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Note: This is a past column from September 19, 2014
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Las Vegas - September 19, 2014

Rob Garrett

Rich Natole

Neil Diamond is one of America's most successful, beloved, singer/songwriters of all time. He has written and sung the soundtrack of our lives. Phil Donahue once called him "The poet of our generation." The good news for his legions of fans is that Diamond is scheduled to release a new, original, album next month. Unfortunately, the "Diamondheads" will have to wait until sometime next year to see their hero back on tour. However, beginning on September 24th, those who cannot wait for Neil to officially release his tour dates can now catch his No.1 emulator on a weekly basis in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Rob Garrett, aka the "King of Diamonds,, and his band, begin a residency in the Shimmer Cabaret at the newly managed Westgate Resort & Casino - formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton. This marks the first ever casino residency for Garrett, who, in his 35-year career as a Vegas resident/ entertainer, has accumulated quite an impressive loyal, following. Like his legendary counterpart, Rob was born in Brooklyn, NY, although his parents moved to Queens shortly after his birth. The family relocated to Las Vegas in the mid 1970s, and in 1980, Rob formed the Vegas band, Rock 'n' Roll Heaven. He began working bars, clubs, lounges, and even some showrooms, before ultimately deciding to change the direction of his career by becoming a Neil Diamond tribute artist for Legends in Concert in 1995. Garrett worked on and off for Legends for about five years before going off on his own, traveling around the country (sometimes the world), becoming one of the most popular, respected, tribute acts in the industry and earning the title "King of Diamonds." Rob's shows are always packed, which is a testament to the hard work and perseverance he has put into his trade. Last year, he became the first performer to receive the "Tribute Artist of the Year" award by the Entertainment Exchange in Las Vegas, and notable Las Vegas columnist, Norm Johnson, wrote "of all the tribute artists running around Las Vegas (and elsewhere), there is none better than Garrett" Other than Neil Diamond, the most influential and inspirational entertainer in Rob Garrett's life has been Elvis Presley. Garrett attended his first Elvis concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 10th, 1972. Between then and December of 1976, Rob saw Presley perform live 23 times - twice at the Garden, three times at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, and, ironically, 18 times at the Las Vegas Hilton (now the Westgate Resort & Casino). It was also in Las Vegas where Rob first saw Neil Diamond perform live. That life changing event took place in 1976, at the then brand new 7,500-seat Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, on July 4th weekend. Garrett remembers that Diamond sold out five consecutive concerts in that theater, breaking every existing concert record held in Vegas at that time. Since then, he has seen Diamond 'live' another 14 times ("and counting"). To be performing at the same property where King Elvis held court for years, is heady enough, but Garrett and his King of Diamonds Band will be alternating with Presley tribute artist, Trent Carlini, in the hotel's Shimmer Cabaret. Elvis and Neil. The "King of Rock" and the "King of Diamonds." It doesn't get much better than that for this hardworking performer. Members of Garrett's K.O.D. Band will include Keith Neal (guitar/vocals), Steve Gerard (keys), Jeff Borree (drums), and Rosanna Telford (vocals). Show times are from 8:30 to 9:40 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays (dark Mondays and Tuesdays), in the Shimmer Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas. Tickets are $45, $55 (preferred seating), $65 ("Diamond Deluxe"). Locals get 2 for 1 tickets. Military (with I.D.) $20. For more information, or to purchase tickets to Neil Diamond: The Tribute, please call the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 (24 hours a day). Event details may change at any time, always check with the venue when planning to attend or purchase tickets.

On Monday, comic impressionist Rich Natole will have Rosanna Telford as his guest on his Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show, airing on KLAV 1230 AM. Tuesday, Rob Garrett, The King of Diamonds, will be sitting in the guest chair. You can listen in to Rich and guests from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday mornings. On Saturdays, Rich is on the air, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. To join in the fun, the studio call-in number is (702) 731-1230, and/or toll free at (866) 820-5528. Stay tuned.

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Pia Zadora

We wish entertainer Pia Zadora a full and speedy recovery. The singer/actress was badly hurt after falling from a moving golf cart, near her Las Vegas home. She was hospitalized with serious head injuries and a compound fracture of the ankle. As we approach our deadline, Pia is scheduled for surgery. Not surprisingly, her weekly performances at Piero's Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas, and other upcoming engagements, have been put on hold as she mends.

