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Note: This is a past column from October 11, 2013
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Las Vegas - October 11, 2013

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

Domenick Allen & Leigh Zimmerman - A2Z

You are probably seeing this too late to take advantage of the opportunity, but, just in case you aren't, this sounds like a nice way to spend a Las Vegas Friday night...
Multi-platinum R&B superstar, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, performs at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, for the first time, tonight, Friday, October 11th at 8, serenading fans with a medley of No. 1 hits, classic slow jams, and record-breaking songs, including "End of the Road," "When Can I See You," "I'll Make Love to You," and "Every Time I Close My Eyes." The ten-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/record producer (he has written and produced more than 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career), stops in Henderson as part of his solo North American tour. His appearance comes just weeks before the December 3rd release of his duet album with Toni Braxton, Love, Marriage, Divorce. The lead single, "Hurt You," has garnered critical raves and is already Top 10 in the Billboard charts. Vocalist, Jeanette Jurado, from Exposé opens Babyface's Henderson Pavilion show with music from her solo project. Jurado was one of the performers in MadHattan, a production show that opened at New York-New York in 1997. Tickets for Babyface are $39 and $45. For more information, or to purchase tickets (if it's not too late), call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion box office. Hurry! Hurry!

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They are calling it A Love Affair From A2Z, which make perfect sense as it involves the husband and wife entertainers, Domenick Allen (for the "A" part), and Leigh Zimmerman (for the "Z"). A Love Affair From A2Z, the couple's new show, premieres at Studio at St. James Theatre, opening the inaugural season of the London Festival of Cabaret, this Sunday, October 13th, at 7:30 p.m. Leigh, the 2013 Olivier Award-winning actress, is currently starring in A Chorus Line at the famed London Palladium, while Domenick has been touring with his concert, VINYL - The Classic Rock Experience. When her world of theater, collides with his world of Rock, it fuels the chemistry and passion between these two talented and charismatic performers, who just happen to be happily married for 20 years. Timeless songs from Kander & Ebb, Led Zeppelin, Charles Aznavour, Bonnie Raitt, Cy Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Sondheim and many more, will create a truly unique evening of music and comedy. Romantic, sexy, funny, naughty and nice in one night...all the things a great love affair should make us feel!

For tickets please contact: Studio at St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA. For telephone bookings, call 0844 264 2140. For online, it's Direct links to the St. James are For the London Festival of Cabaret,

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Kristen Hertzenberg is so excited to be performing her solo show, Beyond the Stage, at the fabulous Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay! This unique and beautiful space is normally a members only club, but for this performance, all are welcome. It's a great chance to get up there if you haven't before. Such a cool spot! It's on the top floor of Mandalay Bay, and Kristen and company will be performing with a wall of windows behind them that look out over the twinkling lights of Vegas. Pretty awesome! Though her career has been focused on opera and musical theater, for this show Kristen, who starred as Christine in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, will be singing the music that has inspired her behind the scenes. She and her world-class band (for real!) will bring their own flavor to some of Kristen's favorite Blues, Country, Folk, Rock, and R&B influences. Awesome bonus: You'll get to hear from Million Dollar Quartet's Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash) on guitar and vocals, and Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis), who was recently declared "Best Actor" in Las Vegas Seven magazine's Best of the City edition, on keyboard and vocals, as well! The other band members are (drums) George Bryant, (pedal steel) Joel Ferguson, (guitar) Pablo Gadda, and (bass and vocals) Mikey Hachey. Beyond the Stage takes place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10:30 p.m. Show tickets are $30, and are subject to all applicable facility fees and service charges. They may be purchased at the House of Blues Box Office inside Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. So., or by phone at (702) 632-7600. Must be 21+ to attend. Foundation Room Dress Code will be enforced, which means no athletic wear, shorts, sneakers, torn jeans, caps, or flip-flops. Dress up a bit, come on out, and enjoy the music of these talented performers.

** The Foundation Room has agreed to open their doors to show ticket holders for dinner and/or drinks before the 10:30 show. This is something normally available only to members. For dinner reservations, call (702) 632-7631.

