Displaying keen perception and great insight.
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.
Note: This is a past column from March 28, 2014
You can find the current column HERE
Las Vegas - March 28, 2014
Jean-Jacques (JJ) de Launay
Chadwick Johnson & Brenda Weems
It was another busy weekend in the Entertainment Capital of
the World for Cousin Claire and friends. Last Saturday night, we were at
Luciano Gardens on the corner of Pecos and Russell, to see Nino Frediani's
Unstoppable. The variety revue is made up of mostly AARP qualifying
performers...an idea of Mr. Frediani's, to keep some talented senior citizens
doing what they love to do...perform. About 50 people turned out for dinner and
the show, with seventy-four-year-old Nino, a juggler since his circus boy youth,
serving as MC, introducing, from A to Z, singers Maggi Albisani,
Joanie (Brown) Le Belle, Victor Moea, French
crooner, Jean-Jacques de Launay, plus 88-year-old magician,
Zarrin. In August, Nino debuted Unstoppable at the Onyx Theatre,
just east of the famed Las Vegas Strip. The show generated positive reviews,
even resulting in a story on Nino, with photos, in the Los Angeles Times.
His hope is to find a regular home, where he can do Unstoppable as an
afternoon show, geared to the mature audience. Last year, Frediani, who spent
14 years in the Flamingo Hilton's City Lites revue, told Las Vegas
Review-Journal's writer, Mike Weatherford, "I've come to the
conclusion that there's no more entertainment for the (people) 50 and up.
They'll go to see a show but they won't enjoy it."
Late Sunday, we were in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany on
East Flamingo, for Nik Mastrangelo's weekly show. Known as "Nik
at Nite" when he is singing after dark, as opposed to Nikolas Mastrangelo when
he is practicing law during the day, the jazz crooner spends his Sunday nights
paying tribute to the cream-of-the-crop composers, including Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Jimmy Van Heusen,
George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin
and Cy Coleman, among them, at the Tuscany. Backed by three of this
city's top musicians - Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass and
Mike Mechem on drums - Nik honored songwriter Harry Warren,
performing classics such as "Jeepers Creepers," "The More I See You," "You Must
Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "September In the
Rain," "That's Amore," "You'll Never Know," and "There Will Never Be Another
You." In addition to Harry Warren tunes, Nik sang "On the Wee Small Hours of
the Morning," Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ("Bewitched,
Bothered and Bewildered"), The Beatles ("Norwegian Wood"),
Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Trieste [Sad Is]"), Kurt Weill ("Mack the
Knife," "Speak Low," "My Ship"), and others. Lots of singers dropped by. It
seems everyone wants to sing with Nik's band (and who can blame them?).
Martin (we still think of him as break-dancer, Rabbit) Mancuso,
with his high-energy alto sax, joined the trio and treated the crowd to a jazzy
version of "That's All," and Martin and Nik had fun with the classic "Body and
Soul." Also sitting in were Joyce Carol ("Wonderful"), Peter Pavone
("The Song Is You," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"), Yolanda
Quandt ("The More I See You"), Carmine Mandia ("East of the Sun and
West of the Moon," and last, but certainly not least, our featured guest for the
evening, Chadwick Johnson. His interpretations of "At Last" and "Blame it
On My Youth" demonstrated why he is such a rising star on the Las Vegas
entertainment scene. Nik couldn't help but join in with him for a bit of "On
the Street Where You Live." A real "crowd pleaser." Not only is he a fine
singer, Johnson is a nice fellow, happily posing for photos with audience
member. Nik would happily welcome Chadwick back. You can see and hear young
Mr. Johnson at the Italian American Club on Sunday nights. This weekend, the
Nik at Nite Trio will be celebrating the music of Harold Arlen in the
Piazza Lounge. Arlen was highly regarded by his contemporaries, most notably,
George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Alec Wilder. He was one of the
most prolific composers of American popular music, having written more than 500
songs, a number of which have become known world-wide, such as "Come Rain or
Come Shine," "That Old Black Magic," and "I've Got the World on a String." He
is also well-known for composing the songs for The Wizard of Oz,
including the classic song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which was voted the
20th century's No. 1 song, by both the Recording Industry Association of America
and the National Endowment for the Arts. As always, Nik and the trio will do
their best to accommodate your requests (even if it isn't a Harold Arlen tune).
