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Note: This is a past column from October 04, 2013
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Las Vegas - October 4, 2013



Comedy-Magician and Harrah's Headliner, Mac King, in partnership with Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas 51s baseball team, collected books for kids in at-risk schools during book drives held recently. More than 1,000 books were collected during Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour: Back to School 2013, benefiting Clark County READS, the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation. Those who donated three or more new or gently used children's books received a pair of tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's and special offers from the host venue. "Since launching my literacy tour in 2011, the community has come together to collect more than 7,500 books for kids in local schools. This wouldn't be possible without my pals at Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the Las Vegas 51s, and the many other wonderful community partners who have joined forces with Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour throughout the years," said King. "I'm truly grateful for your support and look forward to being able to deliver the books to Las Vegas schoolchildren during Nevada Reading Week 2014." Each year during Nevada Reading Week, King visits students at local elementary schools to teach the importance of literacy by reading stories and performing tricks from his show. During these assemblies, King personally delivers books collected throughout the year so each child is able to take a book home with them. For many kids, this is the first book they can call their own. Local businesses and organizations, interested in joining forces with Mac King to host a book drive, can contact Preferred Public Relations at (702) 254-5704.

And speaking of reading material...
It seems that the links we included in our paragraph on books by Las Vegan Mary Marcella Schwartz, in last Friday's column, did not work, so...for Freckles, the Irish Papillon, try:
http://www.amazon.com/Freckles-the-Irish-Papillon-ebook/dp/B00EBXK6OW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380416657&sr=8-1&keywords=freckles+papillon,
For the link to the Handy Girls book, go to:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Handy-Girls-Can-ebook/dp/B00DSCCNHK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1,
or go to www.amazon.com, and type in the name of the book, The Handy Girls Can Fix It! (be sure to designate the 2008 edition). It's available on Kindle for $2.99, and the picture book is $8.99.

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Ignore last week's instructions suggesting that you "mark your calendar and save the date" of Friday, October 25th for the annual F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Party. The date has been changed to Sunday the 27th, instead. Mark your calendar accordingly. More details on this event to follow.

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On Thursday, October 10th, The Lon Bronson Band begins its residency at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station. Shows start at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For those not familiar with the Sunset Station venue, it is very reminiscent of the former Ovation at Green Valley Ranch. "We know you're going to love it, especially our Anthem friends," says Lon Bronson. Also, Bronson gives a huge shout out and thank you to those who supported the band at The Smith Center last week. "What an amazing night...and they want us back!," Bronson reports, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out the popular group at Sunset Station on Thursday, October 10th; Thursday, November 7th, and/or Thursday, December 5th, all inside the Club Madrid.

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Karole Foreman & Peter Zokosky

Marty Allen & Friend

The California State University Long Beach Theatre Arts Department Affinity Series is presenting Global Connections: Bangladesh. On Monday evening, October 7th at 7 p.m., in the Theatre Arts Dept., actress Karole Foreman, MFA Performance student, and her husband, CSULB Art Instructor, Peter Zokosky, will be speaking about their experiences this past summer, when they traveled to Bangladesh to teach the first-ever Theatre and Fine Arts classes at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong. The Asian University for Women is the first liberal arts college for women in the area and draws students from a wide variety of countries including China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal, and India, as well as Bangladesh. Because the focus of the school's curriculum has been primarily on math and sciences, the classes taught by Foreman and Zokosky were the first courses offered in the arts; Zokosky taught an Intro to Drawing class which included anatomy and painting, while Foreman taught a Beginning Acting class which culminated in an astonishing adaptation of Medea. At the end of the summer session, due to the enthusiastic reception from the students and the ongoing support of faculty members, the school administration officially announced the addition of a Fine Arts minor to AUW's curriculum. The presentation at Cal State Long Beach will include highlights from Karole (who was a cast member of Mamma Mia! during the run at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) and Peter's upcoming, as yet untitled, Bangladesh Documentary about their time there, followed by a question and answer period. The event is in the Players Theatre on the CSULB South Campus, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., closest to E. Campus Drive and 7th Street. Convenient parking is located outside the building. The event is FREE to the public, but tickets must be reserved through the box office. To reserve, please call the box office at (562) 985-5526, or visit the "Buy Tickets" link on the Cal Rep website at: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre/Shows/affinity-series-global-connections-bangladesh. For all other information, call (562) 985-4500.


