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Las Vegas - February 14, 2014


De Ann Letourneau

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

The UNLV Performing Arts Center and UNLV department of music welcome Three Times Four - De Ann Letourneau, Las Vegas Philharmonic concertmaster; members of the UNLV faculty; and guest musicians - at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th, in the Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall as part of the UNLV Chamber Music Series. The performance features piano trios and quartets by Haydn, Brahms, Turina, and UNLV's Diego Vega. Tickets to Three Times Four are $25 and can be purchased in-person, on the phone or online through the Performing Arts Center Box Office, 895-ARTS (2787). Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available.

On February 22nd, at 8 p.m., the UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes Hal Holbrook in a special performance of Mark Twain Tonight, arguably the most successful one-man production in the history of American Theatre. For 50 years, Holbrook has dazzled audiences with his candid portrayal of Mark Twain. Winner of the Tony and the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Holbrook has the uncanny ability to change and edit his Twain to fit the times. "I came to see a professional man of theater dress up and honor Mark Twain, and instead had to settle for the crotchety, cigar-smoking genuine article. By my count, the ornery fellow on stage was a spry 168. I never did get to see Mr. Holbrook," wrote John L. Smith, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. An Academy Award-nominee for 2007, Holbrook has appeared in dozens of movies and numerous television programs, in addition to his lengthy and varied career on the stage. Tickets to Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight are $25, $40, $55, and $75, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu. Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.50 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.

Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada's original performing arts venue, celebrating nearly 40 years of arts in Las Vegas. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances and is home to the Charles Vanda Master Series. At the UNLV PAC, Southern Nevadans can enjoy the arts nearly every day of the year. The Performing Arts Center is home to productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV and the UNLV music and dance departments, the Desert Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. The center also hosts more than 50,000 Clark County School District students yearly for productions, festivals, and concerts.

On a personal note, we are not as enamored with the $472 million downtown Smith Center Performing Arts Center as a lot of other community members. Since the opening of the facility in March of 2012, we have found a number of, what we would consider MAJOR, "flaws," not the least of which involves personnel who have no idea what the word "hospitality" means, and should not be inflicted on the public. On the other hand, we have to commend other Smith Center workers we have dealt with, who should be recognized for the fine job they do in making patrons feel comfortable and welcome. Among this group of people, doing (or who did before they left The Smith Center) a great job of representing the facility, are (in no particular order) Wayne Leslie, Security; Michael Tajeri, Director of Facilities; Maxine, Usher Services (volunteer); John Leong, Security; Sean Simon, Front of House Supervisor; Renee, Box Office; Jennifer Porter, former Front of House Supervisor; Darrin Worthy, House Manager at The Smith Center; Sara Thielman, Assistant House Manager; Thomas Hisey, Security; Basil Blake, former Security; and Robert Siegel (Security). Good job, folks.

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Reminders...
Mistinguett Productions presents Showgirl Follies' Sassy at the Starbright Theater in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, February 15th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 16th at 3 p.m. The iconic Las Vegas showgirl is quickly disappearing on stages around town, but not for producer, director and choreographer Mistinguett, who makes it her personal mission to keep the beauty, glamour and style of the Las Vegas production show alive and performing. The heart and soul of Las Vegas is best symbolized with the talent of the singers, dancers and, of course, the ladies who grace the stages and work the shows unique to Las Vegas. Still dancing and still fabulous are the feathered and jeweled performers of Showgirl Follies 2014 Sassy, featuring 14 cast members hosted by singer Mark Francis. The Starbright Theater is located 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.


Mark Francis

Claytee White

It's Helen Reddy weekend at The Orleans Showroom, with performances at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Australian American singer, actress, and activist is often referred to as the "Queen of 70s Pop." In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed fifteen singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman.". She placed 25 songs on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Fifteen made the Top 10 and eight reached No. 1, six consecutively. She was the first artist to win the coveted American Music Award for "Favorite Pop/Rock Female" artist. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three No. 1 hits in the same year. In television, she was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in over forty countries. Helen retired from live performance in 2002, and has practiced as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker. In 2011, Billboard named her the No. 28 AC artist of all time (No. 9 woman). In 2011, after singing "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" with her sister, Toni Lamond, for Toni's birthday, she decided to return to live performing. Her song "I Am Woman" played a large role in popular culture and became an anthem for second-wave feminism. She came to be known as a "feminist poster girl" or a "feminist icon". Tickets for Helen Reddy range from $ 44 to $66, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 565-7075 for reservations.

