Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from February 07, 2014
You can find the current column HERE

Las Vegas - February 7, 2014

Tonight at 6:30, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will help kick-off the Third Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert Festival at Fremont Street Experience by participating in the Opening Ceremonies and ribbon cutting. The Year of the Horse will be greeted at the 3rd Street Stage, located in downtown Las Vegas, next to The D, Four Queens and Fremont hotels, with a performance from The Desert Winds ensemble and a live authentic dragon dance by Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin, complete with virtual firecrackers on Viva Vision (the largest video screen in the world measuring 1,500 feet long and suspended 90 feet above the street), an eye painting ceremony and performers dressed in elaborate costumes. Other local dignitaries scheduled to take part in the opening ceremonies/ribbon cutting include:
Mayor Pro Tem, Stavros Anthony; US Congresswoman, Dina Titus; representatives from the office of Lieutenant Governor, Brian K. Krolicki, and US Senator, Harry Reid; Michael Goldsmith, vice president of international marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA); and Jeff Victor, President of Fremont Street Experience. Chinese New Year in the Desert is a three-day festival celebrating the Year of the Horse from February 7th through 9th. Throughout the weekend, guests will experience live international cultural performances; taste authentic dishes from around the world in the International Vendor Village; experience the free DragonFest concert series nightly; participate in the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Zumba® Class; view stunning parade floats in the McDonald's Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade; and create their own lantern to display on Fremont Street Experience to commemorate the Lunar Lantern Festival. For a detailed entertainment schedule, go to All entertainment is free and open to the public.

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Marty Allen & Steve Rossi with The Beatles, 1964

This Sunday, February 9th, marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first record-breaking American television appearance. The year was 1964, and Ed Sullivan was the host who presented the British Mop Tops to this country. Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched that show on their TV sets. To this day, the event is still supposed to mark one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the United States. The comedy team of Allen and Rossi were there for the history-making Beatles brouhaha, appearing on the episode with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and have a photo to prove it. Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, who were frequent guests on the Ed Sullivan show, both have made their homes in Las Vegas for many years.

To commemorate the momentous half-century milestone, on Sunday night, CBS will broadcast a two-hour, all-star special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles. Twenty-seven cast members from Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage will take part in the tribute show, airing from 8 to 10 p.m.

And speaking of The Fab Four, Kelli Luchs, Las Vegas archivist, is asking for anyone who might have them, to share their stories and/or photos from the Beatles 1964 concert in Las Vegas. Kelli would love to interview anyone with a story to share and perhaps even add photos from that night to the News Bureau photo archives. To get in tough with Kelli, please e-mail her at: [email protected].

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Liza Jane Likins, Keith Thompson & Priscilla Presley by Don Cadette

Usually, we are only at The Smith Center one time a month (in the Cabaret Jazz, never in Reynolds Hall), but between January 29th and February 1st, we were there twice - first for the monthly Composers Showcase, and three nights later to see Kristen Hertzenberg's one woman show, Beyond the Stage. The Composers Showcase, one of the best music events taking place in this city, presented the songs of local composers and songwriters, Jolana Adamson, Joel Ferguson, Ben Hale, Martin Kaye, Windy Karigianes, Adam Knaff, Liza Jane Likins (country singer, introduced by her friend, Priscilla Presley), David Mauk, Richard Oberacker, Joey Pero, Danny Roque, Kashena Sampson, Keith Thompson (the man who also hosts the late night doings), and more. Performers included Mike Erickson, Graham Fenton, Kristen Hertzenberg, Nicole Kaplan, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Brenda Mauk, Deven May, Kevan Patriquin and Josh Strickland (a showcase newbie, who starred in Walt Disney's Tarzan on Broadway). The Players were Bill Bernatis, Jared Camic, Brian Czach, Tish Diaz, Marcelo Falconi, Mark Ferratt, Pablo Gaddo, Hubert Gall, Michael Joy, Laraine Kaizer, Mike Mechem, Bob Sachs, Joey Singer, Lindsey Springer, Fred Stone, Alex Stopa, Rob Taylor, Eric Tewalt, Moonlight Tran, Fred Watstein, Tyler Williams, Bill Zappia and others. Monthly events take place at 10:30 p.m. in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center. Assigned seating tickets are $20. For additional information or reservations, call (702) 749-2000, or go online to

