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Note: This is a past column from October 18, 2013
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Las Vegas - October 18, 2013


Old Timers - Nelson Sardelli, Robert List & Lou Toomin by Lorraine Thompson

Lisa Smith, Dan Ellis & Michael T by Nelson Sardelli

If you are a longtime Las Vegan (more than 30 years), the place to be, last Sunday night, was in the upstairs convention area (cocktails in the Esplanade Ballroom, followed by dinner in the Mardi Gras Ballroom) at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. That is where more than 500 people gathered for the annual Old Timers Reunion, to mingle and share memories, dine on a three-course meal, and enjoy music provided by some of the city’s top talent. Current Old Timers Reunion Chairman, Kevin Buckley, tells us that the first of these yearly gatherings took place at Arizona Charlie’s in 1995, the idea of a group of Vegas pioneers, consisting of real estate businessman, Ken Johann; former Clark County Commissioner, Thalia Dondero; boxing referee Davey Pearl, and brother, Lou Pearl; gaming supply businessman, Paul Endy; Art Lurie, longtime local businessman, including his involvement with Arizona Charlie's; veteran show producer, Bill Moore; Las Vegas Sun entertainment columnist, Joe Delaney; TV and radio personality, Jack Kogan; Herb Kaufman, who operated the Wonderworld Stores, a Las Vegas shopping landmark, and later went on to partner with Johnny Carson in the purchase of KVVU TV-5; and Abe Fox, owner of Foxy's Deli at Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara. What started out as a few friends, regularly meeting for a bite to eat at an off-Strip delicatessen, while sharing Vegas stories, has grown into a much anticipated yearly event. At Sundays reunion, lots of present, past and future (again) politicos were seen in the crowd, including onetime Nevada Governor, Robert List; former local news anchor/local businesswoman and former State Senator, Sue Lowden; former Lt. Governor, Dr. Lonnie Hammargren; former Nevada Assemblyman, Lou Toomin (who served as OUR host); Mark Moreno, Ms. Dondero, and Judge Bill Jansen. Although there were no babies around to kiss, there were plenty of people for those who serve the people to shake hands with, hug and pose for photos with. Representing the business community, we spotted Paul Lowden, Jim Marsh, Angelo and Nancy Cassaro, Denny Weddle, Bill Boyd, and Angie Wallin. The entertainment community, past and present, was well represented by folks including Nelson Sardelli (with his lady, Lorraine Thompson), Lou Garcia, Gary Oakes, Gary Marshal (with only one "L"), Tempest Storm, Rosita Kanes, Mafalda Papp, Maynard Sloate, former stage hypnotist Debra Duke, Joe LaVigna, Tony and Karen Ruivivar (he’s the founder of Society of Seven), Jackie and Mollie - The McCall Twins, Pia Zadora, and Ms. Senior Nevada, Kat Ray. We probably missed many others that we would have loved to say hello to, but working a room with hundreds of people is no easy task. Providing musical entertainment for the evening was The Michael T Band - with leader Michael Tramontana on drums, Dan Ellis on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, Bill King on trumpet, and Steve Johnson on saxophone. Vocals were provided, separately, by Lisa Smith and Jerry Tiffe (who sang one of our favorites, "All I have To Give"), with John Messana, whose day (and night) job is as the manager and sommelier at The Orleans’ excellent Canal Street gourmet restaurant, opening the event with a moving version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." If you love Las Vegas, and have been around these parts for at least three decades (give or take a year or two), you may want to add this event to your Things To Do list for next October.


The Tiffe Men - Jerry, Raymond Jr., Raymond Sr., Robert & Angelo

Two of the guests at the Old Timers Reunion recently suffered family losses. Singer Jerry Tiffe's father, Raymond Tiffe, a Las Vegan for more than 30 years, passed away on Saturday, October 12th, at the age of 92. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Raymond made his living as a painting contractor. An active senior, he was still a regular golfer until five days before his death. He is survived by his four sons, Jerry, Robert, Raymond Jr. and Angelo Tiffe. Jerry, who describes his father as "a great man," tells us that a celebration of life/ memorial service will be held, probably sometime next month. When we have the exact date and place, we will provide it.

