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Note: This is a past column from March 21, 2014
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Las Vegas - March 21, 2014


Happy Birthday Marty Allen

Matthew Gray Gubler by Martin Kreloff

Veteran, and venerable, comic, Marty Allen, will turn 92 on Sunday. Last Saturday, he had an early party at the Westside Bagel Café. A few of Marty's closest friends, plus the patrons in the deli, sang the appropriate song while presenting him with a not-so-appropriate Birthday Fish (a smoked white one at that), complete with candle (see accompanying photo). A good time was had by all. So, how will Marty be celebrating his birthday week? Definitely not by taking it easy, as that's not his style. And certainly not by resting on his historic showbiz laurels. On the contrary. Marty and his musical bride, Karon Kate Blackwell, will be filling in for funnyman Louie Anderson in the showroom at the downtown Plaza, from Thursday March 27th, through Saturday the 29th. Marty Allen has no intention of retiring. In addition to a full 12-month-per-year work schedule, he still runs on a treadmill for 30 minutes every afternoon (even after hip replacement surgery in 2011). "I feel like the Energizer Bunny," says Allen. "I just keep going. Quite simply, I enjoy it. I can't stop. People ask me where I get the energy. I tell them that I am on the pill. They believe me and want to know where to buy the pill for themselves." The Plaza shows are at 7 p.m. Join the party as Marty and Karon celebrate the clown's 92nd birthday. Call (702) 386-2507 for reservations.

And speaking of birthdays, when we ran our list of birthday celebrants in last Friday's column, we didn't have access to the portrait of Matthew Gray Gubler, who turned 34 on March 9th. We have the photo now, so we are running it in today's column. Those who are regular Claire Voyant readers know that we are great admirers of pop artist Martin Kreloff, both for his talent and the fact that he is one terrific human being. It is Kreloff who created the portrait of Mr. Gubler. Many people know that Matthew is one of the stars of the TV series, Criminal Minds. What they may not know is that he has deep Las Vegas roots. The actor, director, painter, photographer, and former fashion model for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and American Eagle), was born in Las Vegas, the son of Marilyn Kelch Gubler, a rancher and political consultant, and John Gubler, an attorney. Matthew is a graduate of the award-winning Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, where he majored in acting, because the school did not offer his first choice, film making. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in film directing, and also attended University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Jeff Ray 1970-2014

Friends will gather in Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sunday, March 23rd, from 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the much too brief life of Jeff Ray. Jeff, a highly accomplished and respected guitarist, was only 42 when he died in a tragic accident on January 18th. A member of the Jersey Boys band at the Paris Las Vegas, Jeff was killed when he was hit by a commuter train near Seattle. He will be celebrated in an afternoon of tributes, memories and music, organized by Ray's close friends, Jason Tanzer, and Jersey Boys musical director, Keith Thompson, and presented by people from the Las Vegas entertainment community, including artists Cindy Lora-Renard, Michelle Johnson, Vita Corimbi, Joshua Adams, Skye Dee Miles, Penthouse Suite, and Elyse Branch, a member of Bella Electric Strings, among others. Admission is free. A cash bar will be available. If you are on Facebook, please search for the "event" (Celebration of Jeff Ray) and RSVP so the Hard Rock can get an approximate count of how many guests to expect. If you are NOT on Facebook, but wish to attend, please respond by e-mail to [email protected] and you will be added to the list. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is at 4455 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. Those wishing to honor Ray's memory are being encouraged to donate to MusicCares, the Grammy Awards organization supporting artists who are suffering critical need.

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Spring 2014

Spring has sprung (it happened yesterday)...and nowhere is it more evident, or more beautiful, than at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Catch Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb daily in the Conservatory between the hours of 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. as they provide tips and answer questions about the gardens. Guests can enjoy live musical performances daily from 5 to 6 p.m., in the South Garden. Brilliance abounds inside the breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory - quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world. Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. Specially designed lighting spotlights every flower to accentuate its best features. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Treat yourself to this unrivaled attraction's ever changing personality for the Holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall! The Spring display features more than 8,200 colorful flowers and floral creations and 800 live imported butterflies. We defy anyone who sees this spectacular setting not to be impressed. It's open to the public. It's free. You can visit this most impressive exhibit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through May 11th. So? What's stopping you?

