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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from January 31, 2014
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Las Vegas - January 31, 2014


Helen Reddy

Domenick Allen, Vintage

Helen Reddy, too long away from Las Vegas stages, is set to perform in The Orleans Showroom, Saturday and Sunday, February 15th and 16th. She hasn't played here in more than 20 years. Best known as a recording artist, Ms. Reddy had more than 15 singles on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 - six of which hit the Top 10, with three reaching No. 1 - including her signature hit, "I Am Woman." In addition to her Billboard chart success, Reddy was the first recording artist to win a "Favorite Pop/Rock Female" American Music Award, and the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three No. 1 hits in the same year. Reddy's hits, "I Am Woman" and "Delta Dawn," have been a part of numerous television and film soundtracks, including Sex and the City 2, Cold Case, My Best Friend's Wedding, and The Simpsons, among others. On television, Reddy was the first Australian to host her own hour-long weekly primetime variety show on an American network, as well as several specials that were seen in more than 40 countries. She has also acted on the large and small screens, with roles in films and television shows such as, Airport 1975, Pete's Dragon, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Diagnosis Murder. In the theater, Helen starred in the musical Blood Brothers on London's West End and Broadway. As a solo concert artist, she has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and Palladium in London. In 2006, Reddy released what became a best-selling memoir, The Woman I Am. The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection, along with many of her early recordings, continue to be downloaded worldwide. For these Valentine's weekend performances at The Orleans, Helen is doing some of her iconic hits, and also singing some of her favorite songs that she has never performed live. If you are a fan, get Reddy for Helen. You won't want to miss this opportunity to see and hear her. Showtime each evening is at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95, 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.

In case you weren't aware of this, here's some interesting show business information. Southern Nevada resident, singer/actor/instrumentalist, Domenick Allen, co-starred with Helen Reddy in Blood Brothers on Broadway.. He says, "Helen is truly a first class lady with a wonderful sense of humor and a great wealth of talent. She is a very giving performer to share a stage with...totally down to earth, with Ego well in check. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite sayings comes directly from her...she told me "EGO stands for Edging God Out." Domenick, who is currently in London with his actress wife, Leigh Zimmerman, and their very talented daughter, Cayleigh Capaldi, goes on to say, "Performing with her (Helen Reddy) remains a warm and treasured memory in my career." We will have some additional news on Domenick and Leigh in next Friday's column.

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Comic impressionist, Rich Natole, is a very patient man, but enough is enough. With virtually no promotional help from the property, he has managed to do impressive business at the downtown Plaza hotel...not an easy feat, we might add. But after the fellow who heads up the intimate (80 to 100 seats) comedy room recently decided to make some changes in ticket prices, it became financially prohibitive for Natole to continue to work there. In his case, like Elvis (one of the many celebrities that Rich does in his act), after 10 months, he has left the building. If Natole was doing well enough to stay at the (floundering) Plaza, producing decent business for almost a year, imagine how he could do at a property that realizes the benefits of, even minimal, marketing? Hopefully, some smart Southern Nevada businessman will give Rich Natole a shot on a stage at another local property. Look for Rich Natole's name on a marquee near you.


Rich Natole

F.I.O.R.E. Valentines Greta Garbo & John Gilbert 1923

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Just when you thought romanticism was dead...The amorous NON-CLUB CLUB F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) presents, the semi romantic Black and White Valentine Dinner (red optional), at the seductive Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, on Thursday, February 13th, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5). Dress as your favorite Silent Movie Era star (1920-ish), or not. Gary "Sweet Lips" Anderson and Nik "Bedroom Eyes" Mastrangelo invite You To Dance To The Live Music Of The "Dateless Wonders. Surprise Guest Performers (Just let us know, ahead of time, if you are surprising us...we hate surprises).

Deliciously Sensuous and Romantic Buffet (Light On The Garlic), Enticing 50/50, Roses and Chocolate for the Ladies...Altoids for the gentlemen. Cost is $25 per person. All widows of past presidents are always our guests (new boyfriends are on their own). Passionate RSVP to [email protected], is affectionately required (MANDATORY is the word). Please, always visit the "about us" page (http://nonclubclubfiore.com/about-u/) before committing to any of our functions...the F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone.