And condolences to Debra Duke on the loss of her younger brother.

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Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

Beginning on Thursday, October 24th, legendary comedian Marty Allen and his co-star wife, musical straight lady, Karon Kate Blackwell, will take to the stage of the showroom at the downtown Plaza Hotel & Casino for a special three-night engagement. VegasNews.com states, "In the 1970s and 80s, Allen made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on "Hollywood Squares." He also appeared on "Circus of the Stars," in a cameo on "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!," as a guest star on game shows such as "Password", and in ten made-for-television movies. At 91 years of age, Allen has no intention of retiring and still works a full year and runs two miles on a treadmill daily. "I feel like the Energizer Bunny. I just keep going," Allen remarks. "I enjoy it. I can't stop. People ask me where I get all the energy from to keep going and I joke that I'm on the pill. They believe me and want to know where to buy it for themselves." Allen met his co-star Blackwell in the mid-1980s, and the duo began performing together, combining his comedy with her music." The twosome will appear at the Plaza on October 24th, 25th and 26th, with shows at 7 p.m. Tickets for their shows are available at the Plaza's box office, or online at www.plazahotelcasino.com.

Friend, Howard Jochsberger, formerly with Boyd Gaming, will travel to Vegas from his current home in Florida, to produce and direct the three shows with Marty and Karon. It will be good to have him back here, even for just a few days.

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Longtime Las Vegan, performer Diane Ellis, moved back to her hometown of Boston about two years ago to help care for her aging and ailing mother. Diane's mom, Gloria Calderone, passed away on September 21st at the age of 88. At the memorial service, a loving daughter read this tribute to her mother.

While looking through hundreds of photos for my mom's collage for her wake, I came across something I had never seen before. My mom's autobiography that she wrote when she was in high school. What a find! To actually see what kind of person my mom was, and the woman that she was becoming...with hopes, dreams and aspirations. Mom spoke of typical things like plays that she had performed in while in school, being bashful around boys, playing with the neighborhood kids and her siblings. She spoke of her love for drawing and perhaps someday being a dress designer. Also her love for bowling and dancing and traveling the world...and becoming a hairdresser...all of which, by the way...she accomplished. My mom was a head-strong woman! She did what she set out to do, and got what she wanted. ( I think I take after her! ) But the thing that stood out the most while reading her autobiography, was her childhood ambition of getting married...or getting hooked as she put it...and settling down..."but not until I'm prepared to be a woman of the home" she said. And my mom was exactly that. A WOMAN OF THE HOME...she kept a clean, tidy, pristine home; cooked great meals, made some of our clothes. Such a simple wish...isn't it? To be a married lady...a wife and a mother. That's all that ever mattered to mom and to my dad. FAMILY. Family came first...there was....and is...so much love in our family...ask anyone. I AM HONORED TO BE A CALDERONE...to come from such a wonderful family filled with love...What made us happy was singing, breaking bread with friends and family, laughing, and eating some more. Such wonderful memories...so simple. I promise you mom and dad, that myself and the rest of our family are going to carry on the simple tradition of family...and to share our love and laughter and music with others. I've had the best teachers in the world. Thanks for being the best mother ever! Diane xo

We were so moved by Diane's words, we asked if we could share them with our readers. She said yes. Were that all of us could have such a loving connection with family members. Rest in peace, Gloria.


Diane Ellis & Mother Gloria Calderone (circa 2011)