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Johnny Mathis

Steve Tyrell

Who came up with this idea? The Smith Center will be bringing topnotch vocalists, Johnny Mathis and Steve Tyrell, into their Performing Arts facility in May. Great news if you are a lover of romantic ballads and selections from the Great American Songbook. Mathis, who is currently celebrating his 58th year in the music business, has recorded more than 80 albums and had 50 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts. During his Smith Center engagement, the legendary singer will, more than likely, sing many of his hits and personal favorites, including "Wonderful! Wonderful!" "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are," "The Twelfth Of Never," "Misty," and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." Steve Tyrell is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist who in his four and a half decades in the music business has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences, Tyrell has reinvented and re-popularized classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. It's Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn (the name of his Smith Center show, as well as his latest album) features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. The performance will feature many of Sammy Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible," "Teach Me Tonight," "The Tender Trap," "Ain't that A Kick in the Head," and "All the Way." So what is the downside to this news? Both Mathis and Tyrell will be performing at the Smith Center on the same weekend. In fact, on Friday, May 30th, they will be singing at the same time - Mathis in Reynolds Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m., and Tyrell in the Cabaret Jazz club beginning at 7 p.m. Why would they pit two performers, who would basically attract the same audience, against each other? The somewhat good news, is that Steve Tyrell will also be performing at the Smith Center on Saturday, May 31st. If you want to see both of these gentlemen, perhaps you can spend Friday night in a downtown hotel, or in your vehicle in a parking space at the Smith Center. Ticket prices for Johnny Mathis range from $29 to $175 in the 2,000 plus-seat Reynolds Hall. Tickets for Steve Tyrell in Cabaret Jazz, from $39 to $59, go on sale at 10 a.m., April 1 (no foolin'). Call (702) 749-2000 to make reservations.

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If you are reading this early enough, tonight, Friday, March 21st, beginning at 9 p.m., Vegas PBS, Channel 10, will air John Lennon NYC as part of the American Masters series. These are always well done and most informative. Last week, Johnny Carson was the subject on American Masters.


John Lennon

David Brenner 1936-2014

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Stand-up comic, actor, author, David Brenner, passed away on March 15th, the victim of cancer. He had turned 78 in February. A native of Philadelphia, Brenner was a writer, director and/or producer of 115 television documentaries, and headed the documentary units of Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia, winning nearly 30 awards including an Emmy, before moving to comedy. His first paid gig was at The Improv in June 1969. Following that, he frequently performed at clubs in Greenwich Village. After making his national television debut in 1971 on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Brenner became the show's most frequent guest, with 158 appearances. He guest-hosted for Johnny Carson 75 times between 1975 and 1984, placing him fifth on the list of Carson's most frequent guest hosts. He also wrote five books, and starred in four HBO Specials. Brenner was ranked No. 53 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. Brenner, who headlined in Las Vegas on many occasions over the years, was a Southern Nevada resident for a period of time. He frequently socialized with other entertainers, serving as a mentor to a number of them. He died at his New York home, leaving three sons and a grandson to mourn his death.

Regarding the passing of David Brenner, Mentalist Gerry McCambridge shares this experience he had with the late comic. "Eight years ago I came to Las Vegas to look at a small showroom at the Rampart Casino. It was pretty far off the Strip. I was not excited about the possibility of working at the casino," says McCambridge. "Later that night I went to see David Brenner perform at the Shimmer Cabaret in the Hilton. We had a mutual friend who arranged my tickets and for David and I to meet after the show. When I told David about the Rampart opportunity, and how I didn't think a locals casino was a good move, he told me to take the gig. He said getting the locals support was very important to a performer. I signed the three week contract and stayed for 49 weeks, due to the locals support. As a thank you for their support, I started ShowTickets4Locals. RIP Mr. Brenner. Thank you for your invaluable advise and guidance."