Kristen Hertzenberg

Melinda Jackson & Michael Kessler - M&M

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On Sunday, October 13th, Las Vegas-based song-and-dance collaborators, Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson, will welcome guests to their newest Las Vegas show, That's Life. The performance will be held one night only at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre, and will include the duos' signature stylings, along with those of fine artist, Terry Ritter. The production will intertwine Ritter's live paintings with song and dance. "This entertaining and imaginative new show is a gallery of funny and touching stories that come to life in song, dance and large-scale, live performance art," said Kessler. That's Life features musical numbers from the Great American Songbook, contemporary pop and country tunes, spectacular live painting by Ritter and superb dances performed by artists from Broadway and the Las Vegas Strip. That's Life will be performed on Sunday October 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $22 for non-residents. According to Kessler, who also wrote and choreographed the show, it will be an art gallery of life stories, shared through music, dance and live painting with Ritter. Ritter is best known for paintings depicting the lives of Las Vegas showgirls. A former professional dancer herself, she brings the vibrancy and emotion of her subjects to life through her paintings. Ritter's work includes a public installation on a larger than life 50-foot mural depicting Las Vegas showgirls at McCarran International Airport's Terminal 3. Working in oil and acrylic, as well as fine watercolors, Ritter's modern impressionistic style emphasizes both the rich color and fleeting movement of her subjects. Through her art, she gives a glimpse of the solitary world of the dancers backstage, as well as their world in the spotlight. One of the stars of the show, Melinda Jackson is Kessler's wife and long-time performance partner as well as a choreographer and producer of That's Life. While the couple's long careers have included producing, directing, writing, choreographing and performing internationally with their company, Jackson says the famed collaborators also enjoy developing talented young dancers. That's Life will include 10-year old Sean Gallagher, performing with his mother Tara Foy, as well as sisters Layla and Summer Smith. Don Bellamy, a frequent performer with M&M and former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will also be performing in That's Life. "We are part of the ever changing culture," said Kessler. "We have been inspired and mentored by great artists of the past and we are mentoring artists of the future. If you create by trying to figure out what is 'today,' by the time you present it, it's already yesterday."

Tickets for That's Life can be purchased at the Starbright Box Office (or other Sun City Summerlin Box Offices) only, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prices are $17 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $22 for non-residents general admission. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required.) No credit cards or telephone reservations are accepted. For up to date information and directions call Starbright Box Office (702) 240-1301. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in the hills of Sun City Summerlin. For more information, call M&M American Dance Theatre at (702) 445-7194, or visit

Terry Ritter

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

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Marty Allen and his musical bride, the talented Karon Kate Blackwell, will be filling in for Louie Anderson at the Plaza Hotel & Casino Showroom, 1 Main Street, October 24th, 25th and 26th. The funny man is still at it. A spry 91-years-old, the legendary comic has been entertaining audiences for decades. He has appeared on classic TV shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show, where he performed alongside the Beatles, as part of the comedy duo of Allen & Rossi. Allen is a World War II veteran, and was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corps (today the U.S. Air Force). While there, he earned a Soldier's Medal for his bravery during a fire while an airplane was being fueled. Singer and composer, Karon Kate, co-stars during these weekend appearances at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. Show times are at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $71.45 (ask about any available specials). Call (877) 847-4858.

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Jimmy Emerson & Friends at Badlands

Comic/female impersonator, Jimmy Emerson, is quite pleased with his involvement with Badlands Saloon in the Commercial Center. Fabulously Funny Fridays, playing at Badlands beginning at 11 p.m. every Friday, is now in its 18th week. "The crowds have been incredible!! It is now officially the busiest night of the week for the club," says Emerson. On Fridays, he hosts regulars such as Toni James, Michele Holliday, Paul Pratt, and Kellie Wright, along with semi-regulars, including Vita Corimbi and John Eisele, always with the accompaniment of pianist, Pier Marini. Marini and Jimmy get together each week to bring different songs, mostly standards, Broadway tunes, and comedy parodies. Jimmy's favorite is a redo of the song "Makin' Whoopi," called "I'm Just a Drag Queen." Other special guests have included Rudalenska Mimi Monet Lafemme, Rochelle Blu, Shawn Magby, Alex Serpa, and Sable Blue, all performers from other clubs in Las Vegas. Two weeks ago, Bobbi Drake appeared and sang all live songs. In addition to Fabulously Funny Fridays, something new has been added to the Badlands entertainment lineup...Badlands' Got Talent, based, of course, on TV's America's got Talent. It is confirmed that the club will do this every Monday, AT LEAST for the month of October. The show will be hosted by Emerson, and feature a talent contest for ANY and ALL types of talent. Drag, comedy, stand up, dancing, live singing, magic acts, dog acts, donkey acts, anything that would be considered "talent." Just like the TV show, the weekly winners, to be determined by the audience, will get a cash prize and a bar tab. On the fifth week, the four winners from the previous weeks will compete against each other for a GRAND PRIZE (money to be announced). The Grand Prize winner will be determined by a panel of judges AND the audience. They are looking to make Badlands' Got Talent, on Monday nights, "THE place to be"! Show time is at 10 p.m. There will be special surprise guests, drawings and give a ways - making for a fun night. Anyone can sign up at the bar prior to show time. Just submit your name to the bartender or Jimmy, who will be sitting at the end of the bar WAITING for you!! This is sure to be an enjoyable and ridiculous night for everyone!!! There WILL be drink specials throughout the evening...depending on Jimmy's mood!! Let's party!!

