Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from June 13, 2014
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Las Vegas - June 13, 2014

Bill Acosta

Gordie Brown

There is much (TOO much) going on around these parts over the next couple of weeks. You will find a sampling of some of what is happening in the community (and other communities as well) scattered through this column. So many choices, so little time...
After months of work, the details for I Hear Voices, A Tribute to Bill Acosta, have been resolved and the event is ready to go. With Nelson Sardelli as producer, the show, starring Gordie Brown, Rich Little and Bob Anderson, will take place in the Gordie Brown Theater at the Golden Nugget, Sunday, June 29th at 3 p.m. Singer/impressionist, Bill Acosta, has been performing in and around Las Vegas since the late '70s. We first "discovered" him when he was singing, in his own voice, on The Barge at Caesars Palace. We became instant fans of the good-looking saloon crooner, taking our Vegas visitors to see and hear him at Caesars.

In 1982, during a trip to Chicago, we spent a night at Milt Treniers' club, where Acosta was performing. In those years, other than a comment or two imitating the voice of comic Paul Lynde, we had no idea that Mr. Acosta had many, many voices in his head. When he returned to Las Vegas in 1999, it was as the star of a revue at the Luxor. Two years later, Bill and company moved into the showroom at the Flamingo (now the Vegas home of Donny and Marie and Olivia Newton-John). A few years ago, Bill started having medical problems and was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. As a result, in spite of some major surgeries, he is no longer able to perform, and is currently facing additional medical challenges. This show is to honor Bill and to assist with some of the medical expenses. If you are unable to attend I Hear Voices in Las Vegas, but would like to help, you can still support the cause by sending a donation, made payable to: William Acosta, and mail it to 3801 Fairway Circle, Las Vegas NV. 89108-1106. Incidentally, NO ONE - not the acts, not the musicians, not the hotel's technicians and stage crew - is getting paid for this act of love. The Golden Nugget's management has gone out of their way to support the efforts and this project. Your generosity and assistance is deeply appreciated. With deep thanks, Nelson Sardelli

Tickets are $45. To purchase, contact the Golden Nugget Box Office at (702) 386-8100, or the toll free number at (866) 946-5336. You can also make reservations by going directly to: https://bookgnlv.g procfun+netsls+netsls+tkt+funcparms+iofrww(a0100):BILLACOSTA.

I Hear Voices is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who see it.

Cousin Claire would like to point out that, unlike some "benefits" of recent months, checks or money orders are to be made out to the recipient of the benefit, not, we repeat, NOT, to the producer/organizer of the event.

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres comes this information about the Las Vegas Media Group. The gathering takes place this coming Monday, June 16th, at Las Ventanas Retirement Community: 10401 W Charleston Blvd. The guest speaker at the June lunch meeting is the amazing Marta Becket. The former New York ballet dancer, actress, choreographer and painter, performed for more than four decades at her own theater, the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California. Todd Robinson's documentary about Marta Becket, won a 2003 Emmy Award for cinematographer Curt Apduhan, in addition to the film's numerous festival awards and nominations. This should make for a most interesting afternoon. Social hour and seating begins at 11 a.m., and lunch at 11:30. Cost is $17 per person. RSVPs please! Call Lisa at (702) 245-9206, or Carey Burke at (702) 878-4350. "Think of me during lunch, as I am missing yet another fabulous LVMG speaker. Be sure to thank Thalia Dondero for all of her efforts in putting together these speakers," says Lisa. "Next month (July), we have Ashley Hall, formally of the City of Las Vegas and Clark County. Our guest in August is Stanley Pahr, and maybe, just maybe, in September, Shecky Greene. I miss all of you but I LOVE my job as Museum Director. Come visit me! For directions to Las Ventanas Retirement Community, phone (702) 360-2662.

