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Note: This is a past column from October 10, 2014
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Las Vegas - October 10, 2014

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival

Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond

Dig out your Gothic garb, Medieval costumes and Warrior wear, and get yourselves over to ye Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival at Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Rd. in Las Vegas this weekend. It's time for the annual Clark County Parks & Recreation event, taking place through Sunday, October 12th. A wide assortment of food and beverage vendors will be on hand. Everything from an entire English feast, and meat pies to bangers and mash will be available. Beers and ales will be sold. Don't forget to tip the beer wenches! Single day tickets are priced at $30, with seniors and children at $8. Sunset Park Box Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Get your ticket at the ticket booth and get in line at the gate. You will be searched by security. For additional information, check out

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Tonight, Friday, October 10th, it's press and media night for Rob Garrett's Neil Diamond - The Tribute show in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort/Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). Accompanied by The K.O.D. Band, Diamond fans will hear many of his biggest hits performed by Garrett, "The King of Diamonds." A number of fellow entertainers, including Carmine Mandia, Christy Copley, Russine Zellner, LJ Harness, and Bobby Brooks Wilson, have been in to see and enjoy the show since its September 24th opening. You can expect to see more familiar faces in the audience tonight.

While Garrett is most excited about his first extended residence booking at a Las Vegas property, sadly, he is also dealing with the death of his longtime friend and mentor, Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and The Raiders fame, who died on October 5th at the age of 76. This is what Garrett had to say about his personal loss. "Over the years, many people have asked how I got my start doing the Neil Diamond tribute. My story has NEVER changed. Two people were instrumental in getting me the job that would FOREVER change the path of my career from local (cover) bandleader to tribute artist. Since I could not get the time of day from the producer of the Las Vegas Legends in Concert show, I decided to try a different path.... I contacted my friend, Jonathon Von Brana, in the Hawaii Legends in Concert show, who was gracious enough to take my video over to his boss and the man that directed the show, Paul Revere of the legendary Paul Revere & The Raiders. It was Paul who eventually called and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to come to Hawaii and work for Legends in Concert. What was supposed to be a 3 month gig turned into 3 years. Paul became my boss, mentor, and friend for the entire time I was in Hawaii. When I first arrived, he put me up in a studio apartment on Waikiki Beach and gave me his little Geo Metro convertible to drive around in. It was 1995 and I was living a life that I could have only have dreamed of. Paul praised me when I did good and instructed me when I needed instruction. In essence, he was the ideal boss. We both left Legends in 1998 and I remained friends with him ever since - NEVER forgetting what he did for me. Paul, you were like a dad to me and I will NEVER be able express just how thankful I am that, for whatever reason, you had enough confidence and faith in me to offer me the chance of a lifetime. We will see each other again one day and when we do, I will still hug you and say thank you for believing in me. RIP to not just a great talent, but to a great human being and friend. I am going to miss you so much. Dearest Sydney Revere, you were the love of his life and you nurtured and cared for him right up to the very end with all your heart & soul. My deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers."

Neil Diamond - The Tribute performs Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 and $55; with Diamond Deluxe packages, that include front of line and VIP seating, plus autographed photo and CD, priced at $65. There are discount prices for military and Nevada residents with local ID. Ticket prices are not inclusive of tax and service charges. Call the Westgate Box Office at (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361.

Paul Revere & Rob Garrett circa 2007

Neil Diamond

And here is some late breaking news from the official Neil Diamond fan club. The Real Neil will perform on NBC's Today show, Monday October 20th, and rumor has it that he will also be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that week, possibly on the same day as the Today show appearance. Also, if you purchase a copy of Neil's new album, Melody Road, through Target, there are two additional songs on their special version of the CD.