The club is located at 953 E Sahara Ave, #B22, in Las Vegas. Phone:(702) 792-9262.
Note: Although Badlands Saloon is what they call an "alternative bar," anyone and everyone is welcome. They don't bite or lick at the saloon...unless requested.

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Windy Karigianes will be singing at Brendan's Pub in The Orleans, tonight and Saturday, October 11th and 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight. She will be accompanied by Joey Melotti (Barry Manilow) on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, and Paul Ringenbach on drums. You can look forward to a wonderful evening of eclectic Jazz.

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The Phat Pack

We are very sorry to learn that The Phat Pack, one of our favorite shows, will be ending its run (again) at the downtown Plaza Hotel & Casino, with the final performance taking place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th. The Phat Pack opened in late November 2012 to amazing reviews, and received standing ovations nightly. In addition, The Phat Pack was named the Las Vegas Review-Journal Editor's Pick for "Best Of Las Vegas 2013 - Best All Around Performers." Broadway singers, Bruce Ewing (Jinx in Forever Plaid on the National Tour and in Las Vegas), Ted Keegan (The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on Tour), and Randal Keith (Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on Tour), all met as actors in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. When the production ended after its six-year run at The Venetian, the gentlemen formed The Phat Pack - a show filled with great MUSIC - Broadway, American Standards, Las Vegas favorites and original songs; LAUGHTER - in song and story; and DREAMS - as the guys share their personal and career journeys. The good news is, that although the show is closing, Ewing, Keegan, and Keith are not disbanding. "Closing the show doesn't mean we are going away for good." says Ewing. "We are open to looking at other venues, maybe for shorter periods - and we are already getting booked on upcoming out of town engagements!" The Phat Pack is grateful to the Las Vegas press, as well as the incredible audiences, for the overwhelming response given during their almost one year run! Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays, through Saturday, November 16th. Tickets are available for the remaining shows at the Plaza, by calling the Box Office at (702) 386-2507, or visiting the website at

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Michael Orland, pianist, arranger and associate musical director for the FOX-TV reality series, American Idol, is getting ready for his 13th year with the Radio City Christmas show, starring the world famous Rockettes. Rehearsals are in Myrtle Beach, Florida, and the show is in Nashville, Tennessee. During the off season of Idol, in addition to the Radio City show, Mr. Orland stays busy accompanying and working with musical headliners, and with things like his vocal coaching business, Find Your Unique Voice, with partner, Peisha McPhee.

Michael Orland

Brendan Rocheleau 1996-2013

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Entertainer Rob Garrett (Neil Diamond tribute artist) is grieving the loss of a young man who was like a son to him. Seventeen-year-old Brendan Rocheleau was killed in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, Monday, September 30th. Brendan's mother, Dawn Rocheleau, was a close longtime friend of Rob's. As a result, Rob had known Brendan since he was born, on June 28th, 1996. Garrett had this to say about Brendan, "He was a GREAT kid with a wonderful sense of humor who was supposed to graduate this year from Centennial High School. Very smart - especially when it came to mechanical things (he video recorded my last 3 shows and did a fantastic job for a 1-camera shoot). He developed an infatuation with the art of magic in his early teens and idolized Lance Burton (who befriended him during his days at the Monte Carlo). However, although he originally set his heart on being a magician, in the last year or so he decided that he wanted to be a police officer. He was going to major in law enforcement/ criminal justice (not sure of the exact name of the course) when he attended UNLV next year. Loved his family, loved riding his (new) motorcycle and really got a kick out of hanging out backstage with "Uncle Rob" and the band." In addition to his mother, Dawn, Brendan is survived by his father, Corey Rocheleau, and sister, Loren Rocheleau. Following earlier cremation, a memorial service for Brendan was held at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas on October 7th. Donations to assist the family with service expenses can be made by going to:

