays Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the acclaimed Broadway musical seen nightly at Paris Las Vegas. Graham commanded this role in the original Las Vegas company, as well as on Broadway and during the 1st National Tour and the Australian Tour. His mesmerizing performance as a musical idol has been known to have audiences laughing one moment and in tears the next. He will croon to such beloved Frankie Valli hits as "My Eyes Adored You" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You." Nicole Kaplan is another featured vocalist with notable talent. Nicole has performed across the country from Walt Disney World in Florida, to the Hollywood Bowl in California. She was most recently seen singing and disco dancing on the Las Vegas Strip in an ABBA revue, and helped open The Smith Center as a backup singer for Jennifer Hudson. Joining Nicole, is New York lead singer and indie band Astoria Boulevard front man, Phillip Drennen. Astoria Boulevard's recent debut album garnered praise in both the Wall Street Journal and on NPR. Nightlife Exchange named the group one of the "Hot 100 Unsigned Bands." Phillip has also performed theatrically in Off-Broadway and National Tours, most notably as "Mathew" in Altar Boyz, as well as a soloist for the Knoxville Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and 12 Irish Tenors. Nicole and Phillip will perform "Time To Say Goodbye" for this program, the magical duet made famous by Brightman and Bocelli, with their stunning 1996 recording and subsequent live performances. A highlight of the program will be several dance numbers by some of Las Vegas' most extraordinary dance talent. This troupe of four is led by Planet Hollywood iCandy dance captain and Las Vegas native, Carlynn Mazon. Dancing since the age of three, Carlynn has performed in many of Las Vegas' most popular productions, including Folies Bergere, iCandy the Show at Planet Hollywood, and New York's Broadway Celebration and Dancing Queen. Carlynn is joined by fellow New York hoofers, Chris Racine and Joe Marshall, as well as Vegas! The Show dancer, Megan Kovitch. Collectively, they have danced their way around a good portion of the globe, delighting showroom, theatrical and cruise line audiences everywhere. Their repertoire will include a "Lindy Hop," inspired tap to "Stomping At The Savoy," the song named after Harlem's legendary ballroom of the late '20s to '40s, and made famous by recordings from the Chick Webb and Benny Goodman Orchestras. With beautiful songs, spectacular vocal harmonies, and some of Las Vegas' most entertaining performers, this vocal and dance extravaganza is sure to bring back all the romance and mystique of Casablanca, as well as the excitement of many of your favorite songs and artists. Don't miss PASNV's Variety Program, Play It Again Sam! The Music of Casablanca and Other Songs Too Well Loved To Ever Be Forgotten. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit organization dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years. PASNV Sunday afternoon programs begin at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741 or e-mail [email protected]


Graham Fenton

Phillip Drennen

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On Friday, September 20th, and Saturday, September 21st, Julien's Auctions will host a landmark auction event with the sale of The Personal Property, Antiques and Memorabilia from the Estate of Bob and Dolores Hope. The auction contains items from Hope's more than 60 year career in entertainment including Vaudeville, film, stage performances, television specials and entertaining the troops for the USO. Memorabilia from Bob's personal passion for golf, personal awards, and from his many celebrity friends, is also represented in this sale. Bob and Dolores Hope shared a 69 year marriage during which they raised a family and lived in their Toluca Lake and beautiful Palm Springs homes. Property from both homes will be auctioned, including the Hopes' collection of antiques and artwork. Highlights of the sale include: a photograph inscribed to Hope by John F. Kennedy, Hope's personal golf cart, golf putters, a Bob Hope People's Choice award, a George I bureau cabinet, Turkish carpets, a Red Skelton clown painting, furniture, decorative arts and memorabilia from the careers and life of Bob and Dolores Hope. The property exhibition is open to the public at the Julien's Beverly Hills Gallery, through Friday, September 29th. Please join Julien's on September 20th and 21st, as Bob Hope and Dolores continue to touch the lives of their fans and make history.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION: Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills, through Thursday, September 19th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Sundays). LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION: Friday, September 20th, Session I at 2 p.m. P.D.T.; Saturday, September 21st, Session II at 10 a.m. P.D.T.; Session III at 2 p.m. P.D.T. EXHIBITION AND AUCTION LOCATION: Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills, 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, Beverly Hills, California 90210.


