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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from April 11, 2014
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Las Vegas - April 11, 2014

The Jacksons at Planet Hollywood

The PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood was practically full for The Jacksons Rocktellz and Cocktails show last Saturday night. The Brothers - Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine - put on a very good and entertaining show, getting the all-age audience much involved - dancing in the aisles, singing along in the right spots, and having a good time. There were familiar songs, as well as some expected ones, plus some fancy footwork by the fellows. Everyone looked real good. It's hard to believe that the four entertainers are now in their 50s and 60s. The last show of this run (they opened on February 7th) was last Sunday night. We hope that, like Meat Loaf, The Jacksons will return as part of the ongoing Rocktells and Cocktails series.
The Jacksons performance photo by Tom Donoghue

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From Letters To The Editor, Actors Equity News Letter.
Letters received from paid-up members on subjects of concern to Equity members will be considered for publication in Equity News, provided that they are no greater than 175 words in length. Letters selected for publication may be edited for space requirements. Actors' Equity Association reserves the right to decline to publish letters at its sole discretion. When multiple letters on the same topic are submitted, the Editor may decide to select a smaller number of representative letters for publication. Letters must be signed and must provide preferred contact information for verification purposes, but names may be withheld from publication in certain limited circumstances, at a member's request Opinions expressed in Letters to the Editor are not necessarily those of Actors' Equity Association.

Dear Editor:
Our fellow Equity member Irving Benson turned 100 years old in January A true national treasure, Benson is "the last leaf on the tree" of American burlesque comedy-there are no other living comedians from the golden age of burlesque. Most people remember him as "Sidney Spritzer," heckler to Milton Berle from the audience, or from his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His career started at The People's Theatre in the Bowery, and he was on stage at The Republic the night Mayor LaGuardia shut down burlesque in New York City. He worked in vaudeville and legit, and in World War II he toured with the USO making our troops laugh. Benson worked in musicals nationwide, but settled in Las Vegas until he retired in 1992. An award-winning documentary, The Last First Comic, has been made about his life. Today, Benson is as funny as ever and lives in Long Island surrounded by his family, and Lillian, his wife of 78 years. Happy 100th, Irving!
Signed, Bart Williams

Irving Benson is 100

Diane Ellis & Carol O'Shaughnessy

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John Amodeo, who writes for the New York-based Cabaret Scenes magazine, had this to say about Carol O'Shaughnessy and former Las Vegas entertainer Diane Ellis' show, Here's to Life! Bosom Buddies on the Town, that recently played at Club Café in Boston. Carol O'Shaughnessy, the doyenne of Boston cabaret, teamed with friend Diane Ellis, a former Bostonian, who has returned after 32 years in Las Vegas, and we all knew we would have to fasten our seatbelts. Both strong singers, Ellis more trumpet to O'Shaughnessy's sultrier alto sax, they can both light up the stage, and belt to kingdom come on command. Ellis's Vegas background is a blessing and a curse. Her showmanship is sharply honed, but she will need to work on her connection to the material (she's nearly there) to really sell the wistful and rarely sung "Girl Behind the Scenes." But she had the chops to bring home such high-spirited anthems as "As Long As I'm Singin'" or "I Only Wanna Laugh," which respectively opened and closed her solo set on a high note, as well as a telling point of view. O'Shaughnessy was in top form throughout, but never more so than in her solo set, with a perfectly in-the-moment delivery of "Nobody Does It Like Me" (Seesaw), and a bull's eye landing of "A Loud and Funny Song" (Oh, Brother!). But she turned on a dime and was riveting in the searing "The Music Went Out of My Life" (Legs Diamond), turning it into a three-act play. Ellis and O'Shaughnessy had excellent support from the Tom LaMark Trio, with Jim Gwin excellent on drums throughout, and Mike Monaghan on various reeds offering a superb sax solo on Ellis's ballad "Everything Must Change." The ladies offered duets at the top, the middle and the end of the show, with a half-time high point being the titular "Bosom Buddies" that became even more fun when Ellis's lyric slip turned into a spontaneous in-character recovery. Playing off O'Shaughnessy's cameo character, Mama Scugliachi, Ellis introduced her own North End matron Josephine Pascarella, to join Mama first in a some hilarious stand-up, but then occupying a park bench for a near heart-rending opening verse of "Hello, in There," made even more poignant knowing that both Ellis and O'Shaughnessy work in an assisted living center. I would rather they had finished the song, than apologetically segue into the nevertheless sweet "Bella Notte." But that is a mere quibble, when, otherwise, there is enough high-octane energy in their uptempo duets to power the next NASA space mission, as evidenced in their pairing of "Just a Coupl'a Sisters"/"Turn Up the Spotlight," playing off their mutual Nunsense! experience, and their outrageously madcap opener, "That's Entertainment." And indeed it was. For more info about Cabaret Scenes, go to

