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Note: This is a past column from May 16, 2014
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Las Vegas - May 16, 2014

Carole Hassell 1940-2014

Diane Wisdom

Last Saturday afternoon, a gathering took place in a small upstairs ballroom at the Tuscany to remember Carole Hassell, as a mother, sister and friend. Carole, born in Westminster, South Carolina, was a Las Vegan of almost 50 years. The lovely lady lost her valiant battle with cancer on April 26th at the age of 74. In addition to family members - son, Christopher Hassell; sister, Laura Blackburn; former brother-in-law, Nick Blackburn, and close friends - a number of people from the entertainment and media community were present, among them Sonny Charles of The Checkmates, Skip Trenier, Diane Wisdom, Cherry Wainer, Charlie Shaffer, John Kelly (The Swingin' Lads), Carol Cali, Norm Johnson, Wendy Clancy, Gerty Desjardin Verbiwski, Darrin Worthy, and Hektor Esparza and family, As guests entered the room, in addition to lots of photos to look at, there was a hat table. Carole loved all kinds of hats (and costumes). Every holiday called for a hat...the sillier, the better. Guests were invited to borrow one, or some, to wear for the afternoon get-together. Friends spoke about Carole, Diane Wisdom sang a beautiful, touching version of "I'm Glad There (Was) You," and a poem, For Carole, written by new Las Vegas resident, Natalie Moore, one of Ray Anthony's former Bookends, was read by Diane Wisdom, a onetime featured singer with Ray Anthony. Here, thanks to Diane and guest, Lolly Senibaldi, it is...

A shining star has left this house
A heart so full of love
Looking up you will see that star
Shining from above
In her own and special way
She's telling us that she's okay
For in those souls she touched each day
She'll always be a part

Dear Carole you have left this house
But you'll never leave our heart
You'll be in our thoughts from time to time
When a humming bird flits by
Or when walking unfamiliar roads
And see a butterfly
In the splendor of a perfect bloom
Its petals open wide
Our thoughts of you will find the room
And never will subside.

Rest in peace, Carole. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

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Rona Barrett

Wendy Clancy, mentioned in the section above, is very involved with a worthwhile organization in Southern California, called S.T.A.G.E. They just had their annual fundraiser, and it's too late to attend this year, but maybe in 2015. Back in 1984, relatively early in the AIDS crisis, actors Michael Kearns and James Carroll Pickett met with David Galligan about directing a benefit show to help gay men afflicted with the disease. Galligan, a journalist making the transition to theater director, enlisted producer Susan Obrow, and the group of four produced and directed what is now S.T.A.G.E., the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, billed as the world's longest-running musical theater AIDS benefit. That first show celebrated the music of Leonard Bernstein. "We had no money," Galligan recalled, so members of the theatrical community helped out. Milt Larsen, the creator of the Magic Castle, provided use of the Variety Arts Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Robert Fryer, then artistic director of the Ahmanson, "gave us a water-stained backdrop," Galligan said. Because most of the performers were working in L.A. theater, the event took place on a Monday evening - their night off from their shows. Admission was $10. Audiences brought groceries to help those in need. Over the last three decades, these annual benefits have raised $6.5 million to $7 million for HIV and AIDS organizations, according to S.T.A.G.E. This year's beneficiary is AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest nonprofit AIDS service organizations in the U.S., which runs food pantries, a dental clinic, counseling and HIV testing. Galligan, who has directed every one of those benefits, is pulling out all the stops for the 30th anniversary edition Saturday night (May 10th) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Turner Classic Movies host, Robert Osborne, will be the emcee of "S.T.A.G.E Goes to the Movies," which will feature Tony Award winner Betty Buckley ("Cats"), musical comedy star Mitzi Gaynor ("South Pacific"), singer-actor James Darren ("Gidget," "The Time Tunnel"), singer-artist Jason Gould (Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould's son), 99-year-old Patricia Morison ("Kiss Me Kate"), singer Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman") and film critic Rex Reed. Veteran Hollywood gossip columnist, Rona Barrett, will narrate a fashion show featuring iconic Hollywood costumes such as a dress Bette Davis wore in the 1950 "All About Eve" and Lena Horne's dress from the 1943 "Stormy Weather." Two of the performers appearing Saturday - singer and actress Carole Cook, who starred in "42nd Street" on Broadway, and Donna McKechnie, who won the Tony Award as Cassie in "A Chorus Line" - participated in the first benefit 30 years ago. Cook has returned for all but three years. "All the arts were hit hard by AIDS," Cook said. "God knows what wonderful talent we lost." The first few years of the benefit, Cook said, performers pitched in wherever they could. "We did everything," she said. "We cleaned the bathrooms. It was like an old movie where you would get together and do the show." McKechnie's ex-husband, Tony Award-winning choreographer and director, Michael Bennett ("A Chorus Line," "Dreamgirls"), died of AIDS-related lymphoma in 1987. "It's also a wonderful reunion with your friends," McKechnie said of the benefit. "The spirit of it is so great and powerful. The audience gets it and feels it on so many different levels." Added Cook: "It is an audience of the faithful."