Come and join the group in the coolest lounge in town. This Sunday, there will
again be a later start time of 9:30 (or maybe even 9 p.m., depending when the
hoopsters finish) as they begin the night by celebrating the music of Harold
Arlen. The Piazza Lounge is located in the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side),
at 255 E Flamingo.
Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell
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Sam Wagmeister sends out this information about comic
Marty Allen and his musical bride/straight woman, Karon Kate
Blackwell, performing in downtown Las Vegas this weekend.
Door-to-Door Dance Salesman Returns to The Plaza. Comedy legend Marty Allen
celebrates his 92nd birthday...92nd Birthday!!!...with three encore performances
at the Plaza Hotel and Casino at the tip of Fremont Street Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, March 27-29. The husband-and-wife team of Allen and Karon Kate
Blackwell drew rave reviews for their Plaza appearance last fall when they
filled in for resident comedian Louie Anderson. The couple performed Allen's
classic routines, uproarious adlibs, new material and Blackwell's vocals. At
one point, Blackwell, who last year released, Hindsight 20/20, an album paying
tribute to the great music of the 60's and 70's, sat at the Plaza's grand piano
to introduce I'll Be There, the song she wrote for Marty for their wedding.
Allen, from the edge of the stage, strolled to the far end of the piano, parted
a generous bouquet of flowers and deadpanned softly, "I'm a member of the
immediate family," bringing roars of laughter to the packed house. Allen's
career began after winning the Soldier's Medal for Bravery in World War II. He
traveled the neighborhood streets, going door-to-door with a Victrola under one
arm selling dance lessons for a nickel while he was attending college and
working in the small Southern California comedy clubs. After teaming with former
partner Steve Rossi, the two struck gold when, at a loss for words one night,
Allen looked at Rossi and simply stated, "Hello dere." "Hello dere" and Rossi's
vocals took the team to the Ed Sullivan Show for more than 40 appearances. Among
their many Sullivan highlights was sharing the broadcast with The Beatles on the
group's first US television appearance. In later years, Allen humor and hair
were staples on hundreds of episodes of TV game shows Hollywood Squares and
Password. He became a well respected dramatic actor with guest starring roles on
The Big Valley, Rod Serling's Night Gallery and ten made-for-TV movies. Allen
and Blackwell, who have been performing together for years and are highly in
demand as cruise ship headliners. The Plaza is located at 1 Main Street, the
corner of Fremont and Main. The curtain for Marty Allen and Karon Kate
Blackwell's weekend shows at the Plaza goes up at 7 p.m.
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Mac King, Dr. Jennifer French & Dr. Beverly Mathis at Tom Williams Elementary
The Amazing Johnathan
What do Mac King and The Amazing Johnathan
have in common, in addition to the fact they are both Las Vegans and both
magicians - albeit with very different styles and very different audiences.
Both gentlemen are very community minded, especially when it comes to children.
Mac is very involved with local schools and reading. Every year, he visit's a
number of schools, where he reads one of his favorite books to the students,
performs magic, and gives donated books to the kids. As for Johnathan, before
Christmas, in the wee small hours of the morning, you can find him and a couple
of assistants pushing toy-filled shopping carts around Wal-Mart - not for HIS
children, but for underprivileged local youngsters who may otherwise have gotten
nothing. This Santa did not want to be outed by Cousin Claire, who has spotted
him at work with his elves. We wanted to make folks aware of what kind of man
Johnathan is. It was recently revealed that the amazing one is dealing with
some heart problems. We think, in very important ways, his heart is just fine.
