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Las Vegas - September 26, 2014

Mac King

Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond by Ed Foster

Harrah's comedy magician, Mac King, and The Public Education Foundation announce an essay contest involving all Clark County School District fifth grade students. The essay challenge, "Why Reading is Magical," will kick off this year's Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour. The contest hopes to encourage young students' passion for reading. "Early on, my grandfather passed along his love of books and reading," says King. "I noticed pretty quickly that everyone I met who was a happy, successful adult loved to read. I look forward to hearing how reading makes these student's lives magical." Each student is to turn in their essay by the end of Friday, October 3rd, to be reviewed by three judges. Once judged, three students will be selected as the first-, second-, and third-place winners. All three winning students will be given the chance to present their essays on stage with Mac King at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on Thursday, October 18th, located at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas. The first-place winner, along with his/her entire fifth grade class, will be awarded a trip to see The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's. This will include a meet-and-greet and photos with Mac King after the show. Students can either email or mail their entries. If emailed, essays are to be sent to [email protected] If mailed, all essays are to be sent to 2630 S. Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89146, and postmarked by October 3 at 11:59 p.m. Launched in 2011, Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour is in its fourth year of providing reading opportunities to local elementary school students. As well as performing at various schools across the valley, Mac King has created a book drive as the heart of the Literacy Tour, collecting and distributing more than 10,000 books. These books are gathered with the goal of making sure each student in the Clark County School District has at least one book of his or her very own. Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, Comedy magician Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleights-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike. Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, and all five of NBC's The World's Greatest Magic TV specials. King is consistently praised by fellow magicians. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, called King "The best comedy magician in Vegas. He'll fool you with his fantastically original tricks..." His numerous accolades include "Best Las Vegas Show" in the 2012 Reader's Choice Awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal named his show the "Best Bargain Show" for ten straight years (2003-2013), "Best Family Attraction" in 2012, and "Favorite Male Las Vegan" in 2008. In 2011, he was deemed "Best Strip Headliner" in the Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Of" Awards. King has also been voted as MAGIC Magazine's "Funniest Act in Magic," the World Magic Awards' "Best Comedy Magician" and the Magic Castle's "Magician of the Year." King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, in the Showroom Theatre at Harrah's Las Vegas. Tickets range from $30 to $45 plus tax and fee. For reservations, call (702) 369-5111. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting

And speaking of Kings (and a Prince)...
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is proud to announce the addition of two new award-winning entertainment offerings in the hotel's Shimmer Cabaret. Neil Diamond: The Tribute, starring Rob Garrett as the "King of Diamonds" with the K.O.D. Band, opened on Wednesday, September 24th, and a revamped Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show, starring Jason Tenner, will debut on Wednesday, October 1st. Neil Diamond: The Tribute is a spellbinding recreation that makes audience members proud of the portrayal of the legendary superstar. Known as "America's No. 1 Neil Diamond tribute artist," Garrett has been performing as Neil Diamond for more than 20 years and has received numerous awards including the "2008/2009 Male Musical Tribute Act of the Year" award presented by the Entertainment Network at the Celebrity Impersonator Convention. Neil Diamond: The Tribute can be seen nightly at 8:30 p.m. (dark Mondays and Tuesdays). Tickets start at $45. Locals can receive 2-for-1 pricing and military personnel can purchase tickets for $19. Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show is an authentic, high-energy, must-see performance for Prince and live music fans alike. Tenner has been depicting "The Artist" for nearly 20 years, and has been recognized as "Best Tribute Act" and most recently was named "Best Impersonator" by the Las Vegas Review- Journal 2014 Best of Las Vegas Readers' Poll. Tenner has performed as a musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show will be seen nightly at 10:15 p.m. (off on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays). Tickets start at $49 (locals can receive special $19.99 pricing). Both shows add to the already existing Shimmer Cabaret lineup that includes The King starring Trent Carlini which can be seen nightly at 6:30 p.m., dark on Tuesdays. The Shimmer Cabaret, hailed as a "Las Vegas gem," is a 350-seat venue with a balcony and state-of-the-art sound system. Many notable celebrities have performed in the venue, including Keith Urban, Sheena Easton, Joe Piscopo, Rita Rudner, Andrew "Dice" Clay, David Brenner, The Scintas, Loretta Holloway and others, as well as some revues, including Nunsense. For more information or to purchase tickets to Neil Diamond: The Tribute or Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show, please call the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at 800-222-5361 or visit

Jason Tenner as Prince

The Real Neil

And speaking of Neil Diamond...
The REAL Diamond is planning his first concert, ever, in Brooklyn on September 29th. The location is being kept secret, and tickets will not go on sale until that morning.