And speaking of romance...
Award-winning magician and entertainer, Seth Grabel, and Tammy Shaw, publisher of Las Vegas Woman magazine, attended the 56th Grammy Awards for a very personal and special reason. They were getting married during the ceremony, with Queen Latifah, an ordained minister, officiating to the Grammy nominated song by the hip-hop duo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love," winner of the Grammy for Best New Artist. During the telecast, 34 couples - gay, straight, old, young and racially diverse including Grabel and Shaw - entered the performance hall as Madonna joined the number with Macklemore, Lewis and the song's featured vocalist, Mary Lambert. "I have never been so happy," Shaw said. "I have found my partner for life and we are having so much fun on this journey." "It is an amazing love story," Grabel added. "Tammy and I starting dating less than a year ago and are now are husband and wife." This is truly an historic moment, broadcast throughout the world on many levels. It demonstrates love between two individuals, as well as the celebration of love for all people as proclaimed on national television for an international audience. With the controversy at the winter Olympics, and Russia's policy on human rights, especially for the LGBT community, the Grammys and members of the entertainment industry take a stand for the right of everyone to love and be loved regardless of race or sexual orientation. Shaw's television look was provided by makeup artist Didi Perez and hair by Andeen Rose-Clark of ADD Hair and Makeup, and makeup was by Didi and Vanity Style Lounge. Located on the Las Vegas Strip at The Linq, Vanity Style Lounge is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Shaw purchased her wedding dress during her trip to Korea with Grabel, before their engagement. Las Vegas Woman magazine is a print and digital magazine, distributed quarterly at Whole Foods, by subscription and online on computers, tablets and smart phones. For more information on Tammy, visit lvwomanmagazine.com, and for more on Seth, visit www.sethgrabel.com.

Wedding photo provided by Seth and Tammy Grabel.


Seth Grabel & Tammy Shaw Grabel

Kristen Hertzenberg

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Reminder...
It's Kristen Hertzenberger's one woman show in The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz tomorrow night. Should be quite an evening for the former Christine Daae in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Since there were only a few tickets still available on Wednesday, we are going to assume the talented and popular young lady will play to a full house.

And speaking of Ms. Hertzenberg, she will be joining the cast of Million Dollar Quartet, taking the place of departing Stephanie Lynne Mason, who alternated with Felice Garcia in the role of Dyanne. Stephanie, who has performed as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Maria in West Side Story, and Petra in Night Music in regional theater, will become a member of the Million Dollar Quartet touring company.


Stephanie Lynne Mason

Priscilla Presley

Both Kristen and Stephanie performed in Wednesday night's Composers Showcase at the Smith Center. We will share more about the January event next Friday, when we have more room and more time. We do want to say, now, that one never knows who might show up, on the stage or in the audience, for these wonderfully creative events. For example, at the most offering, Priscilla Presley was in the audience. She came on stage for a few minutes to introduce her friend, country singer, Liza Jane Likins.

And still speaking of Million Dollar Quartet, on Tuesday, February 4th, the show welcomes Golden Globe® winner and Broadway favorite, Pia Zadora to its stage for an exciting one-night-only encore performance. Zadora has performed with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope and others. Serving as the fifth guest performer in an incredible lineup of Las Vegas talents, Zadora will perform alongside the cast at Harrah's Las Vegas for one-night-only at the conclusion of the evening's 7 p.m. performance. Million Dollar Quartet tickets are available at the Harrah's Showroom box office, by visiting HarrahsLasVegas.com, or by calling (702) 777-2782. Outside of this performance of Million Dollar Quartet, Zadora can be seen performing in Pia's Place at Piero's Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Dr., every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Superstars and contestants from five years of the hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race, will meet for more of their unforgettable mischief and mayhem. After a successful run of dates in 2013, 10 theaters across the U.S. and Canada have jumped on the dragwagon to kick-off the first round of Battle of the Seasons 2014 tour dates. The live show will bring together a dazzling lineup for admiring troublemakers to the House of Blues, next Friday, February 7th. Hosted by Michelle Visage, and featuring Sharon Needles, Alaska Thunderf**k, Pandora Boxx, Ivy Winters, Manila Luzon, Carmen Carrera, Willam and Detox (lineup subject to change without notice). RuPaul will not be in attendance. Admission prices are $30 - General Admission Standing, $35 - GA Standing day of show, $50 - Seat at a table, $60 - VIP GA standing with Meet & Greet, and $75 - VIP table with Meet & Greet. Must be 18+ with valid I.D. to enter. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, subject to all applicable facility fees and service charges, and no refunds/exchanges or cancellations. Professional cameras, chain wallets and any kind of studded belts or studded accessory will not be allowed in the venue. Show starts at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9). House of Blues Las Vegas is located in Mandalay Bay at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. So. Call (702) 632-7600.