Melody & Emma Leibow

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The NF Hope Concert - A Benefit for Neurofibromatosis, will be held this Sunday, October 20th at 1 p.m., in the Sands Theatre at The Venetian. The annual benefit concert returns to the Strip for the third year to entertain while raising awareness for the neurological disorder, Neurofibromatosis (NF). Kristen Hertzenberg, who portrayed Christine in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian, performed in the first and second NF Hope Concerts and can't wait to be a part of it again this year. She will be performing "Light a Candle" from her album with Philip Fortenberry, Holidays from the Heart. The Hope Concerts are inspired by Emma Leibow, daughter of Melody and Jeff Leibow. When his little girl was diagnosed with NF, Jeff, who plays Nick Massi in Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas, naturally wanted to do whatever he could. These concerts are the result. Each year, the NF Hope Concert is a testament to the beautiful and giving nature of the tight-knit performing community in Las Vegas. The concert will be hosted by the stars of the hit musical, Jersey Boys, and will feature headliners from up and down the Strip, including Frankie Moreno, Human Nature, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes, plus cast members from the city's hottest shows, including Absinthe, Rock of Ages, and Million Dollar Quartet. This year's concert will also feature two very special guest performers living with NF. The lobby will open at 11:45 a.m. for a silent auction, which will include hotel, restaurant, entertainment and spa packages and much more. Tickets are $45, $60 and $125 per person. All of the proceeds will go to NF Network and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to help those living with NF. For more information about Neurofibromatosis and the NF Hope Concert, or to find out how you can help, visit http://nfhope.org. For tickets, call (702) 414-9000.

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In her tour de force role as the delusional Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson delivered the now famous line, "Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Author, Stephen Michael Shearer, knew there was much more to the diva Swanson than Sunset Boulevard, and chose to share it with the world in his latest book, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. On Sunday, October 27th beginning at 12:30 p.m., Shearer will be signing copies of Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star at Summerlin's Barnes & Noble, 8915 W. Charleston in Crossroad Commons. Shearer's previous bios are Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, and Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr, new in paperback this week, copies of which will also be available at the Barnes & Noble store. During his residency in Las Vegas, in 2008-2009, Mr. Shearer did a most interesting series of 20 celebrity profiles of the city's headliners for the Review-Journal, the state's largest daily newspaper. Regarding Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, in the book's first review (9/30/2013), Publishers Weekly wrote...
Shearer succeeds brilliantly in not missing a moment of 1920s Hollywood starlet Gloria Swanson's gilded, imperfect life. Celebrated as "the movie star of all movie stars," film and fashion icon Gloria Swanson's rich, glamorous life included six marriages, myriad affairs, and a fortune all but squandered. Both charming and headstrong from the start, Gloria moved to California to become an actress at age 16, where she embraced a work hard, play hard mentality, raising three children while bankrolling lovers and husbands. Described by her daughter as "a very feminine woman with a masculine brain," Gloria was in control of her career and lifestyle early on. She segued into television and talkies, making a comeback with her critically acclaimed performance in Sunset Boulevard. Her not-so-secret affair with Joseph P. Kennedy was a passionate, complicated relationship, and left her finances a shambles. Shearer's riveting, weighty biography is a powerful paean to the silent movie era, its renowned stars and directors, and to Gloria, who was as famous for her acting as for her liveried butlers, generous gifts, and extravagant Parisian shopping sprees. If you would like to know more about Gloria Swanson, on and off the screen, this is your book.


Stephen Michael Shearer

Rob Garrett Honoree

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Heads up! The October edition of the monthly Composers Showcase will take place on Wednesday, the 30th. We will have details - like the names of the participants - in next Friday's column, but, it almost doesn't matter who is contributing their music and talent, as this is one of the best shows in the city. In the more than seven years the Composers Showcase has been running, there has never been a disappointing one. If you don't want to be shut out, reserve your tickets before the next column. The show takes place in the Cabaret Jazz club in Boman Pavilion at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave. in downtown Las Vegas, starting at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors open at 9:30. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Smith Center Box Office, or by calling (702) 749-2000 for reservations, or going online at www.thesmithcenter.com. Walk-ups are welcome, but the room may be sold out if you wait too long. A cash bar and late night menu is available.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents Nevada's Finest, at the Silverton Casino on Thursday, October 24th, at 6 p.m. The group will host a celebration of up and coming leaders in the community that have chosen to showcase their skills by joining the fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. At this event, guests will be able to participate in silent and live auctions, partake in dinner, see members of the Southern Nevada community presented with awards, and enjoy entertainment. Not only will Neil Diamond tribute artist, Rob Garrett, be one of those honored as NV's Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Thursday, he, and his King of Diamonds Band, will also be performing at the event. Tickets for NV's Finest are $75 per person. The Silverton Casino is located at 3333 Blue Diamond Road, off Las Vegas Blvd. South. As we reach our October 18th deadline, there are only a few seats left for this event. To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.cff.org/Chapters/nevada/index.cfm?ID=24203&blnShowBack=True&idContentType=1408&Event=24203. For more information on Cystic Fibrosis, please visit www.cff.org.

