Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

Displaying keen perception and great insight.  
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.  
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.  

Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from October 17, 2014
You can find the current column HERE

Las Vegas - October 17, 2014

F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Menfolk

F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Ladies

There were a number of fun things taking place in Las Vegas, at the same time last Sunday night. If one had been a heavy metal concert, and the other a classical ballet, it might not have been much of a problem, but, at least two of these events would probably attract much of the same attendees. Decisions. Decisions. Would we be at the very under- publicized (we saw no mentions of this beforehand) annual Oldtimers Dinner, or the F.I.O.R.E. non-club club soiree? We wound up at the annual F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Party (this year combined with Columbus Day). We "borrowed" this story, written by the Roving Reporter, from the pages of Rolando Larraz's Las Vegas Tribune.
Once again, they lived up to their name. The Non Club Club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) rocked the Italian American Club on Columbus Day, in a Tarantella fashion. They combined Columbus Day, a birthday, an office party, a Bar-Mitzvah plus Halloween and successfully pulled it off with flying colors. Las Vegas Witches anxious to be a part of the fun, were willing to "broom-pool" to attend the event. Skeletons, ghosts, pirates, Roman Emperor, Cleopatra, Wonder Woman, Kings and Queens, A baby with diamonds, a geisha, a Sexy nurse, a lady with a hat, a man with a cape, a guy in a suit (!) and even a con-dolier contributed to a real "spooktacular' evening. To quote the lyrics of a romantic song of the past: "They did the mash...the monster was a graveyard smash." Mrs. Maria Spagnola, added to the excitement by celebrating her 96th birthday, a lovely lady who has more energy than many folks half her age, very witty, with a keen sense of humor. Bravo Maria. Centanni e di piu! President and First Lady, Eddie and Marta DeVries, couldn't think of a more enjoyable place for their 15 guests, all employees of the Fort Knox Storage. The guys and girls of the F.I.O.R.E. never cease to amaze me. Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 13th for the monthly F.I.O.R.E. luncheon with guest speaker Prof. Alan Balboni, Ph.D. To learn more about the group, go to, Be sure to check the "About Us" page.

F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Hosts Nelson Sardelli & Lorraine Thompson

F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Nurse Dori Kotzan ScratchIt & Don Hill

And speaking of F.I.O.R.E., musician Gary Anderson, who leads the ensemble that plays for the events, passes along this information.
An Evening with the Next Generation will take place at the M Resort Spa Casino, on Saturday, November 8th, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors to the indoor M Pavilion open at 6. The entertainers, accompanied by a 10- piece Big Band, led by Mr. Anderson, will star Ricci Martin, son of Dean Martin; Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland; Lena Prima, daughter of Louis Prima; and Steve March- Torme, son of Mel Torme; with Master of Ceremonies, Anthony Lewis, son of Jerry Lewis. Historical family videos will also be featured. This accomplished group of artists perform an extraordinary musical celebration, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook, in honor of their legendary parents. Ticket prices are $29.99 to $34.99, plus LET and Facilities Fees, and are on sale now at the M Box Office, located at Player Services; charge by phone 800-745-3000; or any ticketmaster location. No Cameras or Video or Audio Recording permitted.

Lorna Luft

Shadow 2005-2014

* * * * * * * *

Due to the Professional Bull Riders being in the city, and having a lot going on at the South Point next weekend, Wes Winters will NOT be performing on Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, in the south Las Vegas Blvd. hotel casino's Grandview Lounge. On Halloween, which is Friday the 31st, entertainer Winters will start his performance at the South Point' Grandview a lbit later than usual, beginning the fun at 7:45 p.m. Because it will be Halloween, the evening will be extra festive, including giving away prizes for best costume! Throughout Fridays and Saturdays in November, Wes' South Point schedule is back to normal, that's from 6 to 9 p.m. You can bring your dancing shoes. On Tuesdays, from 6 to 9, Wes plays piano, sings, and creates a good time, in Addison's Lounge at the Rampart. To see Wes' additional performance dates go to

On a sad note, the Wes Winters household is mourning the loss of Shadow, their little adopted King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Shadow was rescued from a puppy mill in southern Missouri, where she had been weaned immediately to a small cage to be used for breeding stock. She had no social skills, did not know how to play, had been mistreated and was always on guard and afraid. Wes got her when she was three weeks away from turning one-year-old, and worked with her for two years before she would comfortably come to him. She was his girl, and the two had a very special bond. They lost Shadow a week ago, when that awful and very hard decision had to be made to let her go. Among those sharing the loss are Bandit and Thomas, the two other family pets. "This song always popped into my head when I would think about Shadow," says Wes. So, from Wes Winters, this is Shadow's song... v=DpPxHdtVO5I&feature=share "Love and miss you terribly Shadow."