Bob & Dolores Hope

Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne

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The CD release party for West Coast Cool - Cheryl Bentyne/Mark Winkler is at Vitello's in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, this Sunday, September 15th. The award-winning, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist/lyricist, Mark Winkler, meets multi-Grammy winning vocalist, Cheryl Bentyne (original member of The Manhattan Transfer), to form a dynamic duo intent on proving how cool the 'West Coast Cool Jazz' scene of the '50s still is. Together and separately they perform songs by Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London and Bobby Troup (to name a few). The duo has added lots of new songs, since their last trip to Vitello's, and hope folks will come down to help them celebrate. Cheryl and Mark, with Rich Eames on piano, Dave Tull on drums, and Tim Emmons on bass, perform starting at 8 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 (food is excellent). Cover charge is $20. For tickets and reservations, please call (818)769-0905. Vitello's is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City.

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Lisa Gioia-Acres shares this sad news regarding the Las Vegas Media Group...
Our dear friend and LVMG member, Sam Upton, has passed away. Sam always came to the meetings with a smile and funny story to share. I know you will all miss him as much I will. Please keep Sam's family in your thoughts as you go through your day today. His obituary states, Sam Upton, 90, of Las Vegas, known to many as the "Ancient One," whose motto for longevity was "stay vertical," sat down for a rest Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013. Guess he was right His philosophy was that through hard work you can build great things. He built a marriage that lasted since 1941, he built two strong sons and a lot of memories from his travels. He worked for 60 years in various levels of construction management, notably being project manager for the original building of the southern Nevada water project to bring water to Las Vegas from Lake Mead. He managed the work for many hotel projects including Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Riviera and the original MGM. His influence on the Las Vegas skyline since moving here 52 years ago will be seen for a long time. He finished his career at the Clark County School District by managing the removal of asbestos from district schools. He was born in Pasadena, Calif. in 1923 and graduated high school from Avalon High on Santa Catalina Island, Calif. His exposure to island life and the sea took him worldwide investigating the South Pacific and many far-away ports. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geri of 54 years. He is survived by his brother, Robert; sons, Sam and Randy; and grandchildren, Sam Teri and Jill. He also leaves behind all the family and friends on his beloved Santa Catalina Island. No services are scheduled.

Regarding next Monday's meeting, Lisa says...
I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 16th for our next LVMG luncheon. Our special guest and speaker is Michelle Light, Director of UNLV's Special Collections. Find out what treasures can be found right here in Las Vegas from our historic past: Casino records, showgirl photos and oral histories, newspaper clippings and photos, many of which our very own members are responsible for, and much more. As always, we meet at The Wedding Room, at 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of Valley View. If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?) located and/or The Cellar, then you know where it is; Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. We have social time from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. The buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 and the cost of the meal is $17 (plus tip for our fabulous server, Patty). Be sure to RSVP by calling Lisa at (702) 245-9206. Maybe we can get Frank Mitrani to "sit in" again via Skype. If you have the chance, check out the Las Vegas Media Group blog at http://lasvegasmediagroup.blogspot.com/ and be sure to "LIKE" us on Facebook.


Sam Upton 1923-2013

God's Favorite Cast Members

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Reminders...
Desert Spring Theatre Arts is proud to present Neil Simon's God's Favorite, tonight, Friday September 13th, the 14th, 20th and 21st at 7 p.m., with 4 p.m. matinees added on the 14th and 21st. All tickets only $7.50 each general admission. They are available by calling (702) 290-1173, or at the door. Performances at Desert Spring Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive in Las Vegas.

Bob Anderson makes a stop at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara in Las Vegas, for two performances this weekend, tomorrow night, Saturday the 14th at 8 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. The singing impressionist has entertained all around the world, in venues from New York's Tavern on the Green to the London Palladium. Bob spent about three decades in Las Vegas, playing the top hotels in the city, including the Dunes, Caesars Palace, Desert Inn, Riviera, Sands, Venetian and Stardust. With an uncanny ability to vocally and visually duplicate the best of the singing legends, among them Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Jack Jones, Robert Goulet, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme', Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble', Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Engelbert Humperdinck, Neil Diamond and Buddy Greco. Anderson has been a guest on many major TV shows, including those hosted by Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin. Accompanying Bob Anderson at the IAC is the Vincent Falcone Quintet. Tickets for the performances are $25, and must be purchased at the club in advance. Doors open an hour before show time. Dinner will be available before or after the shows in the Italian American Club's Dining Room. Reservations are required. Call the Italian American Club at (702) 457-3866. The Italian American Club is open to the public. If you have never seen or heard Bob Anderson, don't miss this opportunity. If you HAVE seen him perform, no sales pitch is needed. See you at the Italian American Club.