Singer Debby Boone, and actor Richard Chamberlain, are making their first S.T.A.G.E. appearances Saturday night. Boone will perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein song "It Might as Well Be Spring" from "State Fair." Chamberlain, who lived in Hawaii for years, wasn't aware of the S.T.A.G.E. benefit until he was asked to participate. "I said, 'Well how about "I Could Have Danced All Night?," the actor said of the "My Fair Lady" standard that is usually sung by a woman. "It's very happy and upbeat. We had a rehearsal at David's apartment with the musical director and decided how to present it." Though Galligan expects to raise about $300,000, he acknowledged that times have changed. Interest in the show used to be strong enough to support three or four performances each year. Young audiences, he said, don't seem to care about the Great American Songbook. "They aren't exactly enthused or care about George and Ira Gershwin," Galligan said. Another factor: "There is a general apathy about AIDS," he said. "People think it has been cured, but it hasn't, of course." Added Cook: "I call it AIDS fatigue." So, intermixed with a comedy routine about her childhood and a performance of the song "Something Cool," Cook said, "there will be a little reminder of why we are there. I don't want people to forget." [email protected]
Admission for the event ranged from $75 to $225.

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As it has been over the past few months, the upcoming Composers Showcase should be a sellout, filling the 247-seat Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center with music lovers of all genres. The May edition of the much anticipated musical program, made up of talented people presenting original works of all types, takes place on Wednesday, May 28th, beginning at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors at the Boman Pavilion open at 9:30. This months' contributors include Composers: Jolana Adamson, Travis Cloer, Joel Ferguson, Matt Hews, Clint Holmes, Josh Huslig, Windy Karigianes, Martin Kaye, Annie Meadows, Richard Oberacker, Matt Taylor, Keith Thompson (who also serves as host), and Mark Wherry. Performers include: Christine de Chavez, Kris Coleman, Mike Erickson, Alison Ewing, Kristen Hertzenberg, Noah Rivera, Savannah Smith, Vicki Van Tassel and the vocal ensemble Mo5aic - made up of Roopak Ahuja, Heath Burgett, Corwyn Hodge, Josh Huslig and Jake Moulton. The Players are: Patrick Clark, Gary Cordell, Chris Davis, Mark Ferratt, Pablo Gadda, Dave Hart, Sambi Katano, Mike Mechem, Danny Miranda, Kevin Stout, Eric Tewalt, Fred Watstein, John Wedemeyer and Bill Zappia. Tickets (which may already be sold out) are $20 at the Smith Center Box Office), or call (702) 749-2000 for reservations, or go online at If seats are still available, Walk-ups welcome. The Cabaret Jazz offers a Cash Bar and Late Night Menu. The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.