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It's Kristen Hertzenberg's Spellbound in The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz on Saturday, September 27th. Kristen dazzled musical-goers as Christine in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. She delighted listeners with pianist Philip Fortenberry on her 2011 album, Holidays from the Heart. She charmed critics like Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes, who called her "a graceful performer whose voice is at once lilting and limitless," and Desert Companion magazine, which named her Best Torch Singer earlier this year. Now Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on September 27 for two shows. Backed by an eight-piece band, Hertzenberg unveils Spellbound, a love- haunted set of blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country. In Spellbound, Hertzenberg takes the audience on a journey, weaving diverse songs into a rich, lyrically driven narrative of obsession and longing. Indeed, Hertzenberg's newest show marks another compelling turn by the Texas-born singer who grew up listening to hip-hop before going on to earn a master's in Opera Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spellbound is a show that displays the depth of her astonishing talent. It's a love letter addressed to anyone who enjoys diverse music rendered with elegance, precision, and affection - every note sealed with a fervent kiss. Hertzenberg always surrounds herself with Las Vegas' finest performers. Her stellar band includes Martin Kaye, an award-winning British singer/songwriter and piano man who currently stars as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's, who recently released his second album, and whom Vegas Seven magazine named Best Actor in their 2013 Best of the City issue. Also in the band is Benjamin D. Hale, currently portraying Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet after a six-year run in Phantom. Hale just released his debut album with his own country/blues/rock band, the Crimson Balladeers. Other band members include George Bryant on drums, Joel Ferguson on pedal steel, Steve Flora on bass, Pablo Gadda on guitar, and vocalists Lisa Davis and Jolana Sampson. There are two shows on Saturday the 27th, one at 5 p.m., and the other at 8. Tickets are $29-45 and available at For more information, call (702) 749-2000.

Kristen Hertzenberg

Rita Lim

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Next Saturday, September 27th, Ron Decar's Event Center presents another in the Fayne & Friends musical series. This version will feature Bill Fayne with special guests, Michelle Johnson and Rita Lim, celebrating the music of Burt Bacharach and Carol King, plus hits recorded by Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick,, Bobby Vinton, Herb Alpert, Jackie DeShannon, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, James Taylor, The Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross and others. The 75-minute show starts at 7 p.m. Get there early for dinner and a 30 to 40-minute pre-show (there is no longer an open mic after the main show). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $30. The $30 VIP tickets include a buffet. The Event Center is located at 1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South. For reservations, call (702) 384-0771.

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Next at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, Live at GVPC Concert Series - 15th Season, Dr. James D'Leon, Pianist, in recital. International Steinway Artist, James D'Leon, presents an evening of Solo Classical Piano, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. D'León will present works by Beethoven, Montague, Razewski, Harold Arlen, Bill Evans, and Alberto Ginestera. Great Music Great Acoustics. Complimentary Admission. Free- Will Offering. Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway (Northeast corner of Valle Verde at Wigwam, just north of 2-15), in Henderson, Nevada. Call (702) 454-8484

Dr. James D'Leon

Paul X. Campanella

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In addition to his music engagements, film production, and acting gigs, Las Vegas actor, Paul X. Campanella, has recently accepted a position as Acting Coach at Hollywood Bound Acting Academy in Las Vegas. Paul will be focusing his instruction in the areas of Audition Technique for the Camera, and developing a character specifically for what is called the "under 5" roles for those parts that have five or less lines in the script. In the past few months, one of Paul's students won co- starring roles on TV shows like Power, on Starz, Mysteries of Laura on NBC, and the new show, Gotham, using his technique and having him coach them through their video auditions. Several other students have received callbacks for TV and film roles. Paul's company, 231 Productions LLC, is also producing "speed reels" and short films for actors who need video to promote their talents to Agents, Managers, Producers and Directors. If you're an actor and would like more information on classes, private coaching or production, you can private message, Paul X. Campanella on FaceBook, or email him at [email protected]

