Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Note: This is a past column from April 04, 2014
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Las Vegas - April 4, 2014

Karon Kate Blackwell & "Buddy" the Puppet

Marty Allen & Terry Fator

We spent last Saturday night in the showroom at the downtown Plaza, watching a couple of pros entertain the crowd. It was closing night of a three-show engagement featuring comic Marty Allen and his musical/straight woman bride (of almost 30 years), Karon Kate Blackwell, who were filling in for absent Louie Anderson. On Saturday, the Hello, Dere audience included America's Got Talent winner/Mirage headliner, ventriloquist/impressionist, Terry Fator, and his beautiful wife/assistant, Taylor Makakoa; Maynard Sloate, who produced shows in the Plaza (then called the Union Plaza) showroom for a decade; Cadillac spokesman/drummer, LJ Harness, his lady, Tiffani Foote, and her father, Good Fella, Kent Foote; Judy Garland tribute artist, Denise Rose; Sam Wagmeister, realtor/Vegas Voice columnist; photographer, David Spindel; and world-travelers, Harvey Goldson and Ann Johnson from Colorado. Marty Allen, who turned 92 on March 23rd, is amazing. Not only does he have a half- century of jokes and stories in his head to share, he also is still dancing as part of the act (did we mention that he had hip replacement surgery a couple of years ago?). When the show is over, Marty and Karon are not quite finished. They are out in front of the theater, meeting the people, happily posing for photos, and signing autographs. This is real show BUSINESS! We have it on good authority (from the Birthday Boy, himself), that on Thursday/opening night at the Plaza, Marty's former partner, Steve Rossi, along with entertainers, Rich Little and Pia Zadora, were in the audience. We are not sure when Marty and Karon will be performing in Las Vegas again, but according to the clown, they will probably be back at the Plaza in the winter, as they were told by the boss, it would be "a cold day" when they played there again!
Photos courtesy of David M. Spindel,

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As we approach our Friday deadline, there are only a few seats left for the Wednesday, April 16th Composers Showcase. If you have any desire to be there for the experience, we suggest you make your reservations immediately, if not sooner. PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts present The Composers Showcase in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center's Boman Pavilion, 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Check out the exciting line-up for April. The Composers include: Mark Allen, Shaun DeGraff, Pascale Elia, Alfred Johnson, Chadwick Johnson, Christopher Lash, John Marnell, Richard Oberacker, Nephi Oliva, Matt Taylor, Keith Thompson and Dr. Mark Wherry. Performing will be: Megan Arnoldy, Elyse Branch, Kris Coleman, Toscha Comeaux, Douglas Crawford, Mike Erickson, Graham Fenton, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Matthew Hydzik, Michelle Johnson, Nicole Kaplan, Alexa Kaye, Paige, Theresa Peterson, Noah Rivera, Erica Robledo, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia and Eric Jordan Young. Instrumentalist include: Patrick Clark, Gary Cordell, Chris Davis, Joel Ferguson, Thomas Gooding, Michael Hepner, Nick Kittle, Sam Lemos, Rob Marnell, Mike Mechem, Dane Ngahuka, Justin Peterson, Kevin Stout, Jeff Teczon, Eric Tewalt, John Wedemeyer and Donya Willis. Program starts at around 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors open at 9:30. Tickets are $20. If there are any left, they are available at the Smith Center Box Office. Definitely call first. The number is (702) 749-2000. Or go online at A Cash Bar and Late Night Menu is available in the Cabaret Jazz.