Ina Jo Donovan - Rest In Peace

From Stan Evans comes this sad news...Ina Jo Donovan, "Sister Amnesia," Exits Stage Left. Award-winning actress/singer/dancer, Ina Jo Donovan, who most recently starred in the musical comedy Nunsense at the LVH Hotel in Las Vegas, has passed away in her Las Vegas home. Donovan appeared as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense for almost two years, until illness forced her to curtail her performance schedule. A New York City native, Ina Jo appeared in more than 30 plays and musicals in regional theaters throughout the United States, and was a favorite nightclub performer in the showrooms and lounges of the famous resorts of upstate New York. Donovan won Best Actress in a Musical award from the Sarasota and Manatee Critics' Association, for her role as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Among Ina Jo's personal favorite roles were as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Anita in West Side Story, and, of course, her award-winning role in Chicago. Ina Jo is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lisa Donovan and Stan Evans, of Las Vegas; sister Hannah Donovan of Florida; and brother Tommy Donovan also of Florida. There were no services.
Note: Ina Jo, and her real-life sister, actress Lisa Donovan, co-starred as two of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in Nunsense at the LVH, with Ina Jo as Sister Amnesia, and Lisa as Mother Superior.

Condolences to the families and friends of both Brendan Rocheleau and Ina Jo Donovan.

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Las Vegas Master Singers

Here are some upcoming concert dates for UNLV Jazz. On Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the UNLV's Judy Bayley Theater, it's 2013 Down Beat Award Winning Ensembles, UNLV Jazz Ensemble I and UNLV Latin Jazz Ensembles. UNLV Jazz Ensemble I is conducted by David Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, and the Latin Jazz Ensemble is directed by Uli Geissendoerfer. All members of this award-winning Jazz Ensemble are selected by audition each semester, with primary consideration given to sight-reading and jazz-improvisation skills. General seating tickets for this event, available through the PAC Box Office, are priced at $10 and $8, with discounts available for seniors, military, and UNLV faculty and staff. All students will receive 1 free ticket per valid student I.D. To purchase tickets by phone call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at 702-895-2787 (ARTS) or to purchase online visit, the UNLV Performing Arts Center's website. Sunday, October 20th, at 3:30 p.m., All That Jazz and More, featuring UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, and The Las Vegas Master Singers, will perform an annual fundraising collaborative concert to benefit UNLV Jazz Studies and UNLV Choral Music Programs. The Master Singers are directed by Jocelyn Jensen. This special event will take place in the beautiful sanctuary at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana. General admission tickets are $20, and available through the Las Vegas Master Singers and at the door. Discount tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. E-mail your name to [email protected] to pre-order half-price tickets. You can pay for and pickup your tickets at Will Call the day of the concert.

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The talented vocalist, Michelle Johnson, is more than just a little busy. Her October "dance card" is impressively full. Among the dates on her upcoming schedule, on Sunday, October 13th, she will be working with some of the finest musicians in Las Vegas. The Trio - made up of great players, Matt Murphy, John Wedemeyer, and Blaise Sison - at the Mandarin has invited Michelle to perform with them at the beautiful Mandarin Bar, located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental. Fantastic music, breathtaking views of Las Vegas, an intimate and upscale setting, and delicious cocktails and appetizers await you. The Trio and Ms. Johnson will play from 5 to 9 p.m. at the bar, located on the 23rd level of the Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard, in City Center. Jazz with a twist...don't miss it! On Wednesday, October 16th, from 1 to 4 p.m., Michelle will be at the Gold Coast on West Flamingo, with Cocho Arbe and Mike Tramontana for Jazz Classics - jazz and swing standards. It's a large room, with a beautiful dance floor! No charge. Thursday, October 17th, starting at 2 p.m., Johnson and Robin Vincent will be hosting the Sam's Town's Variety Toast of the Town, produced by Ed Mathews. This is a free show daytime show featuring many variety acts. You must have a B-Connected players card to attend, and you can get your card right there at Sam's Town. Sam's Town is located at 5111 Boulder Highway. Friday, October 18th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Michelle is back at The Dispensary Lounge, THE late night hot spot for real jazz in Las Vegas. She will be performing with the outstanding Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. Great hamburgers and other snacks and drinks all night. Surprise guests often drop in. The famed Wynton Marsalis stopped by last time he was in town. If you want to experience the feel of an old New York City jazz club, the vibe at The Dispensary, located at 2451 E. Tropicana, is just right for you. Michelle loves playing there. And, on the first weekend of upcoming months, Michelle returns to Brendan's Irish Pub inside The Orleans. She and her trio will play from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, with the next dates being November 1st and 2nd. There is no cover charge for these nights, but there are lots of great beers on tap along with assorted cocktails. Bring friends and enjoy! The Orleans Hotel and Casino is at 4500 West Tropicana.