* * * * * * * *

Jimmy Emerson and Tommi Rose will star in Funny Phat & Fabulous, at Ron DeCar's Event Center, next Thursday, October 23rd. Jimmy and Tommi, both seasoned comedy female impersonators, are joining forces and bringing their respective acts together. Funny PHAT & Fabulous is a compilation of comedy, live singing, and dirty joke telling. Jimmy and Tommi both have the gift of gab and love telling a naughty story. During the show, the two will switch off characters. While Jimmy does the opening monologue, Tommi will be changing into his Carol Channing costume. Jimmy introduces Carol, then Tommi introduces Jimmy as Roseanne Barr and so on and so on. Jimmy is known as having been the comedy star of An Evening at La Cage for more than 24 years, as well as touring with numerous other shows including UnBOYlievable and Bottoms Up. Tommi was the headliner at the famous Finocchios in San Francisco for many years, and he has also toured with other shows. He had his own very successful show in Palm Springs for the past 12 years called Dreamgirls. This new show opens and closes with Jimmy and Tommi singing together. The opening song, titled "Funny PHAT & Fabulous," is a takeoff on "Big Blonde & Beautiful," from the musical Hairspray. It sets up the evening with lyrics such as, "Scoop me up a mess of that chocolate swirl, don't be stingy, I'm a growing girl!" The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors to the Event Center open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission. For only $10 more, you can enjoy a fine buffet, usually priced at $18. Taxes are not included. For tickets, call Ron DeCar's Event Center at (702) 384-0771, or purchase tickets online at: . Jimmy and Tommi are very excited to be working together, and have plans to tour the show around different areas of the US and Canada, with hopes of landing a permanent venue here in Las Vegas.

Jimmy Emerson & Tommi Rose

Stan Stahl Rest In Peace

* * * * * * * *

Renee Hale will be back at Piero's Italian Cuisine, both tonight, Friday October 17th, and tomorrow evening. The lady is accompanied by wonderful musicians, including Ned Mills, Doug Taylor, and Michael Tramontana. Renee has lots of talented friends. Chances are very good that some of them will stop by to sing with her. The last couple of times, she has had Rita Lim, Jay Joseph, Christy Molasky, and Robyn CoCo sit in. The talented Peter Radd and Troy Stern have been by too. Renee's sister, Jodi Fonfa, headed the back up singers and dancers during "Mustang Sally." A week later, Jody Ghanem, former Rockette and widow of Dr. Elias Ghanem, known as "physician to the stars," headed the girls. The joint was jumping, with dancing in the aisles! You just never know who will be there. Drop by and see for yourself. Piero's is located at 355 Convention Center Drive. For dinner reservations, call (702) 369-2305.

* * * * * * * *

We are very saddened to report the passing of musician, Stan Stahl. Stan, a longtime Las Vegas resident, passed away last Friday, October 10th, at the age of 69. In 1956, Stan moved to Nevada from Woodland, California. He graduated from Western High School in Las Vegas. Stan had a successful music career that spanned 50 years. At 6'5", with his personality and talent, he was larger than life, both on and off the stage. A writer, arranger, and musician, Stan worked as a trombonist in Las Vegas showrooms in the late ‘60s. He was also Musical Director for many shows in the ‘70s, and was MD and arranger for Steve Rossi, who produced several shows between 1979 and 1980. Stan was introduced to a very young Danny Gans at one of these smaller variety shows at the downtown Holiday International (now Main Street Station). Danny was just getting started as an impressionist, and it was Stan who suggested that he incorporate musical impressions into his act early in his career, and assisted him in doing that, for which Gans always gave Stahl credit. Stan's Band was formed in 1983. They headlined many hotel lounges, including the Sands, Desert Inn, MGM, and Tropicana to name a few. Some of the Stan's Band long time alumni are Mark Barrett, Janice Sands, Tom Duncan, Greg Macaluso, Alan McIntosh, Michael Parrott, Greg Banta, Leroy Thompson, Christie Bailey and John Gleason. In the past three years, Stan was excited about an ongoing project and CD called "Stan's Band Alumnae." For 12 years, Stan wrote custom arrangements for the prestigious Show West/Cinemacon Awards Show. This included music for many major stars in the movie industry, including Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins, Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, and Nicole Kidman, to name a few. Stan's passion for arranging music was equaled only by his passion for cooking. He was known for hosting large parties, where he prepared gourmet as well as down home cooking for his friends, family and fellow musicians. Stan is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Dr. Tamara Marcus; daughter, Stascha; son, Ron; brothers, Larry and Denny, plus extended family members. Stan was proceeded in death years ago by his younger sister, Margie. Stan's great arrangements, original music, vocals, razor sharp wit and great cooking will be sorely missed. A Tribute in Celebration will be held for Stan Stahl, Saturday, November 1st at 1 p.m., at Ron DeCar's Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The celebration will include two of Stan's favorite things - Great Music and Great Food! Our deepest condolences to Stan's family.
Cousin Claire thanks Janice Sands and Mark Barrett for supplying most of the information for this paragraph.