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We would LOVE to see this New York production! The limited engagement of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, will begin previews Saturday, March 29th, 2014, and open Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). The up-close-and-personal poster for the Broadway revival was just released, featuring Neil Patrick Harris in the role of the transgender rocker. The show's first poster features Harris licking his blue glitter-covered lips, as glitter eyeliner streams down his face. The 40-year-old How I Met Your Mother star, will play the central character in the musical -- the East German transgender singer who fronts the fictional rock band Hedwig and the Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchell played Hedwig in the 2001 film, which he also wrote and directed. Harris is no stranger to the Great White Way. He has played a variety of roles in iconic plays and musicals, from Cabaret to Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. The actor/comedian has hosted the Tony Awards four times, for which he earned three of his four Emmy Awards. Hedwig originated off-Broadway in 1998, before traveling the globe. The rock musical was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

Note: Ten years ago, we saw a Nevada Theatre Company production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Directed by David Tapper, the play starred Marcus Weiss as Hedwig. This may have been the best community theater performance we had ever seen. Weiss, with local credits as a colorful character with The Blue Man Group, and doing improv comedy in The Second City show at the Flamingo, was beyond brilliant. Currently in LeReve at Wynn Las Vegas, we hope that the versatile Mr. Weiss gets another opportunity to recreate the tour de force role again. If it happens, we're there!



Cork Proctor in Ecuador Garb

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres, our Las Vegas Media Group correspondent, comes this information...
"Well, if we didn't know it before, we know it now - Cork Proctor is a very popular man. I know this because I have been fielding phone calls and emails from his fans, who want to be at the meeting this coming Monday, October 21, to see Cork and hear all about his new life in Ecuador. Cork is in Las Vegas and will be our speaker at the next meeting. What does all this mean? It means that I believe we will have a full house for lunch and that RSVPs are necessary. Lunch begins at 11:30 with social hour beginning around 11:00 am. The cost is $17 per person, plus a tip for our fabulous server, Patty. The location is 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. To RSVP, please call me at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail me at [email protected] Wish I were going to be there to see Cork and all of my friends. I would love to hear how it goes so be sure to send me a message after the meeting."

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Fielding West

Michael Goudeau

Sun City MacDonald Ranch will present The Fielding West Comedy & Magic Show on Friday, October 25th at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6). The revue stars Fielding West (Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Comedy Central), with special guest, comedy juggler, Michael Goudeau (Lance Burton Show). The show will be held in the Desert Willow Golf Course Club House, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson. Tickets, at $12 for MacDonald Ranch residents, and $15 for non-residents, are available at the club house front desk. For additional information, call (702) 270-7006.

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Las Vegans, Dyanne Thorne and Howard Maurer, report that their latest acting venture/ adventure, House of Forbidden Secrets, opened at Missouri drive-ins tonight. The film was shot in Kansas City, from where the director, Todd Sheets; producers Bryan David and Amanda Peyton; plus stunt coordinator, Antwoine Steele, all flew to Vegas for an earlier screening. The celebration after was a late night party at the Sapphire Club. Los Angeles' award-winning designer, Harvey Krantz, famous for celebrity costume/stage wear, supplied the glamour that Howard and Dyanne proudly wore. The PollyGrind 2013 Film Festival recognized Mr. and Mrs. Maurer with a plaque, "Actors of a Different Breed." "It was just fun," they report.