Josh Strickland by Don Cadette

For those who turned out to see Ms. Hertzenberg, expecting the classical Christine Daae that she portrayed in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, SURPRISE! Other than "Soon As I Get Home/Home" (adapted by Lizz Wright) from The Wiz, Kristen, accompanied by a shoeless (he plays wearing a pair of mismatched socks) Martin Kaye on piano and vocals; Benjamin D. Hale on guitar and vocals; Bob Sachs, bass; Joel Ferguson, pedal steel; Pablo Gadda, guitar; and George Bryant, drums, performed everything BUT theater music. She even did some rap ("The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground, "Bust a Move" by Young MC, and "Fastest Rhyme" by Young MC) and did it surprisingly well! And, who knew that this multi-talented young lady played guitar? She displayed that skill when she joined Hale on his self-penned "Can't Sleep Right." Other selections in the Saturday night program included, "Movin' On Up," the theme song from The Jeffersons TV show; "Love on One Condition," "Love me Like a Man" and "Dimming of the Day," all recorded by Bonnie Raitt; Sara Bareilles' "Vegas" and "Fairytale;" "Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You" and "Over My Head," written by Martin Sexton; "Beat My Dog" (recorded by Broadway's Audra McDonald, featuring Bob Sachs on upright bass; and "Hallelujah I Love Her (Him) So," by Ray Charles. Band member, Benjamin D. Hale was featured in "Western Sky" and "Can't Sleep Right," which he wrote. Joel Ferguson played his creation, "Voodoo Doll," and Martin Kaye performed his "Reach My Goal," and sang Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Rock with You." The program closed with Three Dog Night's, "Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog)"

Kristen Hertzenberg

Valentine Sweethearts, Leigh Zimmerman & Domenick Allen

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Leigh Zimmerman, 2013 Olivier Award-winning actress, and her rock musician and Las Vegas headliner hubby, Domenick Allen, will celebrate Valentine's Day with a very special evening of gourmet food, champagne and their show, A Valentine From A2Z, at the St. James Studio in London, next Friday, February 14th, at 8:30 p.m. The talented duo returns to the St. James Studio after their acclaimed sold-out performance, which opened the London Festival of Cabaret, in October of last year. Leigh is a current nominee for a 2014 What's On Stage Award, for her performance in A Chorus Line at the Palladium, and Domenick has been touring with his concert, VINYL – The Classic Rock Experience. They just happen to have been happily married for 20 years, and use their life to draw from their disparate worlds of Theatre and Rock to create a truly unique evening of music and comedy dedicated to the celebration of Love. If you happen to be around the St. James Theatre in London, treat your loved one and yourself to a three course meal, a bottle of champagne and live cabaret this Valentine's Day - all for just £100 per couple (worth £225). Individual tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are £20. The Dinner & Dining Carrara Restaurant Package is sold out, but the 7:30 p.m. Studio Tapas Package is still available, at £75 per couple. Enjoy five mixed cold tapas, served in the studio, plus a bottle of Prosecco and tickets for the show, at £75 per couple. The St. James Theatre is located at 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA. To book, please call 0207 592 0333 or 0844 264 2140. You can check out the website at

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We just got this information earlier in the week...Ragtag Entertainment presents Les Miserables this weekend, tonight and tomorrow, and next weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th, in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. The shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the UNLV box office. These performances are benefiting Golden Rainbow and UNLV Fine Arts. This weekend, Valjean is played by Tim Moleneux, Javert by Ben Lowey, and Fantine by Laurina Hendrickson. Next weekend, Valjean is portrayed by Randal Keith (who played the role on Broadway and on tour), Javert is played by Carnell Johnson, and Fantine by Jen Botch. The rest of the cast performs both weekends, and features Ayler Evan as Enjoras, Ellie Smith as Eponine, Bruce Block as Thernardier, Kellie Wright as Madame Thernardier, Amanda Kaiser as Cossette, Tyler Ross as Gavroche, and Scott Gibson as Marius. The young Cossettes are Rebecca Lindsey Mountain and Chloe Watson. Bill Fayne is the Musical Director and will conduct the 25-piece Bill Fayne Broadway Orchestra, and the 40+ voice Las Vegas Master Singers, as well as a stellar cast of more than 30 in the ensemble. Andrew Wright is the Director