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Cristina Paulos' Rhythm, Line, and Stroke, currently on view through October 3rd. Artists reception, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, from 7 to 9 p.m., at TastySpace, 520 Fremont St, downtown Las Vegas. In this exhibition, Paulos presents a series of artworks on paper, cardboard, and canvas. She incorporates a variety of materials and techniques, including ink, paint, fabric dye, watercolor, handmade paper, canvas, wood, and mixed media. Using life models and human subjects for this entire series, Paulos continues her creative philosophy of capturing and revealing human flaws, discomforts, and vulnerabilities. Rhythm, Line, and Stroke explores these personal identities, to capture that which is truly and completely naked and apart from our bodies. The male component of this work is showing concurrently at the Winchester Cultural Gallery, 3130 McLeod (just north of Desert Inn), now through October 10th. For additional information, contact Dana Satterwhite at [email protected], or by phone at (617) 513-7336. Check out Show.

Artist Cristina Paulos

Deana Martin

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We had a busy, entertainment-filled past week, seeing the talented and personable Deana Martin at the South Point on Saturday night, Paul Stone's Variety Live, A Tribute to Circus Legend Tihany, at The Orleans on Sunday, and the monthly Composers Showcase on Wednesday night in Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center.

In addition to her engagement at the South Point, the past month has been a memorable one for Deana Marin, packed with an exciting schedule of performances and activities. An annual highlight is her performance in historic Enfield, Connecticut, at the oldest Italian festival in America. This year, Deana brought along friends Joe Piscopo and Mike Marino as guest performers. The state's Congressman, Joseph D. Courtney, presented Deana with a proclamation from the House Of Representatives. Congressman Courtney, who represents Connecticut's 2nd district, read the proclamation on the floor of the United States Congress.

On September 25th, it will be Deana Martin: Live In Concert at the USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., in Beaufort, South Carolina. Showtime is at 8 p.m. For concert tickets, call (843) 521-4145. And at 8 p.m., on September 26th and 27th, Deana will perform at The Jazz Corner, at The Village At Wexford, C-1, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. For reservations, call (843) 842-8620.

On Sunday, we were at The Orleans for an amazing, almost three-hour long, lineup of talent.
Producer Paul Stone did quite a job gathering and scheduling a collection of international variety artists to pay tribute to 98-year-old circus legend, TIHANY, in a production called Variety Live. The program featured Master Magician Lance Burton, illusionist Kevin James, from the MJ One show Xavier Mortimer, Las Vegas headliner Jan Rouven, Magic Magazine's Stan Allen, quick change artists Sos & Victoria, Wolfgang on the German wheel, the Hula artistry of Yelena Larkina, Legendary Juggler Kris Kremo, the unique hand shadows of Sonny Fontana, magical brothers Sos Jr. & Tigran, American Idol Star Jasmine Trias, and hosted by British singing sensation Ben Stone. Donations were accepted for the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in memory of the late Joanie Spina. Among the almost 800 people in The Orleans showroom, we spotted a number of entertainers, including magicians Siegfried & Roy, Criss Angel, Mac King, the Amazing Johnathan, Murray SawChuck, Mike Hammer, Seth Grabel, and Mark Bennick. We also saw comic Geechy Guy and Murray's wife, Fantasy dancer, Chloe Louise Crawford. No doubt there were lots of others that we missed.

And, while still on the subject of magic and magicians,..
Some of our readers wanted us to know about an event that took place at Boomers on Wednesday, the 11th. Gary Darwin, who turns 80 today, was celebrating, not only his birthday, but the 50th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Magic Club, with a few of his friends. Among those at the party were Gary Norsegian, Fielding West, Lance Burton, Ariann Black, Penn & Teller, and Dyanne Thorne and Howard Maurer. Darwin started the club in 1964. It continues to provide a home for the family of magicians to hone their craft and stay connected.

Memorabilia, that stirred memories of the past, was scattered around the room as decor. Gary Darwin's latest of 85 books, was on display. Food was served and a dozen magicians performed, A unique show with a lot of humor. Phyllis, Layna - Lady of Illusion, and Bill Witter came in with a dozen fabulous balloons from their All In One Entertainment business, filling the stage. Maria, The Snakebabe, was there with magician husband, Steve August. Bizzaro performed his fun act, along with too many others to name. It was great to see folks with whom we'd shared stages, and meet brand new talents.
Sounds like a great night. Sorry we missed the fun. We thank our reader/writers for sharing their night with us.