Marta Becket

Hats Off To Beach Blanket Babylon

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Hats off to Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, celebrating 40 years of performances in San Francisco. The event was celebrated at San Francisco's City Hall last Friday. Mayor Ed Lee, along with city, civic and arts leaders, joined the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon as the city saluted the world's longest-running musical revue in an "only in San Francisco" event. "For 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon has been an iconic fixture in the great city of San Francisco. As we open the doors of City Hall for an unforgettable event to be shared with the public, we are honored that the city's dignitaries, leaders and fellow arts organizations will be celebrating this milestone with us." said Producer Jo Schuman Silver. "Originally, Steve thought the show would only run six weeks. 40 years later, his celebrated genius and creative vision is as alive as the day the show opened in 1974." BBB played here in the famed Copa Room at the Sands in 1988. Kenny Mazlow, who performed in Las Vegas for a number of years, including in Ice Fantasy at the Hacienda, the Lido de Paris at the Stardust, and in Beach Blanket Babylon at the Sands (all three hotels are now Vegas history), has been BBB's artistic director since the early '90s.

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Friend, Bill Nolte, who celebrated a birthday on June 4th, received a wonderful, well-earned honor to coincide with his birthday (a very nice present, indeed). The Connecticut Critics Circle, In Support of Theater in Connecticut, voted Nolte the 2013-2014 winner as Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Tony in the Goodspeed Opera House production of The Most Happy Fella. The actor, singer portrayed Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks' The Producers that played at Paris Las Vegas in 2007-2008. The Connecticut Critics Circle, founded in 1990, is a statewide organization of reviewers, feature writers, columnists, and broadcasters. Members of the Connecticut Critics Circle not only represent newspapers, but newspaper chains, magazines, radio programs, websites, and other media outlets, reaching millions throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. The Connecticut Critics Circle was instituted to honor the actors, directors, designers and others who help make professional Connecticut theater so outstanding. Although they are near Broadway and the New York theater scene, Connecticut theater does not stand in New York's shadow. The organization's members also meet to discuss issues regarding theater criticism. Additionally, it invites prominent guest speakers to address the membership in meetings that are open to the public. Congratulations, Bill!

Bill Notle - A Most Happy Fella

Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford

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Schedule change! Shades of Sinatra will NOT be performing this Sunday, Father's Day, at Variety Toast of the Town as originally announced. However, they WILL appear later in the summer (more info soon to come), as part of a brand NEW performing series! Instead, Ron and Lisa Smith will be hosting the variety show this week, featuring the music of Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford. Variety Toast of the Town plays in the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall Main Showroom, 5111 Boulder Highway, on Sundays at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon). Tickets are FREE for all B Connected members. Details available at the B Connected club.

And speaking of Frankie Laine...Very early last Saturday morning (like 2 a.m.), on channel 3.3 in Las Vegas, Antenna TV ran Bring Your Smile Along. The 1955 movie starred Frankie Laine, along with Constance Towers and Keefe Brasselle. Bring Your Smile Along is a 1955 Technicolor comedy film by Blake Edwards. It was Edwards' directorial debut and the motion picture debut of Constance Towers. Edwards wrote the script for this Frankie Laine musical with his mentor, director Richard Quine. Songs Laine sang in the film included his 1951 hit, "The Gandy Dancers' Ball."

Lisa & Ron Smith

Vintage Steve Rossi & Marty Allen

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Steve Rossi, half of the famed musical comedy team of Allen & Rossi, is ailing. The 82-year-old has recently been moved from a hospital to a care facility. With partner, comic Marty Allen (who is now 92), Allen & Rossi was active from 1957 until 1968. They appeared on more than 700 television shows, including 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. The duo was on three of the four Ed Sullivan episodes on which The Beatles appeared. Allen & Rossi recorded 16 comedy albums, the title of one using their signature comedy catch phrase of "Hello Dere!" If you would like to send good wishes to Mr. Rossi, you can (snail) mail a note to Steve Rossi, at 9030 W. Sahara Ave. #445, Las Vegas, NV 89117.

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Join the Lon Bronson Band for a Smith Center evening of Hendrix, Beatles, Liv Warfield, Grand Funk and much more. All new show and a new earlier time, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19th. Tickets start at only $15. For reservations, call (702) 749-2000. We urge you to support local live music.

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Jersey Boys, the Clint Eastwood directed film, opens nationwide next Friday, June 20th.

