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Las Vegas - January 24, 2014


Kristen Hertzenberg

Shades of Sinatra

Next Saturday, February 1st, Kristen Hertzenberg will move Beyond the Stage, when she performs her own show in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center For the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas. Kristen, a classically trained singer, is best known around these parts for her role as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber's re-conceived production of Phantom of the Opera, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, that played at The Venetian for six years. She was lauded for her clear soprano voice with "the strength to keep the high notes rooted in emotion." In the eight years since she arrived in Las Vegas, audiences have also witnessed her versatility as a singer, when, in 2011, she recorded her debut album, Holidays from the Heart, with pianist Philip Fortenberry, and boldly stepped into the role of gospel, folk, and pop music. Broadway musical director, Wayne Green, says about Kristen, "She tosses off a Mozart trill and a gospel riff with equal ease." Richard Oberacker, KA's musical director, agrees, saying, "Her instrument has range to spare with a soprano tessitura of incredible color and depth, as well as a belt that is thrilling in its contemporary pop timbre." Kristen's new solo show is a glimpse into the influences outside of theater and opera that have shaped her musical experience. Her offerings for Beyond the Stage include country, rock and roll, folk, jazz, blues, and more. With the help of her seasoned six-piece band - Martin Kaye, piano and vocals; Benjamin D. Hale, guitar and vocals; Bob Sachs, bass; Joel Ferguson, pedal steel; Pablo Gadda, guitar; and George Bryant, drums - Hertzenberg goes beyond the wigs, stage makeup, and costumes, sharing a more personal side of herself and her artistry. Thrilled to have such a stellar group of musicians by her side for this upcoming performance, she also shares the microphone with special guests, Kaye and Hale, both stars of the hit show, Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's. The Las Vegas Sun's, John Katsilometes, recently wrote, "Hertzenberg is a graceful performer whose voice is at once lilting and limitless." See for yourself! Showtime at The Smith Center on February 1st is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, and available at the Box Office located in front of the theater at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays and certain holidays (for performances taking place on Sundays and certain Holidays, the Box Office will open three hours prior to the curtain time). In addition, tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.thesmithcenter.com/shows-tickets, or by phone at (702) 749-2000. For additional information, visit www.kristenhertzenberg.com.

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Shades of Sinatra will be performing a Showcase Event at the newly opened Inspire Theater Las Vegas, Tuesday, January 28th at 8 p.m. A partnership of Future Restaurant Group and Downtown Project, Inspire is located at 107 Las Vegas Blvd S., at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, in historic downtown Las Vegas. Previously the site of a long-shuttered convenience store, the location now boasts a world-class complex worthy of its legendary address—including multiple drinking establishments (Wayfarer Bar, Second Floor Lounge and The Roof); an international newsstand and European-style café (Inspire News Café); and an intimate, approximately 200-capacity state-of-the-art performance venue. Recently awarded the Excellence in Entertainment Award for Tribute Show of the Year, Shades of Sinatra - made up of Carmine Mandia, Larry Liso, Lisa Smith and Ryan Baker - is an original musical production celebrating the extensive music and career of Frank Sinatra. Featuring more than 30 of the legendary singer's biggest hits, this show pays tribute to most of the signature Sinatra tunes one would expect, as well as several that may be new to casual fans. Its cast members create unique characters that celebrate him in their own ways, often drawing on experiences from their own lives; and in between songs and poignant stories, there is plenty of zany humor and good-natured ribbing among the cast, creating the vintage, off-the-cuff Vegas show atmosphere that is associated with Ol' Blue Eyes himself. Having done their Sinatra tribute for more than nine years, the Shades let audiences experience the vibe of a classic Vegas show. Relive the music of the legendary Frank Sinatra. In addition to this special One Night Only event at Inspire, Shades of Sinatra performs at 7 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday in the Ray Wolf Theater at the Clarion Hotel & Casino (formerly The Greek Isles), 305 Convention Center Drive. Tickets for the Clarion shows can be purchased at the Clarion box office, by calling (702) 990-1524, or online at www.WolfTheaterLasVegas.com. Tickets are extremely limited for the downtown event, with only a few available to the general public. These $20 promotional tickets will only be offered through www.tixdowntown.com.