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At 92-years of age, veteran entertainer, Marty Allen, is still busy, busy. We may have to start calling him "Media Marty." In just a little more than one week, the legendary comic was a guest on the Ed Bernstein NBC TV talk show, Rich Natole's Listening to the Vegas Voice on radio station KLAV 1230 AM, and had feature stories by John Katsilometes and Robin Leach published. We are sure there was more, but we can't remember everything. With more than 60 years in show business, much of it with his onetime partner, the late Steve Rossi, Media Marty has much to talk about. Allen has worked with practically anybody who is anybody in show business, including Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Eydie Gorme, Mama Cass, Tony Bennet and even The Beatles, to name a few. He and his wife, the talented, musical Karon Kate Blackwell, are still performing, and Marty recently traveled to Southern California to participate in his first autograph show. Hope you had a chance to see (and maybe own) a copy of the very limited Special Edition Beatles TV Guide issue. A double-page photo of Mr. Allen and Beatle John Lennon, was feature on pages 12 and 13 of the 98 page collectors magazine. If you missed the magazine, which was removed from newsstands at the end of August, you can see a copy of the photo in this column. You're welcome.

John Lennon & Marty Allen

Rich Natole, Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

Last week, in addition to Marty Allen, comic impressionist Rich Natole hosted the talented and beautiful musicians, Bella Strings, on his Monday and Tuesday morning radio shows. This coming Monday, October 13th, Rich will feature tribute artist, Christina Shaw, as his guest on Listening to the Vegas Voice, airing on KLAV 1230 AM radio. Although you won‘t be able to see Christina (it‘s radio, folks), you will be able to hear her vocal impressions of singing stars such as Lady Gaga, Faith Hill, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and others. Tuesday, Rich's guest is magician Ariann Black. Shows are broadcast from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays. If you would like to participate, the studio call-in number is (702) 731-1230, or Toll-free at (866) 820-5528.

Rich Natole & Bella Strings

And speaking of Rich Natole, he will be one of the talented performers in A Tribute Artist Extravaganza, presented by The Vegas Voice and sponsored by CareMore, that is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Also scheduled to appear along with Rich, who portrays everybody, will be Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra, Denise Rose as Judy Garland, and the Vegas Goodfellas Band who perform music from '50s, '60s and '70s, plus some surprise guests. Doors to the Palace Station showroom open at 11 a.m. and the fun begins at noon. Did we mention that it's FREE? For guaranteed reserved seating, or additional information, call (702) 251-4441.

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In August, The Belton Center for the Arts presented An Evening With Loretta Holloway at the South Carolina's new music venue, The Listening Room on Main in Belton. Loretta Holloway, a onetime Las Vegan, was the perfect choice to launch the new performance space. Last Sunday, Loretta sang at the Jazz on the Roof fund raiser to benefit the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation and the preservation of jazz music. It was attended by approximately 85 invited guests, and took place at The Ponce in midtown Atlanta, Georgia. On Sunday, October 19th, Ms. Holloway will be part of South Carolina‘s 2nd Annual Musical Extravaganza for Family Promise of Anderson County, which will take place at the Central Presbyterian Church, 1404 N Boulevard. The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. They recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem, that requires a multifaceted response, and respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. They provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families, and provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless by educating people about poverty and the means to combat it. This is done through independent Affiliates in 41 states, including Nevada, where Family Promise has a recognized and respected presence in Las Vegas. In Anderson, performers for the event are from the local community, including Ms. Holloway, "South Carolina's Official First Lady of Song." The 7 p.m. show is open to the public, admission is free but a love offering is encouraged.

Loretta Holloway in Atlanta

Nelson Sardelli's Halloween Driver & Date

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This Sunday, October 12th, the Italian American Club will be the site of the F.I.O.R.E. non-club club's combined Columbus Day/Halloween festivities. The fun starts 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 (if it isn‘t already too late for this year‘s event)! Contact [email protected], or the sometimes scary, head ghoul, Nelson Sardelli, at [email protected] For those that don't know, the IAC is at 2333 E. Sahara.

Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along performs its final show at 8 p.m. tomorrow night, October 11th, at The Onyx Theatre. The Onyx is located in Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara, B16. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call the Box Office at (702) 732-7225. See you there.