The movie is generating lots of press, with appearances on NBC's Today show and a cover story on last Sunday's (June 8th) Parade magazine. Needless to say (but we will say it anyway) there is special interest in Las Vegas regarding the film, as Jersey Boys is a successful live show here (currently playing at Paris on the Strip), but Erich Bergen, who portrayed Bob Gaudio in the show while it was at Palazzo, recreates his role in the movie.

Jersey Boys, Cover Boys

Mickey Deems 1925-2014

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Received this from Bart Williams on Monday... I just got the confirmation that Mickey Deems died from cancer at home, as he wished to, on April 14th. His helper, James, who has been living with Mickey, is not "Show-biz" and did not inform the Unions or the Trades or the L.A. Times. I wish he had called me. When I spoke with him briefly today, he was on his way out the door to go to his own Doctor, as he himself is very ill. He promised to call me back, with more information. I will take the responsibility of getting the info to the right places, once I have a good talk with James. I loved Mick. He was always so generous with his time and talent. He was a very funny man, and a real throw-back to an earlier time of stage and film Comedy. Watch a clip from "Mike and Myer for Hire" on the Internet, and watch him work with Joey Faye. Those are Comedians! I feel very privileged to have worked with him closely on stage in the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, and in the U.S.O. days, with him Directing Mike Frome, Ann Gibbs, Ginny Tyler, Joel Kimmel and myself, in the fine art of "Burlesque Sketches." He made a terrific contribution to our documentary film, The Last First Comic, about the life and work of Irving Benson, who, still hale and hearty at 100 years old, is the last living "First Banana" of real Burlesque Theatre. Our cast list from the film is getting thinner and thinner. While I was in L.A. late last year, I visited Mickey at home, and we spent several hours talking about a million things. His working with Buster Keaton, Burlesque, Broadway, and the creation of a comedy performance. Years ago he gave me all of his scripts from the Broadway shows he was in. They have all his direction notes and his own comedy notations and alterations. They are now more precious to me than ever. When I was leaving, Mickey said, "I don't expect I'll be seeing you again, Bart. It's been great having you in my life, kid. Keep comedy alive, and think of me once in a while". I hugged his now skinny frame and kissed his cheek, and then sat in my car and cried, before driving away. I knew his death was coming, but I am feeling very low, over his now suddenly not being here to call for advice, or just to share some show-biz talk. Mickey Deems. A very funny man. With a heavy heart, Bart Williams.

Note from Cousin Claire - The gentleman eulogized in the above article was not married to Judy Garland. Her similarly named husband (one of many) was Mickey Deans.

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Nik at Nite and the Trio will celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra, this Sunday, June 15th from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., in the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge. Last weekend, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik were joined by the fabulous Cocho Arbe as they featured the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other tasty things. We also had a surprise visit from a very talented drummer from the Bay area named Andy Weis, who sat in for our last set. This Sunday we take on the music of an icon of American popular song, Frank Sinatra. We'll be doing not only Frank's most recognized songs, but a few surprises as well. Our guest keyboard player this Sunday will be Chad Michaels, our guest drummer will be Jess Gopem, and our mainstay, Bob Sachs, will be with us again on the bass. Why not stop by and hear what promises to be another great night of live music in the coolest lounge in town. The Piazza Lounge is located in the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), at 255 E Flamingo Rd.

Frank Sinatra

Richel Kompst Acting Up

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Mistinguett Productions presents Icons of Stage and Screen, next Sunday, June 22nd, at 3 p.m. in Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theater. See an afternoon of spectacular performances from a group of Las Vegas's world-class singer/actors. Written and directed by Bill Fayne and Mistinguett, this 80-minute production stars Kellie Wright as Ethel, Joelle Righetti as Cher, Denise Clemente as Bette, Richel Kompst as Barbra, and featuring Bill Fayne. The women are regular performers on the celebrity tribute circuit and will absolutely astound you with their spot on likeness and vocal stylings for the beloved stars they portray. In addition to the individual performances, Bill has cooked up some special song collaborations with the ladies, that can only be seen at this performance. Don't miss it! The Starbright is located at 2225 Thomas W Ryan Blvd, in Sun City Summerlin. Tickets are $15 for Sun City residents and $18 for non residents. All shows at the Starbright are first come, first served with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! If an event sells out, every attempt will be made to provide additional show times, if possible. Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non- refundable. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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Karan Feder Bumble Bee Costume

Vegas Design Stars is a new initiative in Downtown Container Park boutique, Redstich. Vegas Design Stars showcases unique and crafty local Las Vegas designers and their wares. "Vegas is home to many design stars" says Redstich co-owner Pamela Bell. "Redstich is the perfect venue to show-off our local talent." The first designer featured at the shop is Karan Feder.

