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Las Vegas - February 28, 2014


Celebrate Mardi Gras Vegas at Springs Preserve, from 4 to 8 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, March 1st. Laissez les bons temps rouler ("let the good times roll"), as they celebrate Cajun and Creole cuisine, music and culture at the inaugural Mardi Gras Vegas! Featuring live music from local Dixieland jazz band, Mardi Gras Mambo, food from local Southern eateries, a beer garden and specialty drinks for the adults, and activities including kids' crafts, fortune tellers and palm readers. The family-friendly Mardi Gras Vegas will bring the tastes and sounds of the Louisiana bayou and the colors and fun of Mardi Gras to the heart of the Southern Nevada desert. Admission is from $5 for children, to $9 for adults. Note: All sales in the beer garden will be cash-only. Mardi Gras Vegas is supported by the generous contributions of sponsor Tommy Hilfiger. Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd., off Alta, west of the Strip. Phone (702) 822-7700 for more information.


Creole Stomp

Later in the day, plan to enjoy the best of Louisiana music at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. Tickets for a 7 p.m. Mardi Gras celebration with Creole Stomp are priced at $10 in advance and $15 on event day. Purchase tickets early to receive a complimentary Mardi Gras mask and beads. Festive Creole food, such as beignets, jambalaya, hot links and a cash bar, will be available for purchase and provided by At Your Service catering. The program is presented by the city of Las Vegas. A favorite on the Cajun-Zydeco dance circuit, Creole Stomp is noted for its exciting two-steps, waltzes, and hard-driving rhythms. If you are longing to experience the exceptional music of Louisiana, from swamp pop to blues, this is the Mardi Gras party for you. The band members, Dennis Stroughmatt (lead vocals, fiddle, accordion), Rob Krumm (vocals, bass, scrub board), Jon Watson (drums), Robert Russell (vocals, lead guitar) and Bob Case (steel guitar), will leave you breathless. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! For additional information on Creole Stomp, please visit www.creolestomp.com/. For tickets, call (702) 229-6383, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

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Judy's Kids - Joey Luft, Lorna Luft & Liza Minnelli

Producers of the 86th Academy Awards announced that Pink will appear on the Oscar show. The Grammy-winning singer joins a lineup of musicians set to include U2, Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler, rocker Karen O and Broadway star, Idina Menzel. Judy Garland's three children - Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft - will also appear at the Oscars on Sunday for a 75th anniversary tribute to Garland's 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Liza has performed on the Oscars a number of times. In 1970, she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Pookie Adams in The Sterile Cuckoo, and in 1973, she won the Best Actress award for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Lorna was one of producer Allan Carr's initial choices to appear as Snow White in the infamous opening number at the Oscars in 1989, but she turned down the offer. Instead, the role was played by actress Eileen Bowman. Although she never appeared in the long running San Francisco production of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, Bowman was a cast member of the Las Vegas version that played at the Sands in 1988. By the way, before he became Artistic Director for BBB, the multi-talented Kenny Mazlow was a Las Vegas performer, appearing as a principal singer in Ice Fantasy at the Hacienda (now but a memory, buried under Mandalay Bay), a singer/dancer in the Stardust's production of Lido de Paris, and a comedy actor/singer in the Vegas version of BBB.


Oscars Snow White - Rob Lowe & Eileen Bowman

Kenny Mazlow

Among the Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role is Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street. We are not going to list all the nominees and nominations, other than Mr. DiCaprio. The only reason we are mentioning Leo, is to have n excuse to use his recent portrait, created by Las Vegas resident, artiste extraordinaire, Martin Kreloff. And why? Because we think Mr. Kreloff is a too little acknowledged and appreciated member of our community...and because we can!


