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Note: This is a past column from May 09, 2014
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Las Vegas - May 9, 2014


Jimmy Van Heusen

Joe Lano

Last Sunday, in the Piazza Lounge inside the Tuscany Suites & Casino, Nikolas Mastrangelo and his trio - Larry Millonzi on keyboards, Kenny Seiffert on bass, and Adam Shendal on drums - celebrated the music of Sammy Cahn in their first two sets. Despite competing with several other events in town, they had a great crowd all night long. Many audience members were amazed at the number of well-known songs that were written by Mr. Cahn. This Sunday, Mother's Day, Nik and the band celebrate mom with Las Vegas' own poet laureate of the guitar, Joe Lano, who will be joining Jeff Davis on bass, Boris Shapiro on drums, as they perform the wonderful music of Jimmy Van Heusen and other selected treats. Born Edward Chester Babcock, in Syracuse, New York, Van Heusen served as a test pilot for Lockheed Corporation in WWII. As a composer, he wrote music for both stage and screen. Van Heusen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 14 times in 12 different years (in both 1945 and 1964 he was nominated for two songs), and won four times: "Swinging on a Star" (1944), lyrics by Johnny Burke for Going My Way; "All the Way" (1957), lyrics by Sammy Cahn for The Joker Is Wild; "High Hopes" (1959), lyrics by Sammy Cahn for A Hole in the Head; and "Call Me Irresponsible" (1963), lyrics by Sammy Cahn for Papa's Delicate Condition. He won an Emmy Award for Best Musical Contribution, for the song "Love and Marriage" (1955), lyrics by Sammy Cahn, written for the 1955 Producers' Showcase production of Our Town, and later used as the theme song for TV's Married With Children. Many of Van Heusen's songs were selected for recording by his close friend, Frank Sinatra, and are an integral part of the Great American Songbook. As for Joe Lano, he is a musician's musician. Acclaimed guitarist, arranger, and orchestrator Joe Lano (Marghilano) is originally from Philadelphia, where he begun performing in nightclubs with own group at the age of 12. He studied guitar with Dennis Sandole and Joe Srgo, and orchestration with Richard Castiglione. In 1964, Joe got the call to go out on the road with Lena Horne. One of the stops on the tour was Las Vegas. He moved here later that year, and has resided here ever since. Vegas was only a "home base" for the busy guitarist, who followed his travels with Lena Horne (including as her personal accompanist during her command performance for her majesty Queen Elizabeth), working with some other giants in the music business, among them Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Smith, Jack Jones, Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Billy Eckstine, Buddy Greco, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, Morgana King, Laura Taylor, Vince Falcone, Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, Carl Saunders, Groove Holmes, Lanny Morgan, Pete and Conte Candoli, Jimmy McGriff, Bill Watrous, Sammy Nestico, Bob Shepard, Eddie Harris, Andy Simpkins, Jack Sheldon, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, Joe Romano, Gus Mancuso, Brian Torff, Bob Badgley, Donn Trenner, Terry Gibbs, Henry Mancini, Robert Farnum, Larry Novak, Stefan Karlsson, Jim Hughart, Greg Fields, and Chuck Berghoffer, to name just a few. Joe's performing schedule today includes gigs, clinics and tours with his group, the Jazz ORGANization; showroom and hotel engagements in Las Vegas and elsewhere; arranging and producing projects for recording and live performance; and the occasional tour with headline performers. He can be heard on numerous recordings, including: Jazz Organizations, Live at the Sahara (Pianissimo Records), Lano/Badgley duo, Jobelle and Jazz Organization, Friends with Bob Badgley (Capri Records), Mountain Greenery (Laura Taylor), A Little Bit of You (Walt Boenig, Dynamic Records), A Little Bit of Time (Paul Broadnause, Brownstone Records), Harry Skoler (Brownstone Records), Like Young (with Buddy Greco and Sammy Nestico, Dolphin Records), Jazz Grooves (with Buddy Greco, Candid Records), Route 66 (with Buddy Greco, Candid Records), With Love Lezlie (with Lezlie Anders, BNL Records), and Carl Saunders with Strings (to be released). Show time on Sunday in the Piazza Lounge is from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. There is no cover. Don't miss this one! They are expecting a huge turnout in the Piazza Lounge, from fans and fellow players alike on Sunday. Suggestion: If you plan to attend, get there early. The Tuscany is located just off the Strip, at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Join singer Chadwick Johnson for the World Premiere of his first production show, Music and Me, premiering Friday, May 30th, in the main showroom at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara in Las Vegas. In this celebration of music and life, Chadwick touches on the impact of music and how it shapes and colors our lives. He will explore some of his earliest memories in song, and how it sparked a journey filled with music. Johnson will be joined by some of Las Vegas' finest dancers and musicians, with Choreographic Artistic Design by Kelly Cabrera. There will be a Red Carpet sponsored by Southern Wines and Spirits, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Show time is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (702) 457-3866. The talented Mr. Johnson has developed a loyal following during his short time in Las Vegas. This show should be a sell out. If you want to be there for the experience, we suggest you get your tickets, sooner than later.