* * * * * * * *

Among the notable attendees at last Friday night's full house (even the Shimmer Cabaret balcony was in us) media show for Neil Diamond - The Tribute, starring Rob Garrett at the Westgate Las Vegas, was Phil "Fang" Volk, musician, singer, songwriter, band leader, record producer and arranger. He was the bassist of Paul Revere and the Raiders and later with Ricky Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band. As we mentioned in last Friday's column, Rob worked with Paul Revere in Hawaii as a cast member of the Island's version of Legends In Concert. Garrett is mourning the passing of Revere who died on October 4th at the age of 76. If you were planning to see Neil Diamond - The Tribute show tomorrow, you won't be doing that at the Westgate. Tomorrow night, Garrett and his talented band mates will be performing at the CasaBlanca Resort/Casino in Mesquite, for an engagement that was already booked prior to the Westgate signing. Go to 18.pdf. The tribute show is back at the Westgate's Shimmer Cabaret, Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $65. Discounts are available. For reservations, call (800) 222-5361.

Rob Garrett by Erwin Flacks

Nik Mastrangelo at Nite

* * * * * * * *

Nik Mastrangelo, who after dark becomes Nik at Nite, tells us that they had another great night at the Piazza lounge last Sunday, as Joey Singer, Mike Mechem and special guest Tom Hall helped him celebrate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. "Tom was in top form on alto and flute, and Joey and Mike were with him every step of the way," says Nik. "The crowd, a nice blend of locals and visitors, cheered us on all night and a good time was had by all. That's what live music is all about! This Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Bob Sachs returns to help Joey, Mike and me pay tribute to the wonderful music of George and Ira Gershwin. Come join us!" The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E. Flamingo.

* * * * * * * *

The immensely talented entertainer, Jason Graae, wants friends and fans to know that he will be performing his 49½ Shades of GRAAE at the new Copa in Palm Springs, California, at 8 p.m., Friday, October 24th, and Saturday the 25th. John Boswell is musical director, and Heather Lee directs. The team is most proud of this show. Jason has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Snoopy! Off-Broadway shows include Forever Plaid, Olympus on My Mind, All in the Timing, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination for "Best Actor in a Musical), and many more. Graae also starred in the Reprise! concerts Of Thee I Sing!, Anything Goes and The Boys from Syracuse. In October 2006, Jason appeared with Karen Morrow, Paige O'Hara and Donald Pippin, in Hello, Jerry!, paying tribute to Jerry Herman as part of the New York Stage & Beyond series at UNLV. In addition to the performance, the cast met with university theater students and presented a Musical Theatre Seminar and Workshops, sponsored by the American Society of Composers and Producers. Three scholarships were awarded at the end of the workshops to the students deemed best/most improved. In March of last year, Jason and Tony-winner, Faith Prince, costarred in The Prince and the Showboy at The Smith Center. Jason's latest CD is a live recording of Perfect Hermany, produced by Kritzerland Records. The Copa is located at 244 E Amado Road in beautiful Palm Springs. For tickets, go to < Must be 21+ to attend and there is a two drink minimum.