To your good health, Johnathan.
Photo caption: Mac King with the principal of Tom Williams Elementary
School, Dr. Jennifer French. Also pictured (far right) is Dr. Beverly Mathis,
Director of Clark County READS at The Public Education Foundation.
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A memorial service, organized by The Second City to celebrate
the life of Fred Kaz, will be held at The El Portal Theater, 5269
Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, on Monday, March 31st, at
6:30 p.m. (doors will open at 6). Kaz, the music director at The Second City
for 24 years and a legendary personality at the famous comedy theater, died from
lung cancer on March 12th. He was 80. Parking for the El Portal is
available across the street from the theater at the structure belonging to the
Art Institute of California. A reception will follow the memorial with light
appetizers and beverages. Please RSVP by March 28th. For questions,
please call (323) 464-8542. For directions or additional location information:
Chicago memorial for Kaz is also being planned.
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This Sunday, March 30th, at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
services, it's Lenten Cantata at Green Valley Presbyterian Church's LIVE!
Concert Series. For its 15th Season, GVPC presents Théodore
Dubois: The Last Seven Words of Christ. Spencer Baker is
conducting the GVPC Valley and Chancel Choirs - with Michelle Latour,
Soprano Soloist; Elliot Matheny, Baritone Soloist; Daniel Hunter, Jr.,
Tenor Soloist; Amy Homer-Smith, Organ; Alex Stopa, Timpani;
Emily Barnes, Harp; and Lynn Tsai, Flute. Great Music! Great
Acoustics! The Green Valley Presbyterian Church is at 1798 Wigwam Parkway
(northeast corner of Valle Verde at Wigwam, just north of I-215), in Henderson.
Call (702) 454-8484. or www.greenvalleypres.com.
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Another special announcement, regarding pianist/entertainer,
Wes Winters. Ignore last Friday's update. Please note: Due to the
Collegiate Basketball March Madness Schedule, Wes will not perform, repeat, NOT
PEFORM at the South Point this evening, this Friday, March 28th.
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th, Wes' South Point Grandview Lounge
performance is at his usual 6 to 9 p.m. times. Winters resumes his regular 6 to
9 p.m. South Point schedule, next weekend, April 4th and
5th. Yesterday, Wes was a co-host on The Morning Blend in Las Vegas,
ABC local Channel 13. To see Wes' performance dates, please visit www.weswinters.com, and click on Shows
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Reflecting the Company's commitment to sustainable business
practices, tomorrow, March 29th, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Boyd Gaming
Corporation will shut down exterior lighting at its Las Vegas Locals properties
for Earth Hour 2014. For the duration of Earth Hour, non-essential exterior
building and marquee lighting will be turned off at The Orleans, Sam's Town,
Suncoast and Gold Coast. The video screen on each hotel casino marquee will
display the Earth Hour logo during that period.
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Some of our readers shared memories of observational comic,
David Brenner, who passed away in New York on March
15th, at the age of 78. Here are two messages that we received
earlier this week.
From longtime Las Vegan, songstress, Loretta Holloway,
who lives in South Carolina where she is known as "South Carolina's First Lady
Of Song," comes this note. "David Brenner was always so gracious with his time
and humor. It was a delight for me to have appeared as his opening act many
times in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, NJ. Rest well David Brenner, and thank
you for your warmth and kindness."
Loretta Holloway Remembers David Brenner
And from entertainer Annie Gaybis in Florida, comes
this..."I worked with David Brenner at the San Francisco Playboy Club. My
agent, George Soares, who by the way was also Nelson Sardelli"s
agent, was driving in from Vegas to check on a couple of his acts playing in
the area. I guess he had driven a long way, and managed to make our second
show. The policy at the Clubs were if there were 12 people in the audience, you
had to do the show. George made number 12. George was perfectly alert when I
saw him before the show, and he was perfectly alert when I opened for David.