Bill Fayne by Ed Foster

Frank Cullotta

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The 1995 blockbuster movie, Casino, was a fact-based dramatization of an era in Las Vegas when organized crime controlled many of the Sin City casinos. And in the film, as in real life, the dominant group was from Chicago and was known as the Outfit. The movie character of Nicky Santoro, played by Joe Pesci, was based on infamous Outfit enforcer, Tony Spilotro. Robert De Niro's role as Ace Rothstein depicted Outfit-associated odds maker, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. And Frank Vincent's "Frankie" character was based on Spilotro's street lieutenant, Frank Cullotta. Mr. Cullotta served as a technical consultant to the movie and appeared in several scenes as a hit man. You are invited to join Frank Cullotta for a unique two-hour bus tour of the places where the incidents depicted in the movie actually took place; and learn the true details behind the events you have seen on the screen. In addition to having Frank as your personal host, there will be surprise guests who were affiliated with the movie or were engaged in the actual incidents that are discussed on the Tour. Please visit for more information. To order tickets, call (866) 218-4935. And if you're a Vegas area resident, don't forget to ask about the special discount for locals. Space is limited, so reserve your seats early!

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It's here! Las Vegas' Dispensary Lounge is celebrating its two-year anniversary of their acclaimed jazz series, curated by jazz master and UNLV Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies, Uli Geissendoerfer. They launch their third year with a blowout party and concert this Sunday, February 9th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Entertainers scheduled to perform on Sunday include Pascale Elia, Michelle Johnson, Karen Jones, Windy Karigianes, Skip Martin, Ronnie Rose, Jo Belle Yonely and more! Come out and the featured vocalists and instrumentalists, backed by the stellar Uli Geissendoerfer Quartet, made up of Uli, Ryan Rose, Charles McNeal, and Steve Flora. Surprise guests are also expected to appear. Do not miss this one! The Dispensary, located at 2451 East Tropicana Ave., on the southwest corner of Tropicana and Eastern, has been around for more than 30 years, and offers 24-hour gaming and a very late night menu. Voted "Best Dive Bar," The Dispensary features their famous delicious one-pound burgers, and is Las Vegas' favorite late night jazz hotspot! Find out why! The only real jazz club in town! Wynton Marsalis sat in the last time he was in Las Vegas. Other former guests include Clint Holmes, Rick Margitza, Brandon Fields, Vinny Valentino, Sam Most, Michael Delano and Dick Griffin. Call (702) 385-3482, and/or check out the website at See you Sunday at 5 p.m.!

Uli Geissendoerfer

Windy Karigianes

And speaking of Windy Karigianes, the talented lady, accompanied by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass and Adam Shendal on drums, will be performing an evening of Eclectic Jazz at The Dispensary, tonight, Friday, the 7th, and again on Friday the 22nd of February, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Starting next Friday, February 14th, Windy will be entertaining at the new Toscana Italian Steakhouse, Fridays and Saturdays - the 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd of February, and March 1st - from 6 to 10 p.m., accompanied by Joey Melotti and special guests. The Toscana, a wonderful supper club with Happy Hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m., is at 3900 Paradise Road, the former location of Ruths Chris and Kelly's on Paradise.

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Helen Reddy

Olivia Newton-John by Lee Roth

In addition to Helen Reddy, who will be performing at The Orleans on February 15th and 16th, another legendary girl singer is returning to Las Vegas after too long away. Olivia Newton John will begin a residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo on April 8th. Tickets for Summer Nights are now on sale. We will have more on Olivia in coming weeks.
Showtimes for Helen Reddy are at 8 p.m. both nights. 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

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F.I.O.R.E. Valentine Party

If you are planning on attending the non-club club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) Valentine bash, Thursday evening, February 13th, at the Italian American Club, and haven't RSVPd yet, we suggest you do so, sooner than later. Romance will be alive and well at 2333 E. Sahara, beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the doors to the club open. 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 (please let us know, ahead of time, if you are surprising us, as we hate surprises). There will be a delicious buffet (light on the garlic), enticing 50/50 giveaways, roses and chocolate for the ladies, and more. Cost is $25 per person. All widows of past presidents are always F.I.O.R.E. guests (new boyfriends are on their own). To RSVP, e-mail to [email protected]. Visit the "about us" page,, before committing to any of our functions. The F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone.

And, speaking of Nik Mastrangelo, in addition to his vocal contributions to the F.I.O.R.E. Valentine event, he wants to remind everyone, that on Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., he begins a recurring gig at the La Piazza lounge in the Tuscany Hotel. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this room, it's a delightful venue with a nice stage, dance floor and comfortable couches and seats. It also opens onto a patio area which will be even more inviting when the weather gets a little warmer. The lineup for this date consists of some of the most talented and sought-after musicians in Las Vegas: Joey Singer on keys, Steve Golden on sax, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, and there will always be surprise musicians and singers dropping by. The Tuscany Hotel is located at 255 E. Flamingo. Telephone (702) 893-8933. Nik and the band look forward to seeing you there!