Gary Darwin

Denny Miller & Juliet Prowse

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Condolences to the family of Sean Little, who passed away in Las Vegas on September 4th, at the too young age of 52. He was born in New York into a long line of Irish entertainers. He followed his father's dream to move out west at the age of nine. After graduating from Bishop Gorman, he pursued his family's theatrical history and became an audio engineer. Sean was a 31-year member of IATSE Local 720. He had worked at the Flamingo Hilton, Stardust, Riviera and, most recently, Caesars Palace. Although his residency at the Colosseum has come to an end, we believe he has joined his dad in Heaven, mixing the next big show in the sky. Sean was preceded in death by his father, Terence Little. He is survived by his mother, Maureen Hopkins Little; sister, Kathleen Little Bolotin (Brad); brother, Patrick Little (Carrie); sister, Brigid Little Griebel (Guy); brother, Seamus Little (Smokes); nephews, James, Brian, Nate, Brendan and Cooper; and niece, Lauren. Services were in Las Vegas, with visitation on September 11, at Palm Mortuary, and Mass on September 12, at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. Donations in Sean's name may be made to, or support your local thrift shops.

And actor/author, Denny Miller, died on September 9th, at the age of 80. Fresh from his days as a UCLA basketball star, Miller was entrusted with the lead role in Tarzan the Ape Man (1959) This movie remains a favorite with an almost cult-like following. A man with a good sense of humor, Miller identified himself as a card-carrying member of what he called the PTA (the Past Tarzans Association). Next came his role as scout Duke Shannon on Wagon Train (1961-1964), after which he went on to star as Mike McCluskey in the TV series, Mona McCluskey (1965-1966), the story of an Air Force Sergeant (Miller) who was married to a movie star (played by longtime Vegas headliner, Juliet Prowse) and their struggles to live on his salary, not hers. In 1968, Miller had the opportunity to work with Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers when he played 'Wyoming Bill' Kelso in the movie, The Party. He also played Sheriff Owen Kearney in several episodes of Lonesome Dove, The Series (1992). Denny also guest starred in episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island. His acting credits total more than 20 films and 230 TV shows. For more than a decade, Miller portrayed the yellow jacket- clad Gorton's Fisherman in the company's seafood advertising. Later in life, he became a health advocate and an author with three books under his belt - an autobiography titled, Didn't You Used To Be What's His Name? (2004), a book about obesity in the United States called Toxic Waist: Get To Know Sweat! (2006), and 2012's Me Tarzan, You Train!, focused on teaching readers how to get fit and control weight without pain. Denny Miller, who had been dealing with ALS, spent the last 12 years of his life as a Las Vegas resident. He is survived by his wife, Nancy.

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Sorry that we didn't know about this sooner, as we would have happily mentioned it last week. Last night, Michael's Angel Paws, an organization that helps build a Community K9 Center to aid a veteran/civilian lead a more independent life with the help of a service dog, held a fundraising show in the showroom at the South Point. The event featured live entertainment with singers Corrie Sachs and Bryce Gerken, celebrity magician Murray SawChuck, illusionist Mark Bennick, and headliner Mark Giovi. If you missed the show, perhaps you could make a donation to the worthy cause on your own. Michael's Angel Paws' mantra is...Helping others, Pawsitively Everyday, with visible and invisible disabilities, to enhance their dignity and quality of life to reach their fullest potential through the use of a service dog.