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If you are a regular viewer of TV's America's Got Talent, you probably saw 84-year-old songwriter/performer, Ray Jessel, compete with his original composition, "What She's Got," better known as "The Penis Song" (could we make this up?). The judges loved Jessel, and all four gave him a resounding "YES" vote. Imagine our surprise when we spotted he and his songwriting wife, Cynthia Thompson, in the audience at last week's Composers Showcase! We spoke to the couple before the show, but didn't get a chance to get their take on the showcase (which is one of our most favorite musical events in the city) afterwards We have to mention that among the wonderful offerings last Wednesday, was Mark Giovi's self-penned, "A Different Kind of Normal." The moving tune, sung by Giovi who has cerebral palsy, brought a lot tears to eyes in the Cabaret Jazz room at the Smith Center. We think "A Different Kind of Normal" should become the official song of Opportunity Village.

Ray Jessel

Philip Fortenberry

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Philip Fortenberry, a virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of Jersey Boys on the Las Vegas Strip, reprises The Man at the Piano, an intimate acoustic 75- minute cabaret-style concert in The Smith Center's elegant Cabaret Jazz showroom on Sunday, October 5th at 2:30 p.m. Fortenberry will share his signature virtuoso playing style, and personal stories of his life and career as a much sought-after Broadway pianist and a concert artist on prestigious stages from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall, from the Kennedy Center to the White House, all told with his own brand of southern charm. Ticket prices are $26 and $36. Call The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 to purchase.

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Last Monday and Tuesday, the guests on Rich Natole's Listening to the Vegas Voice were Rosanna Telford on Monday and Rob Garrett on Tuesday, who are currently appearing in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton on Paradise Road (see paragraph on that engagement elsewhere in today's column). This coming Monday, September 29th, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on KLAV 1230 AM, Listening to the Vegas Voice, with host, comic impressionist Natole, will have Murray SawChuck, The Celebrity Magician as his guest, and on Tuesday the 30th, Rich's guest will be Donny Most, the actor best known for his seven year role as Ralph Malph on the television series, Happy Days. Updated news: Rich's radio show is now syndicated! Reruns of the Tuesday show can be heard in Phoenix, Arizona, on KFNX 11AM, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday nights. Mondays shows rerun in Las Vegas on KLAV, Saturday mornings at 7 am. And cousin Claire made a small mistake in last Friday's column (she only makes SMALL mistakes). The Listening to the Vegas Voice reruns air on Saturdays at 7 a.m., as in the morning, not p.m. For listeners who would like to participate in the Monday and/or Tuesday shows, the studio call in telephone number for locals is (702) 731-1230. The Toll Free number is (866) 820-5528. As host Charles Osgood says at the end of CBS's Sunday Morning TV show, "See you on the radio."

Rich Natole & Rosanna Telford

Donny Most

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On Tuesday, September 30th at 9:30 pm, Kenny Davidsen and Cheryl Daro are co-producing a new show called The Stage Door, at Brooke Alexander's Sand Dollar Lounge, 3355 Spring Mountain Rd. It's a cabaret-styled evening, featuring some of the best singers in Vegas, doing their favorite songs from Broadway and the stage. The following are some of the talented line-up: Jassen Allen Cropp, Lisa Marie Smith, Jessica Vosk, Sandra and Steve Huntsman, Jon Celentano, Mark Shunock, Paul Johnson, members of Rock of Ages, Lisa Mack, Clyde Voce, Brandon Burke, Amanda Avila, Nicole Kaplan Fenton, Lauri Caceres, Feral Tale Theatricals, Rice Cracker TV, Rita Davidsen, Maren Wade, Kirbi Long, Philip Drennen, Dennis Blair, Krystal Goddard, Anne Martinez, Kristan Mosca and more. The $5 cover includes one drink. Also, on Friday, October 3rd, Kenny Davidsen's Bow Tie Cabaret returns to Friday nights at the Tuscany in the T-Spot Lounge from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Coming back with a bang--a retrospective show featuring lots of the singers from the past 19 months doing their favorite songs. Scheduled to appear: Savannah Smith, Lisa Marie Smith, Anne Martinez, Gloria Vivelo, Jon Celentano, Joe DiNunzio, Ashley Fuller, Kirbi Long, Amanda Avila, Kearsten Kuroishi, Paul Johnson, Toscha Comeaux, Chris Hodgson, Mark Giovi, Zoe Kohen Ley, Autumn Grayce Johnson, Xavier Brown, and more. The show will be filmed, so come down, watch, and participate. The Tuscany is located at 255 E. Flamingo.

