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Las Vegas - August 29, 2014

2014 AFAN Black & White Party

AFAN's Annual Black & White Party was held last Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The results are reported here. Thank you Las Vegas! Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 28th Annual Black & White Party was a huge success, with more than 3,000 guests in attendance. The event raised nearly $130,000 to support programs and services at AFAN! Thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors and in-kind donors who made this event possible, with special thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for donating the amazing venue. AFAN was founded in 1984, and this year is their 30th year of providing services. As they continue to discover their history, with the invaluable assistance of local historian, Dennis McBride, they wanted to honor those who led the fight against HIV and prejudice, before and after the inception of AFAN. As we know, prior to and after 1984, there was a committed group of individuals that came together to ensure the adequate treatment and services for all of us. Some of these remarkable individuals are still with us today, and the opportunity to honor them was taken at the Black and White Party with "the right to wear red." Although some of them were not able to be present during the event, their contribution to this community and their legacy was palpable throughout the evening. Dr. Mel Pohl, Dr. Walter Herron, Terry Wilsey and Wes Davis, were among the remarkable individuals that were honored for their efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS in Las Vegas. Dr. Pohl was one of the first physicians to treat people infected, Terry and Walt helped in the efforts to create AFAN, and Wes Davis was the one of the founders and the first Executive Director of AFAN. Additional honorees unable to attend the party were Dr. Jerry Cade, Senator David Parks, Attorney Kevin Kelly, Joe Lamarca and Esther Lynn. All of these individuals, among countless others, had the groundbreaking vision and infinite compassion to ensure that our community was treated with dignity and respect. AFAN thanks them for making our lives better! "While it was very gracious of AFAN to honor us, the real story is not about us, but the thousands of people served by AFAN in the last thirty years and the tireless volunteers and staff who make AFAN what it is," said Wes Davis. "We all hope that one day this organization will not be needed. Until that time it was most gratifying to see it is in good hands."

AFAN Honorees

Shown in the accompanying photo are (from left to right) Dr. Mel Pohl; Terry Wilsey and Dr. Walt Herron; and Wes Davis, being honored at the Black & White Party.

The people of Southern Nevada have proven to be most generous when it comes to supporting valid and worthy causes. In May, while celebrating its 60th anniversary at a private media event and press conference held at Sunset Springs Ranch (formerly known as Casa de Shenandoah, the onetime home of Wayne Newton), Opportunity Village announced they had been offered the largest monetary donation in the history of the organization, $35 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation. Believed to be the largest private foundation gift ever given to an organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, the generous amount is provided as a challenge gift, which has already been partially matched by Dorothy and Lacy Harber, owners of Sunset Springs Ranch, who came forward with a donation $10 million.

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Spencer Baker

Philip Fortenberry

Sunday, August 31st at 3 p.m., the Opera Las Vegas Guild presents Dueling Pianos at the Henderson home of Luana DeVol. The pianists are Spencer Baker and Philip Fortenberry. Special guest is vocalist, Joan Sobel. For those music lovers who are staying in Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend, and have not yet bought tickets to Dueling Pianos on Sunday, August 31st, you may be out of luck by the time you are reading this. The show should be a sellout. The star of last year's show, the internationally acclaimed coach and pianist, Spencer Baker, brought Jonathan Gorst to play the 2 Piano/4 Hands music, brining the audience to their feet. Also featured in the previous show were young artists, Erin Gonzalez, Isabella Ivy and Jonathan Mancheni. There were rave reviews from the concert goers. This year, Spencer has invited Philip Fortenberry to perform. Philip was recently returned from New York, where he served as Associate Conductor for the musical, Rocky, earning the inaugural "Ghost Light Award" as Best Musician on Broadway. He was also featured as the hand and body double for Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, Michael Douglas, who portrayed Liberace in the HBO Films biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Keeping with the Liberace theme, Philip was the featured Artist-in-Residence at the Liberace Museum's Cabaret Showroom, where he performed his acclaimed one-man show, Liberace and Me. A composer, pianist and conductor, Philip is currently a resident of Las Vegas. He has been affiliated as musician and conductor for many Las Vegas presentations, including Hairspray, We Will Rock You, and Mamma Mia! He is currently Associate Conductor for Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. His solo appearances at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz regularly sell-out. Philip is also a much in demand accompanist of singers, including Rebecca Spencer and Kristen Hertzenberg. At the invitation of George Bush, Philip accompanied Mezzo-Soprano, Frederica Von Stade, at a White House performance. Last, but not least, the singing guest for Sunday's concert is Joan Sobel, with whom Philip regularly collaborates. Joan portrayed the fiery diva, Carlotta, with Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular here, as well as in two national tours of the original Phantom of the Opera productions. Joan has sung leading operatic roles with Opera Ontario, Connecticut Opera, New York City Opera, and the Artpark Festival in New York, to name a few. She was awarded "Artist of the Year" in her debut performance with the Syracuse Opera, singing the three heroines in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Career highlights include singing under the baton of Sir Colin Davis with the New York Philharmonic in Der Freischuetz. Tickets to the Dueling Pianos event are $75 per person. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres are included in the price. Wine donation of $3 is requested. Call Alvida Lane at (702) 459-6353, or (702) 453-9213. Because space is extremely limited and access is via a guarded gate entry, tickets are available only by written RSVP with check or credit card enclosed.