The next night, as I was passing David in the kitchen after I had just finished
performing, I said ‘My agent was at the show last night.' David asked, ‘Was
that the guy sitting by himself in a grey suit with black hair and a black
mustache?' ‘Yes,' I said. ‘Well,' David said, ‘Your agent (remember there were
only 12 in the showroom) slept thru my entire act.' I also remember seeing
David in the same suit each and every night for two weeks. In the middle of the
first week, I told him I liked his suit. He said, 'I liked it so much I bought
two of them,' and that was "the" suit he wore for the entire two weeks. So
sorry to hear of his passing...sigh!
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Brian McKnight performs at the Eastside Cannery, next Saturday, April
5th, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95, plus taxes and
fees, and may be purchased at the front desk, or online at cannerycasino.com, or
There are only a few more chances to see The Jacksons,
now performing in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood. The Jackson brothers -
Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito - will wind up
their current engagement on Sunday, April 6th. The remaining shows
take place Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30
p.m. Tickets range from $54 to $129. Call (800) 745-3000 for reservations.
The NiteKings are performing in the Rampart's
Addison's Lounge, tonight, Friday March 28th and tomorrow, Saturday
the 29th, from 8p.m. till midnight.
The Tommy Thompson Project will be performing at the
Golden Nugget's Grand Ballroom on April 5th, from 7 to 10 p.m., for
The Wine Festival.
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Divorce Party Las Vegas made its official Strip debut
Thursday, March 13th, with a red carpet event to welcome the show to
its new home inside Windows Showroom at Bally's Las Vegas. The ultimate Girls'
Night Out experience was attended by many local celebrities and notables.
"A version of this production has played in cities across the
country to great success, but I always knew that it was meant for Las Vegas,"
said Mark Schwartz, lead producer, "My team and I couldn't be happier to
be in our new home inside Windows Showroom and we can't wait to introduce the
show to a new audience." An 80-minute comedic musical event, Divorce Party
Las Vegas centers around Linda, still reeling from her divorce, as her
friends turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Hailed by the L.A.
Weekly as a blend of "Sex and the City with Dr. Phil,
Oprah and SNL," the show uses laughs, songs and the occasional
shock factor to explore the realities of divorce, long term relationships and
moving on. "You don't have to have gone through a divorce to enjoy this show,"
said Dr. Amy Botwinick, co-author and producer, "The storyline is
incredibly funny, heartfelt and at times a little risqué but most
importantly everyone in the audience can relate." 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. Using popular songs with
clever new lyrics, a good dose of comic mayhem and a touch of naughty, this
heart-felt musical delivers an evening of fun and laughs as the ladies drag
their newly divorced friend up by her self-esteem and force her to face the
world again. Divorce Party Las Vegas is brought to life by Tony Award-winning
Broadway veteran Mark Schwartz and co-authors Amy Botwinick,
divorce coach and international author, and director Jay Falzone.
Together they have created a wildly hilarious show that spins the "trauma drama"
of a break-up into a hysterically lively production. "While creating the
experience of Divorce Party Las Vegas, my co-authors and I wanted to make sure
you didn't have to be divorced or a woman to love it," said Falzone "The
storyline is incredibly relatable, which makes it easy for the audience to
connect with the cast and have fun along the way." The talented five member
cast of Divorce Party Las Vegas is made up of Michelle Johnson,
Robin Berry Vincent, Kelly Ward, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright,
and Jeff Brooks. Tickets to Divorce Party Las Vegas are $49 to
$65, plus taxes and fees. For guests looking to enhance their experience,
for $80, VIP tickets, that include a round of specialty drinks, premier seating
and a meet and greet with the cast, are offered. Tickets are available by
visiting Divorcepartylasvegas.com, or by calling the box office at (855) 234-
7469, or (702) 777-2782. Performances are Saturdays through Thursdays at 8 p.m.