Michelle Johnson

Rosanna Telford

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Beginning on October 16th, The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, at 4001 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, will offer Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics: Power Strategies for Songwriting, taught by Mark Winkler. In this valuable eight-week class, learn and put to use power strategies for writing commercial hit song lyrics with a Platinum and Award-winning lyricist and respected teacher. Winkler is a successful writer and artist who has been teaching a much-beloved lyric writing class at UCLA for years. Join Mark and fellow writers for this hands-on guide to crafting powerful lyrics. Classes will take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., October 16th through December 11th. Cost of tuition is $399. *For first time students at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles, there is an additional $35 initiation fee. Classes are limited to 16 students. Call (818) 848-7664 to register. There will be a Free Song Clinic on Monday October 14th at 12:30 p.m., hosted by Mr. Winkler, at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. For all songwriters - take in a song so Mark can review it - with the emphasis being on the lyric. Make sure to take in 10 lyric copies of the song, or send them to [email protected].

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Local favorite, singer Mark Giovi, who recently returned to his New Jersey roots, is back in Las Vegas for a One Night Only Performance at the Italian American Club's showroom/ballroom, Thursday, October 17th at 8 p.m. Bill Fayne, just back from New York, serves as musical director for the night. Tickets are $20, and available online at The Italian American Club's restaurant/lounge/bar hosts some of the city's finest entertainers. Among the regular performers, in the newly refurbished lounge, are Rosanna Telford, Central American vocalist, Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to midnight, and on Thursdays, from 7 to 11 p.m., and Fridays, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Carmine Mandia, from the Shades of Sinatra show (at the Clarion), performs. You never know who else may drop in to sing a song or two at the Italian American Club of Southern Nevada, located at 2333 E. Sahara in Las Vegas.

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Ariann Black, award-winning magician and longtime Las Vegan, appeared on the 200th episode of Grey's Anatomy, last night, October 10th. She was delighted to be playing the magician on this special episode of the ABC show, and says, "It was a fun and exciting working with the stars of this popular TV show. You'll see me performing magic throughout the episode. Special thanks to director/executive producer, Rob Corn, for making this such a wonderfully memorable experience for me." Ariann was voted Female Magician of the Year in 2004, and International Female Magician of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Most recently she was awarded Magician of the Year by the International Conclave of Illusionists.

Ariann Black

Diane J. Findlay

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From reader/entertainer Lou Garcia comes this news...
"I have just learned that Diane J. Findlay will be in Sister Act when it performs at The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, October 15th through 20th. Diane was one of the original principals in Donn Arden's Hallelujah Hollywood! (in which the modest Mr. Garcia was also a cast member). Diane won the "Las Vegas Female Performer of The Year Award" for her performance in Hallelujah Hollywood! She was, and still is, AWESOME!" Diane, who plays Sister Mary Lazarus in the North American touring company of Sister Act, has been in show business for more than 40 years. Among her impressive theatrical credits are 70, Girls, 70, Funny Girl (Mrs. Brice), Follies (Stella Deems), Dear World (Constance), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Nunsense (Reverend Mother), The Full Monty (Jeanette), Minnie's Boys , Mame (Mame Dennis), world premiere of Tales of The City (Mother Mucca), Company, Promises, Promises, 42nd Street, Gay Divorce, and world premiere of I Loved Lucy (Lucille Ball). TV credits include the daytime soap, Search for Tomorrow (Dr. Lambert), Law and Order (Mrs. Bickerson), and a soon to be released pilot, Middle Ages (Sara). Among Diane's movie credits are The Producers, and the soon to be released Coen Brothers', Inside Llewyn Davis.

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In a case of very strange timing, one year after its opening on the Strip, and just weeks before Halloween, the spooky Eli Roth's Goretorium ceased operations on October 2nd. That's like a toy store closing two weeks before Christmas. The haunted attraction, which filed for bankruptcy in July, probably would have made more money this month than during the entire rest of the year. There must have been a really good reason to shut down this close to Halloween.

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The Golden Nugget Las Vegas welcomes Spank! The Musical, a parody of the best selling book, The Fifty Shades of Grey, to the intimate 600-seat showroom, from October 18th through November 9th. Show times are at 9 p.m. (dark on Mondays). General admission ticket prices are $35 or $45 for premium seating, and $55 for VIP seating (plus tax and fee). For tickets and information, call (866) 946-5336 or Book Online.

