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Note: This is a past column from December 13, 2013
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Las Vegas - December 13, 2013
Watch out for black cats and ladders


Scared Silly - Rich Natole, Warren Durso & Lou Magelowitz

This date, Friday the 13th, seems an appropriate time to mention something mysterious taking place in a downtown Las Vegas hotel. We will call this caper, "The Case of The Plaza Poltergeist." Although Halloween has been over for more than a month, there is something spooky and funny going on at the downtown Plaza hotel...specifically in the Bonkerz Room. You might say, "well, of course there's something funny going on in there - it's a comedy club!" But this kind of "funny," is also kind of creepy. Funnyman/impressionist, Rich Natole, who performs in the Bonkerz Comedy Room, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., has shared with us, just some of the ghostly "incidents" that have occurred in and around that room. Rich tells us that, "Controls on CD messed with after I set them. Double doors slammed on me and Lou my sound guy on the bottom of storage room. They stay shut after they slam. I did slam tests and they wont stay shut normally. Ticket girl leaning on doors heard and felt someone knocking from the inside. Heard my name as a voice said, ‘That's Rich!' Saw shadow man upstairs in the storage room wearing a suit." And here is a list of some of the paranormal experiences that Rich's sound man, Lou Magelowitz, has had at The Comedy Club at The Plaza. One time, while doing work in the storage room, the closet doors slammed shut. One night, he heard an electronic voice make noises through the speakers (unable to decipher). Warren Durso, billed as "The Ugliest Comic in America," who shares the intimate performance space with Natole, once saw a man in a brown suit sitting in a chair out of the corner of his eye. Lou simultaneously experienced a weird sensation go down his spine. During an investigation, the ghost hunting Contact Afterlife Team claims they saw orbs flying in the corner near the closet. During an actual comedy show, Magelowitz tried making a joke about the room being haunted, when suddenly the audio became very distorted for roughly two minutes. Once the problem subsided, it didn't happen again for the entire show. A Box Office Associate says, before the start of a show, she was casually leaning with her hand against the closet door, and claims she felt someone knocking on the other side of the door. This is nothing new. These types of things have been going on around the Plaza for years. We brought this up to Robert George Allen, owner of the Haunted Vegas Tours, and very knowledgeable on things of this nature. This is what he told us. The Union Plaza Hotel, now called the Plaza Hotel and Casino, was built at the site of the former downtown train station. Some say the showroom of the hotel is haunted by the ghost of a stagehand who committed suicide years ago. Perhaps regretting his final decision once the deed was done, this ghost is said to hang around, playing pranks on those who remain in his former environment. His hallmark, besides the occasional cold spot, is misplacing people's belongings. A number of those who work the showroom insist the restless soul is the spirit of the great Houdini himself. And since a magic show once held there was a tribute to Houdini's talents as an escape artist and magician, maybe they're right. He could be sticking around to make sure everything is done just right. You can see comic/impressionist Rich Natole's Voices of a Generation, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., and The Ugliest Comic in America, Warren Durso, performs Mondays through Wednesdays at 9 p.m. As for The Plaza Poltergeist, he shows up when he feels like it.


Robert George Allen

Chris Phillips & Lydia Ansel

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As we mentioned last Friday, once again, The LVH (Las Vegas Hotel & Casino) is hosting the annual benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas, tomorrow, Saturday, December 14th. This year's event, once again created and produced by LJ Harness and Jonathan Scott, will be hosted by entertainers, Clint Holmes and his wife, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, along with Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel, of Zowie Bowie. The theme is "Las Vegas Loves The Beatles," and will feature 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 Las Vegas legends, 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, 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. The show is at 7 p.m. in the LVH Showroom at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino located at 3000 Paradise Road. The celebrity red carpet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the theater doors will open at 6 p.m.


Michelle Johnson's Desert Angels Choir

And speaking of vocalist Michelle Johnson's gospel choir, The Desert Angels, they have collectively performed on Broadway, and recorded for and/or appeared with many celebrities, including Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton and Elton John. Michelle‘s choir has performed for television specials, corporate events, the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch at Mandalay Bay Resort, and many high profile celebrities, including Barbra Streisand and Rosanne Cash. The Toys for Tots choir will be made up of these vocalists who can be seen in production shows and venues up and down the Las Vegas Strip, along with singers from the prestigious Las Vegas Academy choir and hand-picked singers from Kim Leheney's HiDef Dance Academy. Kim Leheney has been mentoring young performers for several years. Her academy encourages kids to connect with the passion of the arts through a challenging and rewarding environment. Also coming up for Michelle, known as "Las Vegas' First Lady of Jazz," is a gig at the Mandarin Bar (on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd.), on Sunday the 15th, where she will be singing at a special Christmas double header with Rita Lim. Every Sunday, The Mandarin presents the excellent group, simply known as The Trio, featuring Matt Murphy on drums, John Wedemeyer on guitar, and Blaise Sison on bass. They have recently added female vocalists to the mix, and this weekend will be extra special! From 6 to 10 p.m., it's jazzy Christmas music, a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip, and a wonderful vibe. We would suggest reservations, as this is a popular spot! Call (702) 590-8888.

