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Note: This is a past column from October 31, 2014
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Las Vegas - October 31, 2014


Jerry Tiffe for Halloween

Martin Kaye by Stephen Thorburn

BOOO! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We're hiding in the house tonight, with the porch lights turned off. If we WERE going to venture out, we might have gotten into the SPIRIT of the holiday by going to the Italian American Club to celebrate with crooner Jerry Tiffe. For his 4th Annual Halloween Show, there will be singing, dancing, costume contests, prizes and fun until 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. You can pick them up at the IAC, 2333 E. Sahara. Enjoy the treats.

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Million Dollar Quartet star and recording artist, Martin Kaye, brings his distinct showmanship and brand new show, Should've Been A Doctor, to Art Square for one night only, tomorrow, Saturday, November 1st, starting at 7:30 p.m. The keyboard player/singer, backed by his band made up of Mark Ferratt on drums, Josh Jones on bass, and Russ Leticia on guitar, will take audiences on the whimsical journey through the life of a musician, sharing personal experiences through his charismatic style on the piano. The performance will blend original compositions exclusively written for the show, featured songs from Kaye's two previously released albums, and renditions of fan favorites. Singer/songwriter, Jolana Sampson, will be joining Martin in one of their original songs. Proclaimed "Best Actor" by Vegas Seven for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, Kaye continues to receive praise for his talents and inimitable style (and colorful, mismatched socks!). Should've Been A Doctor promises to make you laugh, reminisce and leave you asking the question, "Where does he get his energy?!" Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/qyj94s3, or Facebook.com/martinkayemusic. Art Square Playhouse Theatre is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Arts District at 1025 First Street. Phone (702) 483-8844. For more information on Martin Kaye, please visit: http://www.martinkayemusic.com.

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Bobby Caldwell

Reminder...
Singer/songwriter, Bobby Caldwell, performs in the Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, tomorrow night, Saturday, November 1st, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 and $45, plus taxes and fees. If you don't already have your reservatios, you might be too late to catch Caldwell this time around. He (or she) who snoozes, loses.

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This Sunday, November 2nd, singer/actress/comic/dancer, Kelly Clinton, and her cast of characters (most of them with some resemblance to the lady herself), take over the main showroom at the Italian American Club to put on a true variety show. A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants...well, maybe not that extreme. The upcoming show at the Italian American Club is called, Uh Oh, My Half Italian Roots Are Showing. It features Kelly Clinton-Holmes in a dazzling display of music, comedy and brilliant characters, including her mentor and inspiration, Jo Jo "Spaghetti" Moretti. The show promises lots of fun, surprises, and special guests. For eight years, Clinton was the headliner at the exclusive Las Vegas Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers, where she also served as entertainment director. Being an "entertainers' entertainer," Clinton drew many Las Vegas headliners and performers to her shows. Saturday nights often turned into old Vegas-style jam sessions, with Clinton sharing her stage with the likes of Bill Medley, Jack Jones, The Scintas, Gordie Brown, Mary Wilson, Clint Holmes (who happens to be Kelly's husband), and other Strip entertainers. Those fortunate enough to have seen Clinton perform, know she is a lady full of surprises. Growing up a big fan of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, Clinton's shows are an eclectic presentation of song, comedy, dance and characters. "I always identified with Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball in their approach to comedy," says Clinton. "They had no problem glamming down or doing something silly for the sake of the sketch. I've always gone for the humor, it started with mimicking family members and going for a laugh." Everybody has a story, and Kelly calls her life story, Freckled For Life. The New Jersey-born performer premiered her one-woman Freckled For Life show at a Las Vegas hotel casino in June of last year, before taking it to New York where it received critical acclaim at both the popular Metropolitan Room and the venerable Cafe' Carlyle in Manhattan. Her celebrity nights at a Las Vegas Boulevard South restaurant, along with her many appearances in show rooms and hot spots in Las Vegas, have made her one of the city's most respected entertainers. Uh Oh, My Half Italian Roots Are Showing, featuring Musical Director Michael Clark (Hitzville) on keys, Steve Johnson on woodwinds, Tony Drake (with the Ray Charles band for eight years) on guitar, and Jess Gopen (Georgia On My Mind, Clint Holmes Band)) on drums, will be performed at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the IAC or online at www.iacvegas.com . For a sneak peek at Kelly Clinton, see http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0Y8bnQpcTYo&feature=youtu.be.