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The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall plays host to Doc
Severinsen & His Big Band, featuring Mary Wilson, tomorrow,
Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. Doc Severinsen, leader of
Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band for more than 25 years, and one of the
queens of Motown, the legendary Mary Wilson of The Supremes, celebrate
the classic big band tunes that defined the golden era of television. Last
Monday, they were offering a limited number of $35 seats. Use promo code FB35.
Standard ticket fees apply. Limited availability. Offer not valid on previous
purchases. The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown
Las Vegas. For reservations, call the Box Office at (702) 749-2000.
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Carol O'Shaunessey & Diane Ellis in Boston
If you happen to be in the Boston area, tomorrow night, March
29th, former Las Vegan Diane Ellis, and her friend,
entertainer Carol O'Shaunessey, will be doing a cabaret show at the Club
Café's Moonshine Room, starting at 7:30 p.m. Calling their musical comedy
revue, Here's To Life!, the Bosom Buddies will be backed by The Tom
LaMark Trio, with Tom LaMark on piano, Mike Monaghan on Reeds, and
Jim Gwin on Drums. Carol O'Shaughnessy is Boston's leading lady of
cabaret, earning the coveted "Cabaret Entertainer of the Year" award. She has
been compared to Bette Midler and Ethel Merman, and appeared with
legends, Pat Cooper, Joan Rivers, and the late David
Brenner, charming audiences from Provincetown to Europe. Diane Ellis has a
30 year history in Southern Nevada, appearing with vocal groups, Chazz and
Vocaleze, as well as a member of the Excalibur Hotel Casino's Royal Court
Singers. Compared to Lucille Ball, Diane was a cast member of Beach
Blanket Babylon at the Sands Hotel, performing on the same stage as the
legendary Rat Pack, and more recently played the Reverend Mother in Nunsense
at the Las Vegas Hilton. She opened for comedian Don Rickles and
sung with the famed Four Freshmen. Diane wears many hats in the field of
entertainment. Besides being a chanteuse, she is also an experienced voice over
actor. Diane has a home studio where she puts voice over demos together for up
and coming artists. Don't miss these two multi-talented ladies if are in the
neighborhood. The Club Café is at Columbus Ave at Berkeley St. Show
tickets are $20. Call (617) 536-0966 to reserve your tickets, order online or
buy at the door. Get 20% off on food in the restaurant if they know you saw the
show or are going to the show.
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The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company is bringing a live musical
theatrical performance of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka to the Henderson
Pavilion stage. Featuring a memorable score (including one of Cousin Claire's
favorite songs, "Pure Imagination"), by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony
Newley, the story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he
stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy
bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka
factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning
children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie
Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The
children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory - or suffer the
consequences. The scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight
everyone's sweet tooth. Willy Wonka takes audiences on a fantasy ride
into the land of pure imagination. The musical will play at the Pavilion, 200
S. Green Valley Parkway, in Henderson, of course, on Fridays and Saturdays,
April 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th at
7:30 p.m., and Sundays, April 6th and 13th at 4 p.m.
Tickets are only $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit
HendersonLive.com, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion
Box Office, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Complimentary
Bike Valet will be available!
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The UNLV Opera Theatre presents Richard Strauss'
Ariadne Auf Naxos in the Judy Bayley Theatre, April 4th and
5th at 7:30 p.m., and April 6th at 2 p.m. Linda
Lister, director of the UNLV Opera Theatre, directs the production. A
wealthy patron has commissioned a young composer to write a new opera,
Ariadne auf Naxos, for a soiree at his mansion. When the opera singers
learn that a troupe of local comedians is also scheduled to perform on the same
program, everyone wonders how the two shows will work together as one evening's
entertainment, especially when they learn the two works will have to be
performed simultaneously. The composer's new opera depicts the plight of the
mythological Ariadne, abandoned on the island of Naxos. Zerbinetta and her
commedia dell'arte cohorts attempt to amuse the mournful Ariadne. When her
nymphs finally announce the arrival of the god, Bacchus, Ariadne is transformed
by his love. And despite the odd permutation of his work, the composer is
transfigured by the power of his own music. "Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera
within an opera, a show within a show not unlike the musical Kiss Me,
Kate, the play Noises Off, or the TV show Smash," explained
Lister. "We see behind-the-scenes as singers in a mythological opera are forced
to perform simultaneously with a commedia dell'arte troupe. It's ‘high art' vs.