Joan Collins

Bo Derek

And, if you plan to be in the Southern California area this weekend (or maybe this information will prompt you to make plans to go), there is going to be a big autograph show taking place at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hollywood Show will provide opportunities for the public to meet many favorites from the world of entertainment. In addition to our friend, Las Vegas resident, comic Marty "Hello Dere" Allen (represented by agent/producer, George Pecoraro), among some of the other personalities who will be participating in the event, are (in alphabetical order) Pamela Bellwood, Morgan Brittany, Brooke Bundy, Yancy Butler, Joan Collins (on Saturday only), Bo Derek (in her very first autograph show, Saturday only), Dan Haggerty, John Heard, Billy Hinsche, Michael Madsen, Rod McKuen, Jaye P Morgan, Billy Mumy, Julie Newmar, John Ratzenberger, Cathy Rigby, and James Stacy. Cast members from The Sound of Music film, including Charmian Carr, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies and Debbie Turner, represented by Karen Cadle (also representing the Knots Landing cast, Bo Derek and Joan Collins), will be present. On Saturday, David Hasselhoff will be there with fellow members of The Knight Rider cast - including Jack Gill, Rebecca Holden and Michael Scheffe - and on Sunday, The Hoff will be back, posing for photos and signing autographs with former Baywatch cast members - including Traci Bingham, David Chokachi, Donna D'Errico, Nicole Eggert, Erica Eleniak, Gena Lee Nolin, Brande Roderic and Parker Stevenson. (We might mention, and we will, that until the role was taken over by the better-suited, Tony-nominated Broadway actor, Lee Roy Reams, Hasselhoff briefly played Roger DeBris in The Producers when it played here at Paris Las Vegas.) On Saturday only, there will be a Knots Landing reunion, featuring Don Murray, Donna Mills, Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Ted Shakelford. Fifty years of James Bond movies will be celebrated with a number of actors from the numerous films present, among them, Martine Beswicke, Shirley Eaton, Britt Ekland, Richard Kiel, George Lazenby, Tanya Roberts and Lana Wood. Take your camera, wear comfortable shoes, and make an afternoon of it.


Von Trapp Children from Sound of Music

And speaking of Marty Allen, from Thursday, October 24th, through Saturday, the 26th, the veteran comic and his musical bride, Karon Kate Blackwell, will be filling in for Louie Anderson in the showroom of the downtown Las Vegas Plaza Hotel. Stay tuned for more details.

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Vocalist, Windy Karigianes, will be at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E Tropicana Ave. at Eastern, tomorrow night, Saturday, October 5th, for a session of Eclectic Jazz from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Windy will be accompanied by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass and Paul Ringenbach on drums. On October 11th and 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight, the busy Windy will be performing at Brendan's Pub in The Orleans. Catch the talented lady, at one, or both places, in the next week-and-a-half.


Richard "Jaws" Kiel

Gia Maione Prima 1941-2013

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Gia Maione Prima, the widow of entertainer Louis Prima, passed away in Florida on Monday, September 23rd. She was 72. Gia Maione was 21-years-old, and working as a waitress at a casino in her native New Jersey, when she met Louis Prima. The superstar singer and performer, a New Orleans native, had just divorced Keely Smith, his wife and legendary co-star, and was conducting a nationwide search for a new singing partner. Gia got the job. Two years later, Louis proposed. The two married in 1963. Gia performed alongside Louis in the last decade of his life. She recorded 14 albums and numerous singles, many of which were re-released 15 years after her husband's 1978 death. Gia had gained control of the Prima archives following years of legal struggles. She then spent years protecting his musical legacy and introducing it to a new generation of fans. Gia Maione Prima is survived by her children, entertainers Louis Prima Jr. and Lena Prima, who carry on the Prima legend in their acts, along with two grandchildren.