Pascale Elia

Chadwick Johnson

You may not yet, "yet" being the operative word, be familiar with the name Chadwick Johnson, mentioned above as a participant in the upcoming Composers Showcase. He is an exciting new Las Vegas entertainer. Since moving here from Los Angeles just a few months ago, the incredible Mr. Johnson has wowed every audience he's been in front of. He is a singer, performer, songwriter and band leader, known for his soulful approach to music and his love of the great classics of every musical genre. He has already played at some of the most prestigious venues in the city, including the Aria and Mandalay Bay. He has been touted by industry veterans as Las Vegas' "next big thing." You only need to hear Chadwick sing once to understand what all the fuss is about. He has an amazing voice, on par with the best in the business. Beyond that, he manages to stylize familiar songs in his own unique way, making them sound fresh, original and even current. In addition to all of that, Chadwick is one of the nicest entertainers you'll run into in Las Vegas. Audiences, fellow entertainers, booking agents and venues alike all love working with him! You can see this rising star at The Lift Bar inside the Aria Hotel on April 11th and 26th, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. You can also see and hear him on Sunday nights at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, from 7 to 11 p.m. Expect to be hearing lots more from, and about, Chadwick Johnson.

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American Trilogy

Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 12th and 13th, the South Point will be presenting American Trilogy in the hotel casino showroom. Three Icons/Three Generations. American Trilogy is a new Las Vegas-based show that brings together three of the greatest and most beloved entertainers in popular music history – ‘Frank Sinatra' (Sebastian Anzaldo), ‘Elvis Presley' (Justin Shandor), and ‘Neil Diamond' (Rob Garrett). What distinguishes American Trilogy from other tribute shows, is that these three particular performers have either collaborated or connected in one way or another during their prolific, illustrious careers. The show will focus on the mutual respect and admiration the men had for one another and the love and gratitude they shared for their country. They personified the American Dream, becoming three of the biggest megastars of our time. In addition to performing solo segments backed by a live band, the show includes interaction between each of the performers before the audience gets treated to the ultimate trifecta as the stars unite for a moving, upbeat, patriotic finale. Sebastian, Justin and Rob are known worldwide for being the best in the business at portraying their characters. Anzaldo took second place in ABC's The Next Best Thing. Garrett, reviewed as being the "Best Tribute Act in the Business," has won numerous awards in Las Vegas, and Shandor, a former winner of the "Ultimate Elvis" competition, appeared on David Letterman as musical guest in February of this year. Band members include Steve Gerard ( Musical Director/Keyboards), Keith Neal (lead guitar/vocals), Jay Boyer (Keyboards), Daryl Slade (Bass/Vocals), Steve Poncar (Sax/Flute/Vocals), Jeff Borree (Drums), LJ Harness (Percussion), and Rosanna Telford (backup vocalist). Show times are at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30. For reservations, please call (866) 796-7111.

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If it seems like there are more boots and cowboy hats than usual around Las Vegas this weekend, it's more than likely because the Academy of Country Music Awards are taking place in the city. And if the fellow sitting at the table next to you at the buffet, looks like Blake Shelton, it just might be. Behave accordingly.

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Sid the Kid

Jerome Kern

Nikolas Mastrangelo, known after-hours as Nik at Nite, had another great show at the Tuscany last Sunday, as he and the trio featured the tunes of Harold Arlen plus lots of other good stuff. They were fortunate to have the wonderful tenor saxophone sounds of Sid the Kid, who dropped by and sat in for most of the night. And for a little extra seasoning, they had the alto sounds of Martin Mancuso with his high energy rendition of Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite." After being thrown off-schedule by recent NCAA Tournament Games, the group is now back to their regular Sunday 7:30 p.m. start time in the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge. This weekend, Nik and the fellows - Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums - will feature the music of Jerome Kern for the opening set. Kern was one of the most important American theater composers of the early 20th Century. He wrote more than 700 songs, including the classics, "The Way You Look Tonight," "Old Man River," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," and "Long Ago (and Far Away)." Jerome Kern also wrote for films, winning the Academy Award for Best Song for both "The Way You Look Tonight" (from the 1936 film, Swing Time), and The Last Time I Saw Paris (from 1941‘s Lady Be Good). Plan an evening at the Tuscany, and join Nik and the trio as they celebrate the rich musical heritage of our American culture. The Tuscany is located just off the Strip, at 255 E Flamingo Road.