Jason Graae

Graae/Fretwell Wedding - Glen, Faith Prince & Jason

And on a more personal note, Jason and his partner of 15 years, designer Glen Fretwell, exchanged marriage vows in a small ceremony in the presence of family and friends, at their Hollywood Hills home on August 30th. The wedding was officiated by the above mentioned, Faith Prince. Broadway's Liz Calloway and opera's Susan Graham sang during the ceremony, accompanied on piano by Gerald Sternbach and Tulsa Symphony Cellist ,Janet Coleman. Standing up for the couple were Best Woman, Susanne Blakeslee, and Best Man, Benjamin Fretwell. The wedding party included Peggy Hickey and Tony Perez, Heather Lee and Gregory Thirloway, Jan Horvath, Paul Tortora, and flower girl, Mikayla Yurman. The entertainment honoring the newlyweds following the nuptials was provided by Broadway and television veterans, Karen Morrow, Nancy Dussault, Jo Anne Worley, our Phavorite Phantom Brent Barrett, Vicki Lewis, Carole Cook and Tom Troupe. Event Planner, Eric Roth, directed the evening. Pastry Chef, Frank Bonventre of Joan's On Third, created the triple-tiered wedding cake. Later in the evening, more entertainment was provided by Eydie Alyson and Brad Ellis, Julie Garnye, Patrick Cassidy and son, Cole Cassidy, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Jen Malenke, Alyson Reed, Jan Horvath, Laine Berry, Paul Ybarra and Patricia Whiteman, accompanied by John Boswell, and Brigid Brady, accompanied by Larry Yurman. Groom Glen Fretwell is a Landscape Architectural Designer and Partner in the Los Angeles Design Company inside/out design landscape. The couple honeymooned in Beverly Hills. We would have happily paid for tickets to that event! Congratulations, fellows!

* * * * * * * *

Next Monday, October 20th, Rich Natole's guest on his Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show will be Red Skeleton Impersonator Brian Hoffman. On Tuesday, in honor of Elections coming up, there will be some great guests such as most of the U.S. Presidents and Political people. A don't miss show! Earlier this week, Rich had tribute artist, Christina Shaw, and magician Ariann Black as his guests. Mea culpa. Cousin Claire neglected to mention the names of the women from Bella Strings who were guests with Rich Natole on his Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show on October 7th. The talented visiting violin artists were Nina Digregorio, Chandra Meibalane and Carissa Werner. Sorry ladies. Listening to the Vegas Voice, hosted by Rich Natole, airs at 10:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, on KLAV 1230 AM. Give a listen.

Rich Natole & Ariann Black

Mac King

* * * * * * * *

On Wednesday morning, October 15th, comedy- magician, Mac King, performed magic and read to local fourth and fifth grade students during a morning of learning and laughter at UNLV's Rebel Reading Challenge at the Thomas & Mack, located at 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, This year, UNLV's Rebel Reading Challenge will host a record- high of 7,500 local kids - primarily fourth and fifth graders. Now in its fourth year, Rebel Reading Challenge is a partnership between UNLV student- athletes, SuperPawn, Spread the Word Nevada, and the Clark County School District, to promote reading and literacy to students from a select number of schools. During the assembly, King will perform his signature magic and world-famous tricks, and will also help lead the UNLV Fight Song. Six hand- selected readers will be on stage to read an excerpt from Wild About Books by Judy Sierra. "I am pleased to join this year's Rebel Reading Challenge to help educate citywide students on the importance of reading, imagination and magic," said Mac King. Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleight-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 10 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 also has 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 takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah's Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are between $30 and $45, plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting Mac King has been a life-long advocate for childhood literacy. Since settling down in Las Vegas, he has made it his mission to promote literacy in Southern Nevada. For years King has visited local elementary schools, spreading the importance of literacy to local students. In 2011, King decided to take his philanthropic efforts to the next level and launched Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy initiative to foster the love of reading and rally community organizations to raise books for Las Vegas school children. For more information on Comedy-Magician Mac King, please visit

* * * * * * * *

Wonderful Wizard of Song by Pamela Hall

This weekend, Bill Fayne will be musical directing a great revue at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz. It's called The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of OZ Composer Harold Arlen. This long running Off-Broadway hit is a jukebox musical filled with the iconic and nostalgic hits of OZ composer Harold Arlen, including; "That Old Black Magic," "World on a String," "One For My Baby," "Let's Fall in Love," "Stormy Weather," "The Man That Got Away," "Get Happy," "Paper Moon," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Accentuate-The-Positive," and, of course, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and many others! Starring The 3 Crooners and a Diva, the show gives the audience a peek into the composer's life as The Crooners guide them through the musical vignettes traveling from The Cotton Club to the screens of Hollywood to the Broadway stage and to the Land of Oz! Created by Nigel Wright (Andrew Lloyd Webber's creative partner), the composer's son, Sam Arlen, and George Bugatti. The Wonderful Wizard of Song is written by Bugatti and directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran, Gene Castle. The remaining Cabaret Jazz performances take place tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, the 19th at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $39-$45. For reservations, call (702) 749.2000.