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Deana Martin, who performed in the showroom at the South Point last month, was back in Las Vegas to participate in the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, where she sang along with many dear friends. In between the two engagements, the daughter of the legendary Dean Martin entertained at the Jazz Corner at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and also performed in concert at the University Of South Carolina Beaufort to help support the Junior Jazz Orchestra Foundation. She is on tour again, and heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she will be performing tomorrow, October 11th, at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. While there, Deana is going to order the 'Frim Fram Sauce with the oss-en-fay and sha fa fa on the side.' Hopefully, they will be able to fill that order.

And speaking of The Smith Center, Jason Robert Brown's award-winning The Last Five Years, will be performed in Las Vegas for the fist time, November 6th through 9th in the Judy Bayley Theatre on the campus of UNLV. Produced by one of The Smith Center founders, Dr. Keith Boman (the Bowman Pavilion, that houses Cabaret Jazz, is named in honor of Dr. Boman, who is Vice Chairman of The Smith Center Board of Directors and trustee of The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation), the event sponsor is the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show will be performed on Thursday, November 6th, and Friday the 7th at 8 p.m.; Saturday the 8th at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday the 9th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30, with discounted tickets available to seniors, military, the differently abled, UNLV faculty, staff, and all students. A special "Meet the Cast" event will be available following the Thursday through Saturday performances. Tickets for the meet and greet are available for purchase, and are priced at $20 each. To purchase by phone, call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787 (ARTS), or [email protected].

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Lawyer by Day, Singer by Night, Nikolas Mastrangelo, wants to thank all of the savvy folks who came by the Piazza Lounge last Sunday night to help him, Joey Singer on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and Jess Gopen on drums, celebrate the music of Tony Bennett. Nik says, "Many of you stayed for all four sets!! It was a pleasure for us to perform for such a responsive audience. We also had some guests from California, the East Coast, Canada and England, who joined in on the fun. "The joint was jumpin," as Fat's Waller would say. This Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Nik at Nite and The Trio will feature Tom Hall on alto and flute, along with Joey Singer on keys and Mike Mechem on drums, and me, as we celebrate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, which we last did some three months ago. We will also add some other favorites of ours to go along with the beautiful music of Mr. Jobim." The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E Flamingo.

Nik Mastrangelo

Naomi Mauro

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Greg Thompson's Broadway Showstoppers comes to the Starbright Theatre at 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin, on Saturday, October 18th at 7 p.m. Broadway Showstoppers performs tributes to the classic musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway like West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Grease and Cabaret, and will also be performing hits from the hottest shows on Broadway today, including Mamma Mia!, Motown: The Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jersey Boys, and Hairspray. Broadway Showstoppers has won the "Show of the Year" award in Atlantic City, Biloxi, Reno and Lake Tahoe, and was also inducted into the "Broadway Round Table Hall of Fame." An all-star cast of performers from around the country, who have all toured with national companies of several Broadway shows, will be coming through Las Vegas, direct from a four-month engagement at Harrah's in Reno on their national tour. Don't miss this one-show-only opportunity to see Broadway Showstoppers at the Starbright Theatre. Tickets are only $15. Please Note: 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. 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.

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Thank you to busy Michelle Johnson who provided us with this information about the Dispensary Lounge. The Dispensary is located at 2451 East Tropicana, (southeast corner of Trop and Eastern), and is known for its delicious burgers, great jazz series, and cozy atmosphere. The lounge won "Best Dive Bar" in the RJ's 2013 Best of Las Vegas competition. Music and gaming late into the night. No reservations ever needed. Just stop by and visit the "place for fun" since 1976!

