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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from October 03, 2014
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Las Vegas - October 3, 2014


Philip Fortenberry

PK Music presents Philip Fortenberry The Man at the Piano, Sunday, October 5th, at 2:30 p.m., in Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. "A fantastic man at the piano, one of our great treasures!," writes John Katsilometes in The Kats Report. "Superb storyteller, spectacular pianist," praises the Las Vegas Review- Journal. Tickets are $36 and $26 and available by phone at (702) 749- 2000 or online at www.thesmithcenter.com. It is very possible that by the time you are reading this, Fortenberry's show will be/should be completely sold out.

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Eric Jordan Young is Shakin'

Eric Jordan Young returns to the Las Vegas Strip with a dynamic new production. The two-time BroadwayWorld Award-winner is bringing a little piece of the Great White Way to our city with his show, Shakin' at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Sin City Theatre. Debuting tomorrow, Saturday, October 4th at 5:30 p.m., Shakin' features the multitalented "triple threat" Young, dazzling choreography and a live band. Young transforms a collection of quintessential pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz songs, resulting in a fresh, current spin on some of the most recognizable and influential tunes. With inspiration from legendary Vegas performers, including Sammy Davis Jr., Flip Wilson and Redd Foxx, and the modern flair of stars like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, Young fuses an incredible repertoire that reinvigorates the Great American Songbook with contemporary arrangements, unforgettable characters and groove-inspired dance. Created and executive produced by Young, Shakin' features an ensemble production team with an impressive list of Broadway, theater and television credits, including Gerry McIntyre, co-director and choreographer, commonly referred to as the "Mayor of Broadway" whose work has been showcased in Chicago and Once On This Island; musical arranger, Tommy James, who has performed and recorded with The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Lionel Hampton; co-director and consultant, Rick Pessagno, who has nearly 40 years of experience in all facets of show business from performing to directing; and Justin Cheatham, lighting and scenic designer, who has worked on numerous film, television and award shows that include Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, and the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. Additionally, the Shakin' dancers have starred in numerous high-profile production shows on the Strip, including Vegas! The Show, Peepshow, Pin Up and VÉRONIC Voices. Eric Jordan Young is no stranger to Las Vegas. In the Spring of 2014, Young completed a long-time run of starring nightly in more than 2,300 performances of Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood. Young is known for his theater work in Chicago, Sammy & Me, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Seussical the Musical and many more. Additionally, he has performed in numerous concerts, tributes and special productions in prestigious venues including The Smith Center, Lincoln Center's Rose Hall and Carnegie Hall, and has been the featured performer in nearly a dozen symphonic orchestras throughout the country. He debuted his company EnJoY Productions in 2010 with his first solo CD, Once In A Lifetime. Young is currently headlining in, Shakin', produced by his own company EnJoY Productions, in association with Vegas Java Entertainment, to bring his creative vision to life. Shakin' takes to the Sin City Theatre stage at Planet Hollywood, Saturdays through Wednesdays, General admission tickets are priced at $44.95, and VIP tickets are $54.95, plus taxes and fees. For a complete biography on Young, visit www.ericjordanyoung.com.

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Dave Loftus, Sherry Hackett Loftus, Dick & Melissa Feeney

Producer Dick Feeney reports that the recent party at the home of Dave and Sherry Hackett Loftus in Beverly Hills, was truly a special evening. Dick and his wife, Melissa, are regular invitees to the annual event. Among this years guests were Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Michael Bolton, Angie Dickinson, Norm Crosby, Connie Stevens, Jo Anne Worley, Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale, Fred Willard, Larry Flynt, Jeffrey Ross and June Wilkinson (who starred in "Pajama Tops" at the Union Plaza, now Plaza, Hotel in the early ‘70s). Sherry Hackett Loftus is the widow of legendary comic Buddy Hackett, who died in 2003.


Connie Stevens, Dick Feeney & June Wilkinson

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The friendly folks at F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) are preparing for their Halloween/Columbus Day Party at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, taking place on Sunday, October 12th at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5). Get into the spirit in your favorite costume. Tickets are $25 per person and include a bat-a-ful Dinner Buffet, live entertainment by Gary "Monster Mash" Anderson & The Scary Skeletons, F.I.O.R.E.'s famous 50/50, Ghoulish Giveaways, and more. As is their tradition, all widows of past F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the gents are presidents) are guests of the non-club club (new boyfriends are on their own). RSVPs are a must! Contact [email protected], sooner than later.