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The Jacksons

The Jacksons - that would be Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito - will be performing in RockTellz & CockTails at Planet Hollywood, beginning on February 20th. The legendary musical group and Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, will do 40 shows between February 20th and April 27th, with 9:30 p.m. performances Thursdays through Sundays. The Jacksons join Meat Loaf as the second act in a series of musical artists who will take part in the RockTellz & CockTails series in the Planet Hollywood Showroom. Created and produced by Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment and co-produced by The Jacksons, Rick Barlowe and Joe Mulvihill of LiveWire Entertainment, tickets are $54, $59, $79, $99 and $129, plus tax and applicable fees. An exclusive meet and greet package, including a souvenir photo, VIP laminate and The Jacksons merchandise, is available for an additional $400 plus tax and applicable fees on any ticket level. RockTellz & CockTails Presents The Jacksons is an all-ages show. SPI Entertainment, helmed by award winning producer Adam Steck, is a leading Production Company & Talent Agency with six successful resident internationally-acclaimed shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and numerous shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. Current productions include RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf; Smokey Robinson Presents: Human Nature - The Motown Show; Boyz II Men; Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth; Thunder From Down Under; Divas Las Vegas starring Frank Marino; and The Australian Bee Gees Show. Tickets for RockTellz & CockTails can be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood Box Office or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information and a complete show schedule, visit www.RockTellz.com.

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Due to football season, drummer Larry "Wild" Wrice and The Gents of Swing, who are scheduled to perform at Bertolucci's Brazilian and Italian Restaurant on Sunday afternoons, has cancelled the Sunday Jazz Buffet at Bertolucci's until after the Super Bowl. The group will start up again on February 9th. In the meantime, jazz lovers can see and enjoy the fellows at a Wine and Dine (small plates and appetizers) in the lounge at the Artisan, 1501 W. Sahara, on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For additional info, please call (702) 214-4000.

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Adam Steck

Robert George Allen

Robert George Allen, the man behind Vegas Mob Tours, Haunted Vegas Tours and other interesting fun things, passed along this information...
On Saturday, January 18th, the Clark County Library District asked me to be one of their guest hosts for the Library's "Mob Month" program. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of Rock N' Roll's greatest legends, Tommy James. James shot to fame with his band, The Shondells, back in the 1960s, with the song "Hanky Panky," followed soon after by the blockbuster hit, "Mony Mony." The title was inspired by a sign for Mutual Of New York that hung outside James' apartment window. Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, the band cranked out hit after hit, with songs like "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson & Clover," and my favorite, "Crystal Blue Persuasion." Tommy's life is the subject of a tell-all book about his fame and his misfortune after signing a record contract with Roulette Records which turned out to be a front for the New York mob. Soon after signing with Roulette Records, Tommy and the band found themselves trapped in a double-edged contract, that on one side made them famous but on the other side cheated them out of their record royalties and publishing fees for many years.

Mobster Morris Levy held the band in limbo, keeping them working, knocking out new hit songs, only to flat out steal the bands royalty and publishing money. It was only after the controlling mobster Levy died, and Roulette Records was sold off to EMI, that Tommy James and the Shondells could move on with their lives. Fortunately, Tommy was able to get back a good portion of the royalties, and today he is free of the Mafia grasp that held him and the band in fear for so many years. It was only after all of Levy's mobster pals and associates were dead that Tommy released his book, Me, the Mob, and the Music. He told me that the book is in the process of being Martin Scorsese's next mob film project, and they will start filming very soon. Tommy James is still cranking out hit records, only now he can do it and keep the Mony - sorry Money! Tommy is great musician, businessman, and a real pro. It was a true pleasure talking with him, and I wish him every success. Thanks Tommy for the great interview.