Joan Sobel

Country Legends

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Cousin Claire had a busy weekend. On Saturday, we made a trip to the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin to see Mistinguett's production of Country Legends, featuring Johnny Cash tribute artist, Ronnie Lee Twist; Tim McGraw impersonator, Chad Collins; and special guests, comedy impressionist, Bethany Owen; and comic/musician, James Lee Reeves as Professor Milo Tremley, Marriage Therapist. The full house (about 300 people) enjoyed the talent, participating vocally and clapping along in all the right places. The clever Ms. Owen, doing quick costume and wig changes right on stage, recreated some of our favorite country queens, including Minnie Pearl, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette, and, as June Carter Cash, joined Ronnie Lee Twist in a duet. We don't know if we can, in good conscience, recommend Professor Milo when it comes to marital advice, but we sure can recommend him when it comes to laughs!

Nik Mastrangelo & Joe Lano

Cy Coleman

Sunday evening, we were at the Tuscany to see and hear Nik at Nite (Nikolas Mastrangelo, attorney by day, and saloon singer on Sunday nights), and The Trio (Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums) as they paid tribute to Broadway for the second week. Nik tries to give the crowd a musical education by naming the composers of the songs that are being performed, as well as what shows they were from. Some of the shows were names we were not familiar with, although, for those of a certain age (AARP recipients), the songs were most familiar. The Trio opened with "It Might As Well Be Spring" (Rodgers and Hammerstein, State Fair) and "Somewhere" (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim, from West Side Story). Nik followed, singing "All of You" (by Cole Porter from Silk Stockings), "Night and Day" (Porter, Gay Divorce), "Just One of Those Things" (Porter, Jubilee), "You Do Something to Me" (Porter, Fifty Million Frenchmen), and "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Porter, Anything Goes). The Trio performed "My Romance" (Rodgers and Hart, Jumbo), and Nik sang "Honeysuckle Rose" (Fats Waller), "I've Got Plenty of Nothing," (the Gershwins, Porgy and Bess), "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (Gershwins, Rosalie), and "But Not For Me" (Gershwins, Girl Crazy). Some of the other selections included Jerome Kern's "I Won't Dance," "I Didn't Believe Them," "I Hear Music," Taking a Chance On Love," and Kurt Weill‘s "Too Soon" and "My Ship." Among those who sat (stood) in were Chadwick Johnson, singing "On the Street Where You Live," "Over the Rainbow," "At Last," and "Smile;" John Menniti, of The Fab; and Hazel Payne, member of the Grammy Award-winning recording group, A Taste of Honey ("Boogie, Oogie, Oogie"). Nik conveys that he wants to "thank all those folks who turned out last Sunday as we did Broadway, My Way, Part II at the Piazza. You guys are really making it fun for Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and me every week. Special thanks to our two special guests Grammy Award-winner, Hazel Payne, and future Grammy Award-winner, Chadwick Johnson, for giving the crowd all they could ask for, and then some!" This Sunday, in the Piazza Lounge, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., world-renowned guitarist, Joe Lano, appears with the Nik at Nite Trio for a celebration of the music of Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman. Lano, the guru of the guitar, will be joining Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik, as we pay tribute to Berlin and Coleman. As you may well know, Berlin wrote such classics as "Cheek to Cheek," "Always," "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and "How Deep is the Ocean?" Cy Coleman wrote the music for "Witchcraft," "The Best Is Yet to Come," and many other great tunes. Anyone who has ever heard Joe Lano play, knows what a phenomenal guitarist he is, and Nik and The Trio are glad and honored to have him back. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), 255 E Flamingo.