Kelly Clinton

Jake Langley

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Performer Nikolas Mastrangelo wants to again thank all those who joined Nik at Nite and his Trio at the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge last Sunday as he, Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, and Mike Mechem celebrated the music of Gershwin! "Your amazing support really makes it so much fun and keeps the special music the guys and I do vibrant and flowing," says Nik. "I'm really excited about the next couple of weeks. This Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., we pay tribute to Cole Porter we last did four months ago, with some new songs added. Helping us celebrate will be world-famous guitarist, Jake Langley. In addition to working for several years with organ great Joey DiFrancesco's band, his credits include working with jazz giants Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Steve Gadd, Pat LaBarbara, James Moody, Trudy Pitts, George Coleman, Houston Person, PeeWee Ellis, Scott Hamilton, Garth Hudson, Ron Blake, Bill Cosby and others. For further info on this talented musician, check out his website at: www.jakelangley.com/p1.htm. We may have some other surprises in store as well. The following Sunday, November 9th, the fabulous Joe Lano will be on board again for a special celebration of the music of Johnny Mercer. Another great evening of music is in store! The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Set for only five performances, Thursday through Sunday, November 6th through 9th, in UNLV's Judy Bayley Theater, is The Last Five Years, a musical written by award-winning Jason Robert Brown, about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Musical theater composer, lyricist, and playwright, Brown's, Songs for a New World, marked his first major New York production. An off-Broadway revue, the show was directed by Daisy Prince, daughter of director/producer Hal Prince, and featured the 25-year-old Brown's pop-rock-influenced music. The song "Stars and the Moon" has since become a cabaret standard, and is probably Brown's best-known composition to date. He has won Tony Awards for his work on Parade and The Bridges of Madison County. The Last Five Years explores a relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. The Last Five Years was inspired by Brown's failed marriage to Theresa O'Neill. O'Neill threatened legal action on the grounds the story of the musical represented her relationship with Brown too closely, and Brown changed the song "I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You" to "Shiksa Goddess" in order to reduce the similarity between the character Cathy and O'Neill. The off-Broadway production won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for outstanding music and lyrics, as well as received a Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Orchestrations, and Outstanding Set Design. It also received the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Actor, and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding off-Broadway Musical. Presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, The Last Five Years is produced by Dr. Keith G. Boman and directed by Philip Shelburne. Starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, and the original 2013 off- Broadway revival cast, Musical Director is Andrew Resnick. The musicians are Rob Taylor, Violin; Moonlight Tran, Cello 1; Lindsey Springer, Cello 2; Chris Davis, Bass; and Steven Cantor, Guitar. The Last Five Years will be performed Thursday, November 6th at 8 p.m.; 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 discounts available for seniors, military, the differently abled, UNLV faculty and staff, and all students. To purchase tickets by phone, call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787 (ARTS).


Betsy Wolfe & Adam Kantor

Roseanne Barr

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The Lipshtick Comedy Series presents Roseanne Barr, Friday, November 7th and Saturday the 8th, in the Sands Showroom, at The Venetian. The comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate and the original domestic goddess, brings her brash, bold and witty stand-up comedy back to Las Vegas as a part of this new series. You can see Roseanne with the ladies of The View, on Monday, November 3rd, which just happens to be Ms. Barr's birthday. Tickets for Roseanne's shows at The Venetian are priced from $44. For reservations, call 1-866-983-4279.

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Next Friday's November 7th edition of Fayne & Friends at Ron DeCar's Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. So., will be a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. The show will feature Bill Fayne and singers Kelly Ward, Ayler Evan, Laurina Rose Hendrickson, and Glenn Heath. Among the Hamlisch songs they will perform are "The Way We Were," "They're Playing Our Song," "Through the Eyes of Love" (theme from Ice Castles), "Disneyland" (from Smile), "The Last Time I Felt Like This" (from Same Time Next Year), and "Fallin'" and "If You Really Knew Me" (both from They're Playing Our Song). There will also be selections from A Chorus Line, including "I Hope I Get It," "Nothing," "Dance Ten, Looks Three," "Sing!," "One" and "What I Did For Love." Marvin Hamlisch probably won more major awards during his lifetime than any other artist - among them a Golden Globe, Drama Desk, and Olivier. He is one of only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Oh, and did we mention that he also was awarded a Pulitzer Prize? Hamlisch passed away on August 6th, 2012, at the age of 68. A pre-show will showcase a dozen talented youngsters, ages 7 to 17, performing songs from popular animated movies. Tickets are $15 for General Admission seating, occupied on a first- come, first-served basis. So arrive early for best seating options. VIP tickets at $30, with seating in the Golden Circle (first two rows), includes the buffet. Guests can also order appetizers, dinners, desserts and cocktails from the menu. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the buffet and/or dinner. Showtime is at 7. For reservations, call (702) 384-0771.