Michelle Visage

Beverly Washburn - Hans Christian Andersen 1952

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Last Sunday Morning and next Sunday Morning. We love to watch CBS's Sunday Morning, but frequently miss it because it is on much too early (6:30 a.m. in Las Vegas). Why don't they air it a little later and call it Sunday Afternoon? But we digress. Last Sunday‘s program featured a very well-done segment on actor/singer/dancer/comedian, Danny Kaye. And once again, Southern Nevada resident, Beverly Washburn, one of the busiest young actresses ever, was seen in a clip from Kaye's 1952 film, Hans Christian Andersen. Bev is the little girl outside the jail window as Kaye sings "Thumbelina." Next Sunday, in honor of its 50th anniversary, there will be segment on the night, February 9th, 1964, that The Beatles made their first USA television appearance - on The Ed Sullivan Show. The comedy team of Allen & Rossi just happened to be on the same show, and we have the photo to prove it! We will have it in next Friday's column. Needless to say, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, who are both longtime Las Vegas residents, got a little lost in the chaos of the event...but, boy, do they have stories to tell!

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Vocalist Michelle Johnson, backed by the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio, will be singing at The Dispensary Lounge tomorrow night, Saturday, February 1st, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Dispensary Lounge's acclaimed jazz series, curated by Musical Director Geissendoerfer, is going into its third year. An anniversary celebration and show will take place on Sunday, February 9th, from 5 to 9 p.m. Michelle Johnson, Pascale Elia, Ronnie Rose, JoBelle Yonely, and the Uli Geissendoerfer Quartet (with Uli on keys, Steve Flora on bass, Ryan Rose on drums, and Charles McNeal on sax), will all be appearing, along with some surprise guests. The Dispensary has become a true late night Vegas hot spot for lovers of real, pure jazz. Wynton Marsalis sat in the last time he was in town. The place is popping! The Dispensary Lounge is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, in the strip center on the southeast corner of Trop and Eastern. For additional information, call (702) 458-6343. Check out their site at http://www.thedispensarylounge.com/.


Michelle Johnson

Pete Seeger 1919-2014

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Pete Seeger, the iconic banjo-strumming folk singer and activist who performed for migrant workers and presidents, died of natural causes in a New York City hospital on Monday, January 27th. He was 94. Seeger, considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, was the writer or co-writer of "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."

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Clint Holmes' New York award-winning Stop This Train cabaret show plays in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center, 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday the 29th. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.

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A number of entertainment changes going on at Bally's. Donn Arden's spectacular, Jubilee!, that has been keeping the Las Vegas production show alive for 33 years, will close for a "modernization" after tonight's show. We have no idea what will remain and what will disappear. In the latest report, it was announced that the "new" Jubilee! will reopen in March.


The Phat Pack

Also, following an almost one year run at the downtown Plaza Hotel, The Phat Pack, which opened in the Windows Showroom upstairs at Bally's on December 12th, has gone dark for an undetermined time. The Bally's show numbers were good and had even better audience response than at the previous venue "Our collaboration with EMI Entertainment did not work out as we had hoped," says Bruce Ewing, representative and singer in The Phat Pack, "and it is our understanding that EMI is no longer part of the Windows Showroom at Bally's. The only reason the show is going dark is because of the management changeover. We are currently in discussions with the other producers who are working in that room to bring The Phat Pack back within the next few months. If that doesn't work out, we will be open to looking for a new venue, or even hope to present our show around town in weekly engagements." Ewing continues, "We are so appreciative of how the Las Vegas Community has embraced us! We will be back! The good news for The Phat Pack is that we are booking concert dates around the country, and look forward to presenting our show for many years to come. But it sure would be nice to be able to run our show in our own hometown!" We will keep our readers posted on The Phat Pack developments. For more information on The Phat Pack, please visit www.PhatPackShow.com.