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The Mad Greek Café will feature the amazing vocals of Mark Giovi, from 7 to 10 p.m., on Tuesday, September 9th. A local favorite, Mark will be backed by Ned Mills on keys, and Michael T on drums. The Mad Greek Café is located at 8565 W. Sahara at Durango. For dinner or show reservations, call (702) 242-7669.

Mark Giovi

Deana Martin

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September 13th and 14th, Deana Martin returns to the South Point Showroom, with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. Deana is an influential American singer, actor and performer, and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Deana achieved success early in her career in films, theatre and television, then quickly added to her repertoire — recording artist, best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, licensed pilot, and entrepreneur. As an internationally acclaimed entertainer, hit recording artist, and an in-demand performer, playing to sold-out audiences worldwide, Deana Martin has become an instantly recognizable voice and figure in the pantheon of The Great American Songbook. Deana's 2006 debut CD release, Memories Are Made Of This, stayed in the Top 10 for 40 consecutive weeks. In 2009, another hit CD, Volare, was released. It debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 7, and the Jazz chart at No. 22. White Christmas was another chart buster. Released in 2011, it remained on the Top 10 throughout the Christmas season in 2011 and 2012. Deana's 2013 critically acclaimed CD, Destination Moon, is currently playing on more than 1000 radio stations around the U.S., reinforcing her renowned status as hit recording artist. As an author, Deana found herself on the New York Times coveted Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes. In it, Deana delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his Pallies. To her they were known as, Uncle Frank (Sinatra) and Uncle Sammy (Davis, Jr.). To the world, they were known as The Rat Pack. The book will soon be made into a movie, directed by actor Joe Mantegna, with screenplay written by actor/writer/television host, Bonnie Hunt, and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Seeing Deana Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she cannot do. And you're right! With an abundance of success under her belt as a hit recording artist, highly praised concert performer, accomplished actor and best-selling author – Deana Martin seems to excel effortlessly at everything she does. Like her Dad, Deana makes it all look so easy, and audiences can't get enough. Deana and her husband, John Griffeth, divide their time between Beverly Hills, California, and Branson, Missouri. Tickets for the Deana Martin: Live In Concert shows at the South Point are $25, $20 and $15, plus taxes and fees. For reservations, call (702) 797-8055. For more information on Deana Martin, her career and upcoming concert appearances, please visit her website at

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On Sunday, September 7th, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30) in the theater at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod (east of Eastern, and north of Desert Inn)., the Performing Arts Society will present the inescapably gifted pianist, vocalist and entertainer Mr. Wes Winters in a program entitled From Liberace to Jerry Lee, a tribute show exploring some of the most memorable songs and moments in the careers of Liberace, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Manilow, Andrew Lloyd Webber and other musical superstars. A good portion of the program will be dedicated to the work of pianist Liberace, a child prodigy, who began playing piano at the age of four, became known as Mr. Showmanship, and was one of the highest paid performers in the world, boasting a career that spanned over four decades. Uncannily, Wes Winters began playing at five years of age, and it was Liberace's records that inspired him to literally "teach himself" to play. Winters is not a Liberace impersonator or a "look-a-like", but a "sound-a-like," and audiences experience this remarkable phenomenon the moment his fingers hit the keys. Amazingly, Winters plays the piano by ear, recreating and refashioning the work of "musical greats" from this century and the last, with a flair and mastery that is mesmerizing, capturing the spirit, enthusiasm, and legendary showmanship that made entertainers and composers like Liberace, Manilow and Lloyd Webber musical icons to millions of people worldwide. Wes Winters displays an innate musical talent possessed by very few. His list of credits include television, radio, live theater, composing and producing, including A Musical Tribute to Liberace, which Winters performed for five years in the now shuttered Liberace Museum, in the Wes Winters Showroom, named in his honor. With over 1400 songs in his repertoire, Winters has performed to amazed audiences in many of Las Vegas finest venues, including Planet Hollywood, The South Point Casino, and J.W. Marriot's Rampart Casino, to name a few. Don't miss PASNV's September 7th program, featuring pianist extraordinaire Wes Winters and a tribute concert, From Liberace To Jerry Lee. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741, or email [email protected] The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years.