‘low art' as diva and clown must collaborate. Amid this absurdity, the sublime
music of Strauss runs the gamut, from the fiendish vocal fireworks of
Zerbinetta's 15-minute aria, to the ethereal Nymph trios and the quasi-Wagnerian
duet between Bacchus and Ariadne." "In the words of Strauss himself, ‘The human
voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but the most difficult to play.'
And his opera, Ariadne, is a glorious showcase of vocal facility and beauty. May
you revel in the "süße Stimme" or sweet voice of Strauss as we celebrate the
150th anniversary of his birth with this UNLV Opera Theater production."
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors/military/ faculty/staff, and $5 for
students with ID. Tickets are available at the PAC Box Office, or by calling
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The SPERDVAC (The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio,
Drama Variety And Comedy) convention, which had been scheduled for this weekend
in Las Vegas, has been postponed until the Fall. SPERDVAC is a non-profit
educational public benefit corporation with six goals - To provide the finest
collection of quality radio programs that members may listen to and duplicate
for their own collections. To seek out and honor the people who made radio's
"Golden Age" possible. To promote and encourage drama, variety and comedy
programs - old and new - on radio today. To collect and maintain for members
and other interested people, a library of radio history and to use this material
in the publication of a "newsletter" or special brochures in preparation of an
accurate and complete account of radio history from its earliest days to the
present. To contribute to the support of non-commercial radio stations
interested in and aiding the goals of the society, including broadcasting "old-
time" radio programs.
To alert members to trends in drama, variety and comedy
broadcasting; and to publish special radio program listings and news releases to
inform members and the general public. The get-togethers are usually held in
Southern California, and always attract an interesting crowd of performers and
attendees. We will have more information about the Las Vegas gathering, when it
becomes available. Stay tuned.
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A Las Vegas Easter tradition continues with the help of
entertainers, Frank Marino, and Murray SawChuck. The Original
Diva, Marino, and Celebrity Magician, SawChuck, would like to put smiles on the
faces of children in need this Easter. They know that for thousands of
homeless, underprivileged and sick children in Vegas, life can be difficult. So
they've each decided to reach out to our community by offering FREE tickets to
their shows! For every basket donated between now and April 15th,
Frank and Murray will give away two tickets to see their respective productions.
Just pick up an Easter basket that a child will love, and donate it to E Bunny,
who in turn will deliver all donated baskets to charities and families that
can't afford to buy one. E Bunny does not take monetary contributions...only
Easter baskets that will go directly to the children! E Bunny, a 24-year-old,
all volunteer community outreach group, is holding its Annual Easter Basket
Drive For Kids In Need, and is seeking pre-packaged Easter baskets. Pre-
packaged baskets, the ones you see at any grocery, drugstore, or retail store
are requested. Although we love handmade baskets, store purchased baskets are
built to stay intact during handling and travel. Just purchase a basket, drop
it off at the Nevada Foreign Trade Zone, located at 6650 Spencer St., Suite 110
(Sunset and Spencer across from the McCarran Airport south runway), and receive
two free tickets to Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at The Quad, or Murray
SawChuck's Magic Show at the Tropicana. This offer is only available through
the Nevada Foreign Trade Zone drop off location, Monday through Friday between
the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They are closed from noon to 1 p.m. For more
info on E Bunny and how to get free tickets: visit
https://www.facebook.com/EBunnyLV email [email protected], or call (702) 498-9808.