F.I.O.R.E. Fun Night
Please visit the About Us page at [email protected] before committing to any of the functions. F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone.

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Everyone is invited to enjoy the sixth annual Oktoberfest celebration downtown at Centennial Plaza, tomorrow, Saturday, October 4th, from 2 to 9 p.m. located on the campus of the Historic Fifth Street School at 401 S. Fourth St. at Fourth and Clark streets. Musical entertainment will be provided by Oompoporama (they put the pop in your oomph!), an all-female oompop party band, featuring Killian's Angels' very own Vita Corimbi, Beth Mullaney, Ginger Bruner and Nan Fortier, and joined on trumpet by Liz Kaupp. Oompoporama is the only all female oompop party band from Las Vegas. In fact, they might be the only all-female oompop party band in the world! Sure, Oompoporama plays traditional polkas and German party songs, but they also add a "German Twist" to popular songs. Take "Like a Virgin," "My My My Polka Face" (a twist on Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"), or "I Will Survive"... add a polka beat, mesmerizing vocals and skillful instrumentals, top with personality and energy galore and you have yourself the perfect party. Oompoporama is unique fun mixed with true talent. Other Oktoberfest performances include silent comedy, magic, juggling and Swiss cowbells by Herr Dada (Rocco Paris), Accordion by Roger Dowell and traditional dancing throughout the festival by the Las Vegas Bavarian Dancers. This fabulous outdoor event at Centennial Plaza is free and open to the public. Traditional food and drink will be available for purchase. Children's activity area will feature caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists, games, activities and much more. Limited free parking is available at the Historic Fifth Street School parking lot and metered parking garage across from the school.
For more information about Oompoporama, go to www.oompoporama.com.


Oompoporama

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On Monday, comic impressionist Rich Natole interviewed Celebrity Magician, Murray SawChuck, on his radio show, Listening to the Vegas Voice. Tuesday, Rich's call-in guest was Donny Most, best remembered as Ralph Malph on TV's Happy Days. This coming Monday, October 6th, Rich's guest will be veteran comedian, Marty Allen, and on Tuesday, October 7th, he has the very talented and beautiful ladies of The Bella Strings. Listening to the Vegas Voice airs on KLAV 1230 AM, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. 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 a.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.


Rich Natole & Donny Most

Marty Allen Guests on Listening to the Vegas Voice

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It can be a bit risky to do two shows in the same night, but former Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular star, Kristen Hertzenberg, took the chance last Saturday and scored well at both 5 and 8 p.m. The Cabaret Jazz room at The Smith Center was almost full for both of her performances. Kristen, accompanied by a group of talented musicians and singers - George Bryant on drums, Lisa Davis on vocals, Joel Ferguson on pedal steel, Steve Flora on bass, Pablo Gadda on guitar, Benjamin D. Hale on guitar and vocals, Martin Kaye on piano and vocals, and Jolana Sampson on vocals - served up an eclectic assortment of songs, including "This Is" (written by Toshi Reagon and Lizz Wright); "Voodoo Doll" (played by Joel Ferguson), "Habanera/ Vibrate" (from Bizet's Carmen/by Rufus Wainwright), "Summer" (by India.Arie, Cindy Morgan, and Drew Ramsey), "I Can't Make You Love Me" (by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin), "Blackbird" (by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), "Walking After Midnight" (by Alan Block and Don Hecht), "Lilac Wine" (by James H. Shelton), "Down in the River to Pray" (a traditional spiritual), "The River of Dreams" (by Billy Joel and sung by Martin Kaye), "I Put a Spell On You" (by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and sung by Ben Hale), "Can't Stop Thinking About You" (by Martin Sexton), "Ghost" (by Emily Saliers), "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (by Paul Simon), and "The River Won't Flow" (by Jason Robert Brown). Kristen encored with "Love Me Like a Man" (by Chris Smither). Among those in the early show audience were Kristen's proud husband, Dana Satterwhite, and adorable, almost six- year-old daughter, Shea.