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The Smith Center will present the Deana Martin Christmas Show in the Cabaret Jazz club, Friday, December 20th and Saturday, the 21st at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 22nd at 2 p.m. Deana Martin will take the audience on a musical sleigh ride, filled with classic yuletide tunes and songs honoring her legendary father, Dean Martin, and other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for more than four decades. This is the soundtrack of Christmases past and Holiday memories yet to be shared. In the age-old tradition of a family Christmas, Deana offers a toast to the Holidays with some of the greatest songs ever written. She will be accompanied by musical director Rick Krive on piano, with Bob Sachs on bass, Dave Hart on guitar, Mike Mechem on drums, Dave Stanbaugh, on sax, and Dale Rampton on percussion. Holidays at the Martin home were probably a bit different than those at most other folks houses. Deana will share some of her memories with the audience, through stories, videos and, of course, music. Deana's repertoire for the season includes "I Love Being Here With You," "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Silver Bells," "Beyond the Sea/A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Where Did You Learn to Love," "Let It Snow," "Please Come Home For Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "My Favorite Things," "Slow Boat to China," "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You," "Memories Are Made of This," "Bellissima," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "Nothing But the Best," "Jingle Bell Rock," "A Marshmallow World," "White Christmas" (a video duet with Andy Williams), "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "The Christmas Song." Ticket prices are $37-$59. The show will leave you with the wish that the Christmas spirit be celebrated everyday of the year. Treat yourself and those you love to a once in a lifetime evening of Holiday Cheer. See and enjoy Deana Martin, live! Tickets may be purchased by phone at (702) 749-2000, or online at http://www.thesmithcenter.com/shows-tickets.


Deana Martin

Karon Kate Blackwell

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Mrs. Marty Allen, that would be the musical Karon Kate Blackwell, has a new version of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" out on YouTube. The song, originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, was made famous by country music's Glen Campbell, as the opening track on his 1967 album of the same name. Campbell's version reached No. 2 on the U.S. Country charts in 1968, and won two Grammy Awards. BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) named it the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990, and Frank Sinatra called it "the greatest torch song ever written." After hearing Karon‘s version, and seeing the accompanying video, Ivan Mogull, world renowned, international music publisher sent a note to Karon Blackwell saying, I sent your wonderful rendition of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" to Jimmy Webb. Here is how he (Webb) responded, "I loved your friend's video. I think it is FABULOUS. Handled so well. She made the song for a new age." Needless to say, both Karon and Marty are more than delighted with the songwriter's critique! For those few who don't know who Jimmy Webb is, he is also the composer of "Up, Up and Away," "Wichita Lineman," "The Worst That Could Happen," "Galveston," and "MacArthur Park." Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. To see Karon Kate Blackwell's video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VptHM4HhxH0.