And, from Lisa Gioia-Acres, comes this reminder of Monday's upcoming Las Vegas Media Group get-together. Monday, February 17 (and President's Day) is the next meeting for the Las Vegas Media Group. Our speaker is the amazing Claytee White, director of the Oral Research Center at UNLV. Claytee will share the work she has been doing for the past decade in gathering the life and career histories (with the help of her terrific staff) of Nevadans. We continue to have high caliber speakers at our little gathering - don't you agree? Our March speaker is newly minted author, Andy Martello and I just got off the phone with Thalia Dondero, our hard-working speaker coordinator and we have another really special guest speaker in April. I won't name him/her until all is confirmed. There may well be a surprise guest or two at this Monday's meeting. I LOVE surprises! The location of the meeting is The Wedding Room at 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of Valley View. If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?) located and/or The Cellar, then you know where it is; Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. We have social hour from 11:15-11:30. The buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 and our speaker begins their talk at 12 noon. Cost of the lunch is $17. RSVP by sending an email to [email protected], or calling Lisa at (702) 245-9206.

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Bobby Caldwell

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bobby Caldwell, who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single, "What You Won't Do for Love," will perform in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station this weekend, with shows tomorrow, Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Like several other singers, such as Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera, Janis Ian and Daryl Hall, Caldwell has attained a great deal of popularity in Japan, where he has been nicknamed "Mister AOR" (Adult Oriented Rock). In 1992, he received the nation's equivalent of a Grammy as the "best international artist." Caldwell portrayed Frank Sinatra from October 1999 to January 2000 in David Cassidy and Don Reo's Las Vegas stage musical, The Rat Pack is Back, garnering positive reviews. His latest album is House of Cards, released in 2012. Caldwell resides in New Jersey on a horse farm with his wife, Mary, and their children. Tickets to see Bobby Caldwell are $29.50 to $51.50, plus taxes and fees. Call (800) 745-3000 for reservations.

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War Horse

As you probably already know, the Chinese are currently celebrating their New Year, with the Year of the Horse. It is probably just a coincidence, but in Las Vegas, on Thursday, February 27th at 7 p.m., National Theatre of Great Britian's War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, will be playing in select movie theaters around the city, directly from London's West End, in an extraordinary one-night event. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, the original stage production of War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. National Theatre's War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon in the United Kingdom to the trenches of First World War France. War Horse, the Tony Award-winning British epic about a young man and his beloved horse who are swept into the start of the first World War, will be screened in U.S. cinemas by Fathom Events. War Horse began performances in October 2007 at the National's Olivier Theatre where it continued in repertory for a sold-out run through March 2009. The production transferred to the West End's New London Theatre March 28, 2009, where it continues its run.

Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. The production incorporates a series of life-sized equestrian puppets, which have the capability of strikingly lifelike movement, and who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Each evocative creature, created by Handspring Puppet Company, is manipulated by an on-stage crew of three puppeteers who give life to a horse named Joey, as he grows from a skittish foal into a full-grown horse. In Southern Nevada, War Horse will be shown at the Orleans 18, Santa Fe Station 16, Century 16 South Point, Sam's Town 18, and Galaxy Cannery in North, Las Vegas theaters. Tickets prices are Fathom Child $13, Fathom Senior or Student $14, and Fathom Adult $15. No children under age 6 will be admitted to any R-rated feature after 6 p.m. Valid IDs will be required to attend Rated "R" movies. You must be at least 17 years of age, or have your parent accompany you, to view the movie. IDs will be checked at the theatre. Run time for War Horse is three hours (approximate), including one intermission. Don't miss your chance to experience this landmark production in a cinema near you.

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This evening, Windy Karigianes will be doing a special show with Joey Melotti at Toscana Italian Steakhouse 3900 Paradise Road, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and 8 to 9 p.m. Between Windy's performances, singer/entertainer Craig Canter will be performing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. If you aren't reading this too late, check out Toscana tonight.