Tommy James

Renee Fleming by Decca/Andrew Eccles

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Soprano Renee Fleming has been selected to sing the national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl. The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars. Known as "The People's Diva," Fleming has spent years singing on major stages such as at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has performed around the world, from the Beijing Olympics to Buckingham Palace to the Obama Inaugural Celebration. Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists. Fleming, who lives in New York City, sang the national anthem before game two of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium. In her first public concert in Las Vegas, Ms. Fleming will perform in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m., where she will sing beloved songs and arias, ranging from grand opera favorites to Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Ticket prices will range from $39 to $129.

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SRO Productions is proud to present the comedy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by Steve Martin at The Onyx Theatre, in the Commercial Center on East Sahara, January 31st, and February 1st, 8th, and 9th. All performance times are at 8 p.m. A physicist and a painter walk into a bar. Written by award-winning actor, writer, comedian and musician, Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings together a youthful Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in 1904, shortly before either is to become famous. While they debate the merits of art, science, love and relationships, the discussion turns to their effect on future generations. Surrounded by a group of eclectic characters who each have differing opinions, they are soon interrupted by a time-traveling stranger who adds his own "twist" to the discussion. Directed by Robert Routin, this inventive, witty comedy was the first full-length play by Steve Martin. All tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the Onyx Theatre Box Office, inside The Rack at 953 E. Sahara Avenue, by calling (702) 732-7225, or online at www.onyxtheatre.com.

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Condolences to former ice skater, Susie Lease Fajardo, on the death of her husband, Luis Alonso "Lou" Fajardo, 69, of Henderson, who passed away on January 11th, due to cancer. Born on July 25, 1944, in Tela, Honduras, Lou was proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968. He was a union bartender at McCarran Airport for 22 years. Lou is survived by his loving wife, of 26 years, Susan; sons, Luis A. Fajardo III (Michelle), and Nelson G. Fajardo (Theresa); daughters, Margie and Yvonne; granddaughters, Kelsey, Alyssa and Adrienne; grandson, Jakob; siblings, Dalila (Pete Sanchez), Nilda and Ela; and in-laws, Leonard and Sally Aguirre. Services for Lou will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 29th, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City.

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In conjunction with Neil Diamond's 73rd birthday, which is today, January 24th, Rob Garrett and his King of Diamonds Band will be performing their popular Diamond tribute show tomorrow night at the CasaBlanca Resort Casino in Mesquite at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $$30. Named the 2013 "Tribute Artist of the Year," Rob is the most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist in the business. If you wanted to make the trip to Mesquite, but haven't already reserved your tickets, we are sorry to tell you that the 500-seat showroom is completely sold out. A rep from the CasaBlanca informs that this is the first sold out show they have ever had. Good going, Mr. Garrett, and happy birthday, Mr. Diamond!


Rob Garrett

Nik Mastrangelo

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The singing attorney from Las Vegas, Nik Mastrangelo, struck gold in California last Saturday. He tells us, "We had a great night last Saturday in Palm Desert. It was truly a privilege to work with such fine musicians. Our leader, Richie Cole, was in top form. The rest of his quintet, which consisted of Bruce Foreman on guitar, Dave Tull on drums, Lou Forestieri on piano, and Jim De Julio on bass, were not only perfect support for Richie, but each had an opportunity to showcase their immense talent. In case you're not familiar with any of these fellows, I encourage you to go to their websites to see their many accomplishments. Needless to say, we all had a blast. The capacity crowd, that even included some friends and loyal supporters who made the trek from Las Vegas across the desert, were very enthusiastic. The event was this year's first in the annual Jazz series sponsored by the American Jazz Institute and Pete Carlson's Golf and Tennis. You can go to www.amjazzin.com, to check out the great lineup of upcoming events.