Hollywood magician/actor/author, John Calvert, passed away on Friday, September 27th, in Lancaster, California, at the age of 102. Mr. Calvert's long-time wife, Tammy, was at his side when he died. Calvert, assisted by his wife of more than 50 years, enjoyed a career spanning more than eight decades. He performed from Broadway to Las Vegas, where he was famous for his ground-breaking tricks, which included firing a woman from a cannon into a box suspended overhead on the stage. He was also known for creating the illusion of sawing off the head of a spectator using a giant buzz saw. His many fans included movie stars Gary Cooper and Cary Grant, who often joined him on stage when he was performing in Los Angeles. As an actor, Calvert played the detective nicknamed "The Falcon" in three movies, Devil's Cargo (1948), Appointment With Murder (1948), and Search for Danger (1949). Additional film credits include Are These Our Parents? (1944), The Return of the Durango Kid (1945), and 1956s Dark Venture, in which he directed as well as starred in. John Calvert continued performing his magic show right up until weeks before his death. Two years ago, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by performing at the famed London Palladium.


John Calvert 1911-2013

Giovanna Sardelli

We received an e-mail from a reader, telling us that Breonte LaVonn Porter, "Sylk" in the vocal group, Sylk Satin & Lace, had passed away. At this time, we have no more information.

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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will open its 2013-2014 season with The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, a clever folktale from the Brothers Grimm. Just in time for Halloween, it is the story of a boy who enters a haunted castle to spend three nights in the company of ghosts and gargoyles, hoping to understand the concept of fear. Lively and humorous, the play will appeal to ages 8 through adult. Performances are at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., October 5th, 11th, and 12th, at 7 p.m., and October 6th, 12th and 13th, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. To purchase, visit www.artslasvegas.org (there is no online fee), or call (702) 229-6383 or 229-6553.

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The September 30th edition of The Boston Globe had an interesting and impressive story on director Giovanna Sardelli, daughter of man about town, Nelson Sardelli, written by Jeremy D. Goodwin. Due to time and space, we can't include the article in its entirety, but here is what Goodwin had to say:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2013/09/29/barrington-stage-director-drawn-plays-that-provoke/DZAiIsID1PqWcW270M3MEL/story.html

Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris, and directed by Giovanna Sardelli (BSC's Muckrakers, The North Pool, Lord of the Flies), is playing at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, through Sunday, October 13th. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate and American values. Act One takes place where the 1959 A Raisin in the Sun leaves off: with a white couple selling their home to a black family and causing uproar among their neighbors. Act Two takes place fifty years later with a black family selling the house to a white family who believe in urban gentrification – or do they? A not-to-be-missed play by one of America's most original and scathingly honest voices. Clybourne Park contains strong adult language. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Show times are: Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Additional performances: Saturday, October 5th at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 9th and Sunday, October 13th at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Call the Box Office at (413) 236-8888, or Toll-Free at (855) TIX-2BSC. Check out performing company, Barrington Stage Company, website at www.barringtonstageco.org.