Kristen Hertzenberg Spellbound at Smith Center

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Renee Hale tells us she had an awesome night at the Italian American Club last Friday night. night. "I must have had 40 or 50 friends who braved the storm to come out and support my first show without Mama by my side. Can't thank you enough. I'm Verklempt!! And the talent that packed the room...Ronnie Fabre, Rita Lim, Jay Joseph, Marianne LeMoine Phoenix, Gary Anthony, Michael Tramontana, Troy Stern, Tristin Sanders, and Mollie McCall Miller and her beautiful twin, Jackie, and Jackie's twins, also named Mollie and Jackie, who also perform. In the mid ‘70s, I performed opposite "The McCall Twins." I hadn't seen them since. They've all promised to come sit in soon. What a trip!! Wowza. For those of you who performed, you filled my heart with song. I'm humbled and grateful. Next show, Piero's Italian Cuisine at 355 Convention Center Drive, tomorrow night, Saturday, October 4th. I will be back at Piero's next Friday night, October 10th, with Ned Mills on keys, and Michael Tramontana on drums." Stop by for dinner and a song or two. Betcha you can't stop with just two.


Renee Hale

Bill Fayne's Musical Life

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For this Saturday's show at Ron DeCar's Event Center, Fayne & Friends presents...Bill Fayne, doing My Musical Life, the "My" being Mr. Fayne himself. A pre-show, starting at 7 p.m., will feature talented young perfumers age 10 to 16 years. During Bill's portion, he will tell stories and sing songs from his almost 60 year career. Doors open and buffet begins at 5:30. Tickets are $15 and $30 for VIP, which includes the buffet. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call (702) 384-0771. Ron DeCar's Event Center is located at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. So., just south of Charleston.

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Mark Winkler sends along this information from Southern California. On Sunday, October 5th at 1 p.m., a tribute to Myrna Daniels and the L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper will take place at the Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. This event will unite the Southern California jazz community and feature some top talent. Hosted by DJ Bubba Jackson, a pre-show set will present Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and the Nashir J. Sextet will perform during social hour. Featured entertainers will include Chambers, Herbert & Ellis; Cat Connor & Gene "Cip" Cipriano; Mon David; Jackie Gibson; Dolores Scozzesi; Cathy Segal-Garcia; Judy Wexler; Lauren White; Mr. Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne (of Manhattan Transfer fame), and more. Special guest is Ira Hill. Mark Winkler says, "This benefit for Myna Daniels means a lot to me. Her Jazz Newspaper "La Jazz Scene" has been Los Angeles' only jazz Newspaper for 27 years. Yes, there's been a few others along the way, but her paper is the one that has survived. It has always been a big supporter of me (I'm on 3 covers!), but, more importantly, Myrna has been a great supporter of the whole jazz community! She is tireless! Always out and about—seeing new musicians and writing about them. Lots of great people, including me, will be singing and playing at the Catalina Bar & Grill on October 5. See you there!" There is a $20 cover charge plus a food and drink minimum. For reservations, call (323) 466-2210, or go to [email protected] b.com.


Mark Winkler & Myrna Daniels

Magician Mark Bennick

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Magician Mark Bennick, singer Lou De Meis, and musician Bill Fayne are among the performers who will be entertaining at Variety Toast of the Town inside the Sam's Town Live showroom this Sunday, October 5th. Variety Toast of the Town is a musical variety show featuring a full live band and many of your favorite Las Vegas celebrities. Doors open at 12 noon, and the show begins at 1 p.m. Tickets for Variety Toast of the Town are FREE for all B Connected members. Details are available at the B Connected Club. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Show seats are on a first come, first serve basis, based on availability. For ticket information, go to www.samstownlv.com.

