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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from December 06, 2013
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Las Vegas - December 6, 2013

F.I.O.R.E. Christmas Elves - Nelson Sardelli, Felix Silla, Aldo Natoli & Conrad Villella

There are so many choices, and not enough time when it comes to entertainment in and around Las Vegas. Calendars fill up quickly, especially at this time of year. Lots of great offerings out there to choose from. Here are some of them.

You better watch out, you better not cry...Santa Claus is coming to a fine Italian restaurant near you on Thursday, December 12th, at 11:30 a.m., and he is being brought to you via F.I.O.R.E., the best Non Club Club in the Universe and parts of Henderson, of course. This will be the 11th yearly Christmas F.I.O.R.E. party. Not to interfere with the many holiday parties happening, it will be a luncheon event and a memorable one as they usually are. Live Music by Gary Anderson and the Constipated Elves, great food, chocolate, flowers and who knows what else. And all that for $25 in cash or in Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. In addition to the great music, Gary Anderson will present a fifteen-minute preview of the Sin City Radio Theatre, taking us back to the Golden Age of Radio and the glamour that was Vegas more than a half century ago. The Sin City Radio Theater will feature Artie Schroeck, Linda November, Peter Pavone, Nannette DiMascio and many more talented F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) participants. This performance will include an adaptation of Jack Benny's "Christmas Shopping" (1948) and "Christmas on the Vegas Strip," an original story and song written by Nancy Hawthorne and Gary Anderson. This event will be held (as always) at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara. If you are inclined to, feel like doing it, and want to, please dress up for the occasion. You know, like bright red and green and all that. Of course, it is not mandatory nor required...just a suggestion. By our column deadline time today, the headcount (with bodies attached) for the Christmas soiree was at more than 100. If you would like to join in the fun, RSVPs to [email protected] are a must.

Bart Williams, Beverly Washburn & John Wilder at SPERDVAC

And speaking of radio...
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesterday! SPERDVAC recently held their annual old time radio convention. The 2013 three-day celebration featured panels and re-creations celebrating the Golden Age of Radio with the stars who made it all possible. SPERDVAC (The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety and Comedy, Inc.)is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1974, and has honored more than 450 people who worked during the Golden Days of radio. SPERDVAC is also the home of many master reels and transcription discs of our radio history. Collections housed in the organization include the works of Cecil B. DeMille's Lux Radio Theater, a weekly old-time radio show featuring Cecile B. DeMille introducing movie stars who then performed radio versions of their famous movies. Other SPERDVAC collections include The Lone Ranger, the Vincent Price Collection, and the June Lockhart Collection. SPERDVAC produces a newsletter 11 times during the year. Membership meetings, featuring radio performers and writers, are held several times a year in the Los Angeles area. Last month's gathering took place at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, at 4222 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood. Among those who attend the three day event were Ivy Bethune (Days of Our Lives, Superman), Tommy Cook (Alexander on Blondie), Jill Corey (Mitch Miller, Dave Garroway, Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson), Tony Dow (Wally on Leave It to Beaver), Billy Gray (Bud Anderson Father Knows Best), Marsha Hunt (movies Lost Angel, The Human Comedy), Marvin Kaplan (TV's Alice, film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), Leonard Maltin (film critic and historian, author), Wink Martindale (disc jockey, TV game show host), Terry Moore (Oscar-nominated actress Come Back Little Sheba), Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women), Alan Oppenheimer (The Six Million Dollar Man, Murphy Brown), Sue Raney (jazz singer with Nelson Riddle, Ray Anthony), Stuffy Singer (Jack Benny Show, Bob Hope Show), Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller, Jack Benny Show, Star Trek), Peggy Webber (Dragnet), John Wilder (director/writer of TV's The Streets of San Francisco) and Bart Williams (actor, producer, writer, documentary filmmaker, TV's Stanley's Smogless Steamer, plus An Enemy of the People, The Last First Comic). Randy and Chris McMillan performed live music for the re-creations. Rumor has it that SPERDVAC will hold a special event in Las Vegas in March! Stay tuned for more news on this subject.