Gerry McCambridge

Rob Lowe

And speaking of Gerry McCambridge...Last week, he took a night off from his gig at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood to perform for Rob Lowe's 50th birthday party at his home in Southern California. Among the 46 guests who helped Lowe celebrate his half-century, St. Patrick's Day birthday, were David Foster, Don Johnson, Barbra Streisand, Gwyneth Paltrow, her hubby, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and film producer/director (Ghostbusters), Ivan Reitman. McCambridge is a Las Vegas headliner, Creator of the TV show THE MENTALIST, Entrepreneur. Single father of six. Grandfather of three. And friend to many. He has been a Southern Nevada resident for almost 10 years. In addition to his first local engagement at the Rampart, Gerry has performed his own show at the Stardust, Hooters, and for the last four years at the V Theater. McCambridge is also currently an eligible bachelor. Next Thursday, March 27th, McCambridge will appear on The Millionaire Matchmaker, a reality television series on Bravo, hosted by Patti Stanger. Las Vegas entertainers, Frank Marino and Anthony Cools, have also appeared on The Millionaire Matchmaker. To learn more about Gerry McCambridge The Mentalist, go to http://www.mentalist.com.

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The Jacksons & Frank Marino

The Jacksons - that would be Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito - will end their run in RockTellz & CockTails at Planet Hollywood, three weeks earlier than originally announced. Their last show will be on Sunday, April 6th. Producer, Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment, says the box office numbers have actually been improving for The Jacksons. He states that the reason for the shortened run is that there was a second act expected to alternate the late time slot with the Jacksons, that 9:30 p.m. starting time following Meat Loaf's 7 p.m. performances at Planet Hollywood. When that act fell out, it was too expensive for The Jacksons to hold the time slot on their own. A high-energy, one-of-a-kind live show in Las Vegas, RockTellz & CockTails presents a full-on concert, hit songs and intimate, personal stories with music's most celebrated and fascinating stars. Legendary pop icons, The Jacksons, take you on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their lives and musical career. The brothers redefined, reinvented and reinvigorated popular music with nine No. 1 hits and 14 top 10 hits, including "ABC," "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There," the group's most successful single. In this Las Vegas show, The Jacksons couple their sunny harmonies and energetic stage presence with captivating stories. The Jacksons offer soulful pop-funk and impeccable live performances that have made them one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. Show times for The Jacksons in the Planet Hollywood Showroom are Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m., and Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m., through April 6th. Tickets range from $54 to $129. If you want to catch Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito on the Las Vegas Strip, at least this time around, do it within the next two weeks. Call (800) 745-3000 for reservations.

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Chadwick Johnson

Last Sunday night, Nik Mastrangelo had loads of fun celebrating the music of Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany Suites & Casino on East Flamingo. "We saw several new faces along with our regulars, says the singing lawyer. "As usual, we had some special guests stop by, like Ronnie Rose, who favored us with a great version of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", and our old friend Jerry Tiffe, who was so into the music that he just wanted to hang out and listen. We also were able to field some great requests like Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You" and Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light." All night long, the fabulous band, consisting of Joey Singer on keys, Steve Flora on bass and Adam Shendal on drums, kept knocking the numbers out of the park. This Sunday, we celebrate the music of Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, better known as Harry Warren." For those of you unfamiliar with his name, over a career spanning four decades, Warren wrote more than 800 songs, including well-known hits such as "I Only Have Eyes for You," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Jeepers Creepers," "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)," "That's Amore," "At Last" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (the first gold record in history). He also wrote the music for Broadway's 42nd Street, and the scores for 56 feature films. Warren was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 11 times and won three Oscars for composing "Lullaby of Broadway," "You'll Never Know" and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." Warren was one of America's most prolific film composers. His songs have been featured in more than 300 films. And, for this week only, Nik welcomes special guest, Chadwick Johnson, the young man who has been taking the Las Vegas entertainment community by storm since he moved here from L.A. just a few months ago. Chadwick will entertain with his smooth soulful vocals and his genuine personal charm. He will be joining Nik and the incredible Joey Singer on keys, along with Mike Mechem on drums and Bob Sachs on bass. With Chadwick on board, chances are good that the audience may hear Chadwick's stunningly beautiful version of the Harry Warren classic, "At Last." Chadwick will appear in the second half of the night, so be sure to call in sick on Monday and hang out at the Tuscany. The second half of the night will occur a little later than usual, because this Sunday and the following Sunday, there will be a start time of 9:30 p.m., instead of the usual 7:30 start, due to the NCAA Tournament (Go Blue!). The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Wes Winters

Wes Winters fans, please note: Due to the Collegiate Basketball March Madness Schedule, Wes will not be performing in the South Point Grandview Lounge, this Friday and Saturday, March 21st and 22nd. Wes resumes his regular South Point schedule, March 28th and 29th. Don't forget, Wes Winters performs from 6 to 9 p.m. in Addison's Lounge at the Rampart, every Tuesday in March. To see Wes' performance dates, please visit www.weswinters.com, and click on Shows & Schedule.