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Here is what is going on at the Dispensary Lounge this weekend. The Dispensary, located at 2451 East Tropicana, (in the strip center on southeast corner of Trop and Eastern), is known for its delicious burgers, great jazz series, and cozy atmosphere. Songstress Karen Jones performs with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio tonight, Friday, October 3rd, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jazz all night! Tomorrow night, Saturday, October 4th, from 10 to 2, it's Jazz diva Michelle Johnson accompanied by Uli on keys, Steve Flora on bass, and Boris Shapiro on drums.
The Dispensary, in business since 1976, won for "Best Dive Bar" in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's 2013 Best of Las Vegas competition. There is music and gaming late into the night. No reservations are ever needed. Just stop by and visit the "place for fun." It's Classic late night Vegas! For more information, go to http://www.thedispensarylounge.co m.


Uli Geissendoerfer

Peter Anthony

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For those who might be curious to know how that funny fellow, Peter Anthony, spent his September 27th birthday, Cousin Claire got the scoop, direct from the man himself...and we quote him. "I had a mighty fine day spent with my brother and a few good friends, along with feeding the cat, walking, shopping, reading, watching TV, thinking, pondering, ruminating, wondering, hoping for world peace, a chance to someday meet Charlize Theron, hoping that Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe are resting in peace, will there be "mission creep" in the Middle East, will Hillary be elected in 2016, will Mitt try for a third time and will that be the charm?" We doubt that you will get information like this from any source, other than Claire Voyant. Now THERE'S a reason to check us out every week!

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Received this message from Buddy and Lezlie Anders Greco...
Yes, its true, we are on our way back to Vegas. Landed on US soil three months ago in San Francisco and now have decided that we want to spend our time where we first began surrounded by our old friends. Just wanted you to know, we have been looking at home rentals all over town on the internet but think best we get there to find the right thing. Should be hitting town, with our English dog Winston, a showman of the first order, and looking for pet friendly, entertainer friendly cheap digs, preferably with pool! They leave Las Vegas, but as we have said before, and will say again (and again), eventually, they come back (example - Dondino, Bob Anderson, Mark Giovi, and the list, and the beat, goes on).


Winston Greco

Tina Walsh

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Las Vegan Tina Walsh celebrated her September 25th birthday in Taipei, Taiwan, where she is reprising her Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular role as Madam Giry in the touring company of Phantom of the Opera. Here is Tina's birthday report from far, far away. "I had an amazing day full of lots of activities. I am in Taiwan at the moment performing in PHANTOM at the Taipei Arena. I believe we have anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 people in the audience per show. You're probably wondering how do we do that. Well, first we have two huge screens on either side of the stage that films us live every show using three cameras, and secondly, under each screen is the translation in their language, Chinese (we say Mandarin, they say Chinese). Interesting isn't it? It's pretty cool! The cast had a surprise party for me after the show at Gordon Biersch, which is next door to our hotel. Needless to say, I was floored, surprised and moved to tears. Awesome night!! During the day, Kristi Holden (who also was in the Las Vegas production) took me to brunch, window shopping at a cool place called 1914, an old winery turned into what I would call an arts district, and then we had a foot massage. Awesome! I have to thank Kristi for making my birthday amazing! She's the one who planned it all, including the surprise birthday party at Gordon Biersch. I am very lucky to have Kristi as a very special dear friend. Our last performance is Sunday afternoon, and we all return home to our various countries on Monday. Our next city is Hong Kong, which will start up in December. We will be there over the Christmas and New Year holidays."
Tina has an ongoing theatrical history in Las Vegas, where she was a principal cast member in EFX at the MGM Grand, and played Donna Sheridan in the six-year production of Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay before going into Phantom.

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If you happen to be in Pahrump, or want to take a trip to the community 60 miles from Las Vegas, beginning next Friday night, October 10th, you can enjoy live music, featuring Tom Saitta and Tommy Deering and All That Jazz at the Draft Picks Sports Bar and Restaurant, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Tuesday night live music has been moved to Friday at Draft Picks, formerly Wulfy's at the Pahrump Station Best Western Motel. Same wonderful program with Tom Saitta, Tommy Deering and guest artists sitting in and performing.

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Nik Mastrangelo, who turns into Nik at Nite, on Sundays at the Piazza Lounge inside the Tuscany, thanks all who came out to hear he and the Nik at Nite Trio do Part III of their Sinatra tribute at the Piazza last Sunday. "Your enthusiasm was contagious and made us feel great." A special thanks to our surprise French chanteuse, Corinne Husson, who took some time away from her jazz club in Reims, France, to join us in song. Check her out on YouTube!" Join the crowd this Sunday as they pay tribute to Tony Bennett. The Piazza Lounge is located in the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E. Flamingo.