We apologize for the misspelling of singer Joyce Carole's name in last Friday's column. Joyce was a drop-in guest vocalist at one of Nik's recent Tuscany shows. Somehow, the "e" in Carole went missing. We promise to do better the next time we mention Joyce.

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Wes Winters South Point Schedule Updates. Tonight, Friday, April 4th, the piano man performs at the South Point Grandview Lounge from 6 to 9 p.m. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th, due to the NCAA Basketball Final Four, Wes will start his show at 7:30 p.m., after the game.

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"Everybody loves somebody sometime. Everybody falls in love somehow..." Fall in Love Vintage Las Vegas style with a swinging evening featuring big band favorites made famous by Rat Packers, Sammy Davis Jr. ("A Lot of Livin' To Do," "What Kind of Fool Am I?"), Dean Martin ("Everybody Loves Somebody," "That's Amore," "Standing On the Corner"), and the most famous crooner of them all, Frank Sinatra ("I've Got the World On A String," "Night and Day," "Moonlight In Vermont"). Add some magic with signature songs by Louis Prima and Keely Smith ("That Old Black Magic," "What Is This Thing Called Love?") and you've got yourself one swell party! Conductor and vocalist, Matt Catingub, performs with guest vocalist, Anita Hall, and guest drummer, Steve Moretti. This concert is part of the Las Vegas Philharmonic's Pops Series. Where? In Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. When? Tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $94. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.
In case you didn't know it, Matt Catingub is the son of the great jazz vocalist, Mavis Rivers (1929-1992).

Matt Catingub

Priscilla Lopez & Matthew Lopez by Henry Di Rocco

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Tony Award-winner, Priscilla López (A Chorus Line, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine), is starring in the new play, Somewhere. The dance-filled theater piece, written by Matthew López (no relation to Priscilla), is directed by Giovanna Sardelli (daughter of you-know-who). Somewhere features original music from Tony Award-winner, Bill Sherman, and choreography by Greg Graham. For its East Coast premiere, Somewhere will run through May 4th at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to Ms. Lopez, the cast includes Zachary Infante (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan), Jessica Ann Naimy (South Pacific, A Chorus Line), Michael Rosen (West Side Story, Nikolai and the Others) and Cary Tedder (Big Fish, Memphis). Somewhere's journey over the past two years included well-received productions at The Old Globe in San Diego and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. The Los Angeles Times called Somewhere, "Ebullient, charming - a sprawling family drama and a coming- of-age story," and the San Diego Union-Tribune commented, "Lopez's imaginative and beautifully acted Somewhere bursts with ideas and feeling and a boisterous (if bittersweet) sense of romance." San Jose Mercury News said, "Priscilla Lopez has this part in her bones. She grounds the play with her deeply felt and compelling performance." Giovanna, who lives in New York, will be in Hartford until April 11th. "This is probably my biggest production to date in terms of size and theatrical production values," she says. "I've worked with Tony Award-winning designers on this, and Priscilla Lopez is simply fantastic in her role. As Matthew (The Whipping Man) says, ‘we have more Tony's in the production than an Italian wedding.' I think the show is something really special and I'd love for my family to see it. In case you don't know, Priscilla was Morales in the original Chorus Line (she sang "Nothing"). She spontaneously burst out into that song and I almost died." If you are in Connecticut, Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street.

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The Onyx Theatre is presenting the Las Vegas premiere of Song-Poems Wanted! The Musical, April 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th and 26th, at 8 p.m. There will be 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, April 20th and 27th. The book is by Larry Carpenter, with original lyrics by Carpenter and Helen Bates. Original music is by Arthur Kaufman, with additional Song-Poem lyrics by Bette Cooke, Gary Forney, Josephina Rabaca, John Trubee, Ruth Todd, Caglar Singletary, Sharon Ellis, Chris Month, Charles Jacobs, Margaret Brueske, Sylvia Sterns, Dave Muller and Chuck Foster. Additional Song-Poem music is by Ramsey Kearny.