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV presents the provocative comedy, Seminar, by Theresa Rebeck, February 6th through 9th in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Michael Lugering directs. Seminar appeared on Broadway in 2011, with Alan Rickman originating the lead role. In the play, four aspiring young novelists sign-up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. Lugering is a master teacher of voice, movement and acting at UNLV, and has spent more than 15 years researching the physical, psychological, behavioral and aesthetic aspects of human expression. His book, The Expressive Actor: An Integrated Method of Voice, Movement & Actor Training, is published by Heinemann Drama Books. Lugering has served as a professional voice coach for the Utah Shakespearian Festival and the NCT. The cast includes, Equity actor Jeff Williams as Leonard; Jasmine Mathews as Izzy; Jack Lafferty as Martin; Madison Kisst as Kate; and Bernhard C. Verhoeven as Douglas. The production and design team includes scenic designer Shannon Moore, lighting designer Manuel Ramirez, costume designer Elizabeth LaRouche, sound designer and technical director Tom Egan; production stage manager Jade Cagalawan, and properties master Molly Bailey. Show times are at 8 p.m. on February 6th, 7th and 8th, with matinees at 2 p.m. on February 8th and 9th, in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Tickets are $20-$30, with 10 percent off for youngsters 18 and under. For tickets or additional information, visit pac.unlv.edu, or call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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Next Friday, February 7th, the Mr. B. Centennial Celebration will take place at H.O.M.E. (House of Music & Entertainment). Come celebrate the life and music of Billy Eckstine with his talented daughter, Gina Eckstine. Surprise guest artists performances, stories shared, and book signing by Cary Ginell, author of the brand new biography, Mr. B: The Life and Music of Billy Eckstine. This will be a very special evening you will not want to miss! July 8th of 2014 marks the 100th year of Billy Eckstine's birth. There will be two shows on the 7th, at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. Reservations are strongly suggested. H.O.M.E. os located at 430 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. Call (310) 271-4663 for reservations.


Billy Eckstine & Daughter Gina Eckstine, Vintage

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On Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30), at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, 3130 McLeod (east of Eastern, and north of Desert Inn), the Performing Arts Society of Nevada will present To Love and Be Loved, a variety program featuring songs, music and dance in the key of romance. Featured will be the extraordinary singing group, The Divas 3, a trio of beautiful, young female vocalists who deliver inspiring renditions of treasured hits and harmonies from some of the greatest Groups and Divas in music history, including The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Mamas & The Papas and musical goddesses like Diana Ross, Carol King, Bonnie Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion just to name a few! The Divas 3 is made up of Liverpool native and New York/New York Dancing Queen veteran, Alison Ward, Bally's Jubilee! regular and USO spokesperson/entertainer, Ms. Kirby Long, and recording artist and NBC's The Voice finalist, Ms. Kasi Jones. Together they will perform a bevy of romantic tunes, guaranteed to bring back sweet memories...songs like "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?," "Stop In The Name of Love," "You've Got A Friend," "One Fine Day" and many more! Joining The Divas 3 will be Jubilee! lead singer and Australian musical theater trouper, James Allen. An impassioned tenor, Allen's training and artistry transcends the ordinary as he delivers masterful renditions of classics such as "Can't Hurry Love," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Endless Love" with Broadway caliber song and dance prowess. Also featured will be dance numbers from Vegas! The Show and Royal Caribbean Cruises dancer veteran, David Lee Brown; Bally's Jubilee! / Radio City Rockette veteran, Stephanie Burke; Bally's Jubilee! and Norwegian/Princess/Royal Caribbean Cruises hoofer, Ty Johnson; and Toronto-born and Canadian Dance Teacher Association certified instructor, Britney Sourlis. With beautiful songs, spectacular vocal harmonies, and some of Las Vegas' most entertaining performers, this pre-Valentine's Day extravaganza, all in the key of romance, is sure to get you ready for love. Don't miss PASNV's To Love and Be Loved variety program at the Winchester Theater. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit organization dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741 or email to [email protected]

Also taking place on the 9th of February, but at night, with Nikolas "Nik At Nite" Mastrangelo. The singing lawyer and his trio - Joey Singer on keyboard, Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums - will be initiating a weekly gig in the La Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany Hotel & Casino, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. It's a great room with a beautiful long bar, couches, and a lovely terrace, and even a dance floor (as you may know, Mastrangelo doesn't mind people dancing while he's singing). It promises to be a fun-filled night and I hope to see you there. The Tuscany is located at 255 E. Flamingo. Phone (702) 893-8933.