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For the fifth time this year, the members of the Non Club Club F.I.O.R.E., enjoyed an amazing luncheon at their usual spot, The Italian American Club. As with every luncheon, the more than 80 attendees of the F.I.O.R.E. meeting were treated to an engaging guest speaker. This month's speaker was none other than District 4 Assembly Woman, Michelle Fiore (no relation). An Ambassador of this popular non club club, Fiore spoke about several things, including her concerns with the BLM. The luncheon also included a F.I.O.R.E. staple, live music and amazing vocals, provided by many of the F.I.O.R.E. members. What started as a group of guys getting together for no real purpose has turned into one of the premier social events in town. The Non Club Club F.I.O.R.E. is about nothing and for nothing, but it sure seems to have something, as its luncheons and events bring in a wide variety of folks from all over the valley. Non meeting meetings are held monthly. Membership costs $1 dollar and you must be Italian or non-Italian, to join, and believe me, they are sticklers about that. Next month's speaker will be Bill Fayne. On the evening of July 18th, the F.I.O.R.E. will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Can you believe it? For more information go to

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After more than three years, and 500+ shows and appearances at the Clarion‘s Wolf Theatre Showroom, the popular Shades of Sinatra - Carmine Mandia, Ryan Baker, Lisa Smith, and Ron Smith - the group will be taking a break from their regularly scheduled performances after their May 19th show. They are offering a special discount on tickets that one night, with general admission seats for only $12.50 each! You can reserve your discounted tickets online at Can't make it on the 19th? Not to worry. While they are taking a hiatus from regular performances, the Shades have plenty of upcoming dates booked, both in and out of Vegas. Cousin Claire promises to keep readers posted on the schedule of the talented group.

Shades of Sinatra (no caption needed)

Michelle Johnson Honors Carole King

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Tonight, Friday, May 16th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Michelle Johnson will be performing at Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar inside the Tspot Lounge at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo. Michelle will be singing the songs from her favorite album of all time, Carole King's Tapestry. "I am performing Carole King's Tapestry album from beginning to end," says Michelle. "Carole King was one of the first musical influences in my singing and songwriting career. This is very exciting for me! We will be doing some interesting arrangements (including a beautiful one by Jeff Neiman!), along with traditional covers of those great songs." Playing for the talented Ms. Johnson will be Kenny Davidsen on piano, John Wedemeyer on guitar, Mike "Beans" Benigno on drums, Dennis Blair on bass, Charles McNeal on sax, and Nina DiGregorio on violin. Joining Michelle in the vocal department will be Bruce Williamson, Eric Sean, Michael Johnson, Savannah Smith, Anne Martinez, Toscha Comeaux and Mickki Brown. There is no cover in the Tspot. Must be 21+ to be in the audience.
Seen in the accompanying photo, is Michelle with her original vinyl copy of Tapestry, which she got as a kid in 1971.

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Nik at Nite

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Attorney Nikolas Mastrangelo, who transforms into Nik at Nite when he steps into the spotlight, has this to say about last weekend at the Tuscany. "Anyone who was not in the Piazza Lounge last Sunday night for the special Mother's Day program featuring the music of Jimmy Van Heusen, with Joe Lano on guitar, was definitely in the wrong place. The trio, consisting of Jeff Davis on bass, Boris Shapiro on drums and led by Joe, cooked up the most beautiful sounds all night long. Joe and the band did some absolutely amazing work on the Van Heusen tunes, "Darn That Dream," "Imagination" and "A Hole in the Head," which were the best renditions of these songs I've ever heard." This Sunday, Nik will have the talented Cocho Arbe on keyboards, joining Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums, as they revisit the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim in response to many requests for a repeat of his music. As usual, they will add other hand-picked songs in addition to audience requests to round out the evening. Join the group at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Hotel on Sunday from 7:30 to 11:30 pm in the coolest lounge in town. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel, at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Clint Holmes, Ervin & Edith Drake, Kelly Clinton Holmes