We hope you had a chance to see and hear the trombone group, The Boneheads, on Wednesday. Here is a bit about the ensemble. Originally founded by Abe Nole in the early 1960s, The Boneheads had six trombones and three rhythm players (piano, bass, and drums). The founding members were professional trombone players in the Las Vegas showrooms and consisted of Nole, Charlie Loper, Archie LeCoque, Tommy Hodges, Pat Thompson and Bill Smiley. They rehearsed on the second floor of the old Silver Slipper on the Las Vegas Strip and occasionally at Abe's home. By the late ‘60s, the group typically rehearsed backstage at the Frontier Hotel, or the Village Pub on Koval Lane, and had changed personnel. At that time, the tenor trombones were Bill Booth, Jim Huntzinger, Ed Morgan and the legendary Carl Fontana. The bass trombones were Bill Rogers and Ralph Pressler. The Boneheads would perform at UNLV, or after hours at the musician's union hall. Some of the rhythm section players over the years were: Piano - Mike Breen, Frank Collett, Tommy Todd and Ronnie Simone. Bass: Carson Smith, Bob Badgley, Brace Phillips and Ken Seiffert. Drums - Clyde Duell, Karl Kiffe, Tom Montgomery and Santo Savino. The musicians would work two shows per night, six or seven nights a week, and then get together after hours for their own enjoyment. They would perform with every star on the Strip, from the Rat Pack to Elvis and numerous production shows. Other trombone players that were members of the group in the earlier years were Curt Miller, Dick McGee, Art Sares, Bob Scann, Ron Sprouse, Ken Tiffany, Jim Trimble, Marty Harrell, Dick "Stretch" McQuary, Dwight Davis and Houghton "Hoot" Peterson. "Stretch" arranged a number of Bobby Brookmeyer compositions in the 1970s that eventually became the foundation of the new Boneheads' book. The group and the book disappeared sometime in the late 1980s, and was not heard from again until 2011, when Curt Miller and Ralph Pressler decided to reconstruct the nearly 50-year-old ensemble. Such notable composers/arrangers as Gary Anderson, Jim Belk , Steve Flora, Nate Kimball, Curt Miller, and Barry Ross have contributed new charts to the book and updated the concept of the group. The players rotate depending on availability, and the group has become known as the "ultimate trombone band" - the players always jump at the chance to pay with the group. Curt Miller is the leader and coordinator of the group, and the players that routinely play with the group are Dick McGee, Matt Johnson, Nate Kimball, Mike Turnbull, Randy Crawford, Steve Meyer, Nathan Tanouye, Sonny Hernandez, Ralph Pressler, Jim Kositchek, Dan Uhrich and Paul Munger. The rhythm section is comprised of Uli Geissendoerfer on piano, Steve Flora on bass, Larry Aberman on drums, and Mark Speights on guitar. If you missed The Boneheads this time around, hopefully you will watch for their name to turn up somewhere and catch them when you can. We are sure you will enjoy them!

Tonight, Friday, October 10th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Dispensary, powerhouse vocalist, Naomi Mauro (Pop Evolution), shows off her jazzy musical roots with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. Great late night spot for musicians and music lovers. Tomorrow night, Saturday, October 11th, Las Vegas favorites, guitar impresario Joe Lano and female jazz vocalist JoBelle Yonely, perform together with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio from 10 to 2. The place will be PACKED, so get there early.

JoBelle Yonely

Maynard Sloate

Timing is everything. As fate would have it, The Boneheads have another engagement coming up in just a couple of weeks, so if you missed them at the Dispensary, you can see and hear them at the Las Vegas Jazz Society's Annual Picnic, taking place at the Winchester Park and Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr., on Sunday, October 26th, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. It's a Free event to celebrate the Joy of Jazz and the end of Summer. Featured will be Tom Hall and the Boss Bebop Jazz Septet; Gary Anderson's three baritone saxophone group - Bari, Bari, Bari Good; Neil Maxa and the Groove Brothers; and, of course, The Boneheads trombone group. You can also expect a few surprise guests. There will be food and drink available for purchase.

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Philip Fortenberry's Man at the Piano concert at Smith Center last Sunday was fabulous. If you have the chance to see the Flying Fingers of Mr. Fortenberry at any time, we strongly recommend that you do so.

And speaking of Mr. Fortenberry, did you know that those were his hands seen playing piano in the HBO movie about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra? Did you see the movie? Did you miss it but would like to see it? If so, and you are unable to get it on your television, we have an option. The Inspire Theater, located at 107 S. Las Vegas Blvd. on the northeast corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Blvd., will be showing the award-winning film, Wednesdays, October 15th and 22nd. Behind the Candelabra, with Brian Paco Alvarez. Cocktails are at 7 p.m. Pre-show Q&A at 7:30. Movie rolls at 8. Admission is free with purchase of one $7 specialty cocktail (21 and over, please). Seating is first-come, first-served. Hosted by DTLV's Geoff Carter.