The Magic of Motown & More

And speaking of the South Point...
The Magic Of Motown & More, hosted by Gregg Austin, moves into the Showroom at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, beginning at 8 p.m. on March 25th. The revue opened in the Grandview Lounge at South Point in October of 2012. Due to the positive response and the growing audience, the show is moving into the showroom to accommodate the crowd each week. The Motown sound dramatically changed American music and influenced the world. With superstars, such as The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye, on its music roster with platinum selling albums and hit records, Motown is truly the soundtrack for many lives. "Motown music has been a part of my life...all my life," Austin said. "I am excited to have this opportunity to share this music with our South Point family and now even more excited to move to the showroom. With the audience spilling out of the lounge each week, we want everyone to have a chance to enjoy the show." Austin moved to Las Vegas in May 1986 and performed at the Flamingo Hilton continuously until March 1993. He became a featured act in the showroom of the Flamingo Hilton Reno, where his group, Second Wind, was known as the Las Vegas Temptations because of their incredible tribute to The Motown Temptations. His Tribute to the Temptations has also toured overseas in Asia and Europe. Austin, as a solo artist, has performed as a headliner act for Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines. He was also the producer for the very successful ShowStoppers, which had a 10 year run at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, Arizona. In upcoming weeks, The Magic Of Motown & More will also feature Second Wind's Tribute to the Temptations, with special celebrity guest appearances. Tickets to the show are $5, which includes $5 Match Play and a drink. The South Point, located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, offers a 25-story hotel tower, 160,000-square-foot convention center, 4,400 seat equestrian arena, 400-seat showroom, 300-seat race and sports book, 16-screen movie theater, 64-lane bowling alley with pro shop, eight restaurants, bingo hall and poker room. For more information, visit www.southpointcasino.com.

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David Pomeranz

David Pomeranz is most excited about a new stage musical that he has created with Academy Award-winning writer/director, Will Vinton, called, The Kiss. It is a very "tilted" and funny version of the Frog Prince story for which David has written all the songs (both music and lyrics). They will be doing a special "staged event" presentation of the show in Portland, Oregon, on March 24th and 25th. Tickets are available at http://thekissmusical.com/.

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Reminder:
Songs for a New World opens at The Onyx tonight, Friday, March 21st. From the writer of The Last Five Years, and Parade, Songs for a New World is the show that put songwriter Jason Robert Brown on the map. Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters, ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto, to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. With a small, powerhouse cast, and a driving, exquisitely crafted score, including Off-Broadway hits like "Stars and the Moon," "King of the World," "I'm not Afraid of Anything," "I'd Give it All for You," and more, Songs for a New World sits on the border of Musical and song-cycle. It's carried by a singular theme – the moment of decision. Join Off Strip Productions as they present this heart-warming, toe-tapping masterpiece in that intimate, innovative style that you can only find at Las Vegas' Onyx Theatre. Musical and Stage Direction by Chris Lash. Cast: Christian Escobar, Kim Glover, Amanda Kraft and Brandon Burk. Costumes are by Isaiah (or Isaias, if you choose) Urrabazo. Set Design is by David Sankuer, and Lighting by Jake Copenhaver. Shows begin at The Onyx tonight and continue March 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and April 3, 4, 5 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday Matinee, March 30th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24. The Onyx Theatre, is in the Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Ave Suite 16B. For reservations, call (702) 732-7225. Brandon Burk is The Onyx Artistic Director.