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Auditions for Rainbow Company's holiday production, Scrooge, The Musical, will be held promptly at 1 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Roles are available for adults and young people, ages 9 and older. Bring a prepared song. There is no charge to audition. The show will be performed at Charleston Heights Arts Center , December 6th through 15th. Call (702) 229-6553 for more details.

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PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas takes place every October in Las Vegas. It's a key festival for indie cult filmmakers to land distribution deals. House of Forbidden Secrets had its World Premiere at the festival this past Wednesday. Directed by Todd Sheets, among the films' cast members are the husband and wife team of Las Vegans, Dyanne Thorne and Howard Maurer. In House of Forbidden Secrets, written by Amanda Payton, Jacob Hunt has had some very bad breaks in life. His wife left him, his friends have all abandoned him, and his children barely see him! Jacob has been given an amazing gift and the chance he needs to get back on his feet and start anew. Jacob has landed the job of overnight security officer at the old ShadowView Manor. It has now been turned into a commercial office and retail building. Jacob is about to learn that nights around the old Manor contain many secrets. As luck would have it, Jacob's first night on the job is the anniversary of a dark tragedy that has stained the building. We have the creeps just writing and reading about it! We will have more information about House of Forbidden Secrets in the next couple of where it can be seen! Stay tuned.

Dyanne Thorne & Howard Maurer

Josh Groban

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Josh Groban will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, October 13th. Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (25 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. Join the crowd for one night only, as Josh and special guest, Judith Hill (The Voice, duets with Michael Jackson, and America's Got Talent winner, Landau Eugene Murphy), perform live at MGM Grand. Tickets are $107.50 ($13.45 Handling Fee), $ 77.50 ($11.15 Handling Fee), $57.50 ($9.10 Handling Fee) **All prices are inclusive of LET/FMF**

Judith Hill

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Circus Vargas presents MagiKaria, billed as "A Fantastical Magical Experience," in two different Las Vegas venues, between October 17th and 27th. Circus Vargas conjures up an astonishing array of artists in its newest, most exciting spectacular, MagiKaria, an amazing production, bursting with mystery, magic, music, and more! Witness elaborate illusions and unbelievable feats of acrobatic and aerial artistry, as you travel to a realm of fantasy as far as magic will allow, to a world where anything is possible. A world of magic...under the big top. Behold the extraordinary, the unexplainable! Unleash your imagination and discover the secret to Magikaria! The "Star" of Circus Vargas was hand-made in Milan, Italy, and is the most state-of-the-art Big Top tent in use today. The theater-style tent seats 1,500 people comfortably. It consists of 90,000 square feet of fabric, and is supported by 500 individually placed stakes and more than four miles of rope and cable weighing more than 17 tons. The entire setup represents an outlay of a cool million dollars! Each day, at the crack of dawn, 30 men start the seven-hour process of raising the Big Top. Each tear-down night, by the light of the moon, the same 30 men roll the tent up and pack it carefully to travel to the next town, where the process begins anew. From October 17th and 21st, MagiKaria will be at the Galleria at Sunset Mall, 1300 W Sunset Rd. in Henderson, with show times on Thursday the 17th, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.; and Monday at 7 p.m. Between October 24th and 27th, MagiKaria will be at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo, with show times on Thursday the 24th, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 4 and 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $80. To purchase, go to, or call (877) GOTFUN1 (468-3861). Discounted tickets are also available through participating Baskin-Robbins and Papa John's Pizza outlets.

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Late breaking news from Richard N. Velotta of VegasInc (Friday, October 11, 2013, 2 a.m.)...
The Greenspun Corporation's small independent television station went off the air at midnight, citing a lack of advertising revenue as the reason for pulling the plug. KTUD, which aired on Channel 25 and on the Cox Cable system's Channel 14 as Vegas TV, had a history of financial struggles since it signed on as a low-power television station in 1999. The station filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010. Most of the station's time slots were devoted to syndicated shows and paid programming. Some KSNV Channel 3 news broadcasts also were simulcast on the channel. Most of the station's time slots were devoted to syndicated shows and paid programming. Some KSNV Channel 3 news broadcasts also were simulcast on the channel. The station is jointly owned by Greenspun Broadcasting, a subsidiary of The Greenspun Corporation, and a New York-based private equity fund. It's a sister company of the Las Vegas Sun and VEGAS INC. This brings up the big question... What's to become of that local TV variety show, with the pitiful pseudo host?

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