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The folks at Evil Dead the Musical say...Be A Hero - Get Killer Stuff! January is National Blood Donor Month, and it also happens to be when the local blood supply is at its lowest.

Last year, Evil Dead teamed up with United Blood Services and MaximuM Comics to get YOU to help us stock up the blood supply, and it was a huge success. This year, they're at it again! Let's not kid ourselves - we all likely know someone whose life was saved by a blood donor, though we may not even know it. Evil Dead the Musical goes through about 20 gallons of the fake stuff at every show, and they are dead set on making up for it with the real stuff this January! How can you help? Donate during their Blood Drive, next Friday, January 31st. United Blood Services will have donor-equipped vans at MaximuM Comics, 520 Marks St. in Henderson, from 3 to 7 p.m. What do you get? Well, first of all you get to be a HERO. Secondly, MaximuM Comics is gonna have a KILLER comic on hand for you - free. And finally, we'll give you two - COUNT 'EM TWO - general admission tickets to Evil Dead the Musical! The people at United Blood Services prefer appointments, so please hop online and make one at: https://www.bloodhero.com/index.cfm?group=op&expand=584392&zc=89149. And don't forget to check out the raddest, baddest, BLOODIEST show on the Strip! Evil Dead the Musical, Fridays at 10 and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. at The V Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Got to http://www.vtheaterboxoffice.com/Vegas_Show_Tickets.cfm?showID=10009, or call (866) 932-1818.

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Following the tragic and unexplained January 11th death of local hypnotist, Dr. Scott Lewis, comes another blow to the Las Vegas entertainment community. On Saturday, January 18th, well-liked and highly respected musician, Jeff Ray, was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train while posing for photos in Auburn, outside of Seattle, Washington. Ray, who was in his early 40s, was a guitarist with the Jersey Boys orchestra at Paris Las Vegas. According to the Auburn Reporter, "A female friend was taking pictures of Ray, then sitting on the rails of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, using Mount Rainier as a backdrop, when an Amtrak Cascades train approached from the south. Ray couldn't get off the tracks in time before the train, traveling at 79 mph, struck him around 3:40 p.m., police reported. Ray and his friend had gotten onto the tracks through an open crossing on C Street Southwest, police said. One-hundred-and-three passengers were on the train at the time. Nobody else was hurt. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Ray was in the area to play with the Top 40 cover band, The Jones, at the Muckleshoot Casino." We know. It doesn't make sense to us either.


Jeff Ray

Graham Knuttel Gallery Opening

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Knuttel Gallery, the first high-end art gallery located at the Venetian-Palazzo Resort, held its Grand Opening celebration in Las Vegas this past Saturday. The event featured a ribbon cutting by Sheldon G. Adelson and an unveiling of artist Graham Knuttel's latest masterpiece. Celebrity attendees included Chef Rick Moonen, Chef Alex Stratta, Miss Asian Las Vegas, Prince Lorenzo de Medici of TLC's Secret Princes, Jarrett and Raja, Murray and Chloe SawChuck, John Payne from Raiding the Rock Vault, and Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot. "I am so humbled by the tremendous turnout the gallery saw," said Knuttel. "I have come to see Las Vegas as a second home and some of the city's best have invited me in. It's more than I could have hoped for." Knuttel's work is instantly recognizable for its boldly colored canvases featuring characters with attitude and a playful dissonance. Many of Knuttel's paintings and sculptures have come in themes with many depicting edgy chefs, nightlife settings, mobsters about to draw down on each other, anthropomorphic wildlife with flair, as well as a broad range of culinary subjects. "I have a great appreciation for how the city and my art play off of one another, and I am thrilled my showcase to the United States is located right here in Las Vegas, where extravagance and mischievousness attract tourists from all around the world," said Knuttel. "My art shares those same qualities and it's exciting that I have this global platform to share my perspective." The gallery is curated by Knuttel Worldwide Ventures, a partnership between the artist and Las Vegas-based Redhills Ventures. For more information about the Knuttel Gallery, call (702) 228-8808, or visit www.knuttel.com.