Vintage Tony Bennett by Maurice Seymour

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Cockroach Theatre opens its third season at downtown's Art Square Theatre this month, with Jean-Paul Sartre's timeless one- act thriller, No Exit. The production features actors from the newly- cast season ensemble, which includes plenty of performers never before seen on Cockroach's stage. Opening with No Exit, Cockroach Theatre continues its mission of producing "new or neglected" works for the Las Vegas audience. "I wanted to begin our season with a play that was recognizable, but rarely seen locally, says Cockroach's Artistic Director, Levi Fackrell, "In fact, I couldn't find a single past production in Vegas." Widely studied by both actors and philosophers, No Exit portrays a vision of the afterlife in which three characters are punished by being locked in a room together for eternity; but there are no pitchforks or other torture devices here. As the male character, played by Thomas Chrastka, famously discovers..."Hell is other People." The production is the first featuring actors from Cockroach Theatre's 2014-2015 acting ensemble. Director and ensemble member, Bryan Todd, who directed last season's Corner of Hacienda, takes the helm. "Bryan's so creative," says Fackrell. "I'm excited to see where he takes this play and these four talented actors." New to Vegas and Cockroach, actress Jessica Chisum is excited as well; "I've always wanted to play Inès in No Exit. It's one of my dream roles." No Exit plays exclusively at Cockroach Theatre's home, Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. First St. #110. Performance times are October 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th at 8 p.m., and on Sundays, October 12th, 19th and 26th at 2 p.m. Tickets - $20.00 General Admission $16.00 Student/Over55/Military Season Subscriptions also available. For more information and/or reservations, call (702) 818-3422, or visit www.cockroachtheatre.com.

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Reminder...
Off Strip Productions presents Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The authors of the Broadway hit, Company, reunite to turn the traditional show business musical on its head. This compelling Broadway tale about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the souring of ideals and the erosions of friendships. Merrily We Roll Along contains popular Broadway songs "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," and "Good Thing Going." Remaining show times are tonight, October 3rd, and the 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. Tickets are: $25. Reserve your seat now. Call the Onyx Box Office at (702) 732-7225. The Onyx is located inside The Rack at 952 E. Sahara, Bldg 16, in the Commercial Center.

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The public is invited to join the city of Las Vegas Ward 1 Councilwoman, Lois Tarkanian, at the free Rotary Park Arts Festival, Saturday, October 11th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rotary Park is located at 901 Hinson St., near Charleston and Valley View. This family-friendly city of Las Vegas Arts Connection event will offer a variety of art forms to enjoy, including dance and music from several cultures, hand-painted pictures, photography, clay arts, handmade jewelry, and a variety of other artwork. The festival introduces the work of new, upcoming and established artists, and creates an atmosphere that invites interaction between local artists and the community. Experiencing the arts first-hand helps create an appreciation that will last a lifetime. The Chuck Wagon food truck will offer refreshments for sale. "This is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy some of the amazing performers and wonderful artists who live and work in our great city," Councilwoman Tarkanian says. Artists who plan to participate include: Clay Arts Las Vegas, Painting Pets & People, Kent LeFevre, Laura Lenzy, Michael Hendrick, Theresa Lucero, Marisol G. Yaffa Cary, Lindy Glantz, Brian Ayriss, Las Vegas Paiute Jewelry, Alan Spector, Shane Cooper, Anne Hoff and Crystal DiPietro. Scheduled live entertainment includes: Kaminari Taiko Drummers, The Melanie Spector Trio, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Dancers, Tonality Women's Barbershop Quartet, Nani Ola Hawaiian Dance Company, Shelby & Tieg Folk Duo, Sol Huasteco Mexican Folk Dancers and the Hyde Park School Middle School Guitar Ensemble. For more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org, or call (702) 229-3514 or (702) 229-ARTS.