Redstich celebrated their Vegas Design Stars launch, at the boutique, earlier this evening, June 13th. The launch event included an informal fashion show, light refreshments and an opportunity to meet local award-winning fashion designer and Hollywood costume designer Karan Feder. Karan designs unique and playful fashion accessories for her brand labels Karan Feder Hollywood and Karan Feder Studio. Her award winning bags feature unusual materials with a less-is-more approach to design. As a Hollywood costume designer, Karan's handbags slant to the theatrical, making them an ideal fit for Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Redstich is the exclusive retailer of Karan Feder designs. Their online boutique and Las Vegas storefront provide a curated experience, featuring limited run and one-of-a-kind products, assuring a truly unique shopping experience on every visit. Karan's award- winning work in the artistic field of costume design is evident in projects on film, stage and television. Her fashion collections have garnered international accolades and have sold in the most prestigious department stores in the world. Karan's expertise and enthusiasm for entertainment costume sparked a pop-culture book series designed to support and promote classic Hollywood entertainment costume. She is president of Entertainment Exhibitions, a business devoted to the preservation and exhibition of entertainment costume. Karan proudly serves as Guest Curator of Costume & Textiles at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. She is a voting member of the Television Academy and Costume Designers Guild and was elected to the executive board of the Costume Society of America. If you haven't been to Container Park yet, this may be just the reason to get you to the downtown center.

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Penn & Teller Host Golden Rainbow

World-famous duo, and longtime local HIV/AIDS advocates, Penn & Teller, presented Golden Rainbow executives with the key to their theater as the nonprofit Golden Rainbow prepares for its 28th annual "Ribbon of Life" spectacular. The organization's largest fundraiser of the year will be held on Sunday, June 22nd, in the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All- Suite Hotel & Casino. Golden Rainbow's Executive Director, Gary Costa; Acting President, Greg Nielson; Treasurer, Drew Zidzik; Vice President, Pietra Sardelli; and Vice President, Scott Emerson, were welcomed by the Las Vegas headliners in the theater's "monkey room," just in time for the beginning of "Ribbon of Life" rehearsals. This year's production, "Under the Big Top," will be full of exhilarating circus-inspired acts, with performances by entertainers Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland and Reva Rice; cast members from Dancing Queen, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas, Jersey Boys, Jubilee, Million Dollar Quartet, RagTag Entertainment, Rock of Ages, Zombie Burlesque, and Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, Mystère and Zumanity; vocal groups Sin City Opera and The Sound Collage; and many more. Guests interested in experiencing the one-of-a-kind extravaganza can purchase tickets at the property's box office, online at, and, or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100, $175 and $200. Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like "Ribbon of Life" and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit, or call (702) 384-2899.

Shown in the accompanying photo, from left to right: Penn Jillette, Teller, Golden Rainbow's Executive Director Gary Costa, Acting President Greg Nielson, Treasurer Drew Zidzik, Vice President Pietra Sardelli, and Vice President Scott Emerson. Photo by Randy Soard.

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La Voce Totale

Tomorrow, Saturday June 14th at 7:30 p.m., Christ Church Episcopal, 2000 S. Maryland Pkwy #1, will host La Voce Totale vocal recital, featuring baritones Victor Romero, Joel Allee; sopranos Ediana Nieves, Wendy Moss, Maria Pinegar, Gloria Grev; tenors Elisio Zari, Marco Varela; mezzo- sopranos Valeria Sokolova, Veronica McCormack, and pianist, Spencer Baker. Hear songs from the classics to Broadway, sung by emerging artists of tomorrow. Program includes works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Puccini, Mozart and Michel Legrand. Free and open to the public; Free-Will Offering. Call (702) 735-7655, or go to