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Supposedly, no one is indispensable...that is, unless your name is Nelson Sardelli, and you are the coordinating force behind the non-club club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events). Mr. Sardelli's planned trip to Brazil, originally scheduled to last 12 days, turned into 21. As a result, much of the pre-F.I.O.R.E. publicity didn't happen. When Nelson returned home, just a couple of days before yesterday's anticipated luncheon gathering, the number of RSVPs looked rather bleak, compared to those of previous months. Too bad, as Robert George Allen, the man behind The Vegas Mob Tour (and a number of other creative businesses), was to be the special guest speaker. Since, in his previous life, Robert was an entertainer, this promised to be a very interesting afternoon. Never fear. A sleep deprived Sardelli got on the phone, and using his most persuasive techniques, got the number of committed attendees up into the 70s. We will have a follow-up story, and a photo or two, in next Friday's column.

Robert George Allen's Vegas Mob Tour

And speaking of Robert George Allen, he wants Claire Voyant readers to know about Las Vegas' Hottest New Private Limo Tour! A renowned mob historian, Allen takes an exciting look into the world of the Mafia and Organized Crime. Experience this award winning mob adventure that reveals the sordid history of how the "Mob" ran Vegas. This one-of-a-kind tour begins with tales about the Mob's connection with Las Vegas from 1945 through the 1980s. You will visit the sites where mob murders, robberies, loan sharking and underworld activity actually occurred. Your personal guide, Robert, dressed in Pinstripes and a Fedora, will weave "eerie" tales about Las Vegas' darkest mob secrets. Strange stories of Sin City's colorful past fill the air as you learn about the notorious gangster and casino builder Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, the ruthless mob enforcers Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, and Frank Cullotta, plus many more infamous Vegas Mob characters. After your exciting tour, you will be treated to a pizza dinner in the same place where the "Hole in the Wall Gang" ate and planned their notorious crimes. A professional actor and personal guide for the Vegas Mob Tours, Robert has spent more than 35 years in show business. Over the years, he has been featured in more than 25 major production shows on the Las Vegas Strip, both as a comedian and musical entertainer. Robert has also appeared as an actor in many theater productions, movies and television shows. His role as the "mobster" tour guide adds a touch of show biz to the Vegas Mob Tour. This combined with Robert's personal tales about the "Old Vegas" Mob, makes for a very interesting evening of exciting and fun entertainment.

The experience offers three hours of Mob Facts, Food and Fun, spread over 10 miles around the city. Tours are available by appointment, seven days a week, with the starting location at the Royal Resort, 99 Convention Center Drive. The price of the tour includes dinner at "Geno's Pizza Party." Here are a few of the Vegas Mob Tour Reviews. "A great tour. Five stars." from the TripAdvisor. "LOVED the tour. Robert, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and has such a passion for the old Vegas. Had to come home and watch the movie "Casino" just to see the places we visited." Susan P, Edmonton, Canada. "Excellent Tour. Five stars." TripAdvisor. "I took the Vegas Mob Tour in June 2013. It was one of the most enjoyable times I've have had in Vegas. You learn not only the history of the mob but the city of Vegas too. The tour guide was very knowledgeable on the subject. Robert interviewed former mob members as well as FBI and CIA agents. You get to see places where actual mob events occurred as well as a few homes of celebrities. It was great!" Sam, IL. "Incredible History! 5 of 5 Stars. I took this tour the first night I got to Vegas! Coming from Chicago, with time spent in New York, I consider a mob tour necessary wherever I go! Our tour guide Robert, was dressed in a suit and fedora. Charismatic, he poured out a whole lot of information while still cracking jokes throughout the monologue. The best part about this tour is the fact that it has an accompany- ing video to go along with the tour guide. This is the first time I have seen something like that done. It's pretty awesome because you have the facial recognition of the mobsters during the presentation it's not just someone throwing out a bunch of names for nearly three hours. It was very interesting to see how many mobsters came from Chicago made me feel like I was at home. Book your private Mob Tour now. Call (702) 807-8036.