Marvin Hamlisch

Swing City Dolls

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The talented trio, Swing City Dolls, will perform on Friday, November 7th, at Sam's Town Live! A swinging tribute to the 1940s, the Swing City Dolls combine three superb voices and a unique, vintage style for a musical act that appeals to all ages. For more than 10 years, The Dolls, Natalie Carson, Robin Vincent and Connie Murray, have appeared across the Las Vegas Valley, opening for headliners including Lionel Richie, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell. Showtime for the Swing City Dolls is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $15, plus taxes and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 284-7777, or by visiting www.samstownlv.com. Sam's Town Live! Is in the Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, at 5111 Boulder Highway.

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Songstress Renee Hale was invited to join vocalist John Grady and keyboard player Doug Taylor, calling themselves Smooth Kaos, for a few numbers at Vintner Grill recently. Busy Renee will be performing this Sunday, November 2nd, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Italian American Club, where she will be accompanied by Ned Mills on keys, and John Plows on drums. Next Friday, the 7th, again accompanied by Mills, Renee will be singing at Piero's Italian Cuisine, where she has been filling in for the recovering Pia Zadora who was injured in an accident on September 11th. Ms. Hale is back at Piero's from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, the 8th, with Doug Taylor on keys and Michael Tramontana on drums. Renee has lots of talented friends, so expect some of them to join her on the stages where she is performing. The Italian American Club is located at 2333 E. Sahara, and Piero's is at 355 convention Center Drive, just east of the Strip.


Doug Taylor & John Grady Are Smooth Kaos

An Evening With The Next Generation

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Here we go again. Decisions. Decisions.
On November 8th, three shows, with a potential audience who enjoys the kind of entertainment that we do, will be competing for the same ticket buyers. It might be a coin toss for some of our readers.
The Las Vegas Jazz Society is working with the M Resort to promote an exciting upcoming event. On Saturday, November 8th, the children of some of the biggest names in entertainment will come together for a special history-making performance at the M Resort Spa Casino. An Evening with The Next Generation will showcase the extraordinary musical talents of 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, as they celebrate their legendary parents. Anthony Lewis, son of comedian legend Jerry Lewis, will host the event as Master of Ceremonies. "We are incredibly excited about getting everyone together for this rare performance," says Anthony. "Through incredible music, audiences will get to experience a rare glimpse into the lives of these iconic legends as told through the eyes of their kin. It will be a musical phenomenon, unlike anything we've ever done before." An Evening with The Next Generation is the first-time collaboration between the sons and daughters of the musical icons who shaped the American songbook as it is known today. Audiences will witness an incredibly special musical celebration interpreted through the hearts of those held nearest and dearest. Accompanied by a 10- piece band - The suMMit Dektette, under the direction of Gary Anderson, with Bill King and Wes Marshall on trumpets, Walt Boenig on trombone, Tom Hall, Steve Johnson and Gary Anderson on saxophones, Uli Geissendoerfer on piano, Graham Berry on synthesizer and trombone, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums. There will also be spectacular never- before-seen video montages. This is a historical entertainment experience that should not be missed. Tickets are priced at $29.99 and $34.99, plus taxes and fees. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the indoor M Pavilion, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the M Box Office, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at Ticketmaster.com. No cameras or video or audio recording, please.

M Resort Spa Casino is a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rated resort located on more than 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, multiple restaurants and bars, more than 92,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.


Anthony Lewis

Rich Little

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Mistinguett Production's presents Peter Pavone's Vintage Vegas Nights, hosted by Rich Little, Saturday, November 8th, 7 p.m., at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin. A classic one night tour of the greatest show places and entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip, hosted by comedian and headliner, the "Dean of Impersonators," Rich Little, and co-starring singer, impressionist Peter Pavone, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck, up and coming singer recently signed with Quincy Jones, Tommy " Baby Buble" Ward, crooner Ronnie Rose, and the beautiful jazzy stylings of siren Toscha Comeaux. Featuring Tommy's swinging band, a multimedia video production of vintage Las Vegas, Rich Little takes the audience through a history of the greatest entertainers of all time and touches on several of his classic impressions such as George Burns, Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan and the personal stories that go with them. The fabulous singer co-stars will take you back to those legendary moments through their musical tributes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank, Sammy and Dean, Bobby Darin, Nat "King" Cole, and Joe Williams. Murray SawChuck pays tribute to the magic of Siegfried and Roy. Tickets are $18, and available online at :https://app.arts-people.com/index.php? ticketing=suncs, or at the Box Office (702) 240-1301. Online Ticket Purchase: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php? actions=10&p=5 $18. For more information: http://ww w.mistinguettproductions.com/MPI/VEGAS_NIGHTS.html. To purchase tickets with a credit card, go to https://app.arts-people.com/I.