Paul Tapia at Artencounter

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Famous abstract artist, Paul Tapia will make an exclusive visit and meet-and-greet at the Artencounter™ gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, today, Friday, March 21st, through Sunday, March 23rd, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. Tapia's paintings have no symbolic or hidden meaning. He never gives his paintings a title. He feels an artist's title on a painting can take away a personal interpretation that someone has about a particular painting. As Tapia puts it, "One person's sunset is another person's sunrise." "Paul Tapia is among the greatest living abstract artists in the world today," said gallery owner Rod Maly. "Those who really know him agree that his paintings are a very accurate extension of his unique personality and we're pleased he'll be at our gallery in person." Some collectors describe Tapia's work as forceful or powerful, while others allude to the ethereal, almost self-illuminating quality of the work. For 25 years, Tapia has used the slogan "Paul Tapia paints abstracts...for people who don't like abstracts." This slogan evolved as a result of many staunch traditionalists making statements such as, "I usually don't like abstracts-but these I like." Tapia is spontaneous and outspoken. He is very philosophical and admittedly a sentimental sap. He says, "Most artists are a little different than the rest of humanity, so I fit right in." Tapia was born in San Francisco in 1940. He is of Spanish, German and Greek descent. Tapia's most enjoyable pastimes include traveling the world with his art, doing professional archeology, watching the San Francisco 49ers, and being alone with his Julie. Artencounter, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, has regular mall hours, opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. Artencounter 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. Phone (702) 733-2000. For more information, visit http://www.artencounter.com/.

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Actress Karole Foreman, who played Tanya in Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay in 2003, will be appearing in Next to Normal, April 18th through May 10th. The opening night is SOLD OUT, so, if you would like to attend, we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The show, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, and directed by Joanne Gordon, is presented by California Repertory Company, and will be performing in the theater on the Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, in Long Beach, California. "Secrets and lies – tenderness and torment – rock a "normal" family in this anything but "normal" Pulitzer Prize- winning rock musical. Karole reports that the cast is AMAZING, and she is so excited to be doing this production. Follow http://calrep.org/index.php? q=content/stage for more info.


Karole Foreman

Chef Sharynne Frazer

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Popular Health, Healing & Happiness Conference speaker, Chef Sharynne Frazer, will debut a new weekly radio show called "The Raw Truth" on VoiceAmerica.com, Thursday, March 27th, from 8 to 9 a.m. PST. VoiceAmerica.com is the largest Internet channel in the nation, with show downloads up to 4.5 million in certain areas. Chef Frazer's show will run on the Health & Wellness Channel: http://www.voiceamerica.com/channel/248/voiceamerica-health-and-wellness. Chef Frazer is the owner and founder of RAWFoodExpress Health & Wellness Cafe. She is a Certified Living Food Chef and teacher, an honor she obtained from studying with one of the world's top five living food gurus, Alissa Cohen, and her "Living on Live Food Program™." For her first show, Chef Frazer's guest will be Chef Alissa Cohen, who is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and raw food chef and consultant. Cohen's book, "Living on Live Food," covering every aspect of a living foods lifestyle, catapulted her into the international limelight and landed her an appearance on the "Today" show, "The Tyra Banks Show," an "Ask Alissa" food column, a nationally aired raw food cooking show, and a worldwide following that looks to her for weight loss and healthy living advice through raw foods. The book, first published in 2004, is now in its fifth edition. Along with guests, "The Raw Truth" radio show will feature call-ins and a Q&A session. Some of the topics to be covered include: raw food; acid/alkaline balance; GMOs; mineral supplementation; acid reflux/GERD; osteoporosis; cholesterol; gluten; candida; etc. Chef Frazer will be one of 20 featured speakers at the third annual Health, Healing & Happiness Conference at the Springs Preserve, June 7th and 8th. For more information, visit www.health- healing-happiness.com. About Health, Healing & Happiness Conference: Ina Mohan, founder and president of Belsandia.com created the Health, Healing & Happiness Conference to raise awareness for natural solutions like diet and lifestyle, which can prevent and heal diseases. Her mission is to empower people to take control of their own health and their life. The Health, Healing & Happiness Conference will feature 20 world-class speakers, offering presentations about nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. For more information, visit http://www.belsandia.com.