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We have just learned that Ray Borders, a member of the loyal F.I.O.R.E. bunch, passed away on January 27th, following a brief illness. Borders, who usually had a camera in tow, was an Air Force veteran who flew 67 combat missions in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the information we have on Ray is limited. If we get more, we will post it. Condolences to his family.

Ray Borders

Mickey Rooney 1920-2014

Actor Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized screen dynamo of the 1930s and 1940s best known for his boy-next-door role in the Andy Hardy movies, died last Sunday, April 6th, at the age of 93.
Born Joseph Yule, Jr. on September 23, 1920, Rooney was an award-winning actor in films, television, Broadway, radio and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended more than 90 years, and by 1939, Rooney was America's number one box-office star. He appeared in more than 200 films and was the last surviving star of the silent film era, with one of the longest careers in the medium's history. A prolific talent, he became a noted character actor later in his career, and could sing, dance, clown, and play various musical instruments. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the greatest actor of them all," and Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet (with Elizabeth Taylor) and The Human Comedy, said he was "the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with." Rooney first performed in vaudeville as a child and made his film debut at age six. At age thirteen, he played the role of Puck in the play and later the film, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in an acclaimed performance, which critic David Thomson praised as "one of cinema's most arresting pieces of magic." He co-starred in Boys Town (1938) with Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his role. At nineteen, Rooney was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in Babes in Arms, co-starring Judy Garland, and was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939. Between the age of 15 and 25, while at his peak, he made 43 pictures. Rooney developed into one of MGM's most consistently successful actors, and a favorite of studio head, Louis B. Mayer. He was drafted into the Army during World War II, serving nearly two years entertaining over 2 million troops on stage and on the radio. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his efforts. After he returned from the war in 1945, his acting career declined. Now an adult with a height of only 5' 2", he could no longer play the role of a teenager yet lacked the stature of most leading men. Rooney was tenacious and rebounded, and his popularity was renewed with numerous, mainly supporting, roles in films such as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979), for which he was Oscar nominated. In the early 1980s, he returned to Broadway in Sugar Babies, and once more was a celebrated star. He made hundreds of appearances on TV, including dramas, variety programs and talk shows. During his career, he received four Academy Award nominations and was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning one. In his personal life, Rooney was married eight times, including to Ava Gardner, when she was 19 and he was 21. Mickey had a number of Vegas connections - from wedding ceremonies to headlining on Strip hotel stages. In the late 1990s, he and Juliet Prowse starred in Sugar Babies at the Desert Inn. Sadly, despite his earning millions during his career, by the end of his life, his estate had dwindled to only $18,000, and he died owing back taxes and medical bills. RIP, Mickey Rooney.

Fluffy stand-up comedian/actor, John Pinette, passed away in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 5th. He had just turned 50 on March 23rd. For more than 20 years, Pinette had been touring and entertaining audiences around the world. The Boston-born Pinette started a career in accounting, but friends persuaded him to pursue his other passion, making people laugh. In 1991, he got his big break when he was invited to tour with Frank Sinatra. As an actor, John's film credits include Duets, Dear God, Junior, The Punisher and The Last Godfather. He was a regular on the TV series, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, and appeared in the final episode of Seinfeld. Pinette was named "Stand-Up Comedian of the Year" by the American Comedy Awards in 1999. In 2004, he joined the touring cast of the musical, Hairspray, in the role of Edna Turnblad. He moved to the Broadway production in 2005, and performed in that role until 2006. He was also featured in the Comedy Central animated series, Shorties Watchin' Shorties. In January 2007, Pinette's Comedy Central stand-up special and DVD, I'm Starvin,' was released as a follow-up to his successful CD, Show Me the Buffet. His Comedy Central special, John Pinette: Still Hungry, premiered in July 2011. In 2012, Pinette was one of the comedians featured in Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops. Pinette was a frequent Las Vegas performer, last appearing here at The Orleans in January.

John Pinette 1964-2014

Wayne Green

Publicist, Florence Troutman, passed away recently at the age of 71. The sister of Roger Behr, who, with his partner, Roger Peltz, formed the comedy team of Roger & Roger, back in the day, Troutman worked with a number of Las Vegas comedy clubs - most notably, The Comedy Store and Catch a Rising Star - and some up and coming entertainers, including Sam Kinison and Nick Lewin.