Leonardo DiCaprio by Martin Kreloff

Lou DeMeis & Bottoms Up! 2014 Beauties

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If you would like to see a sneak preview of a new (with old, established roots) musical comedy revue, you have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday afternoon, March 5th. Using the format of Breck Wall's long running Bottoms Up, the updated version features the talents of Jimmy Emerson, Vita Corimbi, Lou DeMeis and David Iannici, plus five gorgeously costumed, beautiful showgirl dancers. Showtime is at 2 p.m., in the 300-seat Tommy Wind Theatre, located at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. So. (that would be on the world famous Strip), just north of the MGM Grand, behind Fat Burger, across from the Monte Carlo. Bottoms Up will be followed at 3:30 p.m., with a peek at the Award-Winning Huntsman Branson-Style Family show, Keepin' it Country. With some of the best singers to grace a Vegas stage, this talented family is just what Las Vegas ordered to keep you singing and dancing in the aisles. Both shows will be filmed to use as selling tools for future bookings, so audience members need to cheer, sing and laugh at all the right times and in all the right places! There is no admission charge, but, as seating is limited, you must RSVP to [email protected]. There will be a cash bar available.

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The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
St. Baldrick's head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen, and have grown from one event in 2000 to more than a thousand, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place around the country, in pubs, restaurants, schools, parks, churches, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine. Tomorrow, for the eighth consecutive year, Las Vegans will once again participate. Hundreds of people, some with familiar heads and faces, as well as the unfamiliar, women included, will take it off, as the shavee or the shaver, for a most worthy cause. So, if your friend suddenly turns up bald after this weekend, give them a great big thank you for their generosity and community spirit. Among the Vegas locations where the professional and amateur barbers will be doing their handiwork are McMullan's Irish Pub near the Orleans, Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay, Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York and Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. It all starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow, and finishes up at 2 p.m. on Sunday.


John Katsilometes for St. Baldrick's 2013

Christopher Lash

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As we mentioned last week, on Wednesday, March 5th, PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts present The Composers Showcase in the Cabaret Jazz club in the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Show begins at 10:30 p.m. (after theater), with doors opening at 9:30. Tickets are $20 at the Smith Center Box Office, call (702) 749-2000 for reservations, or go online at ww.thesmithcenter.com

Cash Bar/Late Night Menu Available. This is going to be a great one, with some brand new composers and performance groups, along with some showcase favorites. March Composers are Michael Brennan, Alfred Johnson, Marisa Johnson, Mundo Juillerat, Christopher Lash, Richard Oberacker, Sami Saula, Fred Schreuders, Keith Thompson (who also hosts the late night festivities), Geoffrey Tozer and Mark Wherry. Performers include Megan Arnoldy, Noybel Gorgoy, Kristen Hertzenberg, Michelle Johnson and Niki Scalera. Players are Gary Cordell, Brian Czach, Chris Davis, Gabriel S. Falcon, Joel Ferguson, Steve Flora, Kim Glennie, Jennifer Grim, Lionel Hamel, Dave Hart, Dave Inamine, Phil Kismartoni, DeAnn Letourneau (replacing violinist Rebecca Ramsey, who broke her arm), John Miceli, Daniel Nunez, Eric Scribner, Joey Singer, Andy Smith, Kevin Stout, Rob Taylor, Eric Tewalt, Geri Thompson, Adrianna Thurber, Moonlight Tran and Marlow Valentin. Adam Knaff, who was previously announced, is ill and will not be in the show. Yes, the show is sold out, but there will probably be some tickets available at the door (last minute things), and they have started a waiting list. Can't wait!


Dr. Mark Wherry

Brian Czach

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If you were planning on attending any of the shows at the Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre in the next couple of weeks, a call to the facility is in order. On Tuesday, we received a note from pianist Spencer Baker. There was a water break at the theater on Monday night. Spencer's Sunday Keyboard Artistry concert has been officially cancelled until they get it fixed. Word is that the Starbright theater may be closed for some time. Pre-paid tickets will be refunded by the Starbright, and Spencer's performance will be rescheduled for a future date.

Baker is a Liberace scholar and Steinway Collegiate award-winning artist, and is currently the musical director for the Nevada Ballet Theater at the Smith Center and the Green Valley Presbyterian Church. When a new date has been determined for Spencer Baker's makeup concert, we will post it here.