Nikolas Mastrangelo

Gary Anderson

And speaking of busy Gary Anderson, he will be part of Swingin' Saxes, taking place at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, February 16th, at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. The Las Vegas Jazz Society is proudly presenting four world class saxophonists. In addition to Mr. Anderson, Tom Hall, Wayne De Silva, and Charles McNeal, will be collaborating their enormous talents to create a most enlightening and enjoyable mix of traditional as well as fresh, original jazz music. Welcome to the Las Vegas Jazz Society's 2014 premier concert! Tom Hall has organized an incredible ménage of super talented musicians to entertain us. Many of these artists have attended the prestigious Berkelee School of Music, as well as UNLV and other great schools, and have gone on to perform with many well-known orchestras. We even have an Emmy and Grammy award-winning member in Gary Anderson, who wrote and arranged many of the numbers we'll be hearing. We are blessed with the local talent we enjoy in Las Vegas, but rarely get to see and hear them as they embrace us with their musical creativity. Our saxophonists are well supported by the hard swinging 'Rhythm Machine,' featuring Ken Seiffert on bass, Otto Ehling on piano, and Mike Mechem on drums. Full of wit and charm, our emcee, Gary Marshal, will be joining us in a new cabaret setting at the Winchester Center. Tom Hall has played with the bands of Buddy Rich, Ted Weems, Ray Charles and many others. He was a studio recording musician and had his own vocal group for several years. He was the lead alto sax in the Riviera Hotel house band for 25 years, as well as working with many other house and lounge bands. He has worked with such artists as Billy Eckstine, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbra Streisand, Marlena Shaw, Joe Williams and many others. He currently is a major force in local musical groups. Gary has won many awards throughout his career, including an Emmy for Ted Turner's Goodwill Games and a Grammy for the Sesame Street Elmopalooza. He toured with Woody Herman, as well as with Frank Sinatra during his Main Event Tour. He has composed, arranged, and orchestrated for television, film and stage, and worked with Lena Horne, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Fosse, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and numerous others. Gary's recent work includes his own off-Broadway organization, Sin City Radio Theatre, the feature film, Arbitrage, as well as arranged for the MDA telethon. He continues his multi-faceted work for all media across the country, and is a favorite bass saxophonist for many Las Vegas bands. Wayne de Silva was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He holds degrees in music from Berklee College of Music and from UNLV. He has two recordings, Marble Park on Bay Area Jazz Archives, and First Morning on TNC Jazz Recordings. Charles McNeal has been a featured performer at many national and international festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Playboy Jazz Festival (CA), and Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy). He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, and Boz Scaggs, among others. His website,, is the No. 1 source for jazz saxophone transcription and related educational resources on the web. His performances are always dynamic and never fail to excite his audience. Ken Seiffert was the original bass player with the Mike Douglas TV show, toured with the Joe Bushkin Trio, and performed with Don Ho in Hawaii. He has had a diverse career, playing Broadway shows as well as with Las Vegas house bands, Don Menza's Monday Night Jazz, and the Nevada Jazz Orchestra. As a touring musician, he played with Vic Damone and the last years of Mickey Rooney's career. He has played with countless jazz greats, notably Louis Bellson, Carl Fontana, and Bill Watrous. Otto Ehling began classical piano training in Los Angeles at a very young age. He won first prize in the NAACP national classical division in 2002, and began studying jazz shortly thereafter. He won a scholarship to UNLV where he continues to work towards his doctoral degree. He also performs on the LV Strip in shows such as Pop Evolution, MJ Live, and Cirque du Soleil. Mike is the drummer and Music Director for the Michael Grimm band (winner of America's Got Talent), Showboat on Broadway, I Do, I Do, 42nd Street, Pippin, Annie, Rioult Modern Dance (NYC), Menopause, Holiday on Ice, The McGuire Sisters, Lou Rawls, Deana Martin, Pia Zadora, Sid Caesar, Buddy Greco, Steve March Torme, Roger Williams, and Ruth Brown. He is currently working with Pia Zadora and the Vince Falcone quartet at Piero's, as well as the Dennis Bono show at the South Point Hotel/Casino. Most notably, he is finishing a personal composition/orchestration project, featuring 10 original pieces for full orchestra. Gary Marshal is an actor and singer who originally came to Las Vegas from his native London to be the leading man in a number of spectacular stage shows that included Hallelujah Hollywood! and the still-running Jubilee! at Bally's. He transitioned to Broadway, TV and movies, and was featured in Phantom of the Opera in Los Angeles for four years, starred as Julian in the national tour of 42nd Street, and was in the Broadway company of La Cage Aux Folles. Gary played Sir Lionel in the movie, Camelot, and was a regular on three daytime TV soaps, Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live, and General Hospital. He guest hosted the Australian Tonight show in Melbourne, and appeared as a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Tickets for Swingin' Saxes are $12 in advance/member with ID, $15 at the door.