Wes Winters

Anthony Rais

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Reprinted (with permission) from Rolando Larraz's Las Vegas Tribune.
Paul and Sue Lowden Guest Speakers at the F.I.O.R.E.
By the Las Vegas Tribune Roving Reporter
If there is a better, more fun non-club club in America, I haven't heard of it. Once a month, for the last ten years, a large group of Las Vegans, from all walks of life, meet for lunch at the Italian American Social Club of Nevada. What started as a joke because clubs and groups seem to take themselves too seriously, has become the In Thing. The place to be and the people with whom to associate, well, that is assuming you want to enjoy a most pleasant and quite different lunch (and sometimes dinner), with live music, laughter, great programs, great speakers and great food. The August meeting, like those before, was a top of line event. Two major Las Vegas icons were the guest speakers; Paul and Sue Lowden. The Lowdens offered a most entertaining program. Paul played some Jazz with the Gary Anderson's musical ensemble and Sue talked about her experience traveling with Bob Hope entertaining our soldiers during the Vietnam war. The Question and Answer portion was lively, informative and very interesting. Because this non club club prides itself on camaraderie and fun, after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation, many of the members and guests came up to the mic and told some very funny jokes. Even the very proper and charming, Cindy Doumani, got into the spirit of the moment. "It just keeps getting better and better" said Conrad Villella, a president and one of the founders of this unique group. "We have grown continuously from our first meeting, and we keep growing with every meeting." The upcoming September luncheon, on Thursday, the 11th, will feature Anthony Rais, a multi talented entertainer. In his unique marionette presentation, Rais shatters the stereotype of kiddie puppet shows, elevating a centuries old art to new heights. Anthony's peers have honored him with heartfelt accolades and standing ovations.

We will have more details about the September gathering in next Friday's column. To learn more about the F.I.O.R.E., please go to, and visit the "About Us" page.

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A memorial service for longtime Las Vegas television and radio newsman Murray Westgate is scheduled for Palm Downtown Mortuary at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5th, on what would have been his 86th birthday, his family announced late Monday. Westgate died July 26 at Nathan Adelson Hospice apparently from complications of a stroke he suffered in May. His death was not immediately disclosed to the public. About two weeks after Westgate's death, on August 9th, he was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at its 19th annual gala at the Four Seasons. "Murray was a giving man who did a lot of (anonymous) charity work in Las Vegas," longtime friend and venerable Las Vegas comedian Cork Proctor said. "He was a credit to the electronic media industry – soft-spoken, very professional and very bright." In recent years, Westgate split residency between Thailand and Las Vegas, serving as president of the Thailand-America Educational Foundation, Inc., a Nevada-based, non-profit corporation. The foundation administers the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program in Thailand and has long promoted educational and cultural exchange between Thailand and the United States. Westgate's survivors include his wife Kowit and their daughter Ellen.
Ed Koch, a former longtime Las Vegas Sun reporter, has written a nice story on Murray Westgate. You can read the entire article by going to vegas-newsman-dies/