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The Jacksons

The Jacksons - that would be Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito - open in RockTellz & CockTails next Thursday in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood. A high-energy, one-of-a-kind live show in Las Vegas, RockTellz & CockTails is comprised of a full-on concert, hit songs and intimate, personal stories with music's most celebrated and fascinating stars. Music icons and one of the highest-selling groups of all time, The Jacksons, will take audience members on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their historic lives and influential musical career.

Idols unlike any other pop group in music history, The Jacksons redefined, reinvented and reinvigorated popular music as we know it, with nine No. 1 hits, and 14 Top 10 hits, including "ABC," "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There," the latter being the group's most successful single to date. Incorporating their signature, sun-drenched harmonies and energetic stage presence with captivating stories in an intimate and interactive setting, RockTellz & CockTails Presents The Jacksons offers audiences the unique brand of soulful pop-funk and impeccable live performances that have made The Jacksons one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. Show times are at 9:30 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, until April 27th. Tickets range from $54 plus tax and fees, to a $400 Meet & Greet Package, that includes an intimate 30-minute pre-show meet and greet, an autographed commemorative program, a 5x7 souvenir photo and souvenir lanyard. Please note: Meet & Greet does not include a show ticket. Show tickets must be purchased separately. Call (800) 745-3000.

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Shirley Temple 1928-2014

Sid Caesar 1922-2014

The international entertainment community has taken quite a hit this week with the passing of Shirley Temple, Sid Caesar and Ralph Waite. Shirley Temple (Black) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics, becoming a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935-38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll. Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s, and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of corporations and organizations, including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods and the National Wildlife Federation. She began her diplomatic career in 1969, with an appointment to represent the United States at a session of the United Nations General Assembly. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star.

Temple was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She ranks 18th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time. Shirley Temple died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, California, on February 10th at the age of 85.

Although he had been acting on stage, in film and appearing in many guest roles on numerous television series since the 1950's, Ralph Waite was probably best known for this almost 10-year Emmy-nominated role as John Walton, the patriarch on The Waltons television series. He also directed a number of Waltons episodes. In movies, he appeared in Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces, and was cast as Third Mate Slater, in the much-honored Roots miniseries. Ralph Waite passed away in South Palm Desert, on Monday, February 13th, at the age of 85.

Sid Caesar (Isaac Sidney Caesar) was an American comic actor and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live television series, Your Show of Shows (responsible for bringing together the comedy team of Caesar, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Imogene Coca), and its successor, Caesar's Hour, which influenced generations of comedians. He also acted in movies; playing Coach Calhoun in Grease (1978) and its sequel, Grease 2 (1982). He also appeared in the films, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Silent Movie (1976), History of the World, Part I (1981), and Cannonball Run II (1984). Caesar was considered a "sketch comic" and actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedian. He also relied more on body language, accents, and facial contortions than simply dialogue. Unlike the slapstick comedy which was standard on TV, his style was considered "avant garde" in the 1950s. He conjured up ideas and scenes, and used writers to flesh out the concept and create the dialogue. Among the writers who wrote for Caesar early in their careers were Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Mel Tolkin, Michael Stewart, and Woody Allen. "Sid's was the show to which all comedy writers aspired. It was the place to be," said Steve Allen. Among his TV shows' subjects were satires about real life events and people, and parodies of popular film genres, theater, television shows and opera. But unlike other comedy shows at the time, the dialogue was considered sharper, funnier and more adult-oriented. He was "best known as one of the most intelligent and provocative innovators of television comedy," who some critics called "television's Charlie Chaplin," and the New York Times refers to as the "comedian of comedians from TV's early days." Honored in numerous ways over 60 years, he was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, winning twice. He was also a saxophonist and author of several books, including two autobiographies in which he described his career and later struggle to overcome years of alcoholism and addiction to barbiturates. Sid was married to Florence Levy from 1943 until her death in 2010. They had three children. Sid Caesar died in Beverly Hills on February 12th at the age of 91.