Mark Giovi

Joan Rivers

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Another Joan Rivers story, courtesy of Peter Greenberg. Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, is America's most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as "The Travel Detective," he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

Amidst the outpouring of stories following Joan Rivers' death, I'm reminded of my own experience with Joan. As sharp and cutting as she was on stage, in person she was kind, caring, and remembered everything. I had interviewed her a number of times for Newsweek, and she even insisted on setting me up on a blind date. The date didn't work out, but my relationship with Joan survived. Then, a number of years later, she called me and wanted to get together for dinner. It was me, Joan, and her husband, Edgar Rosenberg. Joan had just started her new talk show on Fox, and the main topic at dinner that night was about a continuing problem she was having booking A-list guests. The other talk shows (Carson in particular) had put out the word that if a celebrity did Joan's show then they were banned from The Tonight Show. Joan wanted someone, she needed someone--a newsmaker--a real headline personality that would draw a huge audience...even if it was a stunt. I thought for a moment, then told Joan I had an idea. Not just a little idea, but a mega-ratings idea. It wouldn't be easy to pull off; it involved a number of crews, satellite time, and remote broadcasting. But I told her that if she gave me the green light I'd make it happen. So I laid it out for her, and she LOVED the idea. She agreed--it was a television event if we could get the commitment, and she told me to set it up. I made the call, and talked to the "celebrity." I knew this global front page person because I had just returned from doing a third interview with her myself, and I had the access when no other journalist did. At the time, every media outlet wanted her, but she hadn't talked to anyone but me. When I explained the idea to her, she initially refused. But when I gave her all the details, she warmed to it. The next day, she called me back. She was in. I called Joan with the good news. The broadcast would happen in five days. I would fly out of the country to be at the remote location. It was secretly put on Joan's schedule as Project X.

"This is a publicist's wet dream," she told me. Anyone who needed to know was then briefed and kept the secret. But everyone was poised to announce it just before air time. But what I didn't know--as I was getting ready to get on the plane for the long flight--was that Joan's husband, Edgar, was in the middle of a fight over the future of the show itself with Barry Diller, then head of Fox. Diller didn't like the show, and apparently liked Edgar even less. Then it happened. Two hours before takeoff, Joan told Barry Diller about Project X. It was to be a live, one-on-one interview/conversation/humor fest with Joan Rivers in Los Angeles and...Imelda Marcos in the Philippines, talking about shoes and everything else in Rivers' comedy repertoire. But instead of being happily excited by it, Diller apparently went into a rage about spending additional money on the show. Then I got the call. Don't get on the plane. Not only was the segment dead, but Diller had also canceled the show. It was all depression from there, and three months later, Edgar committed suicide. As for Joan? In later years, she always laughed about the Imelda episode, and in fact joked about it. She never let that incident bother her--she even told a few off-color shoe jokes! Even Imelda found it funny. A few years later, when I interviewed her in Manila, she smiled and said "I was always thought of as the Dragon Lady. But I had no idea I had the power to kill an American television show!"

In fact, it's hard to imagine that my Imelda plan was the catalyst for canceling Joan's show. In retrospect, I'm sure that if it wasn't the Imelda idea, Diller would have found another reason to kill the program. It's also hard to imagine that this incident happened nearly 30 years ago.
By Peter Greenberg for

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Sam's Town Live!, located inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, is home to a new, indoor weekly farmers' market - every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is free. Several farmers and vendors will offer a variety of products, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, breads and other items. Market attendees can anticipate something different every week, as farmers' selections vary seasonally. Though likely to rotate weekly, vendors include: Pahrump Honey Company (honey products including flavored honey sticks and honey combs); Vegas Valley Organics (offering a CSA program - community supported agriculture - and fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and olive oil); Two Lazy Sisters (from Overton, Nev. - fresh vegetables, jams and bread); Crossfire Ranch (from Sandy Valley, Nev. - fresh herbs and vegetables); and Mrs. H. Produce (from the Fresno, Calif. area - seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and raisins). Two additional Las Vegas-based merchants include Sassy Salsas (fresh salsa made with farmers' market produce) and Crave Balance Bars (raw, vegan, gluten-free snack bars). A bread baker (corn, zucchini, lemon, short and walnut breads), a fresh lemonade stand, a clean air product maker and the well-known home delivery service, Winder Farms, are among the vendors regularly expected at the Market. In addition to being open to the public, area restaurants may also place orders in advance with individual vendors for pick up on the day of the Market. All vendors will accept cash and some may accept credit cards. For further information, visit Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is located at 5111 Boulder Highway.