Dyanne Thorne & Howard Maurer

Murray SawChuck Celebrity Magician

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Murray SawChuck just became the longest running headliner at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino since the departure of the Folies Bergere in March of 2009. Over the past few years, in addition to a remodeling, the Trop has gone through entertainers Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, Brad Garrett, Bobby Slayton and Recycled Percussion, along with business ventures, Carla Pelligrino, RPM Night Club, Nikki Beach, and Bagatelle and the Mob Exhibit, which ends its run at the hotel on November 3rd, while Celebrity Magician, Murray, remains. No disappearing act for this Celebrity Magician, who has stood the test of time as other things have come and gone. Murray's philosophy of taking each day at a time and dealing with it head on, has paid off, thanks to him, and his producers The Laugh Factory! Show times for Murray at the Laugh Factory, are Saturdays through Thursdays at 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $24.95 and $34.95, plus applicable fees. For reservations, call (800) 462-8767.

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Let's try this again (we never were good in geography). In last Friday's column, we wrote...
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 (Myrtle Beach is not in Florida, Cousin Claire, it's in SOUTH CAROLINA), and the show is in Nashville, Tennessee (as far as we know, Nashville is still in 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. Mea culpa. (Thank you for the heads up, MMS.)

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Robert Anthony "Bobby" Vannucci, of Las Vegas, passed away here on October 7th. His Las Vegas Review-Journal obituary describes him as "a loving and fair man," saying "He is and always will be a part of Las Vegas history, starting as a front desk clerk at the Dunes and making it all the way to president and chief operating officer of the Riviera. Leaving many properties that moved on without him in the dust, literally. He worked at the Dunes, Aladdin and Sands (four times), all of which were imploded. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Yolanda. He is survived by his brother, Johnny; his beloved wife, of 46 years, Nancy; his three children, Troy, Gina and Anthony; and 10 grandchildren. His love will never be lost or forgotten and to know him is to love him." There was a memorial service on Saturday, October 12th, at Palm Northwest Mortuary. A celebration of life followed, at the Casino MonteLago, at Lake Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.


Robert Vannucci 1947-2013

Killer, Cash & King

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A new show with a fresh presentation, Killer, Cash & King - From Memphis to Nashville, will debut on Sunday, October 27th at 3 p.m. at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre. Killer, Cash & King is a story that begins with a Jerry Lee Lewis concert, set sometime in 1972 at the peak of his career. The concert begins as any Jerry Lee concert begins, but by the end of the show, he is joined by old friends, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, who happen to "be in town" at the same time. What results, is a show remembering what is was like "back in the day," with the three recalling historic events in their lives and, of course, the music. As Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis, Las Vegas favorite Ned Mills performs classic Lewis hits, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire," "Lewis Boogie," "Breathless" and more. As Johnny Cash, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member and 11-time Grammy-nominee, Ronnie Lee Twist, joins "The Killer" on stage performing classics, "Big River," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "Crazy Arms" and more. As Elvis, 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner, Chad Collins, "drops in" to make the show the ultimate event. He performs classic Elvis hits like "Burnin' Love," "That's All Right Mama," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Viva Las Vegas," and a unique arrangement of "Blue Suede Shoes." Killer, Cash & King builds with all three legendary performers remembering their early touring days, sharing little known historic facts and funny true stories, and singing their hits plus some arrangements together - "High School Confidential," "Johnny B. Good," "Get Rhythm," and "Let's Play House." Sections of the show feature a touch of gospel, with "Daddy Sang Bass," and an unforgettable finale, "American Trilogy." The show was conceived by Ronnie Lee Twist, and written in collaboration with Ned Mills and Chad Collins. It is staged, directed and produced by Mistinguett Productions, a Las Vegas-based company formed in 2010 by producer, director and choreographer Mistinguett. Recognized as one of the most experienced director/choreographers of her time, Mistinguett, in conjunction with former partner-producer GTP, has opened more than 400 shows on five continents during a 25-year period. She has collected eight "Show of the Year" awards for her work in Reno, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. "This show is a whole lot of fun," says Mistinguett, "and reminds us all that Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley will always live on as the legends they are." Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for the general public. Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Box Office numbers are, Starbright and Pinnacle (702) 240-1301, Mountain Shadows (702) 966-1410, and Desert Vista, (702) 363-1341. Visit the website www.killercashking.com