* * * * * * * *

Nevada Ballet Theatre, together with Cirque du Soleil, presents A Choreographers' Showcase - a project designed to stimulate and encourage artistic growth. Now in its seventh year, this critically-acclaimed production will include encore performances and original choreographed pieces. This collaboration creates an avenue of growth for local artists, while providing the Las Vegas cultural community with a dynamic and completely organic dance experience. It's a partnership that could only happen in Las Vegas. Described as "joyous, experimental and vibrant" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this one-of-a-kind collaboration returns with bold new works. Watch as two of the city's most exciting performance companies blend together effortlessly, producing an experience that pushes the boundaries of ballet. This will take place at Treasure Island - TI Hotel & Casino, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. So., in the Cirque du Soleil Theatre Mystere. Show dates are Sunday, October 26th and Sunday, November 2nd, at 1 p.m. Tickets for A Choreographer's Showcase are $25 to $45. For reservations, call (702) 894-7722. Sponsored by Beano Solomon.

* * * * * * * *

Here is what is happening at the Dispensary Lounge, musically, next week. 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! Classic late night Vegas! Chicago crooner, Dakota Horvath, makes his Dispensary Lounge debut tonight, Friday, October 17th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. Dakota reminds many people of a young Frank Sinatra. Check out his voice and vibe at the Dispensary! Just back from a successful stint in Japan, popular vocalist Pascale Elia returns to the Dispensary this Saturday, October 18th from 10 to 2. She too will be backed by the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. Great late night hang for musicians and jazz fans.
Thank you for keeping us posted on what is happening at the Dispensary, Michelle Johnson.

Pascal Elia

Tom Wilson

* * * * * * * *

The Laugh Factory, located on the mezzanine level of the New Tropicana Hotel, has a very special guest stopping by for four nights, from Thursday, October 23rd, through Sunday the 26th. Tom Wilson, one of the top comedians in the country, will take over the Laugh Factory stage for a unique package in live entertainment. Appearing with him is headliner Andrew Norelli who moves to the featured spot, with Timm Metivier hosting. Wilson can be seen on a new one-hour comedy special for Image Entertainment, Bigger Than You, and has made appearances on all the popular talk shows, from The Tonight Show, to CBS This Morning. He has also appeared in more than 30 feature films, including his breakthrough role as the villain, bully Biff Tannen, in the 1985 film, Back to the Future. Andrew Norelli uses comedy to navigate his way through confusion and dismay. Whatever happens to him in life, he brings to the stage and lets the crowd in on his frustration and excitement. Credits include, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Byron Allen Show, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the nationally syndicated show, Comics Unleashed. Timm Metivier has been entertaining audiences for almost 20 years with his insight on life and the general silliness of society. He has performed in comedy clubs and for many Fortune 500 companies, and also had the good fortune to live and perform in England for several years. For the past decade, he has spent much of the time performing on cruise ships all over the world. Tickets for the 8:30 and 10:30 performances at the Laugh Factory are priced at $34.95 and $44.95. For more information, call (702) 739-2411, or (800) 829-9034.