Still speaking of F.I.O.R.E., the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently ran an interesting article, written by Ron Kantowski, on F.I.O.R.E. First Lady, Linda November. Known around these parts as The Jingle Queen, or sometimes as The Empress, Ms. November's voice can be heard in hundreds of commercial jingles, including Coke and Meow Mix. To read more, go to

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For all of you Hudson & Saleeby fans, if you happen to be in the Memphis area during this month, you can see and hear Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby in and around the city at places like Jim's Place Presents beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Friday nights - February the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th (and hopefully continuing indefinitely past those dates). Jim's Place is located at 518 Perkins Extended in Memphis. Call (901) 766-2030. On Saturday, February 22nd, the piano/vocal duo will be performing at Miss Ollies, 111 E. Lafayette St. in Jackson, on Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Call (731) 868-1120 for reservations. Tell the fellows, who were Las Vegas favorites before heading south in 1982, that Cousin Claire sent you.

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The people involved with the Las Vegas Media Group are an ambitious, dedicated bunch, and are always gathering and/or contributing information about the history of our city. Historian, writer and "informer of news on the media group," Lisa Gioia-Acres, tells us that LVMG member, Cynthia Cicero, is helping with an upcoming event at the Morelli House, and is asking those that remember for "anecdotes or reminisces about the Sands Hotel and Copa Room and how it changed the image of Las Vegas as a tourist destination." You can contact Cynthia via email at [email protected], or call her at (702) 768-3079. We know there are some great stories out there. Hopefully Cynthia will be contacted by those who might want to share them with her.

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This month's issue of the Abbott & Costello Collectibles Newsletter contains an interesting story and photographs on Southern Nevada resident, actress Beverly Washburn's, role opposite Lou Costello in the 1958 Tobias Jones Story episode of the TV series, Wagon Train. Playing a dramatic role was a rarity for Costello, best known as half of the Abbott & Costello comedy team.

Lou Costello & Beverly Washburn

Lee Roy Reams & Maryann Lopinto

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We got this info too late for a heads up, but wanted to print it anyway (mainly because we have talented friends in the mix). Last night, the cabaret community honored photographer Maryann Lopinto with a celebration at New York's famed Metropolitan Room. Featuring performances by Baby Jane Dexter, Anita Gillette, Barry Levitt, Martha Lorin, Heather MacRae, Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Lee Roy Reams, KT Sullivan and surprise guests, proceeds from the event went to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. We hope to have some photos from the party to share with our readers.

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Las Vegas performer, British born Chloe Louise Crawford, has been selected Playboy's "Cyber Girl of the Month" for February 2014. Ms. Crawford is a trained dancer, magician's assistant and choreographer. Her specialty skills include: aerial silks and pole choreography. Beautiful Chloe is delighted to become a member of the Playboy family. Her stunning photos will appear online next week. The gorgeous wife of Vegas headliner, Murray SawChuck, performs in two shows on the famed Las Vegas Strip most evenings. She is the lead assistant and choreographer at the Tropicana, in Murray 'Celebrity Magician,' and also showcases her dancing and variety talents in Fantasy at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Chloe performed in Europe before moving to Las Vegas in 2012 to join Murray's show. She has appeared in print in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, on the cover of Strip LV Magazine, and Tradeshow Lifestyles. She has guest-starred on the History Channel's Top Gear USA, Hallmark's Home and Family, The Marie Show, and Masters of Illusion.

Photo of Chloe Louise Crawford by Holly Randall for

Chloe Louise Crawford

Gary Puckett

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The Tommy Thompson Project, voted "Best Of Las Vegas" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, will be performing at Fabrizio's on Valentine's Day. Downtown Las Vegas' most elegant venue invites you and your Valentine to enjoy an unforgettable evening, with fine cuisine, a complimentary bottle of wine and vodka on every table, and your favorite love songs performed by The Tommy Thompson Project. The band will be taking requests for a special song, and dedicate it to your Valentine. Fabrizio's is at 818 S. Main Street. Call (702) 678-5152 for reservations.