Cynthia Pepper 1960s

Sharon Baird 1950s

And speaking of Beverly Washburn, the actress who now makes her home in Southern Nevada, celebrated a milestone birthday on November 25th. About a dozen friends (some coming from out of town) surprised her at a party in a local restaurant. Among those in attendance were some of Bev's show business cronies, including Cynthia Pepper (Kissin' Cousins with Elvis Presley, TV's Margie), Sharon Baird (an original Mouseketeer), Paul Peterson (Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show), and actor/author/producer, Bart Williams. You can read about Bev's connection to these folks, and many others, in her books - Reel Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, and Reel Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, Take Two. They are available through the usual sources, including book stores and the Internet.

Also celebrating milestone birthdays (ones ending in a zero) around this time of year, are Joni Illi, Rob Garrett, Carme Pitrello (who is traveling from Florida, where he now lives, to host a party at the IAC on December 15th).

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Paul Petersen 1958

LJ Harness

Mark your calendars for this one...
The LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is proud to announce it will once again host a benefit concert, on Saturday, December 14th, for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored for the fifth years by Cadillac of Las Vegas, and produced again by Jonathan Scott and LJ Harness. This year's event will be hosted by entertainers Clint Holmes and his wife, Kelly Clinton-Holmes. Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel, of Zowie Bowie, will also be co-hosting the festivities. The theme of this year's event is "Las Vegas Loves The Beatles," and features the entertainers performing their favorite Beatles songs, as well as their favorite holiday songs. David Perrico returns as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and featured singers, Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer. Scheduled to perform are Pia Zadora, comedian Steve Rossi, star of stage and screen, Adrian Zmed, the duets of Ben Stone and Jasmine Trias, and Jason and Janea Ebs, and the rhythm and blues of Skye Dee Miles. Also scheduled to appear are: Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Trent Carlini, Paul Shortino, Rob Garrett, Kent Foote, Sam Riddle, and Michelle Johnson and the Desert Angels Children's Choir. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. This concert's proceeds will go to the Toys for Tots Program. Tickets to this benefit concert are $20, and can be purchased at the LVH Box Office, OR, by delivering a NEW UNWRAPPED toy (valued at $20 or more), to Cadillac of Las Vegas, 5185 W. Sahara (just west of Decatur). LJ Harness, the Marketing, Promotions & Sales head honcho at the dealership, will reward donors with two free tickets to the star-filled Toys For Tots benefit. The celebrity red carpet will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the doors to the theater opening at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the LVH Showroom at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino located at 3000 Paradise Road.

Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone

Travis Cloer

We feel it is very important to mention that NO money from ticket sales or donations to this Toys For Tots event is used to cover ANY "expenses" (as in fancy display ads in local publications, or to pay musicians, etc.). Sponsors (in this case, Cadillac of Las Vegas) cover the cost of renting the showroom and paying the crew, so ALL of the funds raised from this benefit go directly to the charity. That's how ALL befits should be set up. Unfortunately, they are not.

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Critically acclaimed Jersey Boys star, Travis Cloer, brings My Place for the Holidays to Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, for one night only on Monday, December 16th at 7 p.m. The show is reminiscent of an old holiday TV special, complete with talented guests Graham Fenton (Jersey Boys), Niki Scalera (Hairspray), comedy vocal trio The Apple Sisters, and Vegas Strip headliner, Frankie Moreno. Cloer currently stars as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas, and has received critical acclaim for his role. He sold out with his show, Setting the Standard, and the Las Vegas Sun calls him "one of the most accomplished showmen in Vegas." Metro UK says he "melts hearts with his voice." Cloer has also performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal called Cloer "classy, jazzy, and Rat Pack smooth." With an amazingly versatile voice, Travis Cloer has a unique ability to take a song of any genre and make it completely his own. After years of being one of the cruising industries' most sought after entertainers, and a year and a half on Broadway with Jersey Boys, Cloer has expanded both his experience and personal repertoire in the performing arts. Cloer has enjoyed a recording career as both a vocalist and songwriter, debuting his first album "Setting the Standard" that features some of his favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Ticket prices for My Place for the Holidays WERE $25 and $35. We say, WERE, as the concert has been completely sold out for more than a week. Sorry. You snooze, you lose.