Dangerous Curves

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Please join the ladies of Dangerous Curves for an evening of incredible music, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), on Saturday, September 27th, at the Starbright Theatre, 2225 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd, in Sun City Summerlin. Nominated for a 2102 Los Angeles Theater Award, and named one of the BEST female cabaret acts by Don Grigware of,, this popular trio brings you timeless classics made famous by the Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Andrews Sisters, and others, as well as many of the Billboard Hits and Broadway Melodies you've come to know and love...all presented in beautiful three-part CURVY style!" This Las Vegas-based trio, made up of Lisa Smith, soprano; Margaret "Gret" Menzies, mezzo; and Karen Michaels, alto), joins powerhouse vocals with their famously delicious harmonies, and the result is nothing short of spectacular! Bringing their own take on the timeless music of yesterday, as well as an eclectic mix of Broadway, jazz, contemporary pop, and even country, Dangerous Curves has become renowned for reinventing, or "curvifying" musical favorites in the dynamic way only these girls can! Tickets are only $15. Great news! Tickets for the Starbright Theatre can now be purchased with a credit card online! No more waiting in line, or fighting for seats, and no exact change required! Call the Starbright at (702) 240-1301. Got questions about Dangerous Curves? Call them at (702) 518-CURV (2878), or email them at [email protected].

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On Monday, September 22nd at 7 p.m., Nevada's 150th Anniversary All-Star Concert will feature a tribute to Nevada's cultural heritage in The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall. Scheduled to appear are cast members from Cirque du Soleil, Jubilee!, Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet and Penn & Teller. Also, singers Domenick Allen and Leigh Zimmerman, Broadway in the Hood, Clint Holmes, Human Nature, Las Vegas Mass Choir, Frankie Moreno, Earl Turner, Véronic, and more! The Lon Bronson All-Star Band will perform. Tributes to Liberace, Frank Sinatra, and Mark Twain will be featured, along with special appearances by Susan Anton, Antonio Fargas, Philip Fortenberry, Wayne Newton, Robin Leach, Mark Shunock from Rock of Ages, Jerry Lewis, David Wise, special reading by Nevada's cowboy poet, Waddie Mitchell, and more to be announced! Tickets start at $25, with all net proceeds benefiting The Smith Center's education outreach programs. The Smith Center is at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, in downtown Las Vegas. Call the Box Office at (702) 749-2000, or go to For groups of 10 or more, call the Groups Sales Department at (702) 749-2348, or email [email protected].

Domenick Allen & Leigh Zimmerman

Georgia On My Mind

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The Venetian is celebrating the music of Ray Charles, with a limited engagement of Georgia On My Mind, featuring Emmy-winner Clint Holmes; 10-time Grammy Award- winning vocal group Take 6, six-time Grammy-nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year, Nnenna Freelon, and Stella Gospel Award and Grammy award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, backed by the Las Vegas All- Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb. This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through Georgia On My Mind, in the Venetian Theatre, through October 29th. Performance days are Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tickets range from $82.50 to $258.60 for VIP seating, that includes a Meet and Greet with the cast after the show (prices are all inclusive). For tickets, call (702) 414- 9000, (884) 219-1027, or go to