* * * * * * * *

Enjoy An Afternoon Magical Lunch & Show for Halloween in Huntington Beach, Thursdays, October 23rd and 30th. Bethany Owen will be your afternoon host, "ELVIRA" the spooky and zany, "Mistress of the Dark" of stage and screen. She brings her macabre MC stand-up comedy routines and musical production numbers to songs like "The Monster Mash," "Haunted House" and "Witchy Woman," to an original parody monster rap rendition of Madonna's mega hit song "Vogue," done in a way that only the incredible talents of impressionist, Bethany Owen as "Elvira" could do. This campy and seductive mistress of Hallows Eve will also bring her fun stand-up observations to the audience with her bag of treats and candies. She's a triple threat with her dancing, singing and comedic banter. She coos songs like Cher's platinum hit, "Dark Lady," and amuses and introduces costumed critters from the audience in the classic hit "Wild Thing" which is a truly, cruelly enjoyable feast for the eyes. Also performing will be Johnny Ace Palmer, World Champion Magician, National Celebrity Magician Lecturer and long time resident of Huntington Beach. Palmer was voted Best Close-Up Magician at the Magic Castle™ in Hollywood by the Academy of Magical Arts two years in a row. He is the only magician to have received both the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Gold Cups Award of Excellence and the Society of American Magicians' Gold Medal Award of Honor, Lecturer of the Year; And, at the triennial International Federation of Magic Societies' convention, magicians from 47 countries around the world witnessed, for the first time in the history of magic, the Grand Prix, magic's highest honor, being awarded to a close-up magician, Johnny Ace Palmer. A sample of his many TV appearances have been seen on Late Night with David Letterman, Masters Of Illusions, Dick Clark Presents Worlds Greatest Magicians at the Magic Castle, and magic consulting on TV shows like Mad About You. And if that's not enough, in 2008, Johnny joined an exclusive club, with members the likes of Superman and Batman, when The Spirit, a comic book series produced by DC Comics mentioned his card magic talents in one of their stories. To add international flair, color and artistry to the show, Stoil and Ekaterina, a husband and wife team, who originally hail from Bulgaria, combine Magic, Comedy, and the very popular art of Quick-Change, to keep the energy level high and non-stop as they amaze audiences of all ages. Stoil was trained as a magician, Ekaterina trained as a ballerina. They have settled in the United States, and now work everywhere from Las Vegas casinos to major events around the globe. Fluent in many languages they have entertained audiences throughout the world through their appearances on international TV shows, performing on luxury cruise ships traveling through places like the Canary Islands, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel; and many more performances in first class resort-hotels to variety art theaters around the world. As an act, they have received the prestigious Merlin Magic Award for the "Best and Most Colorful Quick Change Act" from the International Magicians Society. So, get ready for an all new entertainment experience. And, don't look away for a moment or you just might miss one of the many colorful instant changes that people find hard to believe just happened. And just added to the show, is Lauro, Magician from Hawaii. For reservations (if they aren't already sold out), call June at (7l4) 475-9678.

Bethany Owen as Elvira

Daryl Hall & John Oates

* * * * * * * *

Daryl Hall & John Oates will perform in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the first time, Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Known more commonly as Hall & Oates, the men are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide range of musical instruments. John Oates also plays a range of instruments, but primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals as well as occasional leads. The two write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed "rock and soul." They are best known for their six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 - "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Maneater," and "Out of Touch," as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40. In total, Hall & Oates had 34 chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums. Because of that chart success, Billboard magazine named them the most successful duo of the rock era, surpassing The Everly Brothers. Ticket prices are $125, $95, $75 and $55 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees.
Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), or online by visiting or

* * * * * * * *

Happy birthday LIBRAs (Sept. 23-Oct. 23), Julio Iglesias, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Alexander, Melissa Miles, Sonny Turner, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Douglas, Olivia Newton-John, Lynn Anderson, Shaun Cassidy, Meat Loaf, Avril Lavigne, Lil' Wayne, Moon Zappa, Peter Anthony Laurino, Janeane Garofalo, Hilary Duff, Jerry Lee Lewis, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Johnny Mathis, Marilyn McCoo, Suzanne Buhrer, Don McLean, Sting, Roy Horn, Lindsey Buckingham, Chubby Checker, Tommy Lee, Gwen Stefani, Prince Spencer, India.Arie, Jon Secada, Clifton Davis, Steve Miller, Larry Raben, Michael Orland, Sergio Alberti, John Mellencamp, Yo-Yo Ma, Toni Braxton, Taylor Hicks, Bruno Mars, Robert "Cool" Bell, Nick Cannon, Jackson Browne, John Elizondo, Sean Lennon, John O'Hurley, Scotty McCreery, Artie Schroeck, Ben Vereen, David Lee Roth, Cyril Neville, Tanya Tucker, Mario Lopez, Susan Anton, Chris Botti, Pat DiNizio, Paul Simon, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Marie Osmond, Nancy Kerrigan, Reggie Theus (UNLV Rebel), Sammy Hager, Harry Anderson, Cliff Richard, Usher, Mark Nadler, Tito Jackson, Chef Emeril Lagasse, Peter Max, Richard Carpenter, Suzanne Somers, John Mayer, Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Ziggy Marley, Jim Seals, Gary Puckett, Alan Jackson, Norm Macdonald, Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Tom Petty, Ne-Yo, Chuck Berry, Wynton Marsalis, Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion), Esperanza Spalding, Jennifer Holliday, Wanda Jackson, Kim Kardashian, Elvin Bishop, Brian Boitano, Carlos Mencia, Josh Strickland, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Dwight Yoakam, Miguel, Dianne Reeves, Robert Biale, Tina Walsh, Adam Pero, Jack Campbell, Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Adele Zorn, Frank Sener, Robert Beal, Domenick Allen, David Pedley, Dan Elias, Paul Pratt, Dyanne Thorne Maurer, Linda November, Bob Sachs, David Engel, and Katrina Sumner.
And very happy anniversary wishes to Stephen Michael Shearer & Michael Wickman, Jimmy Emerson & Jim "Jimbo" Peters, and Gary Olds & Julie Newman Olds.