The talented Kristen Hertzenberg does her first solo show at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz on Saturday, February 1st. Tickets are $22. We will have more on Kristen and this performance in coming weeks. We would strongly suggest, however, that you not wait too long to reserve your tickets, or else you may miss out on this show. You can visit the website at, or call The Smith Center box office at (702) 749-2000 to purchase your tickets.

Kristen Hertzenberg

Mac King's Special Cloak of Invisibility

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Comedy magician Mac King has raised more than $13,000 for Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada through his Mac King & Susan G. Komen – Magic for a Cure fundraiser. King, who has been an avid champion for childhood literacy in Southern Nevada, began raising money and awareness for breast cancer programs and research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October of 2011. Since then, he has been supporting the cause twice a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, and has sold more than 5,200 bracelets, raising money for Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. "The ‘Mac King & Susan G. Komen – Magic for a Cure fundraiser started as a one-month campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There was fantastic support from my pals in the audience and I decided to keep it going," said King. "Two years later, together we have raised more than $13,000; proving that you can do little things everyday that will add up to one tremendous impact in the community. The fight against breast cancer is ongoing, and I will continue supporting the cause with this fundraiser as long as the show exists." In October of 2011, during Breast Cancer Awareness month, King ditched his famous yellow "cloak of invisibility" for a pink one to kick off the fundraiser. Guests of The Mac King Comedy Magic Show are encouraged to make a make a $5 donation after the show to receive two pink "Mac King & Susan G. Komen – Magic for a Cure" wristbands. In addition, those who purchase two merchandise items after the show will also receive two wristbands and King will donate $5 on their behalf. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. Now in his 14th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleights-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike. Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, and all five of NBC's The World's Greatest Magic TV specials. Consistently recommended by fellow magicians, Teller of Penn & Teller fame, said about King "The best comedy magician in Vegas. He'll fool you with his fantastically original tricks..." in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Mac has been recognized with numerous accolades, including "Best Las Vegas Show" in the Reader's Choice Awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal named his show the "Best Bargain Show" for ten straight years (2003-2013), "Best Family Attraction" in 2012, and "Favorite Male Las Vegan" in 2008. In 2011, he was deemed "Best Strip Headliner" in the Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Of" Awards. King, a past NBC-TV‘s The World's Greatest Magic Show regular, has also been decorated as Magic Magazine's "Funniest Act in Magic," the World Magic Awards' "Best Comedy Magician," and the Magic Castle's "Magician of the Year." King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, at Harrah's Las Vegas Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $29.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting

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We love happy, romantic stories, especially when they involve nice people. Jeanne Bavaro and Bill Acosta are delighted to share the news that their lovely daughter, Angela, recently became engaged to Brett Knudson, a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police force. October 13 on the island of half moon cay in the Bahamas The date for the wedding is planned for October 4th of next year.

Angela Acosta and Brett Knudson

Michelle Johnson

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We aren't normally in the real estate business, but it just so happens that one of our good entertainer friends has a very nice property in this part of the world that is available for rent. Musician Doug Saleeby lived and worked in Vegas for eight years. He now makes his home in Memphis, where he and his piano-playing/singing cohort, Chris Hudson, are very popular (as they were when they lived and worked in Las Vegas). Doug now rents out his one bedroom, nicely furnished turn-key executive condo within walking distance to the Strip. Located in Meridian, the residence is next to the Westin Hotel Casino and across from the Tuscany Hotel Casino on East Flamingo, in the area called "Restaurant Row." If you need a totally furnished, conveniently located home, practically on The Strip, check out this link!