Chadwick Johnson

IDAHO! Reading Cast

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Keith Thompson, the Musical Director for Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas, and, along with Michael Brennan, the co-creator of the Composers Showcase (Keith also hosts and performs at the monthly events) recently spent some time in New York for readings of his musical, Idaho! On April 25th, two readings of Idaho!, with book and lyrics by Buddy Sheffield, and music by Sheffield and Thompson, took place at the Pearl Studios in Manhattan. Idaho!, a bawdy, original, laugh-out-loud musical comedy that pays homage to Broadway's Golden Age classics, has had a couple of readings in Las Vegas over the past few years. The cast for the New York readings included theater professionals, Matt Loehr (Book of Mormon), Alle-Faye Monka (A Chorus Line tour), Jessica Hershberg (Cinderella), Rosalind Brown (One Mo' Time, Footloose), Leslie McDonel (Hairspray, American Idiot), Robbie Roby (Hairspray, Billy Elliot), Courter Simmons (Jersey Boys), Chris Dwan (Harmony), Blake Hammond (First Date, Hairspray), Allison McDowell (Chicago, La Cage), Billy Tighe (Pippin, Wicked), and Trista Dollison (Lion King). A number of performers for the New York readings, have Broadway, national and Las Vegas acting credits, and had participated in the Idaho! readings done here. Rob Sutton (Beauty and the Beast) and Jennifer Perry (Kinky Boots, Nunsense), who were both in Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay; Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly), who performed here in Thompson's Kooky Tunes; Bill Nolte (Cats, La Cage aux Folles) and Jessica Sheridan (Follies, Mary Poppins), both in The Producers at Paris Las Vegas, and, of course, Keith Thompson. Assistant director, Matt Lenz, and assistant choreographer, Michelle Lynch, both had production credits in Hairspray when it played here at the Luxor.

Idaho! went great. The invited audience members loved it and were thrilled to have another staged reading of Idaho! to enjoy. The purpose for doing this was to get producer interest...which there is. The team is still wading through feedback, etc. At this point, there is nothing "for sure" to report. We will keep you posted on developments regarding this Idaho!, the twisted tale of wife stealin', spud peelin' and double dealin' at a time when men were men and Aunt Pearlie carried the shotgun.

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If you don't already have your tickets for Mark OToole's Smith Center debut, chances are you will miss the event. Award-winning singer Mark OToole has been entertaining Las Vegans for 25 years. A 1994 Star Search winner, he was named Male Vocalist of Las Vegas on several occasions and for two years in a row, was awarded Best Lounge Performer of Las Vegas and was the 2013 Entertainer of the Year. On Tuesday, June 3rd, Mark brings his unique style to the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. Backed by a 10-piece band, Mark will present an evening of songs that have special meaning to him, including songs from the Great American Songbook from Frank Sinatra to Barry Manilow. They touch his heart and, by night's end, he hopes they will touch yours. Mark's band is made up of Vita Corimbi (musical director/piano), Adam Shendal (drums), James D'Arrigo (horn), Steve Meyer (horn), Bill King (horn), Frank Fabio (bass), Tony Drake (guitar), and Gary Anderson (horn). Anderson also did all the charts. There will be a number of surprise guests joining Mark on stage. Show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $38 and $48. For reservations, call The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000.


Mark OToole

Carole Hassell

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A memorial celebration of Carolyn Ann Freeman Hassell's life will be held in the Tuscany Ballroom, on the second floor of the Tuscany Suites, 255 E. Flamingo Road, at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 10th. Carole, who passed away on April 26th, had been a Las Vegas resident since 1965. She is survived by her son, James Christopher Hassell; her sister, Laura Freeman Blackburn; and many friends. Those who knew her are welcome to join the family on Saturday, as they celebrate a beautiful life. For more convenient access to the Ballroom, it is suggested that attendees use the hotel entrance, not the casino entrance, at the Tuscany.