* * * * * * * *

From Mark Nadler...
"I recently went to hear the great Piano Man, Eric Comstock, at Café Noctambulo, and I can't recommend it highly enough. When I first came to New York, there were piano rooms like this with great masters singing, playing and telling little anecdotes. People like Charles DeForest, John Wallowitch, Danny Appolonar, Mel Martin and, of course, Bobby Short. They were the kind of sophisticated, sparkling evenings I dreamed about -- the kind you can really only get in New York City! Well, Eric is one of these masters and the room he's playing in is a sweet, intimate place. It only seats about 40 or 50 people tops. It doesn't feel at all crowded or remotely seedy. It's a perfect setting to hear Eric at his very best. NO ONE has better taste in songs, and because of his impeccable playing and super clean vocals, you really get these songs and savor them in ways you would never have expected...AND, it's only TWENTY BUCKS!!! You know I almost never use my email list to promote other artists, but this is such a special place, and the evening I had listening to Eric was so splendid, I do hope you'll forgive me for sending you this email. More than that, I hope you'll go hear Eric on a Tuesday night. You might run into me, because I'm DEFINITELY going back again and again! Eric plays at Café Noctambulo, located in The East Village at 178 2nd Avenue (11th & 12th St.), every Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight . Every night is a party, so come on down and let's keep the party going." Phone (212) 995-0900.

As for amazing Mark Nadler, you can also see him at the hot new Café Noctambulo supper club at Pangea, on Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, for two shows nightly at 8 and 10 p.m.

Mark Nadler

Eric Comstock

* * * * * * * *

Performing Seniors are being sought for the upcoming Doolittle Senior Center Talent Showcase. Talented performers, ages 50 and older, are invited to audition for the opportunity to perform in the Doolittle Senior Center's I've Got Talent Senior Showcase. Senior singers, dancers, musicians, comedians or other performers who are interested, may call the Doolittle Senior Center at (702) 229-6125, to request an audition appointment, or stop by the center at 1930 N. J St. The deadline for audition applications is Tuesday, October 28th at 5 p.m., with auditions to be held Wednesday, November 5th, and Thursday, the 6th, at the senior center. The showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th, at 11 a.m. at the West Las Vegas Library Theater, located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Individual and group acts are welcome to audition. Performance material and costumes should be appropriate for audiences of all ages. Use of fire and/or animals will not be allowed. There is no audition fee. Those selected to perform will be required to attend a rehearsal at the West Las Vegas Library Theater. The city of Las Vegas is sponsoring the event. For more information, call (702) 229-6125.

* * * * * * * *

It's Greg Thompson's Broadway Showstoppers, at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 7 p.m. Broadway Showstoppers features tributes to the classic musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway, as well as hits from the hottest shows on Broadway today. 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, who have toured with national companies of several Broadway shows, will be coming through Las Vegas, direct from a 4-month engagement at Harrah's in Reno as part of their national tour. Don't miss the chance to see Broadway Showstoppers at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. For reservations, or up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

Las Vegas Jazz Society is hosting their Annual Picnic at 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; The Boneheads trombone group; Neil Maxa and the Groove Brothers; and a few surprise guests. There will be food and drink available for purchase. We are sure a Good Time will be had by all.

* * * * * * * *

Have a question about Las Vegas? Want to make a comment (be nice, now)?
If so, drop an e-mail and ask. Click Here
Cousin Claire will do her best to find the answer for you.
You can find Past Columns HERE

     Like to be notified when Claire Voyant's next column is available?
Then join Claire Voyant's announcement mailing list!
Enter your email address below, then click the 'Join List' button:

Claire Voyant's portrait by Charlie Frye