A memorial service for musician Dr. Tom Ferguson, who passed away on August 29th at the age of 81, will be held at University United Methodist Church, 4412 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, on Monday, September 16th at 2 p.m. Call (702) 733-7155.


Bob Anderson

Pia Zadora

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Pia Zadora and Vince Falcone, who was Frank Sinatra's longtime musical conductor, are reconnecting again, this time for a nightclub act at Piero's Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Dr, beginning on September 19th. Zadora and Falcone will team up to perform songs from The Great American Songbook. Show times will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m., in a room to be called Pia's Place. Falcone recalls their first meeting in the late 1970s when Zadora, who had been a Broadway star when she was a child, was opening at the newly opened Resorts International in Atlantic City. They began working together on projects that included recording an album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a concert at Egypt's Great Pyramids. "We even did an appearance on Johnny Carson," Falcone said. More recently, Zadora and Falcone performed at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. For reservations at Piero's, call (702) 369-2305.

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Sad news from the world of ice skating, was passed on to Cousin Claire by Gail Lucas.
Rita Dallas (D'Alessandro) Palmer died peacefully with her family at her side in Rancho Mirage, California, on July 5th, following a very brief illness. Rita was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada on September 1st , 1924, to Joseph and Laura Perciante Dallas (D'Alessandro). Rita graduated from Port Arthur Collegiate and became an Executive Secretary with the Port Arthur shipyards. Rita's love and expertise of dance, music and ice skating led her to audition for Ice Follies in 1944. At that time, Ice Capades and Ice Follies had created a joint show called Ice Cycles, and Rita was asked to join Ice Cycles as Principal Skater and line captain. She met her husband, Richard H. Palmer, who was then Stage Manager and Lighting Director of Ice Cycles. They were married on April 10th, 1947, in Rochester, Minnesota, during a break in the show. Rita and Dick traveled full time, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia the Middle East and Russia, with Ice Cycles which later became an additional company of Ice Capades. Rita and Dick had two children, Dianne and Pattie, who traveled with them. Rita was an amazing woman. It was nothing for her to rehearse the show all day, make corrections to the current show at night and then, after the show, teach the skaters next year's show. All this, while raising two children on the road, as they traveled all over the world. Rita was respected and known wherever she went.


Rita Dallas Palmer 1924-2013

Peter Nero

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The UNLV Performing Arts Center, home for Southern Nevada's performing arts for 38 years, recently announced its 2013-2014 season. Four distinct series compose the season: the acclaimed Charles Vanda Master Series, the Allegro Guitar Series at UNLV, the UNLV Performing Arts Center Series, and the UNLV Chamber Music Series, co-produced with the UNLV Department of Music. The UNLV Performing Arts Center continues the Design Your Own Series subscription, offering patrons an early opportunity to select a variety of shows at a discounted price. Subscription benefits include early notice about other UNLV Performing Arts Center offerings and discounts to bring friends or family. Excellent seats are still available. The season opens on September 19th with La Revue de Cuisine. For this UNLV Chamber Music Series event, faculty and guest musicians perform a program with infusions of jazz and popular dance – from the Tango to the Charleston – in Bohuslav Martinu's ballet and other works. Additional performances in the UNLV Chamber Music Series include the Fry Street Quartet, October 22nd; the Axiom Brass Quintet, January 30th; and Three Times Four, February 20th. The Charles Vanda Master Series opens November 2nd, featuring Peter Nero with the UNLV Jazz Symphony Orchestra in The Gershwin Project. Perhaps the "perfect pop conductor" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Nero performs and conducts a delightful evening of Gershwin melodies, including "Someone to Watch Over Me" and excerpts from Porgy and Bess. The Vanda Master Series also welcomes the Moscow Festival Ballet performing Cinderella, February 1st; and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, featuring Boguslaw Davidow as guest conductor and Roman Rabinovich on piano, March 13th. The Allegro Guitar Series at UNLV features Mak Grgic, November 19th; Duo Siqueira Lima, February 15th; and, the VIDA Guitar Quartet (Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson, and Christopher Stell), April 10th. The UNLV Performing Arts Center is also pleased to present the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performing Gypsy Romance, September 26th; Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!, February 22nd; Repertory Dance Theatre performing Elements and featuring UNLV dance students, March 8th; and Grammy-nominated American contemporary Jazz band The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, April 26th. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the Performing Arts Center is also home to productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV, the UNLV music and dance departments, the Desert Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. The Center also hosts more than 50,000 Clark County School District students yearly for productions, festivals and concerts. Season subscription information is available now at pac.unlv.edu or (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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