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Tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th, Michelle Johnson will be performing at the Dispensary Lounge from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Dispensary has become THE Las Vegas hotspot for late night jazz. Even jazz great, Wynton Marsalis, stopped by and sat in the last time he was in town. Michelle will be accompanied by the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio - with Uli on keys, Steve Flora on bass, and Ryan Rose on drums. Known for their great burgers, The Dispensary, at 2451 E. Tropicana, was voted the "Best Dive Bar" by Playboy Magazine. On Sunday, December 8th, Michelle will be performing at Sam's Town with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Calvin Brooks, Cab's grandson. It is a dinner show, ala the Cotton Club. Elegant Dinner Service from 6 to 9 p.m. inside Sam's Town Live. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, December 11th, busy Ms. Johnson will be at the Copa Room with Bill Fayne and Friends for Tin Pan Alley on Broadway, also featuring Rita Lim and Kellie Wright. The show is at 7 p.m., with a Broadway open mic afterwards. Tickets are $10. And, next Saturday, December 14th, Michelle will be part of the big Toys for Tots show at the LVH.

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We are trying to get in touch with Chip Mosher, a writer/teacher. If anyone out there knows how to reach him (e-mail, phone or smoke signals), please share the information with Cousin Claire. Thank you.

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Following a one year run at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, The Phat Pack launches their well-reviewed show at Bally's, beginning on Wednesday, December 11th. Show times are at 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.

Due to the Rodeo, Wes Winters will not be performing his usual schedule at the South Point. On the following dates, the talented Mr. Winters will be absent from the Grandview Lounge - December 7th, 13th and 14th. He returns to his Friday and Saturday night posts at the South Point on December 20th and 21st. Did we mention that Wes will be performing at the property on New Year's Eve? The first performance will be in the Grandview from 5 to 7 p.m. Beginning at 8 p.m., for his second performance, Wes opens for Tony Orlando in the South Point's Grand Ballroom.

And, don't forget The Living Christmas Tree, a joy for the eyes and ears, at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana, one block west of Sandhill. The remaining performances of the celebration of Christmas in song, are tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. There is no charge for the program, but freewill offerings are gratefully accepted. This is a beautiful and inspirational experience for the entire family.

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Get in the holiday spirit with festive lighting ceremonies and holiday themed entertainment at Fremont Street Experience this season. Once again, the famous neon lights of the Viva Vision canopy will be complemented with a touch of holiday spirit. The Fremont Street Experience kicked-off the season with the annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony on November 27th.

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman lit the Grand Menorah, followed by a ceremony led by Rabbi Shea Harlig, Director of Chabad of Southern Nevada, to welcome the holiday known as the Festival of Lights. The Grand Menorah will be on display at Fremont Street during the Holiday Season. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on, Wednesday, December 11th at 5 p.m. at the 3rd Street Stage. Mayor Goodman will help Santa light Las Vegas' official Christmas tree. The 50-foot tree will be decked with festive decorations and shine brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision canopy. Directly following the ceremony, Country Christmas will perform a live song and dance show to classic holiday country music hits. Country Christmas is a live musical revue that will be wrangling in the holiday spirit with free performances of some of the best-known, favorite holiday country classics including "Hard Candy Christmas," "Blue Christmas" and "Redneck 12 Days of Country." The cast will also perform holiday staples such as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Run Run Rudolph," "Winter Wonderland" and "White Christmas," among country hits including "All Jacked Up," "Redneck Woman," "Red Solo Cup" and more. Country Christmas is a custom stage show, produced specifically for audiences at Fremont Street Experience, that promises to be both festive and entertaining, with a touch of Downtown Las Vegas appeal. Country Christmas is produced by Face Productions and choreographed by Melden Steele. Country Christmas performs nightly (dark on Thursdays) on Fremont Street Experience's 1st Street Stage, through December 25th.

Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen - 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to eight casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 17 million annual visitors.