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Mistinguett Productions presents Kelly Clinton and Friends in a holiday special at Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall Theatre, Friday, December 20th at 8 p.m. The one performance only show features the multi-talented Kelly Clinton, and includes special guest singer, Malia Civetz, composer Bill Fayne, musical director Mike Clark and the beautiful Mistinguett Dancers. Surprise guest stars are expected to join Kelly Clinton on stage. The veteran Las Vegas entertainer is a kaleidoscope of talent: singer, actress, comedienne, impressionist, TV personality, MC, and special events host. In this exciting special, Kelly will sing holiday songs as well as perform several of her character creations and impressions of famous personalities. New Jersey-born Kelly Clinton premiered her one-woman show at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Recently she performed the show to critical acclaim at the popular Metropolitan Room and the venerable Café Carlyle in New York City. Her celebrity nights at Las Vegas' establishments, along with her appearances in show rooms and hot spots around Southern Nevada, have made her one of the city's most respected entertainers. Kelly's television credits include Vegas Video network‘s Talktails, where, as host, she interviewed celebrity guests, and Vegas Live, with Sheena Easton and, her now husband, Clint Holmes, and has appeared on numerous national television shows with Wayne Newton and Engelbert Humperdinck. Clinton was also a winner on ABC's America's Funniest People. Her theater credits include the role of "Sister Mary Amnesia" in the hit show, Nunsense, at the Las Vegas Hilton. In 2010, Clinton received the prestigious Bella Award. In 2011 and 2012, Broadwayworld.com nominated her as Best Comedic Actress. Kelly enjoys being a part of the "Circle of Red," and works with The Arthritis Foundation as well as many other charitable organizations. One of her greatest passions is mentoring young entertainers such as Malia Civetz. As the winner of Barry Manilow's 15 Minutes of FAME contest, in 2011, 17-year-old Malia had the honor of performing in Manilow's show at Paris Las Vegas. After an amazing coaching session with Barry Manilow and team, Malia sang a special version of "Out Here on My Own," specially arranged for her by Barry, his musical director, Ron Walters, Jr., and Debra Byrd. "Everybody has a story," says Clinton. "Freckled For Life is mine. I always identified with Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball in their approach to comedy. They had no problem glamming down or doing something silly for the sake of the sketch. I've always gone for the humor. It started with mimicking family members and going for a laugh." From 7 to 7:30 p.m., a special Holiday Wine Tasting reception will precede the performance of Kelly Clinton and Friends. Tickets are $18 for Sun City residents and $20 for the general public. Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall Theatre is located at 2450 Hampton Road in Henderson. The Box Office number is (702) 614-5864. For additional information, e-mail Mistinguett Productions at [email protected].


Kelly Clinton by Mike Christ

Edward Coleman 1929-2013

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From Las Vegas Media Group's busy representative, Lisa Gioia-Acres, comes this note...
Hello! How's the weather? I know just the thing to warm you up - attend the next Las Vegas Media Group lunch meeting on Monday, December 16th! This will be our last meeting for 2013, and we have a terrific guest speaker - Al Shenker. Al's dad, Morris Shenker, was an owner of the Dunes Hotel. Al is going share some of his Las Vegas memories and stories with us.

Reservations are required to attend the lunch at the Wedding Room, 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 Wedding Room phone number, for any questions or directions, is (702) 362-6712. We have social time from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. The buffet luncheon begins at 11:30, and our speaker begins their talk at 12 noon. Cost of the lunch is $17, and it is delicious! RSVP by replying this email or call Lisa at (702) 245-9206. We would love to see you there. Until then, STAY WARM!

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Attorney, Edward Coleman, passed away in a Las Vegas hospital on December 5th. He was 84. Ed, who was born October 23rd, 1929, was the kind of gentleman who would do anything for a friend. Sadly, he didn't always make good choices when he chose who to be nice to. An unfortunate example...there is a pseudo "entertainer" around town, who Ed befriended and believed in. Over a period of years, Mr. Coleman did many things for this lowlife, including sending out legal letters without charging for his time and experience, investing in some invention of the jerk's, and even renting a show space for the no-talent guy to perform in (anyone who knew anything about show business would never spend money to go see and hear the creep). How did the snake pay back Mr. Coleman for his kindness? By lying to him and overcharging him on a small business transaction they had. When Coleman refused to pay the padded bill, "his friend" reported him to the State Bar Association. This so hurt Mr. Coleman, who had treated the scam artist like a son. And the snake, with no morals and no conscience, still slithers around this community, taking advantage of nice people as he goes. Ed Coleman, a Las Vegas resident since 1974, is survived by his wife of 19 years, Heidi Coleman; sister, Ardelle Coleman of Simi Valley, California; son, Scott, and daughter-in-law, Jody; daughter, Jill Coleman; two grandchildren, Brett and Arin; and two great-grandsons, Micah and Jakob. Services for Ed Coleman will be held at 1 p.m. on December 29th, at the King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane (behind Palm Mortuary Eastern). For specific directions, call King David at (702) 464-8570.

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In conjunction with Don Hill's 92nd birthday last month. Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, proclaimed November 7th as Don Hill Day. Musician Hill was a member of the famed Treniers show band for more than 50 years. He can still be heard around the city, playing the saxophone with the same skill and power as he has done for seven plus decades. If you would like to know more about Don Hill, here is the Link to a story, written by F. Andrew Taylor, that appeared in certain issues of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's View insert in June. http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/saxophonist-don-hill-still-swinging-91.