Ralph Waite 1928-2014

Billy Joel

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Tickets are on sale for Billy Joel's MGM Grand Garden Arena Concert, taking place on June 7th. Joel will mark his first solo headlining appearance at MGM Grand since 2009. Billy Joel is one of the top-grossing touring artists in the industry. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all-time, and the third best-selling solo artist, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. He has received countless awards over the course of his career including six GRAMMY Awards, highlighted by the prestigious GRAMMY Legend Award, and has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $199.50 (plus $16.70 handling fee), $149.50 (plus $13.45 handling fee), and $84.50 (plus $11.15 handling fee), and available at MGM Grand Box Offices, all ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Mariska Hargitay

Ray Stevens

Happy birthday wishes to Aquarians (Jan. 20-Feb. 19), Bill Maher, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen Michael Shearer, Mac Davis, Placido Domingo, Guy Fieri, Mariska Hargitay, Chita Rivera, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Anita Pointer, Yakov Smirnoff, Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Ray Stevens, Alicia Keys, Eddie Van Halen, Ellen DeGeneres, Anita Baker, Steve Wynn, Joey Fatone ('N Sync), Phyllis McGuire, Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), Alan Alda, Adam Lambert, Ann Jillian, Irlene Mandrell, Harold Prince, Phil Collins, Brett Butler, Carol Channing, Johnny Rotten, Justin Timberlake, Harry Wayne Casey (KC and The Sunshine Band), Don Everly, Lisa Marie Presley, Pauly Shore, Elaine Stritch, Tom Smothers, Graham Nash, Shakira, Adam Ferrera, Shelley Berman, Nathan Lane, David Brenner, Alice Cooper, Oscar De La Hoya, Florence LaRue (Fifth Dimension), Clint Black, Bobby Brown, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Natalie Cole, Fabian, Axl Rose, Garth Brooks, Miguel Ferrer, Chris Rock, John Williams, Robert Klein, Vince Neil, Sue Lowden, Carole King, Travis Tritt, Joe Pesci, Roberta Flack, Burt Reynolds, Catherine Hickland, Kelly Rowland, Aubrey O'Day, Frankie Moreno, Sergio Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, Chynna Phillips, Arsenio Hall, Carol Lynley, Peter Tork, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Springer, Raymond Teller (the quiet half of Penn & Teller), Melissa Manchester, Ice-T, Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers), James Ingram, Hal Holbrook, Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), Daniel Lawrence Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy), Paris Hilton, Dennis DeYoung (Stix), Juice Newton, Florence Henderson, Renee Fleming, Vanna White, Haylie Duff, Smokey Robinson, Seal, Wyntergrace Williams, Keith Thompson, Jim Seagrave, Terry Jenkins, Walter Mason, Doug Saleeby, Pietra Sardelli, Nino Frediani, Ariann Black, Irv Benson, Ashleigh Hackett, Nancy Lee Parker Andrews, Ron Andrews, Jim Semmelman, Cindy Raft, Eddie Foy III, Martin Nievera, Karen Ruivivar, Sean Grady, Dacoda Collins, Norm Johnson, Joey Zarzecki, Ben Stone, and his mom, Lin Stone.

And anniversary greetings go out to Jimmy and Sheri Hopper, and Harry and Piper Goldson.


Carol Lynley

Dame Edna

Here's a bit of (we hope) interesting trivia...From March 24, 1984 to March 1, 1989, Aquarian, Catherine Hickland, was married to David Hasselhoff, who played the starring role of Michael Knight in the television series Knight Rider. Hickland appeared in three episodes of Knight Rider. On June 27, 1992, the singer/actress/businesswoman married All My Children star Michael E. Knight who, oddly enough, shares his name with Hasselhoff's fictional character from Knight Rider. The couple were honored for their charitable work by the West End Intergenerational Residence in Manhattan in 1999. They divorced in 2006. In 2012, Hickland married Todd Fisher, the son of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. During the brief life of the Debbie Reynolds Hotel (from 1992 to 1998) on Convention Center Drive, now the Clarion, Todd ran the place). Catherine and Todd make their home in Las Vegas.