Kenny Davidsen

Nik Mastrangelo

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Nik at Nite and the Trio had a fantastic night of music last Sunday night. A big thank you to the fabulous Bob Anderson who stopped by to sing some songs and share some good news. As if this weren't enough, we also were graced with the vocals of the lovely and talented Naomi Mauro. To top it off, Steve Johnson sat in on sax for an extended set of crazy great music. Great fun!!!!! This Sunday, because there is so much more great music that Frank Sinatra recorded and/or performed, Nik and company are doing Sinatra Part III with completely different songs from Part I and Part II. There will be their regular trio of musicians - Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums. In addition, you never know what surprise guests will be dropping by. Show time is from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany (on the hotel side), at 255 E Flamingo. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town.

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Emmy-winning actress and singer, Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear, died last Saturday. She was 84. Bergen passed away at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends. She had battled emphysema and other ailments as the result of 50 years of smoking. Our friend, and one time Las Vegan, Jim Semmelman, served as Production Stage Manager during Polly's Broadway run in the 2003 production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Mark Hamill co-starred. Following more than a decade with NBC's Today show, these days, Semmelman is one of the Stage Managers of TV's The View.

Polly Bergen 1930-2014

Erich Bergen On Red Carpet

Another Bergen, Erich Bergen (we don't think he is related to Polly Bergen), who played Bob Gaudio in both the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, as well as the recent Clint Eastwood directed film, has a recurring role in the new CBS series, Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni. He got a lot of face time during the launching of the new show.

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If you happen to be in Southern California over the weekend, and would like to see some of your favorite movie and television personalities all in one place, you might want to attend the Courts Celebrities Fan Festival at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel, on Hollywood Way, across from the Bob Hope Airport. Among the approximately 75 celebrities who will be signing autographs and posing for pictures on Saturday, will be (in politically correct alphabetical order) Las Vegan Marty Allen, Julie Adams, Diane Baker, Dyan Cannon (participating in her very first autograph show), Candy Clark, Jack Coleman, James Darren, Paul Dooley, Fred Dryer, Katherine Helmond, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Irizarry, Sherry Jackson, Stepfanie Kramer, Nancy Kwan, Piper Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Don Murray, Chris Noel, Miles O'Keeffe, Millie Perkins, Danny Pintauro, Aileen Quinn, Dolly Read-Martin, Jimmie Rodgers (in his first autograph show), John Savage, Kin Shriner, Jan Smithers, Andrew Stevens, Bo Svenson, Judy Tenuta, Billy Warlock and Jacklyn Zeman.

Marty Allen

Kristen Hertzenberg

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There are some top shows taking place, all around the same time tomorrow (we hate when this happens). Among Saturday's offerings are Kristen Hertzenberg, who portrayed Christine in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian. Kristen will leave audiences Spellbound, as she takes to the stage for two shows at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center. Accompanied by an eight-piece band, made up of top Las Vegas musicians: Martin Kaye, Ben Hale, George Bryant, Joel Ferguson, Steve Flora and Pablo Gadda, plus vocalists Lisa Davis and Jolana Sampson, Kristen will perform everything from blues, jazz and country tunes, to love songs and Broadway showstoppers. Tickets are $29 to $45. Show times are at 5 and 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (702) 749-2000.

It's Dangerous Curves at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th at 7 p.m. Nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Theater Award, and named one of the "Best Female Cabaret Acts" appearing in Los Angeles by's Don Grigware, Lisa Smith, Margaret Menzies, and Karen Michaels are excited to bring their award-winning cabaret show to the Starbright Theatre! Known for their spectacular blend of powerhouse vocals and delicious harmonies, this popular trio brings you timeless classics made famous by the Andrews Sisters and Judy Garland, as well as many of the Billboard hits and Broadway melodies you've come to know and love...all presented in beautiful, three-part harmony by Dangerous Curves. The Starbright Theatre is in the hills of Summerlin at 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Good news! There are no longer two ticket prices for the shows. Sun City Summerlin residents and non-Sun City Summerlin residents, all pay the same thing - $15. And even better, tickets may now be purchased online at, as well as at the Mountain Shadows, Desert Vista and Pinnacle community centers in Sun City Summerlin. Purchases may be made online with a credit card, or paid by cash or check at the community centers (exact change required). All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. For information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