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The Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA) recently paid tribute to Las Vegas hospitality leaders at the 2014 Distinction Awards scholarship fundraiser dinner. Five recipients in the tourism industry were honored at an "inspire"-themed awards dinner held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. LVHA 2014 Distinction Awards Honorees were: Jackie Gaughan and Family, Legacy Award; MGM Resorts International, Business of the Year; Danielle Babilino, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, Industry Leader Award, Senior Vice President of Sales; Alan Waxler, AWG Destination Services, LLC, Spirit Award, President and CEO; Ericka Aviles, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Rising Star, Business Marketing Manager. Cocktails dinner, and the Distinction Awards, were followed by entertainment provided by Michael Cavanaugh, star of the hit Broadway Billy Joel inspired musical, Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out. Ticket proceeds benefited the LVHA Scholarship Fund. Major sponsors were: Aramark; Freeman Audio Visual; Las Vegas Convention Visitors Authority; and Destinations by Design. The Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA) is a nonprofit state association made up of more than 561 working professionals and 265 businesses in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1962, LVHA encompasses a broad spectrum of companies supporting the tourism, convention and hospitality fields in Southern Nevada.


Michael Cavanaugh

Don Rickles

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Continuing his record-breaking 55th consecutive year as a Las Vegas headliner, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer, Don Rickles, is set to perform at The Orleans Showroom, Saturday, October 11th, and Sunday the 12th. Frequently known by the nicknames "The Merchant of Venom" and "Mr. Warmth," Rickles' style of comedy is never mean-spirited and is all part of his act. It has been said that being "zinged" by Rickles is like "wearing a badge of honor" – one Johnny Depp lamented never receiving during his speech as part of SPIKE TV's One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, that aired in May. The two-hour special was taped in New York City, Rickles' hometown, and includes stand-up performances, short films, pre-taped tributes and personal stories as told by Rickles' closest friends, his co-stars, and other comedians he has influenced. The event featured luminaries from the world of comedy, television and the silver screen, including, in addition to Depp, Bill Cosby, Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler, Ray Romano, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams. Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957, when he spotted Frank Sinatra in the audience at a nightclub in Miami Beach. The still-unknown Rickles eyed Sinatra and said, "I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion, and I want to tell you, the cannon was great. Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody." Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was "bullet-head," enjoyed Rickles so much, that he returned to see him when he was performing in Los Angeles, and encouraged other celebrities to see the act as well. Rickles soon became the "in" comic among Hollywood stars, who flocked to see him to become a target of his insults. Sinatra's continuing support helped Rickles become a popular performer in Las Vegas, where he first started in 1959, and has been a headliner ever since. Shortly after being discovered by Sinatra, Rickles made his acting debut in 1958's Run Silent Run Deep. The movie was a hit, launching Rickles towards a celebrated career as a movie, television and stage actor. His still-growing television and film resume includes roles in Casino, Kelly's Heroes, The Rat Race, all three Toy Story films, HBO's Tales From the Crypt, and Bravo's My Life on the D-List with Kathy Griffin. In 2011, Rickles made a surprise appearance in a "cliff-hanger" episode as the "thought-to-be-dead" husband of Betty White's character on the TV Land comedy, Hot In Cleveland, with a follow-up appearance later in the season. He recently appeared on Showtime's new series, Inside Comedy, where fellow comedian, David Steinberg, interviewed him. In 2000, Rickles received one of the highest honors in the entertainment business, when he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rickles has received two Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Musical for the 2008 HBO special, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. In 2009, TV Land honored Rickles with the "Legend Award." Rickles' best-selling memoir, Rickles' Book, was released in 2007, followed by the 2008 title, Rickles' Letters. In spring 2012, Rickles joined David Letterman as one of the only two performers to receive the prestigious "Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence" at The Comedy Awards, aired on Comedy Central. The award was presented to Rickles by Jon Stewart and Robert DeNiro. In June 2013, Rickles was honored with the Friars Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a star-studded awards gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Among those participating in honoring Don through their songs or words were Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Natalie Cole, Bob Costas, Tony Danza, Robert DeNiro, Kathy Griffin, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Bob Saget and John Stamos. In addition to recurring dates in Las Vegas at The Orleans, Rickles continues to be a popular performer in venues throughout the country. Showtime at The Orleans each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $79.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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