Catherine Hickland

Nik Mastrangelo

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Singing attorney, Nik Mastrangelo, reports, "We had a great night at the Tuscany last Sunday. Lots of familiar faces and new faces converged together to support our maiden voyage at the La Piazza Lounge. The band, which consisted of Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, Mike Mechem on drums and Steve Golden on reeds, cooked up some delicious sounds all night long. Martin Mancuso, with his high-energy alto sax, sat in and teamed up with Steve Golden on tenor on a great version of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." Martin and I also had great fun with Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin's "I Can't Get Started." We also had Alec Bart, a talented young product of the UNLV School of Jazz, sit in for a couple of numbers on keyboards. We look forward to having Alec back with us soon. Speaking of keyboard players, Yves Frulla, Celine Dion's keyboard player, stopped by with his lovely wife, Barbara, and promises to sit in with us in the near future. We also had a number of great singers lend their talents to the night, too numerous to mention here (not to mention that I'm afraid of leaving someone out). We hope you will stop by the La Piazza Lounge on Sundays. This week, we'll be featuring the wonderful music of Jimmy Van Heusen. You never know who you might see there." Also, Nik will be appearing on the radio show, Playing Favorites with Nate Tannenbaum, on KUNV 91.5, next Friday, February 21st, from 10 to 11 p.m. "Nate and I had a ball," says Mastrangelo. "Give a listen."

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This Monday, February 17th, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Rosanna Telford will "guest host" at the popular Tap House, backed up by the Tap House All Star Band - Ned Mills, Keith Neal, Steve Poncar, and Michael Tramontana. As usual, Mondays are open mic with nights, with special guest stars (including a certain ‘Neil Diamond' guy Rosanna fancies). Wednesday, February 19th, from 7 to 11 p.m., the sultry Latina Songstress does her last regular stint at the Italian American Club before missing three Wednesdays as she travels to Costa Rica. Miss Telford returns to her regular gig the Italian American Club on March 19th.


Rosanna Telford

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Following the successful fall 2013 debut of its free family drop-in programs, the Neon Museum's education department announces eight events scheduled for the winter/spring 2014 months. These events are designed to extend the museum's impact on the community by offering opportunities for families to enjoy time together in a culturally important, historic and creatively inspiring setting. For all events, children must be accompanied by an adult. On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 2 to 4 p.m. - Pop-Up Architecture: Paul Revere Williams in Las Vegas. During this program, children will create small (4-page) pop-up books featuring Las Vegas buildings designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams, designer of the La Concha Motel lobby which serves as the Neon Museum's visitor's center. This event is recommended for children in third through sixth grade. Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to noon - Aladdin's March Magic. Attendees will enjoy hearing the Aladdin story and participating in craft-making and magic-trick activities. This event is recommended for children in kindergarten through second grade. Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon - Orienteering in the Boneyard. Families will enjoy using compasses to participate in a maze-version scavenger hunt in the famous Neon Boneyard. This event is appropriate for people of all ages. Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Story Time. In partnership with the Las Vegas Library, children and their parents will enjoy hearing stories read aloud and making seasonal crafts. This event is recommended for preschool-aged children through first graders. Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Story Time. In partnership with the Las Vegas Library, children and their parents will enjoy hearing stories read aloud and making seasonal crafts. This event is recommended for preschool-aged children through first graders. Saturday, May 24, 2 to 4 p.m. - Drawing History in 3D. Children will learn how to draw their own 3D/anaglyph sign based on historic signs in the Neon Museum's collection and make their own 3D-viewing glasses. This event is suggested for kindergartners through sixth graders. Sunday, June 8, 8 to 10 p.m. - Movie Night. Featured film TBD. This event is appropriate for all ages. Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Story Time. In partnership with the Las Vegas Library, children and their parents will enjoy hearing stories read aloud and making seasonal crafts. This event is recommended for preschool-aged children through first graders. Unless otherwise noted, family drop-in events are free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for all programs is recommended and may be done by e-mailing to [email protected]. For additional information about these and other events at the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org, or call (702) 387-6366. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors' center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum's ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors' Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

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Nevada Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Reception will be held on Thursday, February 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. in Las Vegas. Dr. Craig T. Nakamura, MD, will give a medical and CFF research update. Appetizers and Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP by February 17th to Stephanie Kahle, at [email protected], or call (702) 383-8500. Important note on attendance for people with CF and their families: The health and well-being of people with cystic fibrosis is our top priority. Medical evidence shows that certain bacteria can be passed between individuals who have CF and can lead to worse symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To limit the serious risk of cross-infection between people with CF, only one person with CF may be invited to attend any indoor CF Foundation-sponsored event. Please note: People with CF and their families should be aware that individuals with CF might choose to attend Foundation events or meetings without notifying event organizers. We strongly discourage this; however, we cannot guarantee that only one person with CF will be present at any indoor Foundation event. Contact : Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Nevada Chapter, 7582 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste 474, Las Vegas, NV 89123. [email protected], http://www.cff.org/Chapters/nevada, www.cff.org.