From, story and photo by Stephen Sorokoff...
Clint Holmes brought his critically acclaimed show "This Thing Called Love" to Landmark On Main Street on May 10th. The show imagines the two songwriters, Cole Porter and Paul Simon, meeting at a bar and brings together such classics as Night & Day, The 59th Street (Bridge) Song, Have A Good Time and It's Alright with Me plus many more. The Landmark on Main Street was formerly the Main Street School, which was in operation from 1909 - 1985. It was saved from demolition through an amazing community effort. The renovated multi-use building includes four not-for-profit groups, each of which provides services to it's region, as well as 59 low-income senior citizen apartments for the Port Washington area. The theater has become the cultural gem of the community and a regional gem on Long Island. Recently the Gold Coast Arts Center partnered with Landmark to host the tribute to 95-year-old songwriter and Long Island native Ervin Drake. Among Drake's impressive body of work, the Billie Holiday hit, "Good Morning Heartache;" Frankie Laine's "I Believe;" "A Room Without Windows," recorded by Steve Lawrence; and Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year."

And speaking of Broadway, legendary Tony Award-winner (for Pippin), Ben Vereen, is appearing in Las Vegas tomorrow night. The only reason we are mentioning this at all, since we no longer promote the property where he will be performing, is because UNLV's Dave Loeb will be serving as musical director for the song and dance mans' show. Good going, Mr. Loeb.

Dave Loeb

Popeye by Jeff Koons

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This is a reminder of the upcoming Las Vegas Media Group meeting on Monday, May 19th.
The speaker this month is local Las Vegas historian, Liz Warren. The location is the Las Ventanas Retirement Community at 10401 W. Charleston Blvd., between Town Center Drive and Hualapai (if you take the 215, get off at Town Center). The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., but social hour starts at 11. Cost of the lunch is $17. RSVPs are needed to guarantee a seat. Call Gretchen Payne at (702) 870-5994, or Lisa Gioia-Acres, at (702) 245-9206.

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There's a new headliner on approach at Steve Wynn's Las Vegas Strip property. Popeye, a six-and-a-half-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture by Jeff Koons, produced between 2009 and 2011, was bought through Sotheby's auction house by the casino owner, for $28.1 million, higher than its $25 million estimate. The mogul plans to put the sculpture on display at Wynn Las Vegas.

And speaking of art...Pawn Stars fine art appraiser, Brett K. Maly, is holding book signings for his just released book, The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art, at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, 713 S Las Vegas Blvd., for the next two weekends - this Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th, and on the 24th and 25th, from 2 to 3 p.m. Maly, a fine art expert, has served as Art encounter gallery's director for 20-plus years. He is certified as an appraiser through UC Irvine's Certification Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, and has completed his certification in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Maly's book is intended to be a field guide for ‘pickers' to take with them on their picking expeditions. The book is approximately 7" by 5" with a soft cover, and was designed to slip into a purse or pocket. Maly covers all you need to know to buy fine art. In addition to appraising fine art for collectors and institutions, Maly has appeared as an expert on radio and television, including a recurring role on the History Channel's popular Pawn Stars, where he has discussed everything from fine art valuation, to its collection and preservation. Pawn Stars Rick Harrison and Gold and Silver Pawn Shop owner wrote the foreword in the book. "After 25 years in the business, I may never know what's going to come through my door...but I do know fine art is becoming a bigger part of it," said Harrison. "When I'm presented with unknown works, or have questions about an intriguing piece I may be inclined to buy, I always get the best advice I can find. For the past four years, Brett has been my "art guy." Harrison reinforces the fact that purchasing fine artworks for investment has the potential to be lucrative, but warns it is not for the uninitiated. The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art provides needed information and is an excellent quick reference source. The book will be available for sale at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, as well as at Art encounter, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40. Art encounter has regular mall hours opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. For additional information, phone (702) 733-2000. We have to wonder - has Steve Wynn read Brett Maly's book?