Artist Jennifer Main

Scott Ferguson of Art encounter Gallery

And more news from the art world...
Acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, Jennifer Main, is reuniting with her mentor at the new Art encounter™ gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars. She will unveil a new collection of her distinctive artwork exclusively at Art encounter in Las Vegas, her hometown, beginning on February 7th. "Art encounter launched me in my career as an artist back when I was 17 years old," said Main. "I am so excited to be back working with them again!" As a young girl growing up in Las Vegas, Main realized her true passion was art. She attended the Las Vegas Academy as a fine arts major and her style began to emerge. Jennifer showed her work at Art encounter, and within the first week, her work began to sell. "My passion to paint drove me," Main said. "I chose no college and no backup plan. I set my mind on the goal, fully knowing the risk I was taking and never looked back!" She got the keys to her own art studio just before graduating from high school with the money she earned from her Art encounter sales. Her work continued to sell extremely well, and the gallery owner, Rod Maly, took notice. He became her exclusive agent and marketed her and her work all over the country. Main has remained a successful full-time artist and had her work displayed in galleries all over the country and in Canada. In 2002, she opened the Jennifer Main Gallery and studio in Las Vegas. In 2012, Main and her husband moved to downtown Los Angeles, where she currently maintains a studio. Two of Main's pieces are in the permanent collection at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, with one of them being a large painted heart sculpture prominently displayed at Symphony Park. This sculpture raised $40,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital, and was gifted to The Smith Center by the generous donor. "It is an honor for us to be representing Jennifer and her fine artwork again," Maly said. "Watching her grow and succeed as a person and artist has been most rewarding." Art encounter, serving Las Vegas since 1992, has named Scott L. Ferguson as executive gallery director for the new exclusive and unique gallery at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Ferguson, a graduate of the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, has a distinguished 30-year career in fine arts, as both sales consultant and manager in the art gallery business. In his new position, Ferguson is curating unique, museum quality works for the new gallery. "Scott is familiar with all forms of print making, painting and sculpture and an expert lecturer on most art related topics," said Brett Maly, Art encounter's president and appraiser/authenticator for the History Channel's show "Pawn Stars." "We are fortunate to have someone with such expert skills representing our new gallery." Ferguson, who has a BA in Fine Arts from New York University in New York City, worked as a director at the following galleries in New York City in the 1980s: Lublin Collection Fine Art Gallery in SoHo; Keith Green Gallery; and Andrew Crispo Gallery. His art gallery experience as general manager or director in Las Vegas, since relocating in 1991, includes: Minotaur's Forum Gallery; Circle Fine Art; Painted With Oil; and William Carr Gallery. "I love my new challenge with Art encounter," said Ferguson. "I'm excited about the gallery having the one and only surviving sculpture, ‘Horse and Rider,' created by the genius Renaissance Maestro himself, Leonardo da Vinci, along with original works of art and original limited edition fine art prints by both Modern and Contemporary Masters." Ferguson, who has been married for 25 years, has a 22-year-old daughter who recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. The new Art encounter, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, has regular mall hours - opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Phone (702) 733-2000.

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Although Liberace has been dead for almost 27 years, he continues to be newsworthy material. On Wednesday, it was reported that Scott Thorson, a former lover of the famed pianist/showman, was sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Reno, Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions. Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan originally suspended Thorson's prison sentence in July, and gave the 54-year-old a second chance in September after he tested positive for methamphetamine, but Thorson failed tests twice in October and again on November 1st. Thorson, who also uses the name Jess Marlow, was arrested on November 19th after violating an order to enter an inpatient treatment facility in Reno two weeks earlier. Thorson was portrayed by actor Matt Damon in the award-winning HBO film, Behind the Candelabra. Michael Douglas played Liberace. Also, on the subject of Liberace, Brian "Paco" Alvarez, who held the position as chairman of the Liberace Foundation board of directors for the past three years, unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday. We have also heard that Jeffrey Koep, the UNLV Dean of the College of Fine Arts and a former Liberace Foundation chairman of the board, has also resigned. We have a feeling there is much more to this story. When we learn what it is, we will pass it along. Mr. Showmanship must be spinning in his grave.