Be part of a community that cares for kids, and enjoy a Vegas show for a good
Frank Marino Dresses Up for E Bunny
Murray SawChuck & Kahlua Support E Bunny
And speaking of Murray SawChuck, who has called the
Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Hotel his Las Vegas home for the past two years,
the magician returns there on Monday, March 31st, for a very special
limited engagement. Murray has appeared on more than a dozen reality shows, and
every month, it seems he's on to something new. The internationally acclaimed
award-winning magician, impressed the judges and 22 million people as a finalist
on America's Got Talent, and currently appears as a magic expert on the
History Channel's No. 1 rated series, Pawn Stars. Murray can be seen in
the near future on CW's, Masters of Illusion, National Geographic's,
Brain Games, and ABC's, Wipeout. On America's Got Talent,
produced a Ferrari from thin air, transformed a girl locked in a cage into a 450
pound tiger, and did the largest trick ever on "AGT," by vanishing an entire
1918 steam train locomotive in mere seconds. All of these illusions took place
before a live and national TV audience, and brought standing ovations from the
judges. In his Tropicana show, Murray performs with ‘Lefty,' the bumbling stage
technician that turns into his ‘guest act,' and Chloe, his beautiful assistant
(and wife), whom he cuts in half and makes disappear nightly. Murray co-starred
on the popular VH1-TV series, Celebracadabra, highlighting pairs of
magicians and celebrities who competed for one-hundred-thousand dollars, and the
title of "Best Celebrity Magician." Murray has performed in concerts worldwide,
and has headlined at the historic Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is honored to
be celebrating his second anniversary at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino this
year. Tickets for the 4 p.m. show range from $34.95 to $44.95, plus fees. For
reservations or more information, call (800) 829-9034 or (702) 734-2411.
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Bike Swap & Ride Rolls Into Henderson This Weekend. Bike
expo features all new fun ride with route for beginners. The city of Henderson
hosts Bike Swap & Fun Ride, tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th, at
Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson, of course, beginning at 7
a.m. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Bike swap, vendor marketplace, bicycle repairs
and demonstrations will take place. The free event features a bike swap area,
where the public can trade and sell gently used bicycles and bicycle parts; a
vendor marketplace with new bikes, gear and equipment for sale; bicycle repairs
and recycling; demonstrations; a bicycle safety course; and a free bike valet.
The event also features a new 20-mile fun ride sponsored by BikingLasVegas.com.
Designed with the novice cyclist in mind, the scenic bike ride starts and ends
at Cornerstone Park, and is approximately 20 miles or 90 minutes long. Cyclists
may RSVP for the bike ride at BikingLasVegas.com. All participants must sign a
waiver before the ride, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal
guardian. For more information, visit BikeHenderson.org, or call the city of
Henderson Parks and Recreation Department at (702) 267-4000. Sign up for the
bike registry to receive up-to-date information on bike events, programs and
Outdoor bike expo features new fun ride sponsored by Biking
Las Vegas.com. The city of Henderson encourages residents to ride their bikes
to Bike Swap & Ride, the only event of its kind in the valley. "Henderson is
a premier biking community," said Mayor Andy Hafen. "By hosting events such as
Bike Swap & Ride, it allows residents of all biking abilities the
opportunity to learn and enjoy the biking amenities our premier city has to
offer." The bike swap is a chance for bicycle enthusiasts to trade and sell up
to five gently used bikes and bike parts for different types of bicycles,
including road, BMX, mountain and children's bikes. Bike fans may also shop for
new bicycles, accessories and gear, including shoes, clothing and helmets, from
local bike shops and businesses in the vendor marketplace.
The event also features a new fun ride hosted by Biking Las
Vegas, a local website dedicated to cycling in the valley, at 7 a.m. The 90-
minute bike ride begins and ends at Cornerstone Park, and will be approximately
20 miles. Bagels, coffee and juice will be provided post-ride.