Rick Harrison & Brett Maly

Jessica Marciel

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Regarding songstress Jessica Marciel, who, along with her partner, Andy Ebon, hosted a party for singer/actress, Diane Ellis, in their home a couple of weeks ago, Jessica has quite an impressive musical background. When she was only 12, the daughter of famed drummer, Irv Kluger, was already a recording artist with Capitol Records. As a teenager, Jessica worked with headlining acts such as Steppenwolf and Santana, before joining the Los Angeles Aquarius Theater production of Hair as Chrissy in the ‘90s. As Jessica Kluger, the young lady was performing on the Playboy Club circuit before she became a member of the vocal group, Spiral Starecase (and, yes, that's the correct spelling), who had a big hit with "More Today Than Yesterday." Jessica was lead female singer in the Dunes production show, Casino de Paris, and has worked as a backup singer with Bobby Vinton, Engelbert Humperdinck and Sheena Easton. Jessica was in the band Free Circus, which was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame, being one of the early bands in the mid-60s to be doing all original music. Free Circus opened concert shows for major acts, including Three Dog Night. These days, in addition to occasional singing gigs, Jessica is busy as a vocal coach. One of her students, London-born Nick Hissom, the son of Andrea Hissom, and stepson of Steve Wynn, is touring with his record and video, "If I Die Young," staged by Kenny Ortega (Cher, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Xanadu, Dirty Dancing, High School Musical). Another of Jessica's students, Nicholas Olate, of America's Got Talent winning act, Olate Dogs, is touring with his new album, while pupil Lou Lou White is filming in Los Angeles for a Jazz Network cable TV show. Student, Siana King, has a acquired a management team, and is working around Las Vegas at the House Of Blues and Wicked Vicky Tavern at the Riviera. Recording is the next step for Siana. Jessica is also working with producer Tom Marolda (Bon Jovi, Cher, Richie Sambora, Bee Gees, Rod Stewart) in developing new talent. On Thursday, May 29th, Jessica will join one of her vocal students, John Grady, at Vintner Grill, where he will be performing. The two of them will be accompanied by pianist, Doug Taylor, and provide music from 7 to 10 p.m. The Vintner Grill is located at 10100 W Charleston Blvd, Ste 150, between Hualapai and Town Center. Phone (702) 214-5590.

John Grady

Robert "Bobby" Gregg 1936-2014

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Want to see the NiteKings? You can catch the band on Wednesdays at The Orleans, from 4 to 8 p.m., and at Sam's Town, every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m.

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Robert "Bobby" Gregg, 78, a musician/drummer, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, May 3rd. He was born April 30, 1936, to Anthony and Dorothy Grego of Philadelphia. Bobby's musical career started as a member of "Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club Show," and he toured with Mr. Whiteman for six years. In the 1950s, he also played with Steve Gibson and the Redcaps, touring across the country for five years. He started recording sessions with Cameo/Parkway in Philadelphia in the early 1960s. He had a top 10 hit "The Jam, Part 1 and 2." Upon moving to New York, he started producing at Columbia/Epic Records, featuring Buddy Greco, Georgia Gibbs and Frank Hunter and the Huntsmen. Bobby continued doing sessions working with artists such as Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli, Bobby Rydell, The Tokens, Len Barry, Little Eva, and Simon and Garfunkel to name a few. He played drums on Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and continued that tour. Upon moving to Las Vegas in 1985, he worked in the casinos and lounges around town with different groups. He formed the group The Chosen Few, and continued to work until he retired in 1998. He will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Katharine Dwyer Gregg; and daughter, Cindi Ellen King. No services are scheduled.

Martin Mahoney, born November 23, 1953, was a life-long resident of Las Vegas. Martin's father was Owen Jerome "Mo" Mahoney, who in 1962 opened Mahoney's Drum Shop at 608 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas. Martin, who passed away on April 22, was the owner of Mahoney's Entertainment, and Vice President at Studio Instrument Rentals. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two sons, Max and Mason; his two stepsons, Bobby and Ryan Arthur; his mother, Isabella; and two brothers, Michael and Christopher. Memorial services were held on May 12, at the Oasis Christian Church, 10450 Gilespie St., in Las Vegas, NV 89183. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Martin's sons' college fund. Donations may be sent to I. Mahoney, 217 Nunca St., Las Vegas, NV 89107.