Moonlight Tran

Spencer Baker

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On February 8th, singer/songwriter David Pomeranz played the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City. Pomeranz's songs and recordings have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, earning him a total of 18 Gold and 22 Platinum records.

Hailed by Billboard magazine as "...one of our finer voices," David has recorded nine solo albums including, It's In Every One Of Us, The Truth Of Us (co-produced with Paul Simon's producer, Roy Halee), Time To Fly (featuring Jazz greats, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, and Jan Hammer), On This Day, and Born For You - His Best And More, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in the Philippines alone, making it the largest-selling international pop album in the history of that country. His latest CD release, You're The Inspiration, containing David's versions of some of the most beloved pop songs of all time, was released in February of 2013. In 1975, Barry Manilow recorded David's "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again," originally written for The Carpenters). Barry's version became David's first No. 1 hit. In 1980, Manilow struck gold again with his version of "The Old Songs" (co-written by David and songwriting legend Buddy Kaye). which swiftly became David's second chart-topping single. Many artists have recorded Pomeranz-penned tunes, among them Bette Midler, Lea Salonga, Phoebe Snow, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Isaac Hayes, Richard Harris, and Mel Brooks. David is a major star in the Philippines. Last year, he became the first international, non-Filipino artist in history to receive a star on Manila's Celebrity Walk Of Fame. On Valentine's Day, David performed a special concert in Phoenix. Mr. Pomeranz has performed a few times (TOO few, in our opinion) in Las Vegas, at the now closed private Stirling Club, the Saxe Theatre at Planet Hollywood, and The Orleans Showroom. It's been a while. We think he should be brought back to do his one-man-show, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin. If you can find it (good luck!), the soundtrack of Little Tramp the Musical is available on CD.

Accompanying photo of David Pomeranz by Stephen Sorokoff.


David Pomeranz by Stephen Sorokoff

George Gershwin

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Nik Mastrangelo and the guys will be celebrating the incomparable music of George and Ira Gershwin, this Sunday in the La Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany hotel. Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik will be performing from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in, what Mastrangelo calls, "the coolest room in town." It wouldn't be surprising if they had some special guests show up in the La Piazza. The Tuscany Hotel is located at 255 E Flamingo Rd, just east of the famed Las Vegas Strip.

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Master surreal portrait artist Jota Leal will make an exclusive visit and meet-and-greet at the Art encounter™ gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, this weekend, through Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. Leal's work is highly-stylized and completely identifiable. He paints the inner soul of his subjects and manifests it as their outer persona. His famous portraits cover many notable subject areas: movies, music, art and literature, politics and history, Wild West and sports. Walking by the art gallery, his famous faces, such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Clint Eastwood and Al Pacino, instantly reach out and grab you. "This is a return visit for Jota (pronounced Hota) whose work sparks constant conversation and interaction," said gallery owner, Rod Maly. "He is truly a master of exaggeration and entrancing imagery." Jota began drawing and painting at a very young age, and never studied fine art. He always wanted to paint people especially their faces. Jota was the second of three brothers and his parents worked in the oil fields in Venezuela. Jota studied electrical engineering and graduated with honors, but it didn't take long for his circuits to become lines, numbers to become colors, and brushes to replace the sweep of physics theories. Now the 37-year-old artist paints all the time. In Venezuela, he received the Caricaturist of the Year Award for 2003. His art follows the grand tradition of the great portrait painters of the past, as well as the more recent caricature masters. His sense of humor shows the delicate whimsy of a Max Beerbohn or Al Hirschfeld, but with a more fully rendered painting style. Jota executes his stand-alone style with pencil on paper, acrylic on board, and acrylic on canvas, to achieve his amazing images. His originals are now being added to major collections in the United States. Art encounter, located in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, has regular mall hours, opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. For information, call (702) 733-2000, or visit http://www.artencounter.com/.

Art encounter has been serving Las Vegas since 1992 and was a past winner of the reader's choice as the Las Vegas Review Journal's Best Gallery.