Dangerous Curves

Michelle Johnson

Also, Bill Fayne will be working this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday at 7 p.m., it's Fayne & Friends, the friends being Las Vegas favorites, Michelle Johnson and Rita Lim, joining musical director Fayne for his tribute to the music of Carole King and Burt Bacharach. The music is timeless, and the three longtime friends are excited to be performing some of their favorite music together. Bacharach's collaborations with Dionne Warwick, the Carpenters, Herb Alpert and more, are revisited, along with selections from Carole King's iconic, best selling album "Tapestry." The show is at the Ron DeCar Event Center. Owner Ron DeCar will also make a special appearance. Hungry? A dinner buffet is offered at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show, which runs from 7 to 9. General Admission is $15, and the dinner package is $30. For more information about the show, the delectable menu, or how to buy tickets, go to, or call (702) 384-0771. This promises to be an entertaining, feel good night of beloved songs that have moved millions of fans over the decades. Don't miss it! The Event Center is located at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Parking is adjacent to the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel.

Due to some last minute legal issues, The Songs and Stories of Judy Garland, with Denise Rose and Bill Fayne, scheduled at the Italian American Club for Sunday night, has been canceled.

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John Katsilometes, one of our favorite columnists, reports that entertainer Pia Zadora, who is recovering from some pretty serious injuries received in a golf cart accident a couple of weeks ago, is still managing to maintain her sense of humor. In addition to a head injury leading to bleeding on her brain, the September 11th accident caused Pia to suffer a compound fracture and dislocation of her right ankle, as well as a temporal fracture behind her right jaw. She was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair her ankle at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. It will likely be six weeks before she is walking, and at least that long until Pia is back to work at Piero's Italian Restaurant. Next Saturday, October 4th, vocalist Renee Hale will fill in for Pia at Piero's. Renee will be accompanied by Doug Taylor at the piano.
Thank you, Kats, for letting us "borrow" your photo of the wounded Ms. Zadora.

Pia Zadora Recovering

Renee Hale at Piero's

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For his 80th birthday, Nelson Sardelli kept it pretty low-key, choosing to celebrate the milestone occasion mostly with family members. One of the things the group did was to attend the talented Gordie Brown's show at the downtown Golden Nugget. Not surprisingly, Gordie invited Nelson up out of the audience to join him on stage for a song. Also, not surprisingly, Sardelli obliged him, and the two did a duet of "My Way," earning a standing ovation from the full Golden Nugget showroom. "Next stop...a Command Performance for the Queen, and the queen is a nice guy after all," says Sardelli, who had to become 80 to perform with Gordie in his show. "Gordie does a great show...every time," adds the octogenarian. Happy birthday, Nelson Sardelli!

Gordie Brown & Nelson Sardelli

Carmine Mandia

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres of the Las Vegas Media Group on September 22nd...
I received the most wonderful gift in today's mail! Two birthday cards filled with greetings from my Las Vegas Media Group friends. I miss you all so much! I am hoping to see all of you in November. If Las Ventanas can accommodate us, can we please have our meeting one week earlier - on Monday, November 10? If so, I can come to the meeting and see all of my friends.
Gretchen Payne is going to call Las Ventanas and ask if we can change the date for that month. I'll be sure to let all of you know. Again, thank you for sending me the cards. It really, really meant a lot to me!

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Here is a report from some friends who attended Carmine Mandia's tribute to Bobby Darin in the BIG showroom at the Italian American Club last Wednesday night. We missed it, as it took place on the same night as the Composers Showcase, which we NEVER miss. Our spies tell us, "It was really outstanding. Carmine did a great job. We can't believe he learned all those lyrics from all those nine new songs and very complicated arrangements. We were so impressed and very happy for his success. The band was outstanding. It was The Ned Mills Orchestra, with Ned Mills on piano, Danny De Morales on bass, John Plows on drums, Billy King on trumpet, Steve Johnson on sax and Steve Myers on trombone. Some of the Darin songs that were featured were "Splash Splash," "Dream Lover," "Artificial Flowers," and "Mack the Knife." Carmine's special guest, Mark Giovi, sang the David Gates hit, "If," and he and Carmine did a duet of "Up a Lazy River." Carmine thanked everyone for all the help in filling the room...and it was full. He also asked all the musicians who came out to support him to stand. Their were a lot of us in the room, it was very heartwarming, and Carmine was a little choked up. When he did Darin's signature closing song, "The Curtain Falls," Carmine got a standing ovation and a number of curtain calls." A big thank you to our underpaid "reporters."