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A Doctoral Recital of Franz Schubert's "Winterreise," will be presented by the UNLV Music Department, on October 10th at 7:30 p.m. in UNLV's Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall. Featured will be tenor, Mark Thomsen, and pianist, Spencer Baker. As one of America's most accomplished tenors, Mark Thomsen enjoys a successful career in critically acclaimed performances. Often working repetitively with major companies, Mark has performed to acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera among others. Highlights of recent seasons include singing the tenor solos of Handel's Messiah, the tenor solos in Dubois' The Seven Last Words of Christ, and performing with the tenor group T4U in Las Vegas, performing the tenor solos with the Indianapolis Opera in their multi-media production of Opera Goes To The Movies, performing the roles of The Governor, Vanderdendeer and Ragotski in Portland Opera's production of Bernstein's Candide; jumping in at the last minute to sing the tenor lead with the Peoria Symphony in their rendition of Edward J. Collins' Daughter of the South; covering Diener 1 in Strauss' Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera of New York; performing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy; singing the role of the First Jew in Strauss' Salome with Manitoba Opera and performing the role of Don Ottavio in Opera Las Vegas' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. His most recent engagements include singing the role of Faust in Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust (in English) with the Anchorage Symphony in April, and upcoming performances of Carmen with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Spencer Baker (www.spencerbakerpiano.com) is a Las Vegas musician and piano teacher who is currently pursuing Doctoral studies in piano performance and working as a Graduate Assistant at UNLV. Spencer graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music Degree in piano performance from UNLV in 2004. During his Masters program, Spencer was a Liberace scholar and gained significant recognition in the Steinway Collegiate Artist MTNA regional piano competition in Tucson, Arizona. Spencer has been the musical director for several critically acclaimed Off-Broadway shows in Las Vegas. He also co-created an interactive children's Educational theater production entitled, Mini Musical Masters, and performs regularly as a choral, operatic, chamber and ballet collaborative pianist. Additionally, Spencer serves as Director of Music Ministries for Green Valley Presbyterian Church and Musical Director for the Nevada Ballet Theater at The Smith Center. Spencer has been a soloist with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Civic Symphony, and the Desert Spring Arts Chamber Orchestra. Most of Spencer's solo appearances have centered in the Southwest, but have also taken him to perform in Dallas, Texas, Washington., D.C., Disneyland in California, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Canada, and China. The program is open for all to attend. Admission is free.

And speaking of Mark Thomsen, tonight, Friday, October 4th, at 11 p.m., he will be appearing at the Baobab Stage in Town Square in A Night of (Mostly) Boylesque (NOT the female impersonator revue, starring the late Kenny Kerr, that played in Las Vegas for many years). This show is a presentation by the only All-Gay Pro Wrestling Federation (P.G.W.) in the United States. In addition to Thomsen, who will sing "Over the Rainbow," talent will include, Suwasit, male pole dancer; Billy Boy the original French Tickler; Troy Tinker, Enoch Augustus Scott, the comedy of Turnbuckle, along with performers from Jubilee! and other Strip productions. Spencer Baker will play "cocktail music" for 30 minutes before the show.
This promises to be a unique night of entertainment and man-flesh that will delight and titillate.
Appearances by P.G.W. superstars, will take place before the show, at 10:30. There will be raffles, giveaways and more talented, sexy, cute boys than you can shake a stick at. Come and see the future of wrestling and the future of Boyleseque, all in the chicest performance venue in Las Vegas, and one that is quickly becoming the theatrical hub for high-end off-strip, live entertainment. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the door, or at by going to www.baobabstage.com. Baobab Stage in Town Square is at 6587 S. Las Vegas Blvd.


Mark Thomsen

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Off-Strip Productions presents the Grindhouse Showbiz Slasher Comedy, Blood Orgy of the Chainsaw Chorus Line, written by Larry Larson and Eddie "Levi" Lee. Welcome to the glitz and glamour of the early '80s, as eccentric director Steve Velour conducts callbacks for his latest production, Oh, Charlie! The Vegas Spectacular, a musical version of Helter Skelter! When his production staff gets killed off one-by-one, he quickly realizes there are worse problems than high-strung divas and cranky critics. As the chainsaw roars and body parts fly, it's up to a hard-as-nails gumshoe and an innocent ingénue to save the day. Blood Orgy of the Chainsaw Chorus Line is like Friday the 13th meets Waiting for Guffman! For many years, the promise of a new Larson and Lee play meant audiences could be guaranteed offensive stereotypes, cheap laughs and even cheaper sight gags - which usually meant they were box office hits. In fact, Lee's oft-quoted mantra was, "There's not a play in the world that could not be improved with the addition of a fog machine, a strobe light or a chainsaw." The Onyx Theatre continues its tradition of celebrating Halloween with this recently rediscovered homage to backstage showbiz musicals and slasher movies...a natural fit if you look at it the right way! Featuring a cast of local favorites, headed by Rob Kastil and Kellie Wright, Blood Orgy of the Chainsaw Chorus Line is both a trick and a treat! Show times are October 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th and 26th at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 20th. Tickets are $25. The Onyx Theatre is located at 953 E Sahara Ave, 16B E, in Commercial Center. Call (702) 732-7225 for show reservations.