Jack Nicholson by Jota Leal

Claire Lynch & Band

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International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch, and her band, will perform Saturday, March 8th, in downtown Las Vegas at the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St. A two-time Grammy Award-nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and 2010 as well, Lynch has long been at the forefront of bluegrass singing and songwriting. Her acoustic ensemble delivers a high-energy performance with hard-driving bluegrass, swing and Southern Appalachian clog dancing, as well as tender country ballads. Before she formed her own band in 2005, Lynch led the Front Porch String Band and sang background vocals for a host of country and bluegrass stars. Joining Lynch will be two-time IBMA Award-winning bassist/claw-hammer banjo player/dancer/ percussionist, Mark Schatz; soulful mandolinist/guitarist, Matt Wingate; and young string wizard, Bryan McDowell. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert, priced at $10 in advance and $15 on event day, may be purchased online at artslasvegas.org, or by calling (702) 229-3515. For more information on Lynch and her band, visit www.clairelynch.com. The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas.

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Shades of Sinatra will be coming to Sun City Anthem to perform their award-winning show at Freedom Hall Theater, 2460 Hampton Rd. in Henderson, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9th. Recently awarded the Excellence in Entertainment Award for Tribute Show of the Year, Shades of Sinatra is an original musical production celebrating the extensive music and career of Frank Sinatra. Featuring more than 30 of the legendary singer's biggest hits, this show pays tribute to most of the signature Sinatra tunes one would expect, as well as several that may be new to casual fans. Shades cast members - Carmine Mandia, Lisa Smith, Ryan Baker and Larry Liso (Bruce Hammond will be filling in for Mr. Liso at the Sun City Anthem show) - create unique characters that celebrate the iconic performer in their own ways, often drawing on experiences from their individual lives. In between songs and poignant stories, there is plenty of zany humor and good-natured ribbing among the cast, creating the vintage, off-the-cuff Vegas show atmosphere that is associated with Ol' Blue Eyes himself. Early-bird tickets, purchased before March 2nd, are only $12. After March 2nd, tickets are $15. Must be 18 or older to attend. In addition to this special event on March 9th, Shades of Sinatra performs every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel & Casino (formerly The Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino and Greek Isles). Purchase tickets at the Clarion box office, 305 Convention Center Drive, or online at www.WolfTheaterLasVegas.com, or by calling (702) 990-1524. For more on Shades of Sinatra, WWW.SHADESLASVEGAS.COM.


Shades of Sinatra

Leigh Zimmerman

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Leigh Zimmerman will join the cast of Relative Values next month for the hit comedy's forthcoming run at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre in Westminster, England. The actress took home one of London Theatre's most prestigious accolades at the Olivier Awards with MasterCard last year, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, after entertaining audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of Sheila in the revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. Well known for her musical theater roles, the actress has previously appeared in the West End in productions including Chicago and The Producers. She will take on the role of Miranda Frayle in Noël Coward's play about the uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy, with previews beginning on March 19th, and opening night on April 14th. Leigh joins the previously announced Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner and Ben Mansfield, all of whom revive their roles in the production after appearing in the comedy at the Theatre Royal Bath. Also returning to their roles are Steven Pacey (Charley's Aunt, Menier Chocolate Factory), Timothy Kightley (Arcadia, National Theatre), Rebecca Birch (Pygmalion, West End), Amanda Boxer and Sam Hoare. Relative Values charts the story of a young earl whose announcement about his future marriage to a Hollywood actress throws the household into chaos when the family discovers that the starlet's sister is none other than the earl's mother's maid. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the production will open following the limited run of Simon Callow's one-man show, Being Shakespeare, which plays until March 15th. Relative Values plays until June 21st. The number for the Harold Pinter Theatre Box Office is 0844 871 7622. If you happen to be in the neighborhood. Leigh Zimmerman and her talented hubby, Domenick Allen and daughter, Cayleigh Capaldi, have a home in Las Vegas.