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If you happen to be in Ecuador on Sunday...
Direct from the Federal Witless Protection Program, comedian Cork Proctor will perform at La Esquina Auditorio (upstairs, behind Barranco restaurant), Sunday, September 28th at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase, go to, or email to [email protected]. On Friday, the room was almost sold out. Is Ecuador ready for the former local entertainer, described by Phyllis Diller as "One of he funniest men in Las Vegas"? Time will tell. For those who are up to it, we have a feeling that Cork is missing his old Vegas friends and would love to hear from them. Here is his number in Ecuador, and its free for the caller (702) 359-1739.

Cork Proctor

Joan Collins

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It was announced on Thursday, that jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall, is canceling her U.S. tour as she recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia. Her publicist, says she's "deeply saddened" about the postponement, but is under doctor's orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain her strength and good health." The tour was scheduled to begin in Phoenix on November 7th. Krall was scheduled to perform in Las Vegas at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort the next night. The musician is also postponing the release of her new album, Wallflower, until February. New tour dates will be announced at a later date. Ticket holders can retain their tickets for the future date or obtain a refund from the original point of purchase.

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Rock the Walk for JDRF will take place tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th, at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. The annual event raises funding for type 1 diabetes research. This year's event is actually two concerts in one. Soon after the doors open at 6:30 p.m., local rock stars for the cause, Christy Molasky & The Music Junkies, take the stage followed by the venue's scheduled entertainment, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. All tickets include both shows. VIP tickets are $150, and include elite access, and amazing food and adult beverages. General admission tickets are $55, and include Blue Ribbon menu items and a soft drink. Tickets are available on line Only at Rock the Walk at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, JDRF Las Vegas will raffle off a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle; a striking necklace with rough-cut enhanced black diamond beads and 14kt gold clasp; a party for 10 guests on the High-Roller; and a gift basket chock-full of bourbon. Raffle tickets are $100. Rock the Walk is an annual benefit for JDRF. In its seven year run, it has raise more than $750,000 for TID research and awareness. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit
Note: The formal name, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has been dropped and is now known simply as JDRF.

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We received this notice yesterday. The Farmer's Market at Sam's Town Live! will be taking a seasonal hiatus and will return with more great local vendors and offerings in the coming months. For future Farmer's Market updates, and to keep up-to-date on the wide variety of entertainment at Sam's Town Live!, please visit Please remove from listings, etc. at this time. There was no explanation. Most puzzling.

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Well, this should be something fun and different. Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel Casino Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, will present English actress, author and columnist, Joan Collins, in their showroom at 7:30 p.m., November 28th, 29th and 30th. The Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee shares the stories and secrets of her celebrated life and career as one of the world's most glamorous and intriguing personalities, in her internationally acclaimed and hilarious one-woman show. Multi-award winning Collins became a superstar playing Alexis Carrington Colby in television's Dynasty. She is an icon with a career spanning five decades of appearances on the stage and screen. As an author, Joan Collins' books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Join Joan for a night of wit, rarely seen film clips, and juicy anecdotes of the stars she's worked with over the years. On stage! In person! Audiences get the opportunity to spend "A Night with Joan." Produced in association with Mark Rozzano Productions. "Funny and poignant," writes the Australian Telegraph. "Riveting...endearing...a terrific storyteller," quotes the London Sunday Times. "In a word: FAAABULOUS!," says the New York Times. Tickets are $50, $45 and $40. Reserve them now by calling the South Point at (702) 797-8055.

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Concert goers will hear the greatest hits from the Disney classics, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story, remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams at Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, at the Orleans Arena, next weekend, October 3rd, 4th and 5th. Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, featuring an all-star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions. The show will kick-off with a state-of-the-art video projection of a frenzy backstage, which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Thereafter, the audience will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with characters Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Audiences will embark on an exciting journey, head underwater to meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm; and stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie showcase their boogie skills rodeo-style. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the Disney stars and sing, dance and laugh along during the interactive show. The show's father-daughter production team, Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, hand-selected award-winning creative talents whose credits span from working with Madonna to winning a Latin Grammy® Award, to designing hundreds of costumes for Disney theme park shows, including director/ choreographer Fred Tallaksen, writer Jeremy Desmon, scenic designer Rick Papineau, costume designer Cynthia Nordstrom, lighting designer Sam Doty and music director Stan Beard. Show times vary. Tickets are available starting at $20, plus taxes and fees. They can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena box office at (702) 284-7777, or by visiting

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