Burton M. Cohen, former president of the Desert Inn, member of the MGM Resorts International board and Sunrise Hospital board of directors, died in his sleep today at his home in the Regency Towers on May 6th. He was 90. Cohen, who was born in Philadelphia, had lived in Las Vegas since 1966. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Stephen Cohen (John McNett) of Arlington, Virginia; former daughter-in-law, Lynne Cohen of Philadelphia; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Services for Burton Cohen, a member of Las Vegas' Congregation Ner Tamid, were held earlier today at King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane. Burial followed at the King David Memorial Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to any local no-kill animal shelter.


Burton Cohen

Rich Natole

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On Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m., comic impressionist, Rich Natole, will star in Voices of a Generation in Mesquite's CasaBlanca Resort Showroom. Rich Natole's confident and likeable approach will quickly win over any audience. His repertoire of hundreds of celebrity vocal and singing impressions will impress young and old alike. Avid television and movie buffs will appreciate Rich's pinpoint accuracy of their favorite stars of yesterday and today. From Chris Rock to Larry the Cable Guy, and Jeff Foxworthy to Eddie Murphy, Rich Natole does a multitude of contemporary voices. Political junkies will enjoy his equal opportunity approach to spoofing their favorite (or least favorite) politicians such as, John McCain and Barack Obama. Rich's rendition of The National Anthem - with every President from JFK, is a huge crowd pleaser. You won't have to stretch your imagination to pick up famous singers belting out their signature songs. From Johnny Mathis to Johnny Cash to Willie Nelson -- Rich Natole captures the voice and the essence of these great performers. Advance tickets are priced from $10. For reservations, call (800) 585-3737, or go online to www.mesquitegaming.com, or purchase in person at the CasaBlanca Resort front desk. Must be 21 or older to attend.

The following day, Sunday, May 18th from 2 to 4 p.m., Rich will be part of the Galaxy of Stars revue in the Chrome Showroom at the Santa Fe Station Casino in Las Vegas to benefit the Institute of Veterans and Families. Sponsored by the Ms. Senior Nevada Pageant Inc., the variety show, with Mark OToole as emcee, will also feature guest performers, Michael Peterson, Kat Ray, Gary Anthony, Sam Riddle and Kevin Rose. Tickets are $15 at the door. Rich is also a regular on a brand new radio show called Vegas Nonstop. With Jonathan Scott as host, Vegas Nonstop can be heard on KDWN 720 AM, every Friday evening at 6 p.m. The program covers sports and entertainment, and features celebrity guests, lots of great voices, and laughs throughout the show. Tune in.

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In last Friday's column, we gave our readers a head's up on Deana Martin's May 3 gig at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill. If you were in Southern California, or more specifically Bel Air over the weekend, did you take our advice and go? If you missed the experience, here is what Don Heckman, of The International Review of Music, had to say about the show...

Live Music: Deana Martin at Vibrato Grill Jazz...etc.
Deana Martin was back at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz...etc. Sunday night. And it was a welcome event for fans of the sort of warm, engaging musical entertainment associated with her father, Dean Martin, and his Rat Pack pals. No wonder every table at Vibrato was filled.
Raised in an environment that exposed her to some of the most gifted popular music artists of the '50s and '60s, Deana has matured into a musical performer fully capable of following in the footsteps of such masterful artists and entertainers as the men she called "Uncle" Frank Sinatra and "Uncle" Sammy Davis, Jr., along with Joey Bishop, Judy Garland and Peter Lawford. That's a stellar list of names. But Deana Martin has thoroughly established her full-fledged ability to follow in their footsteps. I've seen Deana several times, and had the pleasure of reviewing her performances in a variety of settings. Each of those appearances has been memorable. As was her Sunday presentation at Vibrato. Once again, the performance began with a video introduction of his daughter by Dean Martin. What followed was a program of songs associated with her father and other Rat Pack members. Most of the titles were amply familiar to fans of Martin (especially) and Sinatra. Songs such as "Ain't That A Kick in the Head," "Memories," "Destination Moon" (done via an electronic duet with her father), "Memories Are Made of This," "Everybody Loves Somebody" and Italian songs such as "That's Amore" and "Volare." Add to that more far-ranging titles, including "I Love Being Here With You," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Miss Otis Regrets." That's a group of songs that would challenge the skills of most artists in the contemporary pop music world. And Deana handled it with an illuminating blend of musicality and interpretive skill.
Singing songs associated with some of the most iconic figures in American popular music is a challenge daunting enough to intimidate most vocalists. But not Deana Martin. Her performance captivated the dynamic energy associated with her Dad and the Rat Pack, while enhancing it with her own non-stop creative electricity. Interacting with her audience, which was filled with fans and other showbiz celebrities, she transformed Vibrato, with its enthusiastic, full house audience, into a virtual living room performance. She was superbly backed by a band sparkling with L.A.'s finest players, including bassist Chuck Berghofer (who managed to insert his classic bass line when Deana took on Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking"), guitarist John Chiodini and drummer Kendall Kay. Call it another winner for Deana Martin. I would willingly wager that most of her Vibrato audience members (including this one) will eagerly return for her next L.A. Performance. And with good reason. So if you haven't as yet had the good fortune to experience her in action, don't miss her next Southland appearance.