Song-Poems Wanted! The Musical was developed in association with Midwest New Musicals, John Sparks, Artistic Director; and the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest. Musical Arrangements: Gerald Rheault, Kathryn Tahiri and Trent Dahlin. Song-Poems Wanted! The Musical is an original musical that explores the hopes and dreams of the poets and the musicians whose lives are connected through the fictional "Star Records" through the wacky and sometimes touching art of Song- Poems. The score incorporates actual Song-Poems with lyrics written by every day, ordinary people, along with exclusive material written by composer Art Kaufman, and lyricists Helen Bates and Larry Carpenter. It's all tied together through Carpenter's light-hearted and imaginative book. Off-Strip Productions is proud and excited to premiere a brand new version of Song-Poems Wanted! Support original art in our community and give feedback on what you see. Be a part of the creative process! Song Poems Wanted! features dozens of songs, lots of laughs, and a big heart. Don't miss this opportunity to see it. Tickets are $20. The Onyx Theatre is at 953 E. Sahara Ave Suite 16B in Commercial Center. Contact: Artistic Director, Brandon Burk: [email protected], or call (702) 732-7225.

Maltipoo from Puppy Boutique

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Here's the latest from the popular NiteKings... On Sundays (April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th): Once again, your support and loyalty has kept the group Rockin' at Sam's Town, in Roxy's Lounge, from 7 to 11p.m. This is a small intimate venue with a large bar, elevated stage, and lots of tables and chairs. You can listen to the music or grab your favorite dance partner and "cut a rug" on the mid-sized dance floor. Sam's Town is on Boulder Highway at Flamingo. No admission, no cover, no minimum. Wednesdays (April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th): They actually line up before the NiteKings hit the stage at The Orleans. Get there early if you want a good vantage point. The group performs in The Bourbon Street Cabaret, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Orleans features a much larger dance floor, oversized chairs, and a few "Strip-style" booths from which to view the band. A huge Video Poker Bar surrounds the lounge, still within prime watching and listening distance. The Orleans is located on Tropicana, west of The Strip. Again, no admission, no cover, no minimum. The NiteKings thank you so much for being faithful fans and wonderful friends. The entire NiteKing family wants to wish everyone an early "Happy Easter." They will be looking for you at these venues in April. If anything new comes up on our schedule, you can be sure that a notification will be just an e-mail away. Check out our web-site too ( for interesting facts, loads of pictures, bios, little tidbits of history, and other pertinent information.
The NiteKings are, Victor, Angelo, Eddy, Skip, John, Red, Chris, Tony, and, of course, "The Boss," Rich.

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Okay, animal's your section of this week's ramblings...and there's plenty for you! And, yes, we have gone to the dogs. An adorable male 12-week-old white Maltipoo, donated by Puppy Boutique Las Vegas, will be part of the live auction for the CSN (College of Southern Nevada) Foundation 2014 Legacy Of Achievement Awards Gala on Saturday, April 12th, in the Rio Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. He has been checked out by the College of Southern Nevada Veterinarians and will have all of his immunizations. Think of all the clever names his new owners will be able to come up with for him. This dog is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Joyfully they retain their puppy-like looks and behavior well into their teen years. This cute little dog is playful, affectionate, clever and sweet with a gentle temperament making it a terrific companion dog and often therapy pooch. Because the Maltipoo is so small, it is best suited to a home with older children or adults who will handle it carefully. Its delicate nature makes it an indoor creature. While the Maltipoo is a cross breed, often referred to as a designer dog and not officially recognized as a true breed, avid fans have formed the North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club and Registry. The Legacy Gala is a major fundraiser to support student scholarships and programs at CSN. Each year, Southern Nevada businesses and organizations help make this fundraiser a success by purchasing tables, sponsoring the event or donating items for the Silent and Live Auction. CSN student enrollment is approximately 37,000 students each semester. CSN will recognize exceptional community leaders and partners at its 8th annual Legacy of Achievement Gala, while raising money for student scholarships with a silent and live auction. Individual tickets are $550. Tables start at $5,000. Cocktails and silent auction starts at 6 p.m., with dinner, program and live auction beginning at 7. For additional information, call (702) 651-7341.