Other activities include bicycle repairs, bike recycling,
demonstrations and a bicycle safety course. In addition, a free bike valet will
be offered for those wishing to park their bikes during the event.
For more information, visit BikeHenderson.org or call the
city of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department at (702) 267-4000. Sign up for
the bike registry to receive up-to-date information on bike events, programs and
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Music man, Bill Fayne, informs us that next weekend
Clint Holmes' monthly show at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz is very
special. First of all, Bill is directing the show. It is the first time the
two longtime friends have worked together in four years. The show is called
New York Old Friend, and celebrates the relationship that people have
with New York City. Clint leads an all-star cast, including former Phantom -
The Las Vegas Spectacular star, Kristen Hertzenberg, and vocal
group, Fifth Avenue, with songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole
Porter, Vernon Duke, Kander & Ebb, and introducing an
exciting new body of music by New York composer/lyricist, Ken Laub. The
musical director and arranger for the show is Tedd Firth, who according
to Fayne is, "a brilliant pianist from New York who has worked with the best
singers on earth." Show times for New York Old Friend at The Smith
Center are Friday, April 4th and Saturday, the 5th, at
8:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 6th, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45.
For reservations, call the Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000.
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Stop the presses...and get out your correction fluid or
erasers! Poor Lisa Gioia Acres, who works so hard on keeping members and
those interested in the Las Vegas Media Group, informed of future and past LVMG
events. Lisa reports that she just received word from the Wedding Room, where
the monthly luncheon meetings are usually held, that the plans to remain open
and have the group continue to use the facility have fallen through. This is sad
news. However, there are some alternative options in mind. The next meeting
will be held at the Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.
in the Tuscany Room. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available,
however, there are only a few handicapped spots available for the group. Lisa
says, "We shall see if this location is a good choice and if so we will continue
to hold our meetings there. If not, we have other options on our list. Please
make sure to make note that our April 21, meeting takes place at Las Ventanas."
The phone number is (702) 207-7982. If you have any questions, don't hesitate
to contact Lisa via e-mail at [email protected], or Don and Gretchen
Payne at (702) 870-5994.
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Off Strip Productions is presenting Songs For a New World by Jason
Robert Brown, the writer of The Last Five Years, and Parade,
at The Onyx Theatre. Songs For a New World, the heart-warming, toe-
tapping masterpiece, is the show that put Jason Robert Brown on the map.
Musical and Stage Direction is by Chris Lash, while
the cast is made up of Christian Escobar, Kim Glover, Amanda
Kraft and Brandon Burk. Show times are tonight, March
29th, April 3rd, 4th and 5th at 8
p.m., and this Sunday, the 30th of March at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24.
The Onyx is offering Senior, Student and Military discounts of $5 off for this
production (Must provide valid ID at the box office).
And speaking of The Onyx...
Attention Musical Theater performers of all ages: Broadway Open Mic Night -
Bring your sheet music! This is what you have been waiting for: An evening of
strictly Musical Theatre with you at the mic and a live accompanist at the
piano, complete with theatrical lighting and sound! It's not complicated. Just
buy your tickets, sign up on the list when you get here (the list will be put
out at 6:30 p.m.), and enjoy the show. All music must be from a published piece
of musical theater - NO POP! If you don't want to perform, you can simply sit
and enjoy all of the amazing local talent. This is a great opportunity to put
that song you've been working on in front of an audience, or dust off that old
favorite that you just love to sing. If you like, the folks at Onyx can even
give you feedback after the show if you want it. Tickets are only $10, and all
proceeds are going to help support the upcoming season for Off Strip
Productions, a non-profit theater company. This will be a monthly event. We
will keep readers informed of upcoming dates. The first Broadway Open Mic Night
is this Sunday, March 30th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Onyx
Theatre is located in the Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Ave., Bldg.16.
Phone (702) 732-7225 for reservations and additional information.
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