Murray Westgate 1928-2014

Alton Fitzgerald White as Lion King's Mufasa

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Last Saturday, August 23rd, The Lion King Broadway cast member, Alton Fitzgerald White, played his 4,000th performance as Mufasa in Disney's landmark musical event. White originated the role of Mufasa in the US touring production in 2002, and in a sit-down Las Vegas production in 2009, in addition to leading the flagship Broadway company intermittently since. It's been a 12 year journey as Mufasa for Alton, who has also starred on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy, Smokey Joe's Café, Ragtime and The Color Purple. Other credits include TV‘s Law and Order, The Invention of Lying, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, concerts around the world, voice-overs and commercial work. Now in its 17th year, The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history, and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 106 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway, London's West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Australia, and on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan. The Australian production marks the tenth concurrent worldwide production of The Lion King, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show's history. To date, The Lion King has played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, The Lion King's more than $6 billion worldwide box office to date, exceeds that of any film or entertainment title in history. The show won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. It has also earned more than 70 major arts awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The show's director, costume designer and mask co-designer, Julie Taymor, continues to play an integral part in the show's ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film, along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from Rhythm of the Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award- winning song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," to the haunting ballad, "Shadowland." The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co- directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer. The Lion King is playing at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, at 200 West 45th Street. For tickets, show information and performance schedule, call Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at (866) 870-2717, or visit online, For more information on Alton, go to .
Photo of Anton Fitzgerald White by Joan Marcus

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We found the In Memoriam segment of last Monday's Emmy Awards to be most touching. With Sara Bareilles singing the beautiful "Smile," as photos of those who passed during the last year were displayed, it sadly reminded us of the performers we have lost. Among them (but, by no means all), Ralph Waite (The Waltons), Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious Franchise), Maximilian Schell, Casey Kasem, Meshach Taylor (Designing Women), Ann B. Davis (The Brady Bunch), Eli Wallach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Don Pardo (announcer), David Brenner, Shirley Temple, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Sheila MacRae, Ruby Dee, Mickey Rooney, Marcia Wallace (The Bob Newhart Show), Sid Caesar, Elaine Stritch, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Joan Fontaine, and, most recently, Robin Williams. Gone, but not forgotten.

David Brenner 1936-2014

Arthur Shafman 1939-2014

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We have just learned that Arthur Shafman, the talent manager and concert and theater producer who brought the Swiss mime troupe, Mummenschanz, to Broadway and watched it become one of the longest-running shows in history, died of pancreatic cancer on July 28th, in Palm Springs, California. He was 75. Mr. Shafman worked with many prominent performers over his long career, helping to stage well- received late-career appearances by Red Skelton, Burl Ives and Hildegarde at Carnegie Hall. Shafman, who made deals on a handshake, guided the careers of the silent (mimes Shields and Yarnell) and the singers (cabaret performers Michael Feinstein, Andrea Marcovicci, K.T. Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Karen Akers, Wesla Whitfield, Tammy Grimes, Heather MacRae and Sandra Reaves-Phillips among others). Arthur Benjamin Shafman was born on April 15th, 1939, in Brooklyn. He graduated from Samuel Tilden High School before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is survived by his wife, Jill Gordon Joseloff, and his sister and brother-in-la, Susan and Jack Balsam. A memorial will be held in September. Donations may be made to Broadway Cares, 165 W. 46th Street; NY, NY 10036.

Mark Nadler, Arthur Shafman & KT Sullivan

Neil Sedaka

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It's Neil Sedaka in The Orleans Showroom, next Saturday and Sunday, September 6th and 7th, with shows at 8 p.m. It's hard to imagine the history of rock and roll without the contributions of Neil Sedaka. For more than four decades, Neil's timeless standards have helped change the face of popular music. With countless hit singles, and platinum and gold records, he is recognized as one of rock and pop music's legendary pioneers, and remains as vital a force today as he was in the 1950's. Tickets are from $39.95, plus taxes and convenience fees. For reservations, call (702) 284-7777.

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Blue Lobster

This has nothing to do with Las Vegas, and nothing do to with entertainment, other than it's rare and beautiful...and we wanted to use the photo. A blue lobster caught off the coast of Maine last weekend, in a 1-in-2 million find, is now going to live out its days at Maine's State Aquarium. Meghan LaPlante, 14, and her father Jay, operator of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company, found the bright blue critter in one of their traps. The cerulean-hued crustacean, was caught in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. The LaPlantes were hauling traps when Meghan discovered the bright blue critter. The story has a happy ending for the lobster. Meghan says she is naming it Skyler, and donating it to the Maine State Aquarium, far from any boiling pots of water, dinner rolls or pats of butter. Lucky lobster!

Jackpot Winners

And speaking of lucky...
Linda and Walter Misco of Chester, N.H., won a $2.4 million jackpot from the legendary Lion's Share slot machine at MGM Grand, last Friday, August 22nd. The jackpot had not been won in 20 years! Timing is everything.

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