Alissa Cohen

Mac King Goes Back to School

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Tammy Wynette sang about it, and now you can see how it sometimes plays out in musical comedy style at Bally's. The word is D-I-V-O-R- C-E. The end of a marriage can spell sadness or relief. Divorce Party Las Vegas, a new 80-minute show, opened at Bally's yesterday. The upstairs Windows Showroom, where Tony n' Tina's Wedding takes place, has added Divorce Party Las Vegas to the Bally's mix. Divorce Party is the best excuse to gather a group of friends together for a hilarious night out. This is the ultimate show for any woman dealing with the before, during, or after phase of a broken relationship. This musical comedy follows Linda, who is still reeling from her divorce, as she is rescued by three friends who turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity in this Las Vegas show. Linda has to pack up her house and memories while finding the courage to start over again, when all she wants to do is bury herself in Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby. With the help of a pizza boy, a groping massage therapist, a fabulous makeover guru and others, they sing and dance their way through the wildest divorce party ever. Nothing is sacred as the girls cut loose on the realities of divorce, long term relationships and moving on, coupled with a good dose of comic mayhem and a touch of naughty. The revue delivers an evening of laughs, as the ladies drag their newly divorced friend up by her self-esteem and force her to face the world again, whether she likes it or not. By the end of the show, women and men alike are dancing in the aisles and smiling, knowing they are not alone, and that there is life after divorce. The talented five-member cast is made up of Michelle Johnson, Robin Berry Vincent, Kelly Ward, Jacquelyn Holland Wright, and Jeff Brooks. Divorce Party offers 80-minutes of pure fun with a big heart, along with popular songs infused with clever new lyrics. Performance times are Saturdays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. (dark on Fridays). Ticket prices are $49, $65 and $80, plus tax and fees. For reservations, call (855) 234-7469, or (702) 777-2782.

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For the fourth year in a row, Harrah's headliner, comedy- magician, Mac King, celebrated Nevada Reading Week with local, at- risk students, as part of his literacy initiative: Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour. Between March 4th and 7th, King made appearances at four local elementary schools to teach the importance of reading. On March 4th, Mac read and charmed the students and staff during morning assemblies at Vegas Verdes Elementary School. The next morning, he was at Paul Culley Elementary School, on Thursday it was Harley Harmon Elementary School, and on Friday, at Tom Williams Elementary School in North Las Vegas. During the tour's scheduled stops, Mac performed tricks from his show and read some short stories. In addition, King distributed books collected from this year's book drive, allowing every student to have a book to take home and call their own. The books were donated during his book drive that took place during February at partnering locations: Grimaldi's, Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres, Las Vegas Wranglers and Sky Zone Las Vegas. Mac King: Comedy Magic Show plays in the Improv Showroom at Harrah's Tuesdays through Saturdays (off Sundays and Mondays) at 1 and 3 p.m. Mac's shows are very entertaining for everyone - from grandchildren to grandparents. For reservations, call (702) 777-2782.