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Dom DeMarco Pizza Team

What better way to kick off National Pizza Month in October than with a pizza challenge? Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar is hosting a benefit Pizza Challenge with local firefighters and police. The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation and Friends of Las Vegas Metro Police Foundation have each created a signature pizza that will be featured on the Dom DeMarco's menu throughout the entire month. When someone purchases one of the non-profit's signature pizzas a portion of the sale will be donated to each organization. At the end of the month, the organization with the highest pizza sales will receive an additional 10% donation, in addition to the amount raised from Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar. The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation created The Parmesan Red Hot pizza, which is a spicy, buffalo chicken pie, containing grilled parmesan crusted chicken, ranch, parmesan, mozzarella and blue cheese crumbles topped with red onions and drizzled with Frank's(R) Red Hot(R) sauce. Friends of Las Vegas Metro Police Foundation created the Five-0 Meatza Pizza, which is a meat lover's dream that includes pepperoni slices, Dom's signature Italian sausage, red onions, basil, mozzarella and grana padano cheeses, and tangy marinara sauce. "Anything we can do to give back to our local law enforcement and firefighters is important to us," said Albert Scalleat, partner of Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar. "This pizza challenge is a fun and exciting way to raise money for two wonderful organizations. We look forward to seeing which organization's pizza will be the best seller." Each 18" large round will sell for $25, with $5 going directly to the non-profit whose pizza was purchased. Each 12" small round will sell for $17, with $3 going directly to the corresponding non-profit. Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar is open seven days a week: Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. During Sunday Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant caters to everyone with a customized weekday Lunch Dash menu, decadent Sunday Brunch, Happy Hour and children's menu. Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar, opened in 2011, is located at 9785 W. Charleston Blvd. in Summerlin. Call (702) 570-7000, or check it out online at www.domdemarcos.com.
Photo caption: Friends of Las Vegas Metro Police Foundation displaying their Five-0 Meatza Pizza and Southern Nevada Burn Foundation showcasing their Parmesan Red Hot pizza with Dom DeMarco's partner Albert Scalleat and staff members. Photo courtesy of Joe Coomber.

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Frank & The Steins

The Fremont Street Experience will once again transform itself for the Fifth Annual OktoberFrightFest, combining Oktoberfest and Halloween for the ultimate street party, taking place October 7th through 31st. The spooktacular festivities will include free performances from the popular stage production show, Frank & The Steins, Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to "Time Warp" and "Monster Mash," and the Fourth Annual Fall Beer Festival at the Golden Nugget. Frank & The Steins is a live musical revue of classic Halloween songs. The cast is comprised of hot ghouls and guys; singers, dancers and live musicians performing songs including "Psycho Killers," "Spooky," "Time Warp," and "Ghostbusters," that will make audiences dance, laugh, sing and scream. Frank & The Steins is produced by Face Productions and choreographed by Melden Steele. Frank & The Steins will perform on the 1st Street Stage, with show times at 8:10, 9:10 and 10:10 p.m. (dark on October 10th, 17th, and 24th).