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Late on Wednesday night (after theater), top talent, including Josh Alan, Shaun DeGraff, Pascale Elia, Wayne Green, Alfred Johnson, Chadwick Johnson, Christopher Lash, John Marnell, Richard Oberacker, Nephi Oliva, Matt Taylor, Keith Thompson, Dr. Mark Wherry, 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 DiPietro, Theresa Peterson, Noah Rivera, Erica Robledo, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia, Eric Jordan Young, Patrick Clark, Gary Cordell, Chris Davis, Joel Ferguson, Mark Ferratt, Thomas Gooding, Mikey Hachey, Michael Hepner, Josh Jones, Nick Kittle, Sam Lemos, Rob Marnell, Mike Mechem, Dane Ngahuka, Justin Peterson, Kevin Stout, Jeff Teczon, Eric Tewalt, John Wedemeyer, and Donya Willis, will all have a turn in the spotlight on the stage of Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. It's the April edition of the monthly Composers Showcase. If you have your tickets, see you there. If not, and you want to be in the are toast, at least for this go-round. The 247-seat Cabaret Jazz club is completely sold out for the 16th. He, or she, who hesitated, will miss out on one of this city's most impressive, and still somewhat secret, musical nights.

And speaking of Las Vegas newcomer, Chadwick Johnson, he has made some very impressive inroads on the local entertainment scene in his short time as a member of the community. Here is some of what is on his upcoming schedule. Tonight, Friday, April 11th, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Chadwick will be performing with his full band at the Aria Hotel and Casino's Lift Bar Lounge. This is always a fun show, with lots of dancing and action packed moments. (Johnson will be back at Aria on April 18th and 26th.) Tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, Chadwick, with Michael Shane at the Grand Piano, will be performing at that Italian joint on the south Strip from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. This Sunday, April 13th, Mr. Busy is back at his weekly show at the Italian American Club, 2333 E Sahara, from 7 to 11 p.m. (no cover charge). Call (702) 457-3866. As mentioned above, on Wednesday, April 16th, Chadwick will be making his Composers Showcase debut (a virgin, if you will). The show, taking place at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz, is already sold out. On Tuesday, April 22nd, Johnson returns to the Mad Greek for another show from 7 to 10 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call (702) 630-6111. Also, on Friday, May 30th, Chadwick will be doing his very first 'Show Room-style" show, entitled Music and Me. It will be held in the Sorrento Room at the Italian American Club. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this special night with you," says the young entertainer. "Life is busy and I couldn't be happier. Feeling blessed to have the opportunity to be doing what I love!" Check out

Chadwick Johnson

Antonio Carlos Jobim

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This Sunday, April 13th, Nikolas Mastrangelo, in his Nik at Nite mode, will be featuring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., in the in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany. Nik reports that they had a ball last Sunday, celebrating the music of Jerome Kern, as the entire first set was devoted to his compositions. Quite simply, the band's - Joey Singer at piano, Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums - version of "Yesterdays" and "I'm Old Fashioned," were the best Nik has ever heard. They were also great supporting him on some unusual versions of Kern's "Old Man River" and "I Won't Dance." As usual, there was an interesting mix of patrons, consisting of both locals and visitors from as far away as Alabama and Scotland. Once again, Martin Mancuso dropped by with his alto sax to favor the audience with a couple of songs, with Nik joining him on an up-tempo version of "Fly Me To the Moon." During the last set, the group was joined by Joyce Carole, with her versions of "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "The Very Thought of You". I think everyone was having fun, and that's the way it's supposed to be. This Sunday, we will feature the wonderful music of Antonio Carlos Jobim along with our usual mix of both the well-known and rare. Come and join us in the coolest lounge in town. The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany Suites and Casino (on the hotel side), at 255 E Flamingo Rd.
And speaking of the Tuscany, tomorrow night, from 8 p.m. to midnight in the TSpot Lounge, it's The Fab - with The Ultimate Beatles Music Celebration. There is no cover charge, and very limited seating. We suggest you get there early.