Fremont Street Hanukkah Menorah

Doris "Dotty" Browning

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Recent passings...
Doris (Dotty) Mary Browning, 87, of Henderson, passed away at St. Rose de Lima Hospital, on November 11th, after a long, bravely fought, battle with her illness. She was born Doris Mary Hendricks May 4, 1926, in Baltimore. At the age of eight, she participated and won an amateur singing contest on the radio which led into her professional career of singing and performing in show business. During the late 1940's, Doris sang and played the bass fiddle in a three-piece jazz group that included her sister, Grace, on drums and vocals. They appeared in showroom lounges from Chicago to San Diego. Doris met her husband while performing at the Castle Air Force Base NCO Club, that he managed near Merced, California, in 1949. She and her husband owned and operated The Dunes Restaurant, a nightclub in Riverside, Calif. during the 1960s and 1970s. Beginning in 1970, Doris organized and managed a number of pop music show groups for more than 20 years. She was an accomplished terra-cotta sculptor of people, completing dozens of pieces until arthritis prevented her from continuing. She and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1978. He passed away in 1997. Doris was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Joe Mayer, of Henderson. She is survived by her son, Ross Jr. of Tokyo, Japan; and her daughter, Marilyn Dunn, and son-in-law, Danny Dunn, of Henderson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 19th, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, in Boulder City. Memorial services followed at Prestige Assisted Living in Henderson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests restaurant gift cards so they can be given to the Rescue Missions in Doris' name.

Jane Kean, a diverse performer who got her start in musical theater, but was best known for playing Trixie, alongside Jackie Gleason, on a television revival of The Honeymooners, died on November 26th. She was 90. Jane was an actress and singer, whose career in show business spanned seven decades and included appearing in nightclubs, on recordings, and in radio, television, Broadway and films. Among her theater credits were co-starring roles in Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Mind With the Dirty Man that played at the downtown Union Plaza in Las Vegas in the 1970s.

Jane Kean 1924-2013

Justin Shandor as Elvis

Prominent Las Vegas real estate broker, David Atwell, who brokered some of the biggest land deals on the Strip, died at Mountain View Hospital on November 25th, of complications from the cancer he'd fought for more than three years. He was 63. Atwell, who was president of Resort Properties of America, had been a Las Vegas resident since 1955. His company brokered dozens of hotel-casino land deals. They included a 59-acre package for Harrah's hotel-casino in Laughlin in 1986, 165 acres on the Strip for the Dunes in 1988, four acres on the Strip for the Casino Royale hotel-casino in 1992, Joker's Wild in Henderson in 1993, Main Street Station in 1993, and the 4 Queens in downtown Las Vegas in 2003. David Atwell is survived by his wife, Aletha, and four children, Heather, Aubrianna, and twins Chelsea and Taylor.

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Du Barry Fashions is best known for its jewelry and clothing (many entertainers shop there for their bling, both on and off the stage). There are other gems in addition to the ones in the glass cases at the Las Vegas store. Du Barry's has their own stage, where some sparkling events take place. For example, on Saturday, December 14th, from 1 to 6 p.m., Du Barry's will present A Rockin' Christmas with Elvis, starring Justin Shandor, direct from the Late Show with David Letterman. Also performing is Derek David's Tribute to the Platters. Queen Aries will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the shows. There is no charge for the entertainment, although we don't expect you will walk out of the shop full of beautiful merchandise, without buying a little something for yourself or a loved one. Du Barry Fashions is located in Suite 14, at 375 S. Decatur, between Desert Inn and Spring Mountain. Call (702) 257-6085.

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The NiteKings

Ho! Ho! Ho! December is here. Everyone has extensive plans for the holidays, but hopefully you can include The NiteKings in your activity schedule, especially if you have friends and/or family coming into town. There are a couple of blackout dates for the band, due to the Rodeo that will be in town, so please check this schedule before making the trip out to see the group.

They WILL be performing in Sam's Town Roxy's Lounge, from 7 to 11 p.m., on Sundays, December 15th, 22nd and 29th (notice that they have been pre-empted on December 8th by the Rodeo. Also, The NiteKings will be in the Bourbon Street Cabaret at The Orleans on Wednesday, December 18th from 4 to 8 p.m. (notice that they have been pre-empted on December 11th by the Rodeo, and on December 25th by Christmas. The NiteKings have a private Christmas Party on December 7th, and will be in Mesquite for another private party on New Year's Eve. The singers and musicians from The NiteKings - Victor, Angelo, Eddie, Skip, Rich, John, Red, Chris and Tony - wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful New Year!