Collins Clan's Newest Family Member

Sue Raney

And, from Liberace tribute artist, Will Collins, comes an e-mail looking for ideas for a name for the newest member of the Collins Clan...a cute Puggle rescue puppy (see accompanying photo). Puggles are a cross breed of the Pug and Beagle. They have the wrinkles of their Pug parents and the longer muzzle, ears, and tail of a Beagle - a look that draws comparisons to miniature Mastiffs. This unique appearance and his friendly nature has driven a rapid rise in popularity since the first Puggle was bred in the 1990s. Cross breeds such as the Puggle are often referred to as designer dogs rather than mixed breeds because they're bred on purpose and are a combination of two known breeds. People who raise them hope to end up with the best of both worlds: for instance, the Pug's laidback personality and the Beagle's longer nose, which makes breathing easier. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn't; it all depends on the shuffle of the genetic cards. Puggles are active. Not content to laze around the house, they play energetically indoors and out, racing around the dining room table and down the hall. Some enjoy digging outdoors. Expect to give them at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Puggles are good walking companions, but they're not the best choice if you want a jogging partner. Agility training is a good way to direct your fun-loving Puggle's need for speed. Puggles are smart, but they may or may not be eager to please. Neither the Pug nor the Beagle is especially known for ease of training, and both breeds can be stubborn. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewards, play, and praise, and keep training sessions short and sweet. Being a social dog, the Puggle gets along well with everyone. He usually enjoys the company of children and isn't known for aggression toward other dogs. Puggles will bark to let you know when someone comes to the door, but given their friendly nature, they're not guard dogs. Some are howlers, a trait inherited from their Beagle parent.

The Puggle can be a cute and cuddly lovebug. Before you fall in love with that wrinkled face and hang-down ears, however, it's important to understand that you could end up with a dog that displays one or more of the worst characteristics of the Pug and the Beagle, such as respiratory problems (Pug), stubbornness (Pug and Beagle), tendency to wander (Beagle), howling (Beagle), hip dysplasia (both), and eye problems (both). If you're willing to welcome whatever surprises this little dog brings, you're sure to enjoy life with your new pet. Submit name ideas to Claire Voyant who will pass them on to the Collins family. No prizes are involved - just glory.

If you are in Southern California, Mark Winkler urges you to attend and support All For Love, at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, on Sunday, April 13th. Dinner seating is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., with entertainment starting at 7. Maripat Davis and Richard Osborn, with special guests Sue Raney, Kat Kramer, Andrea Marcovicci and Winkler, will sing. Shelly Markham will serve as Musical Director. The evening is to benefit All For Love Animal Rescue, which has saved the lives of more than 300 dogs in the past year. Enjoy dinner, drinks and a show, while doing something wonderful to help save animals. Reservations are required. Please call (818) 754-8700 for more details and to reserve your spot! Valet parking is available.

For the third year, LJ Harness, representing Cadillac of Las Vegas, will be involved with the Nevada SPCA fundraiser to support "no kill" animal shelters, and raise awareness about the plight of domestic animals. Animals In Wonderland Champagne & High Tea - Chapter 4 will be held on Thursday, April 10th, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Spanish Trail Country Club - East Gate, 5050 Spanish Trail Lane in Las Vegas. This elegant event includes Lance Burton, Master Magician, as the featured performer, Marc Savard, Comedy Hypnotist as MC, with special and surprise guests and performers, rescued animals, a red carpet, a deluxe silent auction, and more. Contact [email protected]
Update: Animals In Wonderland has sold out, but they have created a Waiting List in case additional seats become available.

LJ Harness

Showboys: Men's Costumes of Jubilee!