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On Thursday, March 27th, the UNLV College of Fine Arts presents the 11h Annual Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame, this year honoring acclaimed artist Tim Bavington; celebrated vocalist and musician Sue Kim; and Joe Williams (posthumously), legendary jazz vocalist. Also recognized is June Brennan, who receives the College of Fine Arts Dean's Medal for continually demonstrating commitment to education and extraordinary contributions to the College of Fine Arts, and musician Ronnie Vannucci, College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year. Recipients receive the Sidney Award, named for the Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame's first inductee, George Sidney, who epitomized the term artist-educator. Sidney, a three-time Academy Award-winning director and producer, worked with such legends as Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Howard Keel, Ann-Margret, and Lana Turner. Sidney was a frequent guest lecturer in UNLV film classes, providing students with priceless insights into the industry. London-born, Las Vegas-based artist, Tim Bavington, received his BFA from the Art Center (CA) before making the permanent move to Las Vegas, where he completed his MFA at the UNLV. Music is the genesis of Bavington's paintings. He is best known for translating music to canvas by assigning sounds to corresponding colors and compositions. His paintings are reminiscent of Op Art from the 1960s, yet possess the synthetic, digital glow of modern times. In his paintings, Bavington aligns the 12 notes of a musical scale with 12 tones of color from the color wheel. Using synthetic polymer paint, he translates audio—guitar music from The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Oasis—into vertical stripes of color that directly correspond to each note. Although his process adheres to a regimen, his paintings remain improvisational and rely on the decisions of his artistic presence. In addition to paintings, Bavington has explored large-scale sculptures, including an installation of musical energy translated to vertical bands of colored steel for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Sue Kim was a member of the popular singing group The Kim Sisters, a South Korean female trio who made their career in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. The group included Sue (Sook-ja), Aija (Ai-ja) and Min (Minja) Kim. Sue was born in Seoul, South Korea, and started singing with her sisters at the age of ten. She played 13 different instruments, sang, and danced. The sisters arrived in Las Vegas in 1959 and appeared in the China Doll Revue at the Thunderbird Hotel. After fulfilling their contract at the Thunderbird, the entertainment director for the Stardust Hotel picked up their option, which started her journey of "4 weeks with a 4-week option." In 1959, while Ed Sullivan was broadcasting live from the Stardust Hotel, he asked The Kim Sisters to appear on the show and they were such a big hit that he invited their mother and the Kim brothers to sing on his show in New York. Afterwards, he offered them an exclusive 22-show contract on his No. 1 rated show of the time. The Kim family made their home in Las Vegas where they were accepted by the Las Vegas audiences and the local media. This led them to a 15- year engagement at the Stardust hotel, followed by five years at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, and then 15 years at the Holiday Casino where Kim and her brothers were the starring act. Singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards, Joe Williams was an elegant and sophisticated baritone who is counted among the masters of jazz and blues singing; he has, in fact, earned the title "Emperor of the Blues." His singing style, which he developed over a long and consistently successful career, contributed to the success of the Count Basie Orchestra and influenced the style of many younger singers. Williams worked with Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton before joining Count Basie's band in 1954. The success of "Every Day I Have the Blues" established Williams, and after leaving the Basie band in 1961, he led small ensembles singing popular songs, ballads, and blues. He was a frequent performer on television, both as a singer and as an actor. His album, Nothin' but the Blues, won a Grammy Award in 1984. Williams died on March 29, 1999. June Brennan has been a stalwart supporter of the Arts at UNLV for many years. She endowed a scholarship for students in theatre to honor her late husband James Brennan; she serves on the College of Fine Arts Advisory Board, a position she has held for many years; and she supports the college's excursions to Australia where UNLV students in jazz, percussion, theatre, dance, film, architecture, and art travel to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. A true "cheerleader" for the Arts, she once traveled to Australia with the students to provide moral and financial support. Brennan regularly attends opening nights and receptions presented by all units of the college. She takes special joy in UNLV and is constantly expounding its virtues and stating how proud she is of "Our University!" She provides generously of her time, resources, and excellent advice to assist the college as it moves forward. Preferring to be behind the scenes, her wisdom and vision have assisted the College of Fine Arts in reaching its vision. Ronnie Vannucci was born in Las Vegas and began drumming at an early age. He was a part of his junior high school jazz ensemble and later attended both Clark and Western High Schools. After forming various locally popular bands, he decided to study percussion at UNLV. Vannucci was working as a photographer at Chapel of the Flowers wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, and at the same time was playing with the ska band, Attaboy Skip. In August 2002, he joined Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers who had recently begun performing as The Killers. They would practice in Vannucci's garage, and then in the UNLV band room after hours in 2002 and 2003. Vannucci completed most of his music studies at UNLV prior to 2003 in the area of Music Education with aspirations of teaching elementary school music in Las Vegas. In 2003, The Killers were signed by a major record label and started a quick ascent to superstardom in the rock and popular music world. Since 2003, Vannucci has toured the world many times over, released several platinum selling records in more than 50 countries, appeared in TV shows and movies, been on the front cover of magazines, and has become one of the innovative icons of the drumming world. During this time, Vannucci maintained his connection and collaboration with UNLV, and later finalized his B.A. at UNLV on May 14, 2011 while The Killers were on hiatus. Tickets for the event are $75 and include cocktails, dinner, ceremony, and performances. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in the UNLV Student Union Ballroom. All proceeds benefit the UNLV College of Fine Arts. For tickets, please contact the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at pac.unlv.edu or (702) 895-ARTS (2787). For information on how to sponsor a table, please contact Lori Slinn at (702) 895-2455.



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