Brent Barrett

John Pate

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If you happen to be in New York City, on November 10th, 12th and 13th, our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett, will debut his new cabaret act, Life Is: The Songs of Kinder & Ebb, at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St.). Directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Christopher Denny, Life Is is a musical celebration of the legendary Broadway songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the creators of more than a dozen hit Broadway shows, including Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Steel Pier, Curtains, and, most recently, The Scottsboro Boys. For two years, the Olivier Award-nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun), Brent Barrett was the star of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. Show times for Life Is at the Metropolitan Room, are Monday, November 10th at (;30 p.m., Wednesday the 12th at 7 p.m., and Thursday the 13th at 9:30. Tickets are $30 to $115. For reservations, phone (212) 206-0440. With the music of Kinder & Ebb, and the glorious voice of the charismatic Mr. Barrett, this is a show not to miss.


Rhonda Shear

Kato Kaelin

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Last Monday, The Naked Magicians were the guests on Rich Natole's Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show. The group had been performing during afternoons at the Tommy Wind Theater for the past two weeks. Their last show was today, Friday, October 31st. On Tuesday, Rich interviewed comedian, author and songwriter, John Pate by phone. John Pate's career spans more than 35 years professionally, including numerous national television appearances as an actor/comic and spokesperson, as well as stand-up comedy appearances from coast to coast, as the opening act or performing with the likes of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams and David Letterman. His most treasured experiences were the final six years of performances with the legendary comic icon, Mr. Red Skelton, whom John credits revealing to him the magic of bringing his stage appearances to life. As a published songwriter, Pate gets credit for "One Day When You Swing That Skillet, My Face Ain't Gonna Be There" (Lyrics by John Pate, Music Co-Writers: Dick Hardwick and John Jorgenson), an ASCAP 1986 Award-winning song0, and "Old Vegas Is Gone" (Lyrics by Pate, Music by the legendary Frankie Randall - ASCAP 2011). This Monday, via call-in, Rich's guest will be comedian/actress, Rhonda Shear. Rhonda also has her own line of clothing that she sells on the shopping channels. Tuesday, Rich's call-in guest will be Kato Kaelin, the actor who gained fame from the OJ Simpson trial. Kato and Rhonda have paired up with a new clothing line called Slackers. Should make for interesting radio. Listening to the Vegas Voice shows air on KLAV 1230 AM, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tune in. Join in.

Note: In our blurb about tribute artist Brian Hoffman, who appeared on Rich's radio show October 20th, we inadvertently misspelled the last name of the legendary comic that Hoffman portrays. It's Red Skelton, with only one "E."


Rich Natole (with hat) & Naked Magicians (with clothes)

Ariann Black

On Wednesday, November 5th, comic impressionist, Rich Natole, will star in and host The Vegas Voices in the Railhead at Boulder Station. Featuring Rich's Voices of a Generation, his special guest will be the magical Ariann Black. A special bonus will be the Vegas Voice Game Show. It's new. It's fun. It's FREE! Doors to the Railhead open at noon, with pre-show from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, or to make reservations, call (702) 463-0966, or go online to www.thevegasvoice.net.

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Tony C for The NiteKings fills us in on their upcoming dates. All five Sundays in November - the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th - The NiteKing Band will be appearing in Roxy's Lounge at Sam's Town, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sam's Town is located on Boulder Highway and Flamingo. Lots of fun here every Sunday as the crowd really gets into our performance. Our Vegas "Rockettes" at the bar, high step it during one of our tunes to everyone's delight. It's just a fun crowd and very entertaining from both sides of the stage. If you haven't been to this venue it's worth the trip, and "trip" is the definitive word here! Every Wednesday in November - the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th - we will rock the house in The Bourbon Street Cabaret at The Orleans, from 4 to 8 p.m. This is a much bigger room, but it fills up quickly. Some patrons get there before 3 just to get a prime seat. Excellent sound system with a bigger dance floor. Great atmosphere for a late afternoon experience. There is always someone around (male or female) that will ask you to dance if you want to "cut a rug." You will definitely be "Groovin' " on a Wednesday afternoon. Check it out. Special Date: On Monday, November 17th, The NiteKings (former and current singers and musicians) will be honored as "The Vocal Group of the Year" by The Entertainment Consumers Exchange Inc., and will be inducted into The Fans' Entertainment Hall of Fame right here in Vegas. There will be a ceremony in the afternoon at Amazing Clowns Theater, 3525 E. Flamingo Rd. Pre show reception at 12:30 p.m., and show at 1:30. Many other top line entertainers will be there to perform also. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Later that day, we will have an "after ceremony" party at The Rhythm Kitchen, 6435 S. Decatur Blvd. starting at 7:30. I will send out more details as we get closer to the date. So there you have it for November. Mark you calendars and get out of the house this fall to see The NiteKings, and The NiteKing Band too, of course! Look out for those goblins on Halloween and have a great Thanksgiving.