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The Nevada State Museum is currently featuring Showboys: Men's Costumes of Jubilee!
Bally's Jubilee! is the longest running Parisian-style cabaret-extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip. The final holdout from the city's mid-century eruption of musical revue acts, epitomizes the glitz and glamour of "Vintage Vegas." Jubilee is often called a "showgirl production" and, although the visual icon of Jubilee is the beautiful showgirl, there is also, positioned just downstage and slightly behind the rhinestone and feather headdress, a handsome showboy. While not front-and-center nor with top billing, nevertheless, the showboy is an integral part of the spectacle, providing an energizing contrast and balance to the show's structure. As Jubilee was in rehearsals, and just two weeks shy of its premiere at the MGM Grand Hotel in late 1980, a fatal fire swept through the Strip property, destroying the majority of the show's stage props, sets and costumes. Jubilee's mastermind producer, Donn Arden, regrouped and reconstructed the show in time to open the following July. This exhibit features original showboy costumes from act five of Jubilee's opening night, 1981. Created for the Titanic production number, these garments are inspired by early 20th century American men's fashion, but the silhouettes and color schemes are deliberately distorted to appeal to the tastes of the early-1980's audience. The Jubilee costumes are designed and built to demanding standards. Each of the more than 1000 stage costumes are able to withstand the rigors of twice daily performances, quick-changes, high-energy dance numbers, perpetual cleanings and generations of changing cast members. Maintenance of the wardrobe necessitates a team of thirty. The Nevada State Museum's costume and textile collection features many historically significant entertainment costumes which have served to establish the city of Las Vegas as The Entertainment Capital of the World. The Nevada State Museum is located in the Springs Preserve, west of the Strip at 309 South Valley View Blvd. The Showboys: Men's Costumes of Jubilee! will be on display through July. For additional information, call (702) 486-5205.
Karan Feder is Guest Curator, Showboys: Men's Costumes of Jubilee! and Volunteer Curator of Costume & Textiles at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

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Last Saturday, March 29th, employees and friends of The Mac King Comedy-Magic Show - including Kathy Knurek, Bill Voelkner, Jennifer Sils, Michael Perotti, Josh Hardy, Jeff Knurek and Rachel Diehl - joined Mac King, working together with other members of the community to paint, landscape and rebuild a home, and hope, for a local family through Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas. During the lunch break, Mac surprised the volunteers with a few magic tricks and provided each volunteer with a four-pack of tickets to his show. The four bedroom, two bathroom home in Southern Highlands is set to be ready for move-in in May. Now in his 14th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, Comedy-Magician Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleights-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike. Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, and all five of NBC's The World's Greatest Magic TV specials. Consistently recommended by fellow magicians, Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, said about King "The best comedy magician in Vegas. He'll fool you with his fantastically original tricks..." in a recent Wall Street Journal article. He has been recognized with numerous accolades including "Best Las Vegas Show" in the 2012 Reader's Choice Awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal named his show the "Best Bargain Show" for ten straight years (2003-2013), "Best Family Attraction" in 2012, and "Favorite Male Las Vegan" in 2008. In 2011, he was deemed "Best Strip Headliner" in the Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Of" Awards. King, a past NBC-TV "The World's Greatest Magic Shows" regular, has also been decorated as Magic Magazine's "Funniest Act in Magic," the World Magic Awards' "Best Comedy Magician" and the Magic Castle's "Magician of the Year." King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah's Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $29.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting King.

Mac King Paints for Habitat

Artist Geoffrey Gersten

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American surrealist artist, Geoffrey Gersten, will make a return meet-and-greet visit to Art encounter™, the exclusive and unique art gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, this weekend, through Sunday, from 3-6 p.m. Geoffrey is a self-taught surrealist artist, based out of Tempe, Arizona. He started painting when he was 21 years old, and works in oil paints mixed with natural resin. His artwork is quirky, featuring humanoid machines resembling images of robots from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. "We're been having well-known artists visit the gallery and are pleased to have Geoffrey Gersten making a return visit," said Art encounter's executive director, Scott Ferguson. "The experience of meeting an artist and learning firsthand is Inspiring and memorable." "Surrealism Meets Tech" is one way to describe Gersten's paintings; "alternate retro-universe homages to Las Vegas and the classic robots" is another. Gertsen's robots have a naive "mechanicality;" real innocents like the toy and cartoon characters they resemble. They are people and essentially children. 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 midnight on Friday and Saturday. 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. In recent years, the company has been representing distinct global artists, maintained an award-winning custom framing and offered certified fine art appraising to museums and private collectors. More recently, Art encounter became the worldwide distributor for Leonardo da Vinci's Horse and Rider, a bronze cast from a wax model from the hand of Leonardo himself. For more information, visit, or phone (702) 733-2000.