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Happy birthday Gemini celebrants (May 21-June 20) - Ron Isley, Leo Sayer, Charles Aznavour, Bernie Taupin, Rich Affannato, Drew Carey, Jewel, Joan Collins, Bob Dylan, Tommy Chong, Patti LaBelle, Priscilla Presley, Rosanne Cash, Mark Ballas (Dancing With the Stars), Lon Bronson, Anita Bryant, Elton John, Danica Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Stevie Nicks, Hank Williams Jr., Bobcat Goldthwait, Lenny Kravitz, Herman Wouk, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Adam Corolla, Gladys Knight, Billy Vera, John Fogerty, Phil Vassar, Kylie Minogue, LaToya Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Melanie (Mel B) Brown, Wynonna Judd, Rebbie Jackson, Idina Menzel, Cee Lo Green, Peter Yarrow, Chris Elliott, Corey Hart, DMC, Ronnie Wood, Pat Boone, Mark Curry, Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Alanis Morissette, Wayne Brady, Dana Carvey, Deneice Williams, Dan Hill, Brian McKnight, Kenny G, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Bernhard, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Tom Jones, Jenny Jones, Prince, Joan Rivers, James Darren, Nancy Sinatra, Boz Scaggs, Kanye West, Jackie Mason, Shirley Alston Reeves, Faith Evans, Vic Damone, Jim Nabors, Chick Corea, Dick Feeney, Tim Allen, Siegfried Fischbacher, Donald Trump, Boy George, Eddie Mekka, Janet Lennon, Steffi Graf, Neil Patrick Harris, Courteney Cox, Jim Belushi, Eileen Davidson, Gino Vannelli, Lamont Dozier, Joe Piscopo, Barry Manilow, Tommy DeVito, Sir Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Ann Wilson (Heart), Paula Abdul, Lionel Richie, Anne Murray, Brian Wilson, Kirk Kerkorian, Michelle Phillips, Tom Gallagher, Diane Ellis, Bill Nolte, Sarasue Essenpreis, Sam Harris, Dan Pero, Michael LaRocca, Nicholas Pomeranz, Katrina Loncaric, Bic Carrol, Kenny Mazlow, Sharon Holmes Mandel, Marvin Lashever, Elizabeth Pero, Mel Carter, Nate Tannenbaum, Gordie Brown, Joe Lavigna, Tom Illi, Merrick Wolfe, and Sandy Hackett.
Anniversary greetings to Jim and Rebecca Spencer D'Asaro, Matt and Sarah Lowe Donnelly, Ed and Valerie Mathews, and Jim and Jan Seagrave.

Pat Boone Turns 80

Deana & Dean Martin

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And speaking of birthdays...Last Saturday, June 7th, was a special day for Deana Martin. She celebrated what would have been her father, Dean Martin's, 97th birthday. "I loved being called Deana Martin," says the loving daughter, "even when I was very small. Dad was such a positive influence on people's lives, that to be so closely associated with him was always a blessing. People can't help but smile when they think of my father, which has to be the greatest legacy of all. When people hear my name for the first time, they usually ask the same question: "Any relation?" "Yes," I reply proudly, "he's my father." They smile and cry, "Oh, I love your father! I've loved him all my life." Source: Book Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes. Deana, a fine entertainer in her own right, will perform Live In Concert, through Sunday, June 15th, at the Ramada New Hope's Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Road in New Hope, PA. Show times are at 8 p.m. For tickets, please call (888) 596- 1027.

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It's that time of the year again for National Flip Flop Day, a special day where Tropical Smoothie Café locations throughout Nevada encourage customers to kick off Summer—and their shoes—for free smoothies and a good cause. On Friday, June 20th, customers who stop by any participating Tropical Smoothie Café location nationwide between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. wearing flip flops will receive a free 24 oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie. During this time, customers can show their support for Camp Sunshine. Customers who purchase a $5 flip flop key fob will be rewarded with a 10 percent discount on all future purchases through the end of the year. Online donations are also accepted at This is the eighth consecutive year in which Tropical Smoothie Café is committed to bringing on the sunshine for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. This year, the goal nationwide is to raise more than $600,000 to benefit Camp Sunshine. For more than 25 years, Camp Sunshine has offered kids and their families a getaway from the difficulties of their everyday lives. Located on the shores Lake Sebago in Maine, Camp Sunshine is the only nonprofit organization in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life- threatening illness on every member of the immediate family. Parents receive support from medical staff and others who can relate to what they are going through first-hand, while kids get to be kids, have fun, and get away from the stresses of everyday life living with their unique disorders.