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The Riviera Hotel & Casino will be showcasing popular performers, Ricky and the Redstreaks, through December 14th, for free concerts during National Finals Rodeo. The iconic long-time band has been performing for more than four decades. Six talented musicians and vocalists from Northern California and Nevada combine their high-energy ability with off-the-wall comedy to excite and entertain audiences across the country. It is on the professional rodeo circuit that the group has earned its place as a show band for the ages. Ricky and the Redstreaks were discovered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, home to the Frontier Days Rodeo, "the Daddy of 'em all." Eventually, the Redstreaks moved into the Hitchin' Post, the epicenter of the Cheyenne rodeo scene. Their shows became legendary, and the band quickly developed a cult following among rodeo cowboys. Ricky and the Redstreaks perform nightly, beginning at 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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From Kent Jackman, Executive Director of KJ Aquarius Productions, comes this information. Kent says...For nearly ten years, West Las Vegas has become my creative home-away from-home...from my earliest arts-education workshops with members of the PVAC youth ensemble, to the premiere of my solo-variety show, MaD from New Yawk, through more recent projects like the 2011 summer urban musical, A Friend in Need, and last winter's tribute to Langston Hughes (and the Harlem Renaissance), Now & Then. I'm writing today to thank you for your past support, and to send an early invitation to you and family/friends to attend two upcoming holiday performances that I'll be directing at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. The first, Just For You (a celebration in sharing), is being performed Friday, December 13th at 7p.m., and Saturday, the 14th at 2 p.m., as a 19th Annual Shoes for Children benefit, in collaboration with two local arts organizations: Trinity Academy of Arts and Mosaic Sky Performing Arts. My second holiday showcase will be performed Saturday, December 28th at 1 p.m., as part of a day-long series of Kwanzaa activities being held at the Performance Center. It's a play about Malcolm X by N.R. Davidson, Jr., called El Hajj Malik. Don't miss this historic tribute to one of America's most significant socio-political icons. For more information on either production, contact the theater at (702) 507-3989. As always, I'm looking forward to returning to the Vegas area (especially to escape the start of the east coast winter freeze:-), and I hope to have an opportunity to reconnect with you again during the coming holidays. In the meantime, all the best to you and yours...hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

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Last Saturday, November 30th, entrepreneurial Paul Stone, produced and directed World Stars of Magic at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool. Presented by the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, the performers included UK comedy magician, John Archer (Penn & Teller - Fool Us); award-winning illusionist/magician, Michael Diamond; hula artist, Yelena Larkina; juggler Rod Laver; multi-award winning Diva of Magic, Romany; and special guest star, legendary juggler, Kris Kremo. Paul Stone has many other projects "up his sleeves." Stay tuned.

Juggler Kris Kremo

Leslie Uggams, Christine Andreas & Marilyn Maye

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How's this for a big "Thank You" from The Cabaret Foundation? More than just the satisfaction of supporting The Cabaret Foundation with your tax-deductible contributions. More than just the pleasure seeing scores of current cabaret performance reviews on the website, More than just the enjoyment of reading the cabaret news and features in each issue of Cabaret Scenes magazine sent directly to your home...Now, all new $250 donors to The Cabaret Foundation will receive two complimentary orchestra seats to see the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Ladies of Broadway show, starring Leslie Uggams, Christine Andreas and Marilyn Maye, for one night only, Thursday, December 19th at 8 pm. The show, conceived and directed by Michael Bush, will play at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street in Manhattan. Don't wait! Call by December 15th - any hour, day or night - at toll-free (888) 802-2227, with your $250 tax-deductible contribution to The Cabaret Foundation. Your name will be put on two orchestra seats at this blockbuster show featuring three of cabaret and Broadway's brightest stars. If you plan to be in New York on the 19th, and you are a fan of cabaret, you won't want to miss this!

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Sam's Town Winter Wonderland

The Mystic Falls Park at Sam's Town has once again been turned into a Winter Wonderland. The popular annual event, a holiday tradition for more than 17 years, features an all new laser light show, and snow! Santa is on hand to welcome children (and children at heart), Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. The light shows are hourly, from 5 to10 p.m., through December 23rd. For those who don't know, Sam's Town is located on the Boulder Strip, at Flamingo and the Boulder Highway.

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