Don Hill Honored

Pia Zadora

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You can expect the crowds for Pia Zadora at Piero's to grow, now that the restaurant has wisely dropped the $30 cover charge. Not that Pia and company isn't worth the $30, but this is Las Vegas, after all, where cover charges are not the norm. Singer/actress Pia, backed by Vince Falcone on piano, Joe Lano on guitar, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, performs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 9 p.m. (the quartet plays about one hour of music before Ms. Zadora comes on). Lots of Pia's celebrity friends are customers at Piero's, so you never know who you might run into there, and who might add to the night's entertainment. Piero's Italian Cuisine, a Las Vegas favorite for more than 28 years, is located at 355 Convention Center Drive, just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

And speaking of Bob Sachs, his talented wife, Corrie Sachs, is currently performing as Reba McEntire is Showstoppers Live! Holiday Spectacular at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale. There's only one place in Arizona where you can spend your holidays with The Four Tops, Elvis, Tina Turner, Reba and many more, or at least the next best thing to these legendary acts. Back by popular demand, Casino Arizona welcomes the much celebrated tribute show, back to The Showroom stage this holiday season. The Showstoppers Live! Holiday Spectacular features America's greatest tribute performers recreating some of the most beloved holiday performances of all time. Audiences will have the chance to sing along to songs that have become radio staples during the holiday season, including Elvis' rendition of "Blue Christmas," Whitney Houston's version of "Little Drummer Boy," and, of course, the ever-popular "Santa Baby" by Marilyn Monroe. The shows are at 7 p.m., on Thursdays and Fridays, and Saturday nights at 7 and 9, through Saturday, December 21st. Tickets are $16 per person, or buy one and get one free with your Casino Arizona Player Rewards Club card (valid for Box Office purchases only). A number of the shows are already sold out. For ticket availability or for more information, contact the Box Office at (480) 850-7734.


Corrie Sachs as Reba McEntire

Vintage Bobby Rozario & Tony Orlando

And, for the Claire Voyant reader, who wrote to ask for more information on the late Bob Rozario, the above mentioned Bob Sachs, who was a close friend and musical colleague of Rozario's, fills in a few blanks. Following two months in the hospital, Rozario, who performed with many stars, including Bobby Darin, Tony Orlando, Vic Damone and Donny and Marie Osmond among them, was moved to a hospice in Las Vegas. On October 2nd, exactly four months after his April 2nd 80th birthday, Mr. Rozario passed away, the victim of cancer. There was a very small, private, service and Bobby Rozario was interred at the veterans cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. For the past 14 years, up until his illness, Bobby, often called "Rosie" by friends, was the musical director and accompanist for a weekly radio show that taped before a live daytime audience in hotel showrooms around the city (first at Sunset Station, then Sam's Town, and most recently at the South Point). Sachs describes Bobby Rozario as one of the greatest pianists, arrangers and writers, EVER. There are lots of people out there that would concur. Robert Rozario is survived by his wife, Kay, and many friends and fans. Rest in peace, Bobby.

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Green Valley Presbyterian Church Christmas Sing-A-Long

A Holiday Brass & Organ Christmas Sing-A-Long will take place at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson, this Sunday, December 15th at 2:30 p.m. Featured artists will include: Amy Homer-Smith, organ, the Randy Crawford Brass Quartet and Summerlin Saxophone Quartet. Admission is free.

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Hypnosis Unleashed starring Kevin Lepine celebrated its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, at Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel. Dane Marrow, casino ambassador at Hooters Casino Hotel, presented Lepine with a cake and a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman recognizing "Kevin Lepine Day." He was also recognized with certificates from Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Joe Heck and Governor Brian Sandoval. Kevin Lepine entertained guests and performed in front of a packed audience of media, VIPs and celebrities including: Ricardo Laguna, BMX rider; Anthony Cools, star hypnotist from Paris Las Vegas; Marc Savard, star of Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino; comedian magician The Amazing Johnathan; The Phat Pack, that opened at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, and Tony Delgado, from Dancing Just Like the Stars at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays (dark Mondays) at 8 p.m. inside the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel. Tickets start at $48.30 plus tax for general admission. VIP tickets are also available for $59.30 plus tax and includes preferred seating and a DVD of the show. To commemorate the one year milestone, Hypnosis Unleashed offers half price tickets to locals now through December 30th. Tickets are available at Hooters Casino Hotel Box Office, online www.vegashypnosisshow.com or by calling (702) 739-9000. Guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Photo caption: Kevin Lepine, star of Hypnosis Unleashed, poses with a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman naming December 10, 2013 "Kevin Lepine Day" in Las Vegas, as well as certificates from Senator Dean Heller, Governor Brian Sandoval and Congressman Joe Heck. Courtesy of Emmet Ramirez.