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Toccatas and Toe Tappers
GVPC Organist-In-Residence presents an evening of music with Free-Will Offering to benefit the GVPC Live! Concert Series,
Saturday, October 11th, at 7:30 p.m. Amy Homer-Smith, Organist, with Special Guests. Featuring works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more! Green Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1798 Wigwam Parkway, Northeast corner of Valle Verde at Wigwam (just north of I-215), in Henderson.
Great Music Great Acoustics. Contact (702) 454-8484, or

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Lisa Gioia-Acres sends along this information regarding the Las Vegas Media Group.
Here is a list of the scheduled LVMG speakers for the remainder of the year. Mark your calendars. On October 20th, the special guest speaker will be founder and executive chairman of Boyd Gaming, Bill Boyd. November 17th, producer/director Maynard Sloate will share some of his entertainment history with the attendees, and on December 15th, Stanley Paher, the author of several books about the Southwest, will share his personal stories. Lisa, who is currently living and working out of Las Vegas, will be in the city November 10th through 12th. She is hoping to be able to set up a lunch date with a few of her Media Group friends who might be free on one of those days. "I'd love to see as many as I can and catch up," says Lisa. "Until then, have a great day!"

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Robert George Allen's Goodsprings Ghost Hunt has earned yet another 5 Star ***** review from TripAdvisor!‏ C. Buchner, says "My first Ghost Hunt was fantastic! Learning how to communicate with spirits through an EMF reader was amazing! I captured the best photos. Reuben took an awesome photo when I asked a male spirit to stand by my husband. I caught nothing. Reuben caught an orb over my husband's head that looked like an old man's face! A must tour when in Las Vegas! I'm still awestruck! " For a paranormal adventure, tickets to Goodsprings Ghost Hunt may be purchased online at, or via the Toll Free Ticket Broker at: (866) 218-4935.

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Author! Author!
Gerry McCambridge is The Mentalist. His peculiar gift sets him apart from the average magician, as he reads minds, manipulates people's thoughts and completely leaves his audience spellbound, and he does it without a magic wand, pretty show girls or elaborate props. Gerry's incredible stage presence is what led NBC to offer him a one-hour network prime time television special which aired internationally to millions all around the world. He has been a professional mentalist for more than 25 years, and has been hired by many Fortune 500 companies. Gerry has been a Las Vegas Strip headliner since June, 2005, and his is the longest running mentalist show in the history of Las Vegas. In 2014, the Las Vegas Review-Journal Reader's Poll voted Gerry as the "Best Magic Show" in Las Vegas. What makes Gerry endearing is his life story and why he had to learn to read people's minds. He used his newly developed magic skills to not only control his own destiny but to control the world around him. Like the Phoenix, he rose from his own ashes. Anyone who has faced adversity will gain inspiration from McCambridge's compelling story. They will be melted by his candor, amazed at his resourcefulness and goal setting ability and warmed by his magic. Through his story, they will learn to find their own inner magic. Books (404 pages in Paperback) can be ordered at They are also available in digital download from iTunes for iPads.

Another Las Vegan, Wes Davis, also has a new book out. His novel, Stanhope Legacy, is now live on Amazon and ready for purchase. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Wes Davis started his culinary career as a dishwasher at the age of 14. He worked his way up to become a cook, Sous Chef and Catering Chef. After a successful career in real estate, Wes returned to his passion - food. His first cookbook shows his humor as well as his passion for good food and fun. Stanhope Legacy is the first book in a series detailing the fictional Stanhope family. Stanhope Legacy follows the Stanhope Clan from Edinburgh Scotland to America as they embark on a new life. The voyage was easy compared to the challenges and evil that they find in their new country. The family expands from New Jersey to Idaho; to New York and the court of St James in England, as we watch three generations evolve, survive and adapt to the world as it also undergoes great changes. Spanning some 60 years, the book sets the standard for the Stanhope Family as their reach and fortune expands. Mr. Davis plans several more books.
To learn about Stanhope Legacy, go to You can learn something about Wes's other book at

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TastySpace gallery is currently featuring the works of Joy Snyder and Kathryn Gilbert. The new creations, called Travels in Abstract, will be on display, now through November 8th at the downtown gallery, located at 520 Fremont Street, First floor / Emergency Arts building (corner of 6th and Fremont). For additional information, or gallery hours, call (617) 513-7336.