The cost of sending one child with a life-threatening illness and their family to this special retreat for a week is $2,000, and Camp Sunshine relies on donations from corporate supporters, like Tropical Smoothie Café, and individual donors to continue to offer its programs free-of-charge. "We're super excited that it's National Flip Flop Day again! Not only do we get to give back to our customers because of their generosity, our Nevada-based store owners, management and employees get very excited about this time of year, too," said Dina Mitchell, Area Developer and Marketing Director for Nevada. "Through our Nevada stores we want to raise $40,000 in order to send 20 kids and families to camp. We want this to be a record-breaking year!" To date, Tropical Smoothie Café has donated more than $2 million to Camp Sunshine, sending 1,000 children and their families to experience the camp. Last year, Tropical Smoothie Café raised a record-breaking $515,000 for Camp Sunshine and the brand plans to exceed that number in 2014 by raising $600,000 which would cover the costs to send 300 families to the camp. Dina Mitchell brought Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Southern Nevada in 2001, opening the first store in Henderson, also the company's 24th location in the nation. Four of the Vegas area stores are among the top 10 in sales nationwide. By the end of 2014, Tropical Smoothie Café will have 27 locations in Nevada, which includes stores in neighborhoods throughout Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas; three stores on the Las Vegas Strip and one in Pahrump. Tropical Smoothie Café in Nevada is active in philanthropic and community affairs, including annual participation with National Flip Flop Day to raise money for Camp Sunshine, yearly Coats for Kids drives, and regular support of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, American Heart Association and others. For more info about National Flip Flop Day, how to help support Camp Sunshine, and Tropical Smoothie Café locations and menu options, visit, or

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Killian's Angels

This is the final weekend of the summer for Killian's Angels, who perform through tomorrow, Saturday, June 14th, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Brendan's Irish Pub inside The Orleans. Go out and support the Angels - Ginger, Anne, Nan, Vita and Beth. We want them back at Brendan's in the Fall. Thanks, and Slainte!

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By special arrangement with StudioCanal, SRO Productions, LLC., proudly presents The Graduate at The Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas. The play is adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb, and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and promptly becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner, one Mrs. Robinson, but soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine. SRO Productions alumnus, Arik Cunningham, looks to apply his golden touch as he directs The Graduate. With every choice one makes, they open a new door for themselves presenting a new opportunity. However if we let others influence our decisions, are we really giving ourselves new opportunities? The Graduate is a play about making choices for ourselves and not letting others hinder our potential to merely that of the status quo. The Graduate runs June 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st, with shows at 8 p.m. Adult themes. Tickets are $20 (General Admission), and $15 (Senior and Military), and can be purchased at The Onyx Box Office, 953 E Sahara Ave. 16-B, by calling (702) 732-7225, or online, at

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Next Saturday, June 21st, at 8 p.m., Gin Blossoms kick off summer with a concert at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. The band performs favorites from the '90s, including their mega hits - the No. 1 smash "Found Out About You," Top 10s like "Hey Jealousy," "Til I Hear It From You" and "Follow You Down," along with other popular tracks, such as "Allison Road" and "As Long As It Matters," which earned the band a Grammy nomination. Tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), visit, or go to the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, Tuesdays through Saturdays, between10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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Dolores & Sophia Scozzesi