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Fielding West

Cynthia Pepper as Margie

Happy birthday to the following VIRGOS (August 23- September 22): Rick Springfield, Rex Allen Jr., Lee Roy Reams, Mason Williams, Dave Chappelle, Regis Philbin, Gene Simmons (Kiss), Elvis Costello, Billy Ray Cyrus, Valerie Simpson, Branford Marsalis, Daryl Dragon (Captain), Tommy Sands, Wayne Osmond, Scott Hamilton, Jennifer Coolidge, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Jack Black, Robin Leach, Lewis Black, Vera Goulet, Itzhak Perlman, Van Morrison, Deborah Gibson, Fielding West, George Maharis, Lily Tomlin, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Linda Purl, Al Jardine, Steve Schirripa, Valerie Perrine, Cynthia Pepper, Mitzi Gaynor, Merald "Bubba" Knight (Pip), Beyonce, Whitney Cummings, John Neeland, Bob Newhart, Carol Lawrence, Robbie Howard, Macy Gray, Jeff Foxworthy, Mark Chesnutt, CeCe Penniston, Gloria Gaynor, Chrissie Hynde, Michael Feinstein, Willie Tyler, Pink, Michael Buble, Jose Feliciano, Lola Falana, Harry Connick Jr., Leo Kottke, Tom Dreesen, Maria Muldaur, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Louis C.K., David Clayton-Thomas, Peter Cetera, Fiona Apple, Joey Heatherton, Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, Mary Crosby, Norm Crosby, Britain's Prince Harry, B.B. King, Nick Jonas, David Copperfield, Richard Marx, Jennifer Tilly, Marc Anthony, Rita Rudner, Jimmie Rodgers, LaMonte McLemore, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Kelly Clinton, Frankie Avalon, Jason Sudeikis, Adam West, Bart Williams, Bill Medley, Paul Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Freda Payne, Michelle Rohl, Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, Paul Hansell, Nelson Sardelli, Leonard Cohen, Faith Hill, Andrea Bocelli, Debby Boone, Bonnie Hunt, Bruce Mickelson, Joan Jett, Billie Ann Sabala, Gail Lucas, Ed Begley Jr., David Kancsar, Barbara Winters, Mark Winkler, Indrani Sardelli, Laura Blackburn, Gary Olds, Ann Johnson, Montel Brian Hank Williams (son of TV personality, Montel Williams), Oliver Richman, Amazing Johnathan, Sharon Prier, JoAnn Toranto, Joe Pellegrino, and Lisa Gioia-Acres.
And Happy Anniversary wishes to Smith Brother, Greg Smith and his wife, Susie Smith.

Mitzi Gaynor

Robbie Howard as Frank Sinatra

And speaking of Virgo Robbie Howard, he informs us that he is "Still Rat Packin' with Dick Feeney's show, The Rat Pack Is Back," and doing a "Lotta work on the road as Frank" (that would be Mr. Sinatra, of course). "Interesting how it evolved. An agent called me and asked me if I could do a Sinatra show. I said sure, that's what I do. So he booked me. Then the client saw me on YouTube doing all the other voices I do. He said I kind of want him to do that too. The agent called me back and said let's call this Sinatra and Friends, do 20-minutes of Frank, and 55 minutes of your regular show. Suddenly it's a big hit in the Midwest. Arizona and California. I've been doing it all wrong trying to sell Robbie Howard. No one knows me. But everyone has heard of Sinatra, so I open for myself."

Virgos Jennifer Coolidge and Whiney Cummings are both part of Lipshtick at The Venetian. Prepare for a line up of the world's funniest women entertainers in an unprecedented comedy series. Lipshtick, the perfect shade of standup, featuring today's premier comediennes in a rare series not to be missed. Coolidge, who performs tonight and tomorrow night, September 19th and 20th, and Cummings, who takes to the Sands Showroom stage at The Venetian on November 28th and 29th, and returns January 2nd and 3rd. It's funny ladies Nikki Glaser & Sara Schaefer, September 27th; Lisa Lampanelli, October 3rd and 4th, and December 26th and 27th; Loni Love, October 10th, and 11th, and November 22nd; Wendy Williams, October 31st and November 1st; and Roseanne Barr, November 7th and 8th. Tickets can be purchased at any Venetian/Palazzo Box office, or by calling (702) 414-9000, or (866) 641-7469. VIP tickets include exclusive entry to a Meet & Greet with the performer(s) on show night.

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From October 12th through 14th, Danny Archer and Robert George Allen present: MINDvention, with special Guest of Honor and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Richard Osterlind, featuring: Michael Weber, Peter Turner, Luca Volpe, Pete Poskiparta (Peter Burnside), David Thiel, Sheree Zielke, Eric Samuels, Sheila Lyon, Zamora, Marc Salem, and Charles Gauci, at the Palace Station in Las Vegas. For more details, check out

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We will have stories and pictures on the September F.I.O.R.E. gathering (and Nelson Sardelli's milestone birthday) next Friday, along with a follow-up on Carmine Mandia's tribute to Bobby Darin at the Italian American Club (provided by friends that that were in attendance when we couldn't be), and more on the Composers Showcase. We ran out of room, space, and steam, this week. Sorry.

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