Nik Mastrangelo

Nephele by Cyd Bown

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The public is invited to attend the dedication of the latest addition to the City of Las Vegas public art collection, Thursday, February 6th, starting at noon, in the first-floor lobby of the Development Services Center, located at 333 N. Rancho Drive. Light refreshments will be served. The large artwork, comprised of five colorful fiber sculptures by Las Vegas artist Cyd Bown, is entitled Nephele. The artwork, composed of fabric, thread and steel, measures 30 feet by 8.5 feet by 24 feet. Nephele, which means "cloudy" in Greek, is an Art in Public Places project of the Las Vegas Arts Commission. Funding for the $60,000 artwork was provided by the Gity of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Arts Commission Percent for the Arts Fund. For more information, call (702) 229-4631.

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From the folks at The NiteKings Band. February is just around the corner, and while the rest of the country is shoveling its way out of another big snowfall, we can be thankful that we live here in Vegas. Just another day in paradise, or maybe "pair-o-dice!" Here's a little quiz for all of you. How many months have 28 days? Answer at the end of this Newsletter. Here's what's in store for our fans for this month: Every Sunday in February (2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd), The NiteKings will be performing at Sam's Town, in Roxy's Lounge, from 7 to 11 p.m. Nice sized bar right in front of the stage, lot's of tables for listening, and a mid-sized dance floor for our many "Fred & Gingers." Sam's Town is located on Boulder Highway & Flamingo. No cover, no minimum, no admission. Every Wednesday in February (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th), The NiteKings will be performing at The Orleans, in The Bourbon Street Cabaret, from 4 to 8 p.m. Big video poker bar encircling the lounge, tables and booths for your listening pleasure, and a much larger dance floor that will allow each of you to "Cut a Rug." The Orleans is located on Tropicana, west of The Strip. Once again, no cover, no minimum, no admission. Get there early, however, as the lounge fills up very quickly! A little advance notice too. In March, we will be performing at he Rampart's Addison's Lounge. Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th. More info to follow in March. Let us be the first ones to send you an early "Happy Valentine's Day Wish!" With love, The NiteKings: Victor, Angelo, Eddy, Skip, John, Red, Chris, Tony, and our Fearless Leader, Rich. Looking forward to seeing our loyal fans this month at these two terrific venues. Answer to the quiz: How many months have 28 days? "They all do!"

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Tomorrow, Saturday, February 1st, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will recognize the first day of African-American History Month with a special program titled "The African-American Experience in Las Vegas." Featuring a panel comprised of four dynamic Las Vegas women, the event will take place in the Museum's Third Floor Board Room at 1 p.m. The women will share stories and recollections culled from their personal and professional experiences, including memories of the Moulin Rouge casino, West Las Vegas neighborhood and living and working in Las Vegas over the past half century. Sarann Knight Preddy, the first black woman to receive a Nevada gaming license and former owner of the Moulin Rouge, will join fellow panelists: longtime Las Vegas residents Barbara Kirkland and Jackie Brantley and historian Elizabeth Warren. Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Libraries will moderate the panel. This event is complimentary for Museum Members and included in the cost of admission for non-members. Seating is limited. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over, with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (702) 229-2734 or go to http://themobmuseum.org/archives/category/events/.

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A visit to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at this time of year is highly recommended. They always create a beautiful floral display in honor of Chinese New Year, and this year is no exception. The Year of the Horse creation currently on display is spectacular, and features seven life-size horses, 150 koi fish, hundreds of trees and shrubs and thousands of flowers. The Bellagio Conservatory is open 24-hours a day through the end of February. Oh yes...it's free!


Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens

Dr. Aaron Ciechanover

And the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino will celebrate Chinese New Year with a flourish on February 5th, hosting the annual Dragon Dance celebration at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the casino floor. Guests are invited to welcome the Year of the Horse by experiencing this authentic cultural celebration, performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin. "The Dragon Dance parade is a culturally rich presentation, one that's memorable and exciting for guests young and old," said Kerrie Burke, Vice President and General Manager of the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. The parade will include numerous dragons, a percussion procession and characters that will make several stops throughout to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators. Being hit by a piece of lettuce during a Dragon Dance parade is considered particularly lucky. In accordance with Chinese traditions, there will be tangerine trees lining the table games pit, candy hanging from trees throughout the casino and banners displaying the Year of the Horse. The celebration continues into the weekend for guests 21 years of age and older, as the Lucky Money Hot Seat promotion runs February 7th through 9th, 24 hours a day. This hot seat-style drawing allows more than 88 winners per day to select a traditional red envelope containing anything from $25-$1000 approximately every fifteen minutes. $8,800 will be given away each day. Guests can further their Chinese New Year experience with authentic Chinese cuisine at Ping Pang Pong and the Noodle Exchange. Voted the "Best Asian Restaurant in Las Vegas," six times by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ping Pang Pong offers a wide variety of authentic traditional Chinese dishes, while the quick and convenient Noodle Exchange will offer its house specialty, mini hot pots. The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino has presented the Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year for more than ten years. For additional information on the Chinese New Year celebration, please visit www.goldcoastcasino.com.

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Shades of Sinatra singing star, Larry Liso, appears at Mundo, every Friday night (schedule permitting) from 6 to 9 p.m. Filling the room with charm and a touch of excitement, he sings the standards from the Great American Song Book and other timeless favorites. Mundo is an upscale Latin chic restaurant, located in the most beautifully designed structure in the downtown area, World Market Place, at 495 S. Grand Central Parkway. Its access is convenient, and once inside, you will experience the sophistication and elegance the design center has to offer. The wonderful dishes get more appetizing and original as you scroll down the menu, and the food itself is more delicious than you could have hoped for. The drinks are delectable and generous, and the service is kind, friendly and efficient. You will enjoy this experience and many others as you vow to frequent this newly found gem, nestled in the awesome World Market Place! Call (702) 270-4400 for reservations at this Culinary Haute spot.

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The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus will honor Chemistry Nobel Laureate, Israeli biochemist, Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, at the 9th Annual In Pursuit of Excellence Gala on Saturday, February 8th, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Dr. Ciechanover will be awarded the Pursuit of Excellence Award for promoting education as the key to understanding how science and research can benefit humanity. In 2004, Ciechanover was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Dr. Avram Hershko and Dr. Irwin Rose, for discovering the process of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. This process expanded the medical field's comprehension on how a cell operates. When the degradation does not work correctly, diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis can develop. This paved the way for the development of drugs against these ailments. "As a scientist and educator, we are pleased to award Dr. Aaron Ciechanover with the Pursuit of Excellence Award," said Paul Schiffman, head of school of Adelson Educational Campus. "Ciechanover has devoted his life to understanding biochemistry and his research made it possible for medical advancements in combating diseases." Previous Pursuit of Excellence recipients include: Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, Toni and Victor Chaltiel, Milton I. Schwartz, Beverly and Jim Rogers, Faye and Dr. Leon Steinberg, Sandy and Paul Schiffman, Natan Sharansky, Professor Alan Dershowitz and Elie Wiesel. Tickets start at $250 per person. Corporate sponsorships and tables are also available. It is the campus' mission to never turn a student away due to financial hardship. All proceeds from this event will benefit the school's scholarship program to provide funds for students in need. To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit http://www.adelsoncampus.org/ or contact Davida Sims, director of development at (702) 515-8203. There will be live and silent auctions, a dinner, dancing and more. The mission of The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus is to instruct and inspire new generations of students who will draw strength from a rich Jewish heritage, use their knowledge, values and vision to fulfill their own potential, and build a better world. Adelson Educational Campus was originally founded in 1980 and now educates children from 18 months through 12th grade. Adelson Educational Campus accepts students of all faiths and affiliations, and offers a drug-free commitment to its students and faculty. Adelson Educational Campus is located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. For more information, please call (702) 255-4500 or visit www.adelsoncampus.org, or Facebook/Adelson Campus.

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