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Jerry Halliday & Co-Stars

For one night only, Saturday, March 1st, from 7 to 9 p.m., Las Vegas comes to Pahrump. Bob & Patti and Co. are producing the Silver State All-Star Revue, a variety show with five extraordinary Las Vegas headline acts, volunteering their performances to benefit Nevada Outreach Training Organization/No To Abuse and the Nye County Child Advocacy Center.

Headlining in the Silver State All-Star Revue are Murray SawChuck, Chris Pendleton, Dangerous Curves (Lisa Smith, Karen Michaels, and Margaret Menzies), Jerry Halliday and Dave Hoover. The host of the Silver State All-Star Revue, direct from his nightly show at the New Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is Internationally acclaimed award-winning magician, Murray SawChuck, who dazzled the judges and 22 million people as a finalist on America's Got Talent, and currently appears on The History Channel's No.1 rated series, Pawn Stars. Comedienne Chris Pendleton has appeared on FOX's Comic Strip Live, SHOWTIME Comedy Club Network, A&E's An Evening At The Improv and Comedy On The Road, Lifetime's Girls' Night Out and more. In addition, she regularly headlines at performing arts venues and comedy clubs throughout the United States. Dangerous Curves, one of Las Vegas' most critically acclaimed female trios known for their spectacular blend of powerhouse vocals, tight harmonies and eclectic mix of music styles. The trio has performed at The Flamingo, The Four Seasons, The Orleans, and Treasure Island, and is named one of the BEST Female Cabaret Artists Appearing in Los Angeles by BroadwayWorld.com. Comedian Puppeteer Jerry Halliday performs in comedy clubs, cruise lines, and casinos including the Rio, the Riviera, Bally's and Harrah's in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City. A world-class puppet designer, Jerry actually makes his own puppets and brings them to life with impressive artistry. Dave Hoover as Elvis. Dave is the longest running Elvis Tribute Artist to play the Cannery in Las Vegas, seven years and running, and is now appearing nightly at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood in "All Shook Up, Tribute to the King". He's been seen at the Crazy Horse, Whiskey Pete's, the Riviera, Hacienda, Golden Nugget and more. Lighting for the show is provided by Earth Water Sky, staging by SGA, both from Las Vegas, and sound by Dragon Cloud Dojo in Pahrump. They have more than $15,000 in goods and services donated for this Saturday evening show, including the talent of the entertainers. five headline acts, sound, staging and lights. This is going to be an a-ma-zing show. Everyone involved, including the stage crew, are volunteers. This means all proceeds will go directly to No To Abuse. About the Cook-off and Show - The Silver State Chili Cook-off is a three day, family friendly fundraiser. The purpose is to raise funds to continue education programs and services for men, women, and children who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault crimes. They are also raising funds to build a shelter for at risk victims of domestic violence in Nye County. Incidentally, for anyone making the trek over the hump to Pahrump, the Silver State Chili cook-off is on Saturday, March 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With an officially sanctioned ICS (International Chili Society) competition and a Community Cook-off, along with a Classic Car Show, Vendors, Live Entertainment, Raffles (a tempurpedic mattress is among the prizes) and more, there are good reasons to make the trip. Two wineries in Pahrump will be offering free tastings and tours. The event will take place at the Nevada Treasure Ballroom, 301 W. Leslie St., in Pahrump, Nevada (7 miles north of Highway 372, on Highway 160). Tickets are available at $50, $35 and $20, with light appetizers and a no-host bar available. To purchase tickets, and for directions, contact Ron Frasier at (775) 727-3665. We have been asked by Patti Diamond, Editor-in-Chief of Pahrump Life Magazine, to "Please badger your readers, friends and family into buying tickets. Show no mercy! I don't need to tell you how important it is to this community that we have programs like this in place. We need help to make it happen." Consider yourselves badgered!