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Groovin' The '60s - The Symphony/Pops Encore, an all new concert event, is set for 8 p.m., Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th, at The Arcada Theatre, outside Chicago in St. Charles, Illinois. Starring Gary Puckett, The Buckinghams and Christie Copeland, Groovin' The '60s will be accompanied by a full orchestra, arranged and conducted by Mariano Longo. A career professional, Mariano currently lives and works in Las Vegas as a freelance pianist/arranger/ conductor. He specializes in custom arrangements, artist development and re-invention and orchestral projects for the "Symphony Pops" market. Longo has 35 years of performing experience in concert, television, recording studio, theater, symphony, and nightclubs. Baby Boomers know well the 1960s excitement of watching The Ed Sullivan Show, Hollywood Palace, The Kraft Music Hour, and a multitude of other variety showcases. It's not the standard concert format that you're used to, it's nothing like the Happy Together Tour. The evening debuts a special showcase of talent that will make you so glad you were there. You'll be treated to tremendous new arrangements, and hear your favorites performed with a full symphony orchestra. Imagine "Kind of a Drag," "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song," and more, with strings, horns, and percussion backing your favorite singers and their full bands. Hear "Young Girl," "Woman, Woman," and "This Girl is a Woman Now," like you've never heard them before. But that's not all. You're invited to participate in a Symphonic/Pops "Time Capsule of the 60s." Your favorite musicians will join together on stage to perform music by The Doors, The Hollies, Tina Turner, the Four Seasons, Joe Cocker, The Fifth Dimension, and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Artists. Meet beautiful and talented singer, Christie Copeland, whose renditions of the hits of Petula Clark, Bobbie Gentry, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield, will also transport you back to a day and time when life was simple, joyful, the way you remember it best. The evening features two hours of solid entertainment, with an intermission, in a showcase unlike anything you've seen since, well, the 1960s! Join us for Groovin' The 60s, for Valentines Day at Ron Onesti's historic Arcada Theatre. Tickets start at $49, and are available at Get them early! Call (888) 695-0888, or buy tickets online at For directions to the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174, go to!directions--parking/cs4y.

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The acclaimed Showgirl Follies newest version, Sassy, a classic Las Vegas revue, debuts with two shows at the Starbright Theater - Saturday, February 15th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 16th at 3 p.m. The heart and soul of traditional Las Vegas is relived in Showgirl Follies: Sassy, with the talent of singers, dancers and showgirls who graced the stages that are unique to Las Vegas. Sassy brings back memories of classic Vegas productions like Lido de Paris, Folies Bergere, Abracadabra, and Enter the Night. Sassy features an extravaganza of still elegant and sexy vintage Vegas showgirls who know how to present all the ambiance, glamour, and style of the era that made Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World. Contemporary music and choreography modernize this showgirl special. The 14-member cast is hosted by international singing star, Mark Francis. During his three-decade career, Mark has opened for and performed with top world performers such as Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge boys, and at Wembley stadium in London with the original Drifters. "Showgirls symbolize Las Vegas," says Mistinguett, designer, choreographer and producer of Showgirl Follies: Sassy. "Their gorgeous figures, elegance, sparkling costumes and alluring personalities, created a world-renowned atmosphere of irresistible glamour and excitement. I wanted to capture that vintage style and talent and bring them back to the stage, along with the backstage stories told by the performers who lived them." Sassy is presented by Mistinguett Productions, a Las Vegas-based company formed in 2010 by producer, director and choreographer, Mistinguett. Recognized in the entertainment industry as one of the most experienced director/choreographers of her time, Mistinguett, with former partner-producer Greg Thompson, has opened more than 400 shows on five continents during a 25-year period. She has collected eight "Show of the Year" awards for her work in Reno, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In 1996, Mistinguett was inducted into New York's American Theatre Roundtable Hall of Fame. The Starbright Theater is located in Sun City Summerlin, at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Tickets for Showgirl Follies: Sassy are $18 for Summerlin residents and $20 for non-residents. Starbright Theater Box Office telephone numbers are: Pinnacle (702) 240-1301; Mountain Shadows (702) 966-1410; and Desert Vista (702) 363-1341.

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It was announced this week that the property at the north end of the Strip, known for decades as the Sahara, would be reopening on Labor Day. It was suggested to us that the new name of the redone hotel, SLS, stands for Sahara's Last Stand.

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