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Dangerous Curves

The girls of Dangerous Curves - Karen Michaels, Lisa Smith, and Margaret Menzies - are excited and honored to be among the guest entertainers to perform on Wednesday, April 16th, at the Henderson Pavilion, as The Vegas Voice presents Keeping the Spirit of '45 Alive!, celebrating the achievements of America's Greatest Generation. This incredible FREE event, honoring our WWII veterans and their families, will also feature a live big band and the talents of Lou Gazzara, Corrie Sachs, Denise Clemente, and Gary Anthony. The one and only Marty Allen will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall, and Mark OToole will host. The Curves will be performing their popular "Radio/Andrews Sisters Medley," along with a very special a cappella arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," followed by their "Salute to the Armed Forces." So much talent on one stage. You do NOT want to miss this event! In addition to the show, there will be miscellaneous other entertainment, vendor booths and awards being presented. The Henderson Pavilion is located at 200 Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, of course. Gates open at noon, with a pre-show starting at 12:30, the Great "Kiss-Off at 1:30, and the main show starting at 2. The afternoon events are sponsored by CareMore.

Corrie Sachs

Burton Cohen

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The next Las Vegas Media Group lunch meeting will take place on Monday, April 21st, at the Las Ventanas Retirement Community. The address is 10401 W. Charleston Blvd. The change in location is due to the closing of the Wedding Room, the group's old stomping ground. The guest speaker at this new, beautiful venue will be Burton Cohen, former top executive of the Desert Inn. We will have another reminder next Friday. The lunch price at Las Ventanas will be the same as it was at the Wedding Room, $ 17 per person.

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The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Foundation will recognize exceptional community leaders and partners at its 8th annual Legacy of Achievement Gala tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, in the Rio Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Each recipient is selected based on the impact of their contributions. The 2014 Legacy of Achievement honorees include: Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and The Southern Nevada Franchised New Car & Truck Dealers Association, Incorporated. 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. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with Cocktails and a Silent Auction; followed at 7p.m. by Dinner, a Program, and Live Auction. Cost to attend An Evening of Brilliance with CSN Jewels of the Desert in the Rio Pavilion Ballroom is, Individual tickets $550. Tables start at $5,000. For information, call (702) 651-7341. The CSN Foundation is a nonprofit organization led by community volunteers. The Foundation is dedicated to providing resources to support students and programs at the College of Southern Nevada. Founded in 1982, the CSN Foundation has provided donations of cash and equipment to build classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums and academic buildings. Founded in 1971, and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada ( is the state's largest and most ethnically diverse politically-funded higher education institution. CSN offers more than 200 degree and certificate options in more than 120 areas of study, including 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules including day, evening and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN Touching Tomorrow, Transforming Lives.

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American Trilogy at South Point

If you are a fan of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and/or Neil Diamond, you won't want to miss American Trilogy, playing in the South Point showroom, tomorrow and Sunday night. The three stars - Sebastian Anzaldo as Sinatra, Justin Shandor as Elvis, and Rob Garrett as The King of Diamonds - are all award-winners at their respective crafts. The men will be backed by a live band made up of top musicians, along with a very special female vocalist. Does this sound like a show you would want to go to? If you have your tickets in place, we will see you there. If you don't, you will miss American Trilogy this weekend, as the South Point showroom has been completely sold out for a number of days. You snooze. You lose. Better luck next time.

Song Poems Wanted, still has shows left at The Onyx Theatre. Show times are April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sunday Matinees, April 20 and 27. Tickets are $20. The Onyx Theatre is located in Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Ave., Bldg.16. For reservations, call (702) 732-7225.

This is the last weekend to see Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka at Henderson Pavilion, as the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company performs the scrumdidilyumptious musical. The fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination comes to a close on Sunday. Tickets are $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Final shows, for Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, are tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 13th, at 4 p.m. The Henderson Pavilion is at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway.

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This weekend kicks off the Metropolitan Community Church Las Vegas "Panty Raid!," the annual initiative of collecting undergarments and socks for mothers and children fleeing domestic violence. When looking for a safe place to escape, these mothers and children often leave with only the clothes on their backs. Every year, MCC collects and donates NEW store bought underwear, socks, bras, and other undergarments in various sizes and for various ages. MCC will bless them on Sunday, May 11th, Mother's Day, and all garments will go to Safe Nest. Serving Southern Nevada since 1977, Safe Nest is Nevada's largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues. Safe Nest's programs are concentrated in four areas of service: shelter, counseling, advocacy and prevention. Our shelter homes are maintained in undisclosed locations for the safety of abuse victims and their children, and all services are provided with confidentiality as a high priority. Our goal is to assist families from crisis to healing, while empowering victims toward self-sufficiency in violence-free lives. Safe Nest provides services for victims, batterers and their children. Prevention programs focus on children, teens, and young adults. Metropolitan Community Church is located at 1140 Almond Tree Lane, off East Sahara near Maryland Parkway. Phone (702) 369-4380.