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It's Big Band Music with the Memphis Knights at the Germantown Great Hall, Monday, March 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m. Former Las Vegan, Doug Saleeby, of Hudson & Saleeby fame, and Ms. TJ Graham, will be singing with the If you are in the area, come dance and listen to the great American Classics! Also, it's the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday nights at Alfred's on Beale Street with MJO big band. Mr. Saleeby is often a guest singer at those events as well. Saleeby and Chris Hudson were a popular musical duo around Las Vegas, from the mid-1970s, until 1982, when they moved to Tennessee to be the house entertainment in Wink Martindale's restaurant/club.

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV presents the reimagined classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine in Eurydice, March 6th to 9th in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Laura Gordon directs. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Gordon has been a member of Milwaukee Repertory Theater' Resident Acting Company since 1993, performing in many productions including: Death of a Salesman, The Lady With All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, Doubt, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mary Stuart, Copenhagen and Twelfth Night. Ms. Gordon's directing projects include: Going To St. Ives for Forward Theatre; The Crucible and Old Times for American Players Theatre; Well for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Skin Tight for Renaissance Theaterworks and Speaking In Tongues, Laurel and Hardy, Almost, Maine and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda at The Rep. Gordon was named a 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. The Eurydice cast includes Stefanie Resnick as Eurydice; Ryan Dougherty as Orpheus; Equity actor Brian Mani as Father; Stephon Pettway as Interesting Man/Lord; Galina Vasileva as Big Stone; Kayla Gaar as Little Stone; and Kelly Hawes as Loud Stone. The production and design team includes scenic designer Ian Mangum, lighting designer Josh Lentner, costume designer Jennifer Van Buskirk, sound designer Amanda L. Mayfield, technical director Megan Morey; production stage manager Kelli Howard, and properties master Jade Cagalawan. Show times are at 8 p.m. on March 6th, 7th and 8th, with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 8th and 9th. Tickets are $20 and $30, with 10 percent off for children under 18. For tickets or additional information, visit pac.unlv.edu, or call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre (RTD) in Elements on Saturday, March 8th. Elements is a dance program that defines earth, air, fire, and water. The performance, which starts at 8 p.m., also features UNLV department of dance students. "A real goal is to provide our students with significant professional experience and the ability to function as an artist in the world of dance," said Louis Kavouras, chair of the UNLV department of dance. "We are so delighted that UNLV dance majors have been given the opportunity to be in residence with this respected professional and historic company. It's an opportunity that potentially could change lives." Founded in Salt Lake City nearly 50 years ago, RDT is committed to the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of modern dance. This versatile and flexible national touring company has been seen in more than 300 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. RDT has performed for diverse audiences from Bicknell, Utah to Vienna, Austria, in school rooms and opera houses, from gymnasiums to the Kennedy Center. As ambassadors for Utah, RDT proudly represents its community and its art form throughout the world. Tickets to Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre's performance of Elements are $15-$30, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, at (702) 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.

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March Happenings at Boyd Properties