Kevin Lepine Receives Proclamations

J. Mark McVey & Family

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Join Windy Karigianes, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., tonight, Friday, December 13th, at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E. Tropicana at Pecos, for a late night jazz hang. Windy will be joined by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, and Adam Shendal on drums. Stop by for some pre-holiday cheer and plenty of good music.

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Peter Bolognese, better known around Las Vegas as Pete Bella, passed away on December 5th at the age of 77. He was born in New York City on March 1, 1936. Pete worked in casino showrooms in Las Vegas as head maitre d' for more than 40 years, starting at the Landmark, and moving on to the MGM and Bally's. Prior to that, Pete worked as a restaurant manager at Sorrentino's in Toluca Lake, California. He is survived by his wife, of 31 years, Karen Bolognese; son, Peter Bolognese; brothers, Frank Bella, Joe Bella and Jimmy Bolognese. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Pete leaves behind a wonderful legacy, and will be dearly missed. Visitation was yesterday, December 12th at Palm Mortuary-Eastern (King David Memorial Chapel Building), with Funeral Mass earlier today at St. Viator Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Committal followed at Palm Valley View Memorial Park. In Pete's honor, please consider making a donation to St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church of Las Vegas. 10325 Rancho Destino Road, Las Vegas.

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On December 21st and 22nd, singer/actor J. Mark McVey will be appearing with his wife, Christy, and his two daughters, Grace and Kylie, at Horizon Christian Fellowship, located at 6365 El Apajo Road, in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The family will be singing at the 6 p.m. Saturday evening service on December 21st, and at all three morning services (8, 9:45 and 11:30) on Sunday, December 22nd. If you live in the area, or will be visiting that area, please come to one (or more) of these. If you do attend, stop by and say 'hello.' The McVey‘s would love to meet you!

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The city of Henderson officially welcomes in the holiday season with its annual WinterFest celebration. The event features old-fashioned Christmas festivities, as well as new Christmas traditions. Admission is complimentary. Tomorrow, Saturday, December 14th, from noon to 8 p.m., it's the WinterFest Evening Light Parade, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., Water Street District. WinterFest celebrates days of Christmas past and present with a variety of family-friendly activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, holiday crafts, Santa Claus and the evening light parade. The Christmas celebration also features a larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind holiday fish aquarium built by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet's Tanked. The fish tank is on display inside the Henderson Convention Center through WinterFest. The tank, along with Henderson Mayor, Andy A. Hafen and guests, will be featured on Friday, December 20th at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. The Henderson Convention Center is an official location for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Residents may drop off new, unwrapped gifts through Monday, December 16th. All gifts collected locally will be given to less fortunate children living in Southern Nevada. For more information, or a schedule of events, please visit HendersonLive.com or call the city of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism at (702) 267-2171.

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Red Mountain Youth Choir presents ‘Tis the Season, tomorrow, December 14th at 7 p.m. at the Elaine K. Smith Center, 700 Wyoming Street, in Boulder City. Pam Barlow will conduct. Tickets are sold at the Boulder City Chamber, 465 Nevada Way or at the Elaine K. Smith Center door. Adults are $5m and children and students are free. Call Rose at (702) 293-5455 for more information.

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LightShine Edutainment Events plans to host the Solstice Holidaze Celebration & Expo from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, December 21st, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the 22nd, at the Alexis Park Resort, 375 E. Harmon Ave. Live music, artist booths, drum circles, crystal singing bowls, a winter solstice celebration, a ceremony, meditation, dance and holiday experiences are planned. Attendees are asked to bring items such as gloves, scarves, socks and head warmers to benefit Las Vegas' homeless teens. Admission is $11 each day. It‘s free for those 12 or younger. Producer/Director is Darlene Mea, and Co-Producers are Sheila Z Stirling and Goldie Amira. For more information about the organization, visit lightshineevents.com.

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You still have until Sunday to catch singing comedy impressionist, Scott Record, during his current engagement at The Improv, Harrah's Las Vegas. During his career as an entertainer, Record has opened for and/or worked with a few stars you may have heard of, including Tony Bennett, Cher, Perry Como, Harry Connick Jr., Norm Crosby, Rodney Dangerfield, Celine Dion, Bob Hope, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Huey Lewis & The News, Ann-Margret, and Frank Sinatra. Rumor has it that Scott is a real ladies man; he and his wife, Lucy, are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth and Hannah. Appearing with Scott Record at The Improv comedy club through Sunday are Steven Kravitz and Alysia Wood. Shows are at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Call (702) 777-2782 for reservations.