A Musical Cavalcade of leading Jazz artists will unite Upstairs at Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, in Studio City, CA., this Sunday, June 15th, in support of Sophia Scozzesi, a young woman facing serious medical challenges. This benefit is sponsored by Jazz del Corazon: Uniting Sophia Scozzesi's Supporters. All monies raised will go to help courageous Sophia, get the physical therapy she needs to win the war she is waging to regain her life. On Election Night 2012, Sophia had a stroke- like ailment called "a cavernous malformation to her brain stem" that has left her battling a whole slew of maladies. But she's fighting her way back and, with help, will be whole again very soon. Performances will be by our friend Mark Winkler, Keith Borden, Lauren White, Chambers, Herbert & Elllis, Jackie Gibson and Sophia's mother, Dolores Scozzesi. There will also be a very special appearance by Cheryl Bentyne. Doors open at 11 a.m., with show starting at noon. Jazz del Corazon is a grass roots fundraising effort created by Jackie Gibson and Clifford Bell to provide support to members of the Southern California musical community that are experiencing extreme need. Only six months old, previous recipients have been Jerry Monteros and Lou McMullin. Suggested donation is $20, plus two drink minimum (waived with purchase of food). Call (818) 769-0905. You can learn more about SOPHIA SCOZZESI at

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How appropriate for Daffodil Flores of Preferred Public Relations to be handling the press for Plant World Nursery. Plant World Nursery, serving Las Vegas since 1967, introduces a free monthly kid's flower potting session beginning Saturday, June 21st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to youngsters from three to 12, children will have the opportunity to plant various types of seeds that they will be able to take home and nurture, while their parents have the convenience to shop for gardening needs. Taking place every third Saturday of the month, the kid's flower potting session will allow them to experience the joy of gardening, and offer them a chance to spend time visiting Plant World Nursery's tropical birds, turtles and desert tortoises. Limit one pot per child. Plant World Nursery's 10-acre site houses a 4,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, the largest in the city. Plant World Nursery is available for private events, school tours and provides contractor discounts. The location also serves as a sanctuary for more than 50 exotic birds. Open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plant World Nursery is located at 5311 W. Charleston Blvd. The Kids Flower Potting schedule for the summer is as follows: Saturday, June 21, Saturday, July 19, Saturday, August 16. For more information on Plant World Nursery visit or call (702) 878-9485.

Photo caption - Three-year-old Kane Ellis learns the basics of flower potting at Plant World Nursery's Spring Growing Day in March.

Kane Ellis at Plant World Nursery

David de Alba as Judy Garland

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Don't forget David de Alba's A Lonely Stage, My Tribute to Judy Garland, at The Onyx Theatre, Sunday, June 22nd at 2 p.m. It was exactly 35 years earlier, June 22nd, 1969, that Judy Garland passed away. It is a most significant date to de Alba and the many fans of Ms. Garland. Following last years sold out Onyx performance, of Dorothy The Later Years, San Francisco's Finocchio Club legendary actor, singer- impressionist David de Alba, "Judy Garland Tribute" returns to The Onyx Theater stage to present a different show, A Lonely Stage, My Tribute to Judy Garland. Anyone who is a true Judy Garland fan, or just someone who appreciates the Art Form of LIVE Female Impersonation, should not miss Mr. de Alba's performance celebrating Judy's musical career by way of the accurate impersonation that he achieves due to his respect and love for the late Star. Tickets are $20 for V.I.P. seating (first two rows), and $17 for General admission. For reservations, call (702) 732-7225. The Onyx is located inside The Rack at 935 E. Sahara B-16.

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Hennessey's Tavern in downtown Las Vegas, and the Animal Network - Saving Any Breed in Need, will host Serving the Hooch to Help a Pooch, a luncheon and fundraiser to benefit the rescue animals of Animal Network. Guests will enjoy a variety of delicious bar fare, along with complimentary brew for those over 21 years of age (while supplies last), and participate in raffles, mystery prizes and more. To assist local animals in need, proceeds will go toward: veterinary bills, boarding, spay/neuter, food, supplies, marketing materials and the many other needs of successfully adopting homeless pets into their perfect forever home. Tickets are $25 per person in advance at, or by calling (702) 582-7534. Tickets will be $30 per person at the door as supplies last. This event will take place Saturday, June 21st, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Hennessey's, 425 Fremont St #110 at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. You can park in the Fremont Garage and validate your ticket for the first two hours free.

The Animal Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to rescue homeless and abandoned animals – of any breed and without discrimination – provide them with the care they need and ultimately place them in loving forever homes. Foster homes, volunteers and supporters are always in high demand. For more information and to get involved visit www.animalnetwork- or email [email protected]

The event will include food, drink, raffles and more all to benefit local animals in need!

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