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OOOPS! We goofed (and we admit it). Unlike the musicals, Mamma Mia!, Oklahoma!, and Idaho!, there is no exclamation mark at the end of the title Grease, as in "Grease Is the Word."

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre recently presented a production of Grease (without an "!") at UNLV's Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV. It ran from May 1st to May 11th.

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Bill Fayne will be making his first appearance at the Viva Las Vegas Event Center, tomorrow night, Saturday, May 17th. Fayne & Friends will perform from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 7), followed by celebrity open mic. My Musical Life, Bill's autobiographical journey through his 50+ years in the business, will feature some special guests. Cost is $15, for general admission - fees, drinks, and dinner not included. Fayne is back at the Viva Las Vegas Event Center again on two Saturdays in June, the 14th and 28th. The club is located on the Strip at 1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South. "This new venue is a wonderful room to showcase the talent in this town," says Fayne. Although we haven't been there yet, we know they are getting a lot of action at the place. Some top talent is using the facility to show their stuff. The large display ads are certainly one of the reasons the Viva Las Vegas Event Center is busy.

Bill Fayne

Roseanne Barr

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Last Comic Standing, a reality television talent show, returns for its eighth season beginning on May 22nd. Judges for this season, consisting of 13 episodes, are Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters. JB Smoove serves as the host.

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Yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m. (all the shows start at 2 p.m.), Food For Thought Productions, the award winning theater company, presented Christopher Durang's For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, a hilarious satire on Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, directed by Jack Going, starred Carole Shelley as Amanda, Mark Nadler as Lawrence (the crippled son, instead of Laura the crippled daughter!), William Connell as Tom, and Kit Flanagan as Ginny, the gentlewoman caller. If you missed it, you really missed something! If you happen to be in London, May 26th through 28th, you can catch Mr. Nadler and KT Sullivan in Time After Time, a show where the talented twosome do some of their favorite numbers from the many shows they have done at New York's Algonquin together. You will hear the best of the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and many others. All performances are at 8 p.m. at The Crazy Coqs, located in Brasserie Zedel - 20 Sherwood St. For reservations, call 020 7734 4888, or go to [email protected]

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Nancy Archer & Tootsie

Jerry Fink

Happy birthday, Taurus, celebrants (April 20-May 20) - Carmen Electra, Patti LuPone, Tony Danza, Glen Campbell, John Waters, Peter Frampton, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys), Barbra Streisand, Cedric the Entertainer, Kelly Clarkson, Denny Scott Miller, Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Emily Bergl, Carol Burnett, Bobby Rydell, Kevin James (comic), Duane Eddy, Sheena Easton, Casey Kasem, Ace Frehley, Kevin James (magician), Ann-Margret, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys), Carnie Wilson, Andre Agassi, Cloris Leachman, Willie Nelson, Merrill Osmond, Bobby Vee, Akon, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Tim McGraw, Sonny James, George Strait, Theodore Bikel, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lesley Gore, Larry Gatlin, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Pete Seeger, Frankie Valli, Christopher Cross, Nick Ashford, Jackie Jackson, Oleta Adams, Randy Travis, Pia Zadora, Katherine Jackson, Lance Bass (‘N Sync), Adele, Chris Brown, Bob Seger, George Clooney, Thelma Houston, Don Rickles, Toni Tennille, Enrique Iglesias, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire), Billy Joel, Clint Holmes, Donovan, Bono (U2), Joe Lano, Mort Sahl, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Burt Bacharach, Steve Winwood, Kix Brooks, Stevie Wonder, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Jason Graae, Trini Lopez, Lenny Welch, Lainie Kazan, K.T. Oslin, Chazz Palminteri, Janet Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Pete Townshend, Grace Jones, Cher, Joe Cocker, David de Alba, Brian Keith Griffiths, Jerry Fink, Jim Pegg, Brenda Leonard Cowart, Lucy Shropshire, Arlene Bates, Howard Jochsberger, Dori (Bambi Jones) Kotzan, April Archer, Gloria Hill, Aurora Miller, Rebecca Spencer, Nancy Archer, Wes Davis, Michael Sharon, Darcus Speed Gates, Brittney Porter, Peter Gordon, Harvey Goldson, Grant Philipo, Stephen Thorburn, Emerson Lila McNeeley, and Paul Stone.