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Table 8 Productions, in association with Off-Strip Productions, presents the madcap mashup, Anton Chekhov's Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead, written and directed by Troy Heard. The world premiere comedy has a limited run beginning next Friday, February 21st, at the Onyx Theatre in Commercial Center, and plays through March 9th. This production is made possible in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The peripatetic Madame Ranevskaya has returned to her ancestral Russian home following yet another farewell tour to find her life turned upside down. Instead of marrying off her nubile daughter Masha to the local scholar, she's boarding up windows and grabbing pistols to ward off the coming onslaught of resurrected zombie serfs. Questions abound: Will Gregorovitch Samsonovsky rescue the last two bottles of vodka? Will the elderly servant Anfisa finally be able to pour a decent cup of tea? And what IS that smell emanating from the barn? Only Pepito the Chihuahua knows for sure. "Chekhov's characters are essentially split into two groups: victims and survivors," says writer/director Heard. "They're either at the end of their ropes or trying to escape their circumstances. From The Seagull to Uncle Vanya, all these people with really long Russian names are trying to make it through their own personal hardships. That being said, it wasn't much of a stretch to imagine them existing in the world of The Walking Dead. I actually wrote the first draft a few years ago, but got sidetracked with other directing projects. For the hell of it, I pulled it out and applied for a Nevada Arts Council grant for a premiere production, never expecting them to give money to my crazy Russian Lit-slash- George Romero mash up. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when the grant came through." Performances of Anton Chekhov's Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead will be Thursdays through Saturdays, February 21st through March 9th, 8 p.m. shows, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, and available through The Onyx Box Office or on www.onyxtheatre.com. Performances will be at the Onyx Theatre, located at 953 E. Sahara Ave. #16 in Commercial Center, in Las Vegas. The Onyx Theatre is thrilled to be bringing Broadway to Las Vegas, and we are committed to provide high-quality entertainment at affordable ticket prices.

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Patricia Becker, Jan Jones Blackhurst & Elaine Wynn

On Wednesday, February 19th, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host "Women in Gaming" in its historic courtroom. Part of the Museum's ongoing Courtroom Conversation educational programming series, the event will take place at 7 p.m., and feature a panel discussion among three of the top women in the global gaming industry: Patricia Becker, president, Patricia Becker & Associates and former executive director, UNLV's International Gaming Institute as well as first and only woman to be appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board; Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president, communications and government relations, Caesars Entertainment; and Elaine Wynn, director, Wynn Resorts, and president, Nevada State Board of Education. Moderating the discussion will be Marybel Batjer, secretary, California Government Operations and past vice president, public policy, Caesars Entertainment. Community partners helping present the event include Global Gaming Women and the Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN). In addition, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Lied Library Special Collections will display archival material relevant to the topic and Vegas PBS will record the event for future broadcast consideration. These women will come together for one evening at The Mob Museum to discuss the world of gaming from their own unique perspectives. Sure to be among the topics that evening: the highs and lows, challenges and successes of operating as prominent figures in a largely male-dominated gaming industry. Seating for this once-in-a-lifetime event is extremely limited. VIP tickets are $250; preferred seating tickets are $125 and include a private reception prior to the event. General admission entry is $40. Dessert and refreshments will be available following the event for all attendees. To make reservations, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit http://themobmuseum.org/archives/category/events/. The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob's impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of "20 Places Every American Should See" by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, "Las Vegas' Best New Attractions for 2012" by Travel + Leisure magazine, "9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas" by CNNgo, a finalist for the "Best Wider World Project Award," by the British Guild of Travel Writers and "Best Museum" by Nevada Magazine. 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.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.


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