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Melissa Miles

Peter Anthony

Happy birthday to Libras (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Mickey Rooney (he's 93), Julio Iglesias, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Alexander, Melissa Miles, Herb Jeffries (he's 102), Sonny Turner, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who share the same September 26th birthday), Olivia Newton-John, Shaun Cassidy, Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), Avril Lavigne, Lil' Wayne, Peter Anthony Laurino (he's not telling'), Jerry Lee Lewis, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Johnny Mathis, Marilyn McCoo, Suzanne Buhrer, Don McLean, Roy Horn, Sting (Gordon Sumner), Lindsey Buckingham, Chubby Checker, Tommy Lee, Gwen Stefani, Jon Secada, Clifton Davis, Steve Miller, Larry Raben, Michael Orland, Sergio Alberti, John Mellencamp, Yo-Yo Ma, Toni Braxton, Taylor Hicks, Bruno Mars, Robert "Cool" Bell, Jackson Browne, John Elizondo, Sean Lennon, John O'Hurley, Scotty McCreery, Artie Schroeck, Ben Vereen, David Lee Roth, Tanya Tucker, Mario Lopez, Susan Anton, Chris Botti, Pat DiNizio, Paul Simon, Marie Osmond, Nancy Kerrigan, Reggie Theus (UNLV Rebel), Sammy Hager, Harry Anderson, Usher, Mark Nadler, Tito Jackson (he's 60), Chef Emeril Lagasse, Suzanne Somers, John Mayer, Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Jim Seals, Gary Puckett, Alan Jackson, Norm Macdonald, Eminem (Marshall Mathers), Wyclef Jean, Chuck Berry, Wynton Marsalis, Ne-Yo (Shaffer Chimere Smith, who grew up and went to school in Las Vegas), David Engel, Peter Max, Evander Holyfield, Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus), Tom Petty, Kim Kardashian, Brian Boitano, Carlos Mencia, Josh Strickland, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Dyanne Thorne, Dwight Yoakam, Cyril Neville, Tina Walsh, Adam Pero, Jack Campbell, John Maltby, Frank Sener, Lindsay Fitzpatrick Warkmeister, Robert Beal, Domenick Allen Capaldi, Dan Elias, Cliff Richard, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Richard Carpenter, Paul Pratt, Ziggy Marley, Linda November, and Bob Sachs.

And anniversary greetings to Gary and Julie Newman Olds, and Larry Raben and David Engel.


Suzanne Buhrer

Larry Raben & David Engel

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Sunday, October 27th at 2 p.m., Sizzlefest II will take place at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn. American Jazz Initiative (AJI) and VegasJazz are presenting their annual Latin Jazz concert, with Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection Big Band, doing compositions and arrangements by Nathan and Cocho Arbe. The Band will include the usual 17 piece ensemble, plus two percussionists, Michito Sanchez and Gabriel Falcon, harp and strings. Jerry Lopez and Toscha Comeaux will be the featured vocalists. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 on the day of the concert. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call (702) 455-7340.


Nathan Tanouye

Larry Liso

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Next Friday, October 25th, Manhattan's Metropolitan Room will present Remembering Sinatra, starring Las Vegan, Larry Liso, from the hit Vegas show, Shades of Sinatra. Tickets start at $20 for general admission, and go to $115 for VIP Gold Package (includes open bar, private booth, appetizer and gratuity). Tax and service charges will be added, and there is a two beverage minimum. Show time is at 9:30 p.m., with doors opening at 9. To purchase tickets, go to metropolitanroom.com. The popular New York City jazz club is located at 34 W 22nd St, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Call (212) 206-0440.