If Deana Martin is performing in your part of the world, you may want to put the date on your calendar.


Deana Martin

Michelle Johnson

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We have it on good authority that, after four years of living and working across the pond, Buddy and Lezlie Anders Greco are returning to the US and will be living in Northern California. When we get more details, we will pass them along.

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If you missed The Fab at the Tuscany Tspot last Saturday, you can check them out at Mandalay Bay's Mizuya Lounge on Wednesdays, May 14th, 21st and 27th, in shows from 7 to 10 p.m. Join them for your favorite Beatles and classic rock hits! Admission is Free. No minors permitted. In case you can't see it from where you're at, Mandalay Bay is located at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd So.

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Busy Michelle Johnson, one of the stars of Divorce Party Las Vegas at Bally's, will be performing at the Dispensary Lounge with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio, tomorrow night, Saturday, May 10th, from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. They are starting at 10:30 instead of 10, to give Michelle time to get over to the Dispensary, at 2451 E. Tropicana at Eastern, after her Bally's show. Michelle will be accompanied by Uli on keys, Jeff Davis on bass and Boris Shapiro on drums. The Dispensary won in Best of Las Vegas for 2014! They were recognized as a great dive bar and a great alternative music venue. Terrific place for jazz, late night food and 24/7 gaming! Thirty years in business and still going strong. Www.thedispensarylounge.com. Next Friday, May 16th at 10 p.m., Michelle is doing a special show at Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar (inside the Tuscany's Tspot lounge). She will be performing Carole King's Tapestry album, from beginning to end. Carole King was one of the first musical influences in Michelle's singing and songwriting career, and she is very excited about this show. There will be some interesting arrangements, including a beautiful one by Jeff Neiman, along with traditional covers of King's great songs. There will be an appearance by guitarist John Wedemeyer, and other surprise guests, and of course, showcase director Kenny Davidsen. There is no cover charge.

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Grimaldi's Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas, will host a Grimaldi's for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada on Tuesday, May 13th, at the Grimaldi's Pizzeria located at 7155 S. Rainbow Rd. A cash only donation of $20 provides a buffet-style meal that will include a selection of our salads such as, Caesar, Mediterranean, or Caprese. For pizzas, Grimaldi's will have its White, Pesto, and May's specialty pizza, the Bruschetta. Guests can delight in the mini cannolis for dessert. The event is open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m. To RSVP, call Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada at (702) 822-2524. "Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada is a critical organization in our community and is cherished by many of our team members whose lives have been touched by breast cancer," said Mikaela Clough, manager of the South Rainbow Grimaldi's Pizzeria. "We are honored to host the 2nd annual Grimaldi's for the Cure, and we hope that many people will once again join us in raising awareness and funding for such an important cause." "Last year, more than a hundred supporters enjoyed a night of delicious pizza to benefit Susan G. Komen," said Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. "Grimaldi's is a prime example of a business that is determined to make a positive difference in the community and we are ecstatic to have their support for the second year in a row."