Scott Record

Whitney Phoenix

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Whitney Phoenix's long-awaited second solo piano album is finished! It's called I Love a Piano (Vol. 1), and contains a wonderful selection of songs, including "New York, New York," "Moon River," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Mr. Bojangles," "Hello," "Unforgettable," "Linus and Lucy," "Lara's Theme," "New York State of Mind," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Lately," "Georgia on my Mind," "Stardust," and "The Prayer." You can hear samples by going to http://www.whitneyphoenix.com/cd.html. Whitney's wife, Marianne LeMoine Phoenix, is a fine talent in her own right. Her CD, Lullabies and Other Love Songs, is also available through Whitney's website. The song selections on Marianne‘s Lullabies and Other Love Songs are "Pure Imagination," "Stay Awake," "Smile," "Blackbird," "Baby Mine," "If I Could," "What a Wonderful World," "Lullaby in Ragtime," "The Glory of Love," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Blanket for a Sail," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "Golden Slumbers," and "The Right Somebody to Love." Whitney and Marianne are being featured in an upcoming documentary called Midnight Muse, the Musicians of Las Vegas, a look at the past and future of music in Las Vegas, produced by forgottensongmusic. Whitney can be seen and heard, live and in-person, playing at Bellagio‘s Petrossian Bar. Call (702) 693-7111 for schedule.


Marianne LeMoine Phoenix

Mark "Santa" Winkler

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This year, Mark Winker was fortunate enough to put out two very different CDs that went high on the Jazz Charts and got wonderful reviews. So, just in time for the Holidays ...(if you don't have them) order them from me! I will personally sign them for you—and each CD is only $10.00 apiece with shipping... less than it would cost on any website--

Just send a check to "Mark Winkler Music Productions- 937 N. Stanley Ave. Apt. #3- Los Angeles California 90046" and specify which CD(s) you want personalized and to whom.

West Coast Cool/ Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler

# 14 on Jazz Week Chart!

Award winning, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist/lyricist, Mark Winkler meets multi-Grammy winning vocalist, Cheryl Bentyne (member of the Manhattan Transfer) to form a dynamic duo intent on proving how cool the "West Coast Cool Jazz" scene of the ‘50s still is. Together and separately they perform songs by Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London and Bobby Troup to name a few. Enjoy!

"...simpatico rapport..." Jazz Times

"...utterly fantastic..." Midwest Record

"...artistry beyond words. Wow, just Wow" All About Jazz

"..spot on Vocal Performances..." Crititcal Jazz

Includes: Take 5, Route 66, Talk of the Town/Girl Talk and Something Cool

The Laura Nyro Project/ Mark Winkler

Going where no one has gone before, Jazz Singer/songwriter, Mark Winkler, tackles the songbook of legendary 60s/70s icon Laura Nyro–and does it his way. Featuring arrangements by Eli Brueggemann (current Musical Director of Saturday Night Live) and Jazz heavy hitters Eric Reed, Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Cheryl Bentyne and even... The Mills Brothers! Mark covers Laura's more well-known tunes (Stoned Soul Picnic, And When I Die and Sweet Blindness) and some choice album tracks... taking them to the "jazz side." .

"...a triumph..." Jonathan Widran, Jazziz

"...Quite Magical..." Chris Loudon, Jazz Times

"...5 Stars..." Brent Black, Critical Jazz

"The star among stars is Mark's exceptional voice...the Laura Nyro Project betrays the care and love Winkler and company have put into the session" All About Jazz

Also available on Amazon, Itunes and CD Baby

www.markwinklermusic.com

Watch Videos on both CDs! Just click on the link

Mark and Cheryl do "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28ES--OSzM

Mark performs and talks about The Laura Nyro Project with acclaimed Jazz Journalist Kirk Silsbee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtRthfTFUdY

While Miley was shocking us this year, I was fortunate enough to put out two very different CDs that went high on the Jazz Charts and got wonderful reviews without any shameless pandering (Well, just a little). So, just in time for the Holidays ...(if you don't have them) order them from me! I will personally sign them for you—and each CD is only $10.00 apiece with shipping... less than it would cost on any website--

Just send a check to "Mark Winkler Music Productions- 937 N. Stanley Ave. Apt. #3- Los Angeles California 90046" and specify which CD(s) you want personalized and to whom.



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