Scott Thorson

Elizabeth Blau

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Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. Three Square Food Bank celebrates some of the world's most renowned food and beverage trailblazers with the launch of the Culinary Council and its dedicated page housed on the organization's website, www.threesquare.org/about-us/culinary-council. Serving as Honorary Chair of the Culinary Council is the industry's leading lady, Elizabeth Blau, whose impressive three-decade food service career is credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination. "I am proud and honored to be involved in such an important cause here in the Valley," said Blau. "Three Square offers an incredibly valuable and necessary service to the community, and I look forward to working with all of our talented chefs as part of this program." As Culinary Council Chair, Blau's responsibilities include coordinating a superstar team of Las Vegas chefs and restaurateurs to support and raise awareness for Three Square. This will include annual fundraisers and events, as well as participation in many of Three Square's ongoing programs. Blau continues to lead the industry with her innovative and fresh approach to hospitality. The Culinary Council presents many of the Valley's most esteemed chefs who have demonstrated their commitment to solving hunger in our community through participation in annual fundraising events, volunteerism, monetary and food donations as well as advocacy. As the Culinary Council continues to grow, it will expand to include additional food and beverage professionals including wine connoisseurs and mixologists. "This diverse and extremely talented group that make up our Culinary Council have been so generous to Three Square that I'm excited to be able to recognize their contributions to not only our food bank, but to the men, women and children our partners serve year round," said Three Square CEO and President, Brian Burton. Three Square's Culinary Council 2014 members to date include: Noe Alcala, Executive Chef, Hussong's Cantina and Slice of Vegas, Mandalay Place; Steve Austin, Executive Chef, Addiction, Rumor Boutique Hotel; Paul Bartolotta, Executive Chef, Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas; Kim Canteenwalla, Principal, Co-Founder of Blau & Associates and Executive Chef, Honey Salt; Ho Chee Boon, International Development Chef, Hakkasan Restaurant, MGM Grand Las Vegas; Massimiliano Campanari, Executive Chef, LAVO Restaurant, Palazzo Las Vegas; JL Carrera, Executive Chef, Morels, Palazzo Las Vegas; Barry Dakake, Executive Chef, N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort; Mike DeLeon, Executive Chef, Arizona Charlie's on Decatur; Joe Elevado, Executive Chef, Andrea's, Wynn Las Vegas; K.C. Fazel, Executive Chef, TENDER Steak & Seafood, Luxor Hotel Casino; Chris Fearnow, Executive Chef, Silverton Casino and Lodge; Jess Fulkerson, Executive Chef, Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas Strip; Pierre Gagnaire, Executive Chef, Twist, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas; Tony Gemignani, Executive Chef, Pizza Rock Downtown Las Vegas; Travis Herbert, Executive Chef, Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Stephen Hopcraft, Executive Chef, STK, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; Rick Giffen, Executive Chef, Top of the World, Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower; Brian Howard, Executive Chef, Comme Ca, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; Michael Ingino, Executive Chef, Carmine's, Forum Shops at Caesars; Wes Kendrick, Executive Chef, Table 34; Sean Kinoshita, Executive Chef, TAO Group; Kristen LoVullo, Owner & Head Cake Designer, Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe; Mark Marrone, Corporate Sous Chef, TAO, Venetian Las Vegas; Ashley Mastowski, Owner, Director of Operations, Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe; Vic Moea, Executive Chef, Vic's Vegas; Rick Moonen, Executive Chef, rm Seafood and rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Place; Phil Morris, Executive Room Chef, Seafood Shack, Treasure Island; Marnie Munoz, Executive Room Chef, Gilley's Las Vegas, Treasure Island; Marcus O'Brien, Executive Chef, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Charlie Palmer, Executive Chef, Charlie Palmer Steak, Four Seasons Las Vegas; Carla Pellegrino, Executive Chef and Founder, Bratalian; Sean Roe, Culinary Director, Emeril Lagasse Restaurants Las Vegas; Megan Romano, Executive Chef, Chocolate & Spice Bakery; John Schenk, Corporate Executive Chef, Strip House, Planet Hollywood; Michael Shaughnessy, Executive Chef, d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar, Monte Carlo; Kerry Simon, Executive Chef and Partner, Simon at Palms Place and KGB at Harrah's Las Vegas; Jet Tila, Chef and Founder of Kuma Snow Cream; Kieran Toivonen Chef de Cuisine, Nove Italiano, Palms Casino Resort; Beni Velazquez, Executive Chef, Bar+Bistro; David Werly, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and Susan Wolfa, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Many Culinary Council members and their restaurants participate in Three Square's primary culinary events: Las Vegas Restaurant Week and DISH Las Vegas. For information on these and other Three Square events and programs, visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