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On Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m., LaserSpectacular presents The Music of Pink Floyd at the Henderson Pavilion, featuring a live performance by Brody Dolyniuk. The excitement of a live concert at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, is elevated by a giant video screen presentation, special effects lighting, and state-of-the-art laser technology. LaserSpectacular is a multi-media laser and light show centered on the music of Pink Floyd. The audience, surrounded by 100,000 watts of concert-quality sound, will be carried away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects during the two-hour show. Colorful lasers and lighting effects confront the senses with an array of glowing visual displays choreographed to a live performance. Brody Dolyniuk is a founder of classic rock cover band, Yellow Brick Road, popular with Las Vegans and visitors alike. Tickets start at $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit HendersonLive.com, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion box office, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada is heating up the grill with a BBQ Cook-Off and Festival on Sunday, October 27th, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Temple Beth Sholom parking lot. The festival is a community wide event featuring a kosher BBQ Cook-Off, Minecraft Tournament, three-on-three basketball tournament, raffle prizes and more than 25 vendors ready to entertain all ages. The event is open to the public. Adult tickets (18 and older) are $15, and $10 for children under 18 and seniors 65 and over. BBQ Cook-Off Tasting Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.JCCBBQ.com, or call (702)794-0090. During the event, 20 teams will face off to determine who has the best brisket, beef ribs and beans, with the winning team receiving a cash grand prize of $1,000. Local VIP judges, including Phillip Dell, winner of The Food Network's Chopped; Darcy Spears, chief investigative reporter on KTNV Channel 13 Action News, and others will determine the winner. All proceeds raised benefit JCC of Southern Nevada's Camp K'helah scholarship program. A variety of activities will be available for both adults and children provided, by Bass Pro Shops, Gamers Arcade, Rock the Tea, Infinity Art Studios, Mad Science, The Israeli Martial Arts Academy, Art Classes for Kids, TumbleBus, We Go Gamez and ArtParty4U. The event will also include photo booths from Sleet photography, dessert tortoise exhibit from Interpretive Association Red Rock Canyon, close up magic by Robb Weinstock, free professional chair massages, health screenings by Touro University, psychic medium, membership information from Sam's Club, flu shots along with membership information from Costco Wholesale, and Las Vegas Firefighter Association and CPR Instruction. The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, and is dedicated to providing Jewish culture and identity to all ages and backgrounds with quality events and programs. The JCCSN is a proud collaborative partner and beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. The JCC facility was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas for the capital improvements and renovation of the building, as well as a significant grant providing financial resources to help the JCC with start up costs associated with the new location. For more information on JCCSN, please visit www.jccsn.org.

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The Galaxy Cannery Luxury+ Theatre, located inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, invites guests to get in the Halloween spirit with two classic ghoulish features showing this month: RiffTrax® Live, Night of the Living Dead!, and Stephen Spielberg's popular classic, Gremlins. "Halloween is the perfect time of year for watching scary movies," said Rafe Cohen, President of Galaxy Theatres, LLC. "These special showings provide guests with a way to enjoy a couple of great classic thriller movies on the big screen; and with our new Luxury+ amenities, including fully-reclining cushioned seats with footrests, attached tray tables and expanded aisles, it's almost like watching the movie from the comfort of your own home."

Night of the Living Dead! will play on Thursday, October 24th, at 7:30 p.m. The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000®, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, return for a select showing of the 1968 classic, featuring a hilarious never-before-seen take on the zombie movie that started it all. Tickets are $10. Spielberg's 1984 cult film, featuring mischievous monsters known as Gremlins, comes to life during this special showing taking place Sunday, October 27th, at 7 p.m. Single tickets are $7. A special package is also available featuring two tickets and a large popcorn for $15. Tickets for both events can be purchased at galaxytheatres.com, or same day at the box office. iPhone and Android users can also find movies and show times and purchase tickets on-the-go with the official Galaxy Theatres smart phone app. Download is free in the app store. No printing necessary. Display your on-screen ticket purchase to the door person or Guest Services. Galaxy Theatres, LLC is a fully integrated movie theater company. Privately owned, it is ranked by size in the top 10% of its industry, according to the National Theatre Association, and currently has theaters in California, Nevada, Texas and Washington. Formed in 1998, its focus is to develop and operate a portfolio of high impact, state-of-the-art movie entertainment theaters in select markets of the western United States. Galaxy Cannery Luxury+ Theatre is located in North Las Vegas, at 2121 East Craig Road, inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel, and features a 14-screen multiplex, with all auditoriums equipped with DLP Cinema® technology. For show times, call (702) 639-9779, or visit www.galaxytheatres.com. To advertise on Galaxy movie screens, visit www.adsonthewall.com. Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre, located in the Green Valley Town Center shopping center at 4500 E. Sunset Rd. in Henderson, is an eight-screen, 40,600 square-foot movie theater.

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