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Dancing Queen

A couple of our regular readers recently attended the Dancing Queen production in the showroom of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They enjoyed it so much, they wanted to share their thoughts with others, so...
There is a show on the Strip that us older age people can really enjoy. It's called Dancing Queen. It was such a pleasure to listen to great music from the past, sung and danced by some amazingly talented kids! At the risk of sounding old fashion, they wore beautiful costumes that actually covered them (a few G-Strings, but worn very tastefully and mostly effectively camouflaged). They showcased a great variety of music. The cast encouraged everyone to sing along, clap, dance and yell. "We're here to have fun, and we want you all to have a ball. Feel free to take pictures and videos, and if you get the urge to dance, feel free, as long as it doesn't upset your neighbor." These things are unheard of these days in most showrooms, except, of course, at concerts. There was such wonderful and fun choreography. These kids are really amazing singers and dancers - they sounded just like Abba! It was one of the best shows we have seen since we moved here six years ago, and we see a lot of shows since we are both musicians. We're not that easy to impress, but this one is a keeper and everyone should support it if they can. Even though there are no big name stars in this show, like the previous Peepshow in this theater, this is a must see. These kids work their tails off to please the audience, and they are amazing! I had a smile on my face from start to finish. Loved the music, as will you. It's a wonderful musical night of entertainment, with every hit song, from Abba to disco, to the finale of all the great hits of the '70s.
Signed, Joni and Tom Illi

Dancing Queen, with 20 talented singers and dancers performing live on stage, is produced by David King of Spirit Productions USA. The show features ABBA's greatest hits, along with legendary classics from Kool and the Gang, The Village People, The Bee Gees and so many more. It is currently playing inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, following a short run at New York-New York. Ticket prices start at $69.50, plus tax and fees, with performance on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays at 9 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call (800) 745-3000.

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Reminders...
Only a few more days until Philip Fortenberry's third, and possibly final, Las Vegas solo concert at The Smith Center. See The Man at the Piano, on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the Cabaret Jazz club at the Performing Arts Center. It's going to be a magical evening of fantastic music, virtuoso playing and superb storytelling! Don't miss this performance. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call The Smith Center box office at (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Philip Fortenberry

Wilson Phillips by Jeremy Cowart

The award-winning Wilson Phillips, performs at the Eastside Cannery's Events Center, tomorrow, Saturday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m. Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips. Their 1990 self-titled debut album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and placed three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best-selling female group at the time. In 1990, Wilson Phillips won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for "Hold On," and in addition was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. Tickets start for the Eastside Cannery, 5255 Boulder Highway, start at $17.95, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 856-5470 for reservations.

VegasJazz presents Groove al Fresco on the back lawn at the Winchester Cultural Center, tomorrow, Saturday, October 5th, from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual VegasJazz picnic will feature the Ronnie Rose Quintet, Dave Poe Dixieland, and Michito Sanchez and his Jazz In Clave Ensemble. Food and drink are available for purchase. The fun and the music are FREE!

Adults are invited to attend Books, Bubbles and Brews at the Las Vegas City Hall on October 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Readers, book clubs and residents are invited to mix and mingle with best-selling local and nationally acclaimed authors in the Now Café on the second floor of City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St. Admission is free and open to the public. Wirtz Beverage Nevada has donated beer and sparkling wine, which will be served along with complimentary coffee, tea and light appetizers. Featured authors will include, Oscar Goodman - Being Oscar; Vicki Pettersson - New York Times best-selling author of the Signs of the Zodiac and Celestial Blues series; Lauren Blakely - New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Trophy Husband, and Playing With Her Heart; Dr. My Haley - Roots (in collaboration with husband, Alex Haley) and The Treason of Mary Louvestre; Brian David Bruns - Cruise Confidential series, Rumble Yell, and Comstock Phantoms; Victoria Kilbury - Disenchanted; and Alison Packard - Love in the Afternoon and The Winning Season.


Dave Poe

The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival

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After a two-year $11.7 million renovation, Sunset Park will once again host The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, turning back the clock for three days of costumed knights, fair maidens, knaves, wenches, minstrels and more. The festivities begin next Friday, October 11th, and run through Sunday the 13th. Presented by Clark County Parks and Recreation, this is the 20th year of the much anticipated annual event. The festival features more than 50 shows per day, more than 100 artisans, historical reenactments and plenty of food and drink to satisfy the masses. Admission is $10 per day for adults, and $5 per day for seniors ages 60 and older and children ages five to 12. Children four and younger are free. Three-day passes can be purchased for $25 for adults, and $10 for children ages five to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older. Sunset Park is located at 2601 E. Sunset Road and Eastern.



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