March is a big month at Southern Nevada's Boyd Gaming properties. They will be celebrating March Madness, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day with special events and promotions, all month long. Tuesday, March 4th, celebrate Mardi Gras at The Orleans, where "The Good Times Roll"! On the hour, from 2 to 8 p.m., Mardi Gras girls will parade through the casino, handing out beads and T-shirts to guests, and stopping at the Party Pit for a photo opportunity after each parade ends. Earn just 20 slot points (or buy-in for $20 in the Party Pit), and you'll receive a free Hurricane Cocktail drink in a souvenir cup. All-day point multipliers will be offered as well, with 11x points on reels and 7x points on video poker. On St. Patrick's Day (Monday, March 17), experience the Luck of the Irish at Brendan's Irish Pub when Machine Gun Kelly's and Killian's Angels perform starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy $3 Jameson, Amsterdam Vodka and Camarena Tequila shots at the bar, while you hang out with the Jameson Girls. And throughout The Orleans, players can take home a free bottle of Jameson Irish Whisky after earning 300 points - just swipe at a B Connected Kiosk, then present your voucher at the B Connected club between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 17th. March Hoopla hits The Orleans from March 20th to 23rd, when guests can check out all-day basketball action on more than 200 flat-screen TVs throughout the casino. Snack on a $1.50 Vienna Beef hot dog, or enjoy a $2 well drink at any casino bar. Special viewing parties will be held each day in the Mardi Gras Ballroom, Brendan's Irish Pub and Bourbon Street Lounge. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day and entrance is free. Cap off the month with the Horse Player World Series handicapping tournament March 27th through 29th. Entry fee is $1,000, with a $252,000 first place prize and more than $600,000 in cash prizes! The Orleans Hotel & Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana in Las Vegas. Phone (702) 365-7111. At the Gold Coast, get in the game with March Hoopla on March 20th through 23rd. Catch all of the action on plasma TVs throughout the casino, or go to the Arizona Ballroom for live betting stations, food and drink specials and prize giveaways. Entrance to the Arizona Ballroom viewing party is free and doors open at 9 a.m. daily. The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is at 4000 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. Phone (702) 367-7111. At Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall 5111 Boulder Highway in Las Vegas, point multipliers are hot in March - get 4x all points on Sunday, Monday and Thursday, or get 20x points on all Buffalo penny machines on Mondays! Finish out the week with Big Spin Hot Seats on Fridays and Saturdays. Three slot and table players will be randomly selected every 30 minutes from 3 to 7:30 p.m. to take a spin on the big wheel for a cash prize ranging from $100 to $1,000. Best of all, you can win more than once! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Willy & Jose's Cantina will begin offering a refreshing Cucumber-Cilantro Margarita on March 14. Cool cucumber slices, fresh cilantro, silver tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice make this drink a festively green delight to the taste buds! This is the first in a series of Margaritas of the Month, and will be available until March 31. A new margarita will debut on April 1 (no foolin')! Call (702) 456-7777. Downtown Las Vegas is the place to be for St. Patrick's Day, when the Fremont, California and Main Street Station will all participate in the St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fremont Street Experience Pub Crawl, March 14th through 17th. Guests with wristbands will be eligible for specials at the casino bars, including $3 Jameson shots! The Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station will also offer a $5.95 beer sampler and a free first fill on any Growler purchased at the gift shop. Guests must show wristband to receive these specials. Get your game on for March Hoopla! At the Fremont, catch viewing parties on March 20th through 23rd, and at Dave's Bar at the California on March 18th and 19th. At the Jokers Wild Casino, 920 North Boulder Highway in Henderson, Multiple This...! Wheel of Slot Dollars Giveaway comes to Jokers Wild on Saturdays in March. Hot Seat drawings will be held at 4:30 and 9:30 p.m., with two winners for each drawing. First, spin for slot dollars - then spin for a chance to multiply your win! On St. Patrick's Day, visit the Court Café for traditional Irish fare - Corned Beef & Cabbage with soup and salad bar - for only $7.99, from 11 a.m. to closing at 9 p.m. At the Eldorado Casino, 140 South Water Street in Henderson, Saturdays are for the Fabulous $50 Slot Dollar Giveaway! From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 50 hot seat winners will be randomly selected on Saturdays to win $50 in slot dollars. Get the pot of gold with $5 Rainbow packs during our 1 p.m. bingo sessions, Sunday through Thursday! Plus, stop in for your free dauber on St. Patrick's Day! Additionally, Wednesdays, guests who earn 300 base points will get a free rainbow Bingo. Guests can earn up to 3 free Rainbows each Wednesday in March. Mary's Diner, which opens at 7 a.m., will serve Irish favorite Corned Beef & Cabbage with soup and salad bar for only $7.99, from 11 a.m. to closing at 9 p.m., on St. Patrick's Day.

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Windy Karigianes reports that she will be singing at The Barrymore, tomorrow, Saturday March 1st, and 8th, from 7 to 10 p.m., accompanied by Joey Melotti and special guests. The Barrymore is located at 99 Convention Center Drive. The songstress will be back at The

Dispensary Lounge, March 14th and 29th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Windy will be accompanied by Joey Melotti on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, and Adam Shendal on drums. The Dispensary is at 2451 East Tropicana, in the strip center on the southeast corner of Tropicana and Eastern.



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