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Foremost Disney illustrator, Chris Dellorco, will hold a meet-and-greet and demonstrate his Fine Art at Art encounter™, the exclusive and unique art gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th, from 2 to 6 p.m. each day. Los Angeles-native Dellorco is widely considered one of Disney's top illustrators for print advertising, specializing in Home Video packaging. If you own one of Disney's animated titles on VHS or DVD, Dellorco probably did the cover. His famous covers, such as the award-winning The Lion King, have reached masses of people. "We will be highlighting Chris Dellorco and his dramatic and mysterious fine art originals," said Art encounter's executive director, Scott Ferguson. "Chris' work is distinctive and intriguing, contrasting human beauty against a backdrop of mankind's greatest monuments, many which he photographed on his world travels. His work puts viewers in a trance." Currently, Dellorco shows his fine art oils and limited edition prints at galleries spanning the United States, including the prestigious, Beverly Hills, Affaire in the Garden, and on major cruise lines. He has been featured on the covers of "Premier Magazine," "Society, Décor Magazine," and "Art Business News," which also listed him among "50 Top Artists for 2012." Dellorco's client list for his fine art includes Titanic movie director, James Cameron, Michael Jackson, Prince Abdul of Saudi Arabia, and Matthew Calamari, COO/Trump Organization, to name a few. Dellorco's initial interest in the interplay between art and architectural history began with a degree in Developmental Economics from U.C. Berkeley. Desiring a more creative field, he switched his focus from academics to art and went on to establish himself as one of the county's foremost illustrators. Although completely self-taught, his art career has spanned all aspects of illustration while specializing in the film industry, children's products and children's books. A true renaissance man, along with a degree in Economics and a successful art career, he has also successfully written and directed an award-winning short film, receiving international recognition. 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. Phone (702) 733-2000.


Artist Chris Dellorco

Mark Nadler

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The reviews for Mark Nadler's Runnin' Wild: Songs and Scandals of the Roaring 20s at 54 Below are in...and they're all RAVES! "Amazingly and surprisingly personal...Thoughtful collages of individual songs built into elaborate one-man production numbers..." The Wall Street Journal. "Mark Nadler is one of the greatest showmen of our time... Nadler plays and sings with his usual virtuosic abandon in a show constructed with his usual passionate intelligence and, as usual, the show is stunning..." Gay Socialites. "The finest of gentlemen and one powerhouse performer... stunningly theatrical..." Broadway World. "A lithe, passionate performer who never lets his audience down... inspired combination of sounds..." Theater Pizzazz. "The ultimate showman and a force of nature... Run, do not walk to see the one and only Mark Nadler!" Theater Life. There is only one performance left, and it's next Wednesday, May 14th at 7 p.m. For reservations, call (646) 476-3551, or visit http://54below.com/artist/mark-nadler. Come on ...you know you want to!

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Henderson's Mother's Day Art Show takes place this weekend. Art Festival of Henderson features fine art, children's activities and chalk art, Saturday, May 10th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, the 11th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., Water Street District. Mother's Day weekend gets a pop of color with Art Festival of Henderson. The annual art show features more than 80 fine artists, temporary chalk art masterpieces, live entertainment, food trucks and children's activities. Admission is complimentary. This year's event features new attractions. Escape to Artscape Avenue showcases a variety of artists who will demonstrate their techniques, which include glass blowing, pottery throwing, watercolor painting and wool weaving. Also, the Imagination Station has expanded. The interactive arts area for children contains an assortment of arts and crafts projects, a bounce house, face painting and toy vendors. It also features the Puppets & Players Little Theater, a traditional puppet and marionette theater, performing Puff the Magic Dragon. For more information, please visit HendersonLive.com, or call the city of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism at (702) 267-2171.

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Hats ON to the Supreme Mary Wilson, an unofficial but dependable Las Vegas representative at the annual Kentucky Derby. As in past years, Mary leaves a lasting impression at the Kentucky soirees. See accompanying photo by Mike Coppola.


Mary Wilson Derby Winner

Van Fletcher & Ericka Aviles LVH

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, is honoring exemplary employees who demonstrate superior customer service. They are calling these employees "Hospitality Heroes" - those who go above and beyond to deliver the best customer service and show the best hospitality to every visitor they meet. Van Fletcher, Banquet Food Server at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for more than 43 years, was nominated by the hotel and won this illustrious title for 2014. "Van serves each guest with a smile and personal touch that makes them all feel like a VIP," was just one piece of Van's glowing nomination narrative from the LVH. Van, surrounded by LVH executives and many fellow Banquet Food Servers, was presented his trophy by Ericka Aviles, Business Marketing Manager for the LVCVA, on May 5th. "I have been here many years," said Van, "and I really appreciate every award I receive. This one is very special and I'm so glad my fellow servers are here to share it with me!"