TastySpace Gallery Showing

Mace Coronel

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Ten-year-old Mace Coronel comes from an impressive show business gene pool. The young actor is the third generation in a lineup of professional entertainers. Mace's mother is Grace Morley, better known around Las Vegas as Bambi Jr. Grace appeared in Minsky's at the Hacienda, in A Bedfull of Foreigners, with James MacArthur and Suzanne Buhrer (1990-1991) and Natalie Needs a Nightie at the downtown Plaza Hotel (then known as the Union Plaza), and in Crazy Girls at the Riviera. Still beautiful, Gracie is also remembered as the UNLV "Rebels Final Four or Bust" poster girl. Mace's maternal grandmother is veteran burlesque star, Dori Kotzan, who worked under the name Bambi Jones The Garter Girl. In recent years, since moving back to Las Vegas from Greenwich, Connecticut, the now 83-year-old has appeared in a number of Vegas Follies revues at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, and Freedom Hall in Sun City Anthem. Dori is also the author of My Journey: Burlesque The Way It Was. As for young Mace, he is one of the stars of Nickelodeon's very successful new show, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Mace plays Dicky Harper).

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Actress Karole Foreman, who was a cast member in Mamma Mia! when it played in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, is currently performing in Wedding Band at the Antaeus Company and Antaeus Academy, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood, California. The Antaeus production of Wedding Band, written by Alice Childress, and described as A Love/Hate Story in Black & White, is directed by Gregg T. Daniel. The show is a beautifully written and powerful piece about miscegenation at the turn of the century (well, last century, that is) in Charleston South Carolina. Set against the backdrop of World War I, a Negro woman and Caucasian man celebrate ten years together: a relationship that expressly violates America's "miscegenation" laws. As they struggle to live a normal life amidst fear of discovery and of being fined, imprisoned, or lynched, the limits of love, tolerance, and humanity are tested in this unflinching work. Karole will be appearing as one of the leads in Wedding Band. The Antaeus Company, LA's Classical Theater Ensemble, has a unique policy of double casting all their shows in order to allow actors to pursue work in film and television, so Ms. Foreman will be sharing the role of Julia Augustine, originated by Ruby Dee in the 1970s, with the lovely Veralyn Jones. The following dates are when Karole is scheduled to perform: October 11th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 31st, and November 2nd, 6th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 29th and 30th, plus December 5th and 6th. At this point, Wedding Band is scheduled to run through December 9th. There is the possibility of extensions further into December. For more details and/or reservations, call the Antaeus Box Office at (818) 506-1983. If you happen to be in the neighborhood...