And anniversary greetings to Phil and Sharon Holmes Mandel, Whitney and Marianne LeMoine Phoenix, and Judy and Stephen Thorburn.

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Following a successful engagement earlier this year, comedian Sinbad returns to The Orleans Showroom with his unique comedic storytelling and wit, tonight and tomorrow, May 16th and 17th. Sinbad is best known for his television and movie appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including several HBO comedy specials. Sinbad's comedy is built more on stories than jokes, based on everyone he meets, everything he's seen and everything he does. As the son of a preacher man, he is committed to making his comedy proud but not profane. He also takes the trials and tribulations of audience members and throws it back in their faces, creating a unique comedy experience. Sinbad began his career as a seven-time contestant on Star Search. He spent four years on the television show, A Different World, and starred in his own series, The Sinbad Show. He made his film debut in Necessary Roughness, and also had leading roles in Jingle All the Way, Houseguest and First Kid. He recently appeared on the series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, receiving critical acclaim for his guest spot. Sinbad was named one of Comedy Central's top 100 comedians and was featured in a special program on the network in 2010. He received a NCAAP Image Award two years in a row for his annual HBO special, Sinbad's ‘70s Soul Music Festival. Sinbad has also participated in a number of USO tours. Show times for Sinbad at The Orleans are at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95, plus tax and fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting by


Artist Jennifer Main

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Acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, Jennifer Main, is being featured in a special, Music Is Medicine, art event at the Art encounter™ gallery in the Forum Shops, through tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th, from noon to 6 p.m. Main will be producing a series of original charcoals motivated by the music that will be playing while she creates in the gallery. This is a unique opportunity to add a Main original to your collection and watch as it's created. "I love music and the power it has to touch the heart and soul like nothing else can," said Main. "Music has been a major influence and inspiration in my work, even in the beauty of the instruments and how I can use musical settings as metaphors for deeper things. I also love having the freedom to create my own quirky exaggerated instruments as I me music truly is medicine!"

Main's never-before-seen, one-of-a-kind music themed charcoal originals will be available for purchase during the event. In addition to her pastels, new original oils, acrylics and watercolors will also be on display for purchase. "Main is an established artist," said her mentor and gallery owner, Rod Maly, who has shown her work since she was a teenager. Earlier this month, she donated an original painting at The Smith Center Charity Event for $14,000 and her sculpture sold for $20,000, all going to the charity. "She has done a lot for the Las Vegas art scene and now it is time to give back to Jennifer." 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. Sundays through Thursdays, and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Phone (702) 733-2000.

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The world's greatest gathering of TV and movie cars will take over Fremont Street Experience during Las Vegas Car Stars 2014, through tomorrow. The event was kicked-off with a proper warm welcome from Las Vegas by Oscar Goodman, Chairman of the Las Vegas Host Committee, and Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, during the Opening Ceremony earlier this evening on the Fremont Street Experience's 1st Street Stage (next to Binion's and Golden Nugget). The star-studded event features some of the most recognized television and movies vehicles from the past five decades. Many cars will be on site, including James Bond's Aston Martin; General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard; The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo; KITT from Knight Rider; 1989 Batmobile from the original Batman; the Bumblebee Camaro from Transformers; The Delorean from Back to the Future; and much more. Celebrities scheduled to appear are George Lazenby, James Bond in Her Majesty's Secret Service; Kevin Major Howard Full Metal Jacket; and Rebecca Holden from Knight Rider. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the cars will be displayed underneath the Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience. There will also be celebrity Q&A segments, autograph signings, and more.

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