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Former Las Vegas entertainers, Hudson & Saleeby, will continue to play music at Jim's Place in Memphis on Fridays, April 11th, 18th, and 25th (and hopefully ongoing Fridays), starting at 8:30. Jim's Place, 518 Perkins Extended at Poplar, is a great place to come by anytime, but H&S especially want to see you on Fridays. For additional information, call Jim's Place at (901) 766-2030. On Monday, April 7th at 7 p.m., Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby will be singing some great American Standards, along with TJ Graham and the Memphis Knights Big Band, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Go listen to the great American Classics and dance!

Also, don't miss Carl Wolfe's "Little Big Band" as they pay tribute to some great drummer band leaders like Buddy Rich and Phil Collins at Memphis Drum Shop on Wednesday, April 30th. Call (901) 276-2328 for tickets.

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It's the final weekend for Jason Robert Brown's, Songs For a New World, at The Onyx Theatre, and they are offering discounted tickets. Remaining show times are tonight, Friday, April 4th and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 ($5 off the regular price). Students, seniors and military get and additional $5 off all tickets (this can be used on top of discounted prices). The Onyx is at The Onyx Theatre | 953 E. Sahara Ave | Bldg.16 | Las Vegas | NV | 89104. For reservations, call The Onyx Theatre (702) 732-7225

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka plays at the Henderson Pavilion on - Fridays and Saturdays, April 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, the 6th and 13th, starting at 4 p.m. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company brings to life the timeless tale of a world-famous candy maker and his search to find a successor to his chocolate factory in this musical adaptation, featuring songs from the Oscar-nominated motion picture, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The Henderson Pavilion is located at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. Tickets are $10.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, Tuesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sunday night is your last chance to see The Jacksons at Planet least for this engagement. Show times are Saturday at 930 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $54 to $129. Call (800) 745-3000.

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We've come a long way, baby, and it's about time. Actually, it's PAST time! While perusing the greeting card section at the Albertsons on S. Eastern near Warm Springs, we spotted a section of cards we had never seen before. Named Teazled, the line of greeting cards is geared toward a customer that has been long overlooked. Teazled calls themselves "A Different Kind of Greeting Card Company - Traditional Greeting Cards for Non-Traditional Families." Launched in 2010 for the LGBT community, selections include Birthday, Coming Out, Wedding, Anniversary (him to him and her to her), We're Expecting, Support, Sympathy, and other classy and tasteful cards. Teazled is a company whose driving motivation is to pioneer traditional greeting cards for the non-traditional family so that they might also be able to celebrate those meaningful moments, express their innermost thoughts and communicate with those they cherish. We understand that non-traditional families share the same traditional bonds of love and respect. We appreciate the desire of all people to convey their feelings to those they hold dear. Greeting cards are a vital means of communication that touch lives, as they distinctly identify thoughts, words and actions. They comfort, inspire, celebrate, and stir a vast range of emotions. For years we, too, have felt the void when looking for a greeting card to accurately express our feelings during life's special occasions only to have to edit the available selection. It is this vacancy that inspired us to create our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender-friendly greeting card company. We know the most powerful gift is that of communication as we have seen the hardships caused when we don't have the words to express our deepest emotions. Don't let another moment go by. TELL THEM™... with cards by Teazled. Locally, you can see the line in four Las Vegas Albertsons stores - 7172 South Eastern, 2550 South Fort Apache, 1650 N. Buffalo Drive, and 5500 Boulder Highway - where they have had displays set up since right before Valentine's Day. Cards can also be viewed and purchased online, at

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