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There's some funny business going on at The Orleans over the next two weekends. Tonight, Friday, January 24th, and tomorrow, it's Joy Behar getting the laughs at the off-Strip property.
Behar is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. She received an Emmy award for her performance on The View TV talk show, where she was a member of the cast for 16 years. She also hosted her own talk shows, The Joy Behar Show on HLN, and Say Anything on Current TV. Armed with an MA in English education from SUNY at Stony Brook, Ms. Behar originally began a career in teaching. She then set out to pursue a career in comedy and immediately received bookings from such famous New York clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star. She went on to win three MAC Awards and a CableACE Award. She has starred in her own HBO specials, One Night Stand, and Women of the Night. Other television appearances include the voice of a hilariously neurotic patient on Dr. Katz, which won the CableACE Award, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Celebrity Poker Showdown, Comic Relief 2006, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Last Comic Standing, Bette, Spin City and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? She has also appeared on 30 Rock, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, One Life to Live, SOAPnet's Relative Madness, All My Children and Real Time with Bill Maher. Ms. Behar has also been a frequent substitute host for Larry King on CNN‘s Larry King Live. For three years, Ms. Behar hosted a popular call-in radio show on WABC, where she discussed politics with a deadly humorous bent. Her film appearances include Cookie with Peter Falk, This Is My Life, directed by Nora Ephron, and Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery. In theater, she had a successful run in the off-Broadway hit, The Food Chain, earning rave reviews in the starring role, and also in the critically-acclaimed The Vagina Monologues. Tickets for her Orleans shows start at $39.95, plus taxes and convenience fees.


Joy Behar

Dana Carvey

Following two hit engagements at The Orleans in 2013, impressionist, actor and comedian Dana Carvey returns to the hotel casino's showroom stage for performances next Friday, January 31st, and Saturday, February 1st. Carvey rose to national prominence during a six-year run on NBC's Saturday Night Live, where he became famous for such memorable characters as "The Church Lady," "Garth" and "Hans," as well as spot-on impersonations of President George H.W. Bush, Johnny Carson, Ross Perot and Regis Philbin. Carvey's work on SNL garnered him six Emmy Award-nominations, including a win in 1993 for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program." He also received multiple American Comedy Awards. In addition to SNL, Carvey has appeared on several other television programs, including One of the Boys, Blue Thunder, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me, The Fairly Odd Parents, and his self-titled 1996 series, The Dana Carvey Show, which also featured fellow comedians, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel. On the big screen, Carvey starred in Opportunity Knocks, Wayne's World, Wayne's World 2, Clean Slate, The Road to Wellville, and The Master of Disguise. Most recently, he had a cameo appearance in Jack & Jill. Show times for Dana Carvey at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana, are 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $54.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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