Naked Magicians by Charles Bach

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The Naked Magicians, where sleight of hand collides with Strip Poker, opens at The Tommy Wind Theater, 3765 Las Vegas Blvd., on October 17th. The limited run show, performs at 4 p.m. through October 31st. It features three magicians performing in an upscale nightclub setting for 150 to 200 guests in The Tommy Wind Theater. Modern high-energy music backs each routine. Filled with card flourishes and choreographed moves to showcase incredible skills of the star magicians. A "waitress" invites the audience to "check out" the "naked" props on shelves that will be used throughout the 75-minute program, so the guests are involved in the experience. She opens the show with a musical number, introduces the performers and participates in the magic. Improv performer and comedian, Emily Lauren Sanders, plays the role of the cocktail waitress. Throughout the show, the guys make playful bets with the waitress to get her to remove her clothing while they perform unbelievable and impossible close-up magic. In the end, the tables turn (she wins), and the guys lose their clothes in a fun, surprising way. The three award-winning magicians who star in The Naked Magicians are Britain's Chris James, Andrew Goldenhersh and Jason Baney. Chris James is the only magician in history to entertain The Queen of England and the United Nations in the same year. He's performed since the age of 5, has a degree in Psychology, is an award-winning magician and author. He's performed worldwide and in the Hollywood version of "The Naked Magicians." Lance Burton called him a "genius." Andrew Goldenhersh ranks among today's elite masters of magic, drawing acclaims nationally and internationally. He has received accolades from the prestigious Academy of Magical Arts and is the only magician to have been nominated for both "Close-Up Magician of the Year" and "Parlour Magician of the Year" 12 years in a row. Winning the award in 2009 and 2010. Andrew, who is based in L.A. has entertained celebrities including: Johnny Depp, Ringo Starr, Pink, Rod Stewart, etc. Andrew is also the creator of a piece in David Cooperfield's current show in Las Vegas. Las Vegas resident Jason Baney is a creative manipulation artist and card thrower. He starred in Sin City's longest running daytime show "Viva Las Vegas," co-starred in "The World's Greatest Show" for three years and has performed for fans of all ages throughout Europe and Asia.

Each of them, with his distinct personality and amazing close-up skills, performs a solo act, and all three combine forces in the finale for a high-energy finish. "The Naked Magicians" was originally produced by illusionist/writer/ choreographer, Charles Bach, in 2006 at the Hudson Backstage/Comedy Central theatre in Los Angeles. Charles has combined the exciting, fun elements of Magic meets "The Rat Pack" meets "Blue Man Group" meets "James Bond" meets "Burlesque" meets Strip Poker and "The Full Monty," for an entertaining, funny, sexy show. The two-week limited engagement is for audiences 18 years and older. Tickets are priced at $33 dollars and $42 for VIP seats (includes autographed photo and your own close-up magic trick) and can be purchased online at or call The Tommy Wind Box Office at (702) 776-8888.

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Comedian, actor and impressionist, Frank Caliendo, will bring his high-energy comedy act to The Orleans Showroom, next Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th. On stage, Caliendo blends observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories for his signature frenetic comedy style. Caliendo is perhaps best known for his impressions of famous actors Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro; former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; broadcasters John Madden and Charles Barkley; and talk show hosts Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, and David Letterman. A veteran of televised comedy, Caliendo has starred in numerous television shows, including MADtv, Mike & Mike, Hot in Cleveland, and his own 2007 and 2008 series on TBS, Frank TV. He is a regular on the late night talk show circuit, performing on such shows as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, The View, and Late Show with David Letterman. From 2003 to 2012, Caliendo was a fixture on the Fox NFL Sunday pre-game show, where he worked with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and the rest of the team. His "Frank's Picks" segments were featured during the broadcasts of Super Bowls XXXIX, XLII and XLV. Recently, Caliendo displayed his exceptional impressionist skills on Mike & Mike, an American sports-talk radio show hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio and simulcast on television. He read basketball star Lebron James' famous "Coming Home" letter in actor Morgan Freeman's voice. Showtime each evening at The Orleans is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting

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Coming attractions...
Ne-Yo, will perform at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues Music Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. on October 17th. Born Shaffer Chimere Smith in Camden, Arkansas. both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father. In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas. While here, Smith attended the award-winning Las Vegas Academy High School, where he adopted the stage name "GoGo" and joined an R&B group called Envy. The R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor, later took the name Ne-Yo as his stage name. Tickets for Ne-Yo at House of Blues start at $39.40. Call (702) 632-7777 for reservations.

Stevie Wonder comes into the MGM Grand Arena on November 29th. Tickets start at $54. For reservations, call (702) 891-1111.

Michael Feinstein by Phil Konstantin

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

If you are going to be in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, and you happen to be a music lover, among your choices of shows to attend are Maroon 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Michael Feinstein at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at The Cosmopolitan on the Strip. We will have more about these bookings over the next few weeks. In the meantime, start saving your dollars.

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