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TCM Presents, And the Oscar® Goes To... The ultimate insider look into the Academy Awards® is coming to the big screen in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 13th. And the Oscar® Goes To... is a revealing documentary that features clips from Oscar®-winning and nominated films, rare footage from past ceremonies, as well as interviews with today's superstars. This event is one you won't want to miss. And the Oscar® Goes To... will play in the movie theaters at Sam's Town, Santa Fe Station, The Orleans and Century 16 at the South Point. Showtime is at 2 p.m.

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You are invited to be a part of the 2014 UNLV Production of The Vagina Monologues at Artemus Ham Concert Hall on April 19th. From The Vagina Monologues cast member, Judy Thomas comes this information...
Chances are you know that I have been working with the UNLV Women's Center as they participate in the 2014 International V-Day campaign to stop violence against women and girls.
UNLV has been granted the rights for a V-Day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, to raise money and awareness for UNLV CARE Advocates, providing on campus advocacy for victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/ dating violence, and stalking. The show will be at Artemus Ham Hall on the 19th of April. Tickets are $12 if you purchase them from me, or $20 at the door. I hope you will join me in supporting the cause of ending violence against women and girls. We have been granted the rights for a V-Day benefit production of In 2013, more than 5800 V-Day benefit events took place, produced by volunteer activists in 140 countries around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls, both locally and globally. In 2014, UNLV will be one of thousands of events around the world, channeling their creative energy into making a difference as part of the V-Day Campaign. It is our intention to make V-Day 2014 UNLV a huge success. This will be possible, in large part, through the assistance and generosity of sponsors. Part of what makes this event so special is the opportunities it offers to businesses in local communities - to participate in this global movement, to celebrate and honor the women and girls in your life and community, to be part of a collective voice, a voice that refuses to be ignored, a voice that says NO to violence against women and girls. We will be donating all profits from our event to our own local organization UNLV CARE Advocates. Since we hope to donate as much money to this organization as possible, we need to cover the few expenses we will incur in staging such an event and still have money left over to give away.
Judy Thomas, Cast Member, V-Day 2014 UNLV, (702) 895-4475/ [email protected]. [email protected]

Judy Thomas

Stevaughn Freschette

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Mistinguett Productions presents Stevaughn Freschette...Prince of Romance, at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, Saturday, April 19th, at 7 p.m. Stevaughn, originally from Louisiana, and of French/Creole descent, came to Las Vegas in 1995 where he was heard performing by the famous King of Romance, Engelbert Humperdinck. He told his son, Jason Dorsey, "that kid's got a good set of pipes, he reminds me of myself when I was young. Get that kid some gigs!" With Engelbert's endorsement, Stevaughn started headlining at the Flamingo, Treasure Island, Riviera and other venues up and down the Vegas Strip, and then around the country and all over the world! He looks like Tony Orlando, but he sounds like Engelbert. His repertoire consists of a vast mixture of his own contemporary originals, R&B, country, and songs made famous by some of music's giants - Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, the Temptations, Tony Bennett and, of course, Engelbert Humperdinck. Experience a full band, back up vocalist and his high energy Las Vegas show at the Starbright, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in the hills of Summerlin. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin Residents and $18 for Non-Residents. Tickets are on sale seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. The Starbright Theatre is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with listening devices for the hearing challenged? To obtain a listening device please ask at the Pinnacle Monitor Station. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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Taylor Hicks

In a rerun episode (the first airing was in February) of Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show this last week, Taylor Hicks teamed up with Ferguson for the opening segment. Hicks exchanged banter with the talk-show host, and joined him in a little harmonica playoff. The former American Idol-winner referenced his long-running show in Las Vegas, answered a few cheeky questions and traded harmonica licks with Ferguson. The Alabama native recently ended his residency run at Napoleon's inside Paris Las Vegas, and is now in Nashville working on a new album.

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