On a personal note, we wish there were lots more people working in the hospitality field who deserved to be recognized and applauded for their fine work. Unfortunately, today there are too many employees who don't have a clue what the word hospitality even means, let alone how to convey it. Some folks should be confined to back rooms, and not be allowed anywhere near customers. Bring back the good old days, where people had to EARN their jobs, not get them through nepotism or juice. Congratulations, Van Fletcher. Keep up the good work.

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The public is invited to enjoy a free performance by the Ugandan Orphans Choir, Saturday, May 17th, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The performance is appropriate for all ages. The choir of five girls and five boys, ages 9 to12, is from the Ssese Islands in Uganda's Lake Victoria. The children sing, dance and play drums and other instruments. They will perform traditional African folk songs as well as contemporary Christian songs in English. The Ugandan Orphans Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through sponsorship and education, which leads to employability. Based in Bellingham, Washington, Childcare Worldwide has been serving impoverished children since 1981, working in Uganda and 10 other developing countries in the world. All 10 children's lives were transformed through sponsorship by Childcare Worldwide, and now their main objective is to help other children by raising awareness of the desperate needs of children in developing countries. Residents also are invited to a meet-and-greet reception with Ugandan Orphans Choir members Friday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are requested. Please call (702) 229-4800 to RSVP in advance. The events are cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the city of Las Vegas. For more information on the events, call 702-229-4800. For more information on the choir and Childcare Worldwide, go online to www.childcareworldwide.org.


Ugandan Orphan Choir Performer

David Pomeranz

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Winder Farms, a premier grocery home delivery company in Southern Nevada, will kick off its 3rd Annual Strawberry Milk for the Cure fundraiser to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in May. The formal kick-off took place on May 3rd, coinciding with Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada's Race for the Cure, and runs through the end of October (Beast Cancer Awareness Month). During this time, a portion of the proceeds from all Strawberry Milk sold will be donated to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, and the labels on the 8 and 16 oz. bottles of Strawberry Milk will feature the iconic Susan G. Komen for the Cure® pink ribbon.

"Winder Farms cares about the communities we serve, and breast cancer affects so many lives in communities all over the world. Winder Farms is a proud partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Strawberry Milk fundraiser is just one easy way for our customers to also show support," said Melanie Robinson, VP of Marketing at Winder Farms. Not a Winder Farms customer? Not a problem. New customers who sign up at winderfarms.com/pink, will receive $20 in free groceries, and Winder Farms will sweeten the deal by making an additional $20 donation to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Winder Farms offers more than 300 farm fresh products to customers in Utah, Las Vegas and Mesquite, NV— and delivers them right to customers' doors every week. As a "farmers market on wheels," product choices includes all-natural dairy items, eggs and cheese, fruits and vegetables, salads, meats, freshly made pasta, fresh baked breads, dinner entrees and much more. It is easy to get started—customers simply place a standing order for delivery each week and can make changes online by 8 p.m. the night before the scheduled delivery date. The items are then delivered in a cooler outside customers' homes before 8 a.m. Learn more by visiting winderfarms.com. Customers can order by calling 1.800.WINDER1 (1.800.946.3371), or log on to winderfarms.com.

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Singer/songwriter/musician, David Pomeranz, will perform One Night Only in New York, Thursday, May 15th, at 54 Below - the Broadway Supper Club located at 254 W. 54th Street, Cellar, in Manhattan. An Evening with David Pomeranz, starts at 9:30 p.m., with doors opening at 8:45. Pomeranz, who has done a handful of shows in Las Vegas (at the now closed Stirling Club, and at the Steve Wyrick Theatre, now the Saxe Theatre, at Planet Hollywood), was described by Billboard magazine as "truly an exciting artist whose work speaks volumes." David Pomeranz's recording and songwriting projects have earned him 22 platinum and 18 gold albums, which have sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Known for penning the classic songs, "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs" (both No. 1 hits performed by Barry Manilow), "It's In Every One Of Us," "Born For You" and many others, this native New Yorker's songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Freddie Mercury, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Lea Salonga, Isaac Hayes, The Muppets and Missy Elliott. He has recorded nine highly acclaimed solo albums, is an Emmy Award nominee and a theater composer whose shows have been produced both in London (Time, Little Tramp) and on Broadway (Scandalous, written with Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman.) Come spend an evening with the warmth, wit and vocal beauty of this dynamic performer as he sings his hits, selections from his stage musicals, and some extra surprises thrown in as well! Cover charges are, $30 and $40, with an additional $25 food and beverage minimum. While at 54 Below, be sure to enjoy Chef Andre Marrero's seasonal cuisine and the club's creative takes on classic cocktails. The food and beverage minimum for your event is not included in your purchase. Please observe the reservation time on your ticket purchase to ensure the most enjoyable experience with us at 54 Below. There is no need to make a separate dinner reservation. Tickets are nonrefundable; however, you may exchange for future shows until 2 p.m. the day of the performance by calling 54 Below. If your preferred reservation time is not available, please select another reservation time for your purchase. If you need further assistance, or for questions about reservations, or to purchase tickets after 4 p.m. on the day of the show, please call 54 Below at (646) 476-3551.

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Entertainers, Eric Comstock and his beautiful wife Barbara Fasano, will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this summer, so expect lots of love songs during their "Sunday in New York" Mother's Day show at Birdland this weekend. They will swing into spring with songs of the season by Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Benny Carter, Paul Simon and more. Eric and Barbara are thrilled to be working with bassist/composer Sean Smith (Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Helen Merrill, and his own quartet), and drummer Vito Lesczak (Jon Hendricks, Andy Bey, Jacques Fages) again, saying, "These guys make it so much fun, and make EVERYTHING sound great... and if you give them a glass of good Austrian red wine before the set, well, ANYTHING can happen!" The New York Times describes their performance as "Exhilarating..." Birdland is not only the jazz corner of the world, it's a great restaurant, so go for early Sunday supper. Take your mama! Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6. Birdland Jazz Club is at 315 West 44th Street, in New York City. For reservations, call (212) 581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com


Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock

SlotZilla in Downtown Vegas

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Fremont Street Experience invites the public to Zip Now, Zoom Soon on the world's most unique zipline - SlotZilla™. The new iconic attraction, built over the past 14 months at a cost of $12 million, is opening in two phases with the lower Zipline now open and the upper Zoomline opening later this spring. "A lot of time and care went into the development of SlotZilla and we're truly thrilled to be able to finally present this new iconic attraction for Las Vegas visitors and residents to experience," said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. "Whether you zip now, zoom soon or do both, SlotZilla is a one-of-a-kind thrill that must be experienced. We believe the 12-story slot-machine-themed takeoff tower, which glows in neon at night, is a new must-see icon that can only be found at Fremont Street Experience in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas." SlotZilla flyers will `Zip & Zoom - Vegas Style' on the world's most unique zipline. The attraction features two thrill levels, a lower Zipline and an upper Zoomline. Flyers on the Zipline will take off from the lower tier of the tower, 77 ft. high, and zip in a traditional seated-harness position on an 850 ft. flight - half the length of Fremont Street Experience - to a mid-point landing platform located between 3rd Street Stage and Casino Center. Flyers on the Zoomline will be launched from 114 ft. high and zoom in a horizontal "superman" position 1,700 ft. across the entire length of Fremont Street Experience, landing atop a newly built Main Street Stage. Both levels deliver an experience unique in the world - flying above thousands of people on Fremont Street Experience and under the four-block-long Viva Vision canopy, which is the world's largest video screen. SlotZilla combines innovative technology with a dynamic themed concept to transcend a traditional zipline ride, becoming a ground-breaking attraction for the amusement industry. SlotZilla features a proprietary braking system, giving flyers a smooth landing to their flight. The upper Zoomline will provide flyers an even greater thrill with its first-of-its-kind propulsion launch system which propels the flyer from the platform at speeds up to 35 mph. SlotZilla will be open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 2 a.m. Flights are $20 for the lower Zipline and will be $30 for the upper Zoomline (opening later this spring). There are no age limits, but flyers under 13 must be accompanied by a flyer at least 13 or over. Flyers must weigh at least 60 pounds, but not more than 300 pounds, and persons over 6'8" will not be able to fly on the lower Zipline. Flight times can be booked in advance at the SlotZilla ticketing, Will Call and check-in office located next to the SlotZilla takeoff tower on Fremont Street, between 4th Street and Las Vegas Boulevard at 425 Fremont St., Ste. 160. Ticket purchases can also be made by calling 1-844-ZIPVEGAS. Advance group sales for 20 or more tickets can be made by calling (702) 678-5780 or (844) SLOTZILLA.


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