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Mark Barrett passes along this information. Tomorrow, beginning at 1 p.m., a Celebration of the Life of the late musician, Stan Stahl, will take place at Ron DeCar's Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd., near Charleston. There will be some great music and food. In addition to Barrett, some of the people performing will include Steven Lee, Paul Taylor, Janice Sands, Dan DeMorales, Peter Radd, Michael Ray Tyler, and many more. Stan Stahl, a longtime Las Vegas resident, passed away on October 10th, at the age of 69.


The Late Stan Stahl

Roxi D'Lite

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BURLESQUE IS BACK (AND FRONT)!
For the second year, Las Vegas will get a little more naughty during the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival November 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. Celebrating the Las Vegas burlesque community, the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival offers four days of programs and events designed to satisfy everyone from amateur and seasoned performers to those who simply admire the art form. "In addition to attracting and booking nationally renowned burlesque talent, it is part of our mission to feature and showcase the incredible performers that reside right here in our city," said Cory Royer, executive producer and director of the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival. "Since our festival is owned, operated and produced in Las Vegas, we'd be remiss in not making the local burlesque community a prominent feature of the weekend." The Las Vegas Burlesque Festival will feature nightly showcases in the Gold Coast Showroom, field trips and shopping adventures, and a kick-off cocktail party followed by a Parade of Las Vegas Burlesque stars. New this year, the Festival has added continuing education classes taught by Festival headliners and Las Vegas burlesque legends, including Tiffany Carter, Dusty Summers, Lovey Goldmine and Bic Carrol. For the burlesque beginner, a "Burlesque 101" class will be offered for those interested in learning how to shimmy, shake, tantalize and tease. The Saturday Night Burlesque Spectacular, hosted by local burlesque entertainer Blanche DeBris, will feature The Bad Girl of Burlesque, Roxi D'Lite; Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 King of Boylesque, Ray Gunn; Amber Ray; the Buxom Foul-Mouthed Godmother of Los Angeles Burlesque, Lili VonSchtuppl and 20 acts performed by more than 35 entertainers – locals and those who have come to Las Vegas from around the country. The Festival concludes with mimosas and Bloody Marys at the Sunday Burlesque Brunch - glitter filled pancakes included! Tickets are on sale now, with Three-day Festival Passes range from $105 to $625, depending on seating and VIP options. Individual tickets are on sale on at various price levels, starting at $28 per night. Tickets to the Sunday Burlesque Brunch are only available for individual sale and are not part of Festival Passes, with show-only tickets priced at $17 and show and brunch tickets priced at $39. For further information, the complete schedule and ticket purchasing information, visit www.LVBurlesqueFestival.com. The host venue, the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, is located at 4000 W. Flamingo. The Las Vegas Burlesque Festival celebrates the local burlesque community, by offering continuing education and providing a safe and exciting Las Vegas based atmosphere where artists can entertain an audience of their peers and admirers. The festival showcases budding and established local, national and international burlesque performers, and provides all things burlesque from around the world. www.LVBurlesqueFestival.com.

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Boyd Gaming kicks off the holiday season in November with dining specials all month long.

THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue

702.365.7111 www.orleanscasino.com

French Market Buffet will present special buffet items from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving (November 27). Enjoy cider-glazed turkey, honey-baked Virginia ham, encrusted New York sirloin, rotisserie chicken, center-cut pork chops and trout almandine, along with other holiday staples and buffet favorites. $14.99 with B Connected card ($19.99 without).

Canal Street will offer two Thanksgiving prix fixe menu options from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Start with a crab-stuffed endive with blood orange and truffle oil, then choose either a roasted pumpkin bisque or winter harvest salad. Entrée selections include a holiday turkey feast for $26 or short rib and rosemary shrimp for $24. Finish with pumpkin cheese cake torte for dessert. The regular menu will also be served.

Prime Rib Loft will offer two Thanksgiving prix fixe menu options from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Start with white bean and kalamata olive bruschetta, then select a Loft salad or butternut squash soup. Entrée selections include traditional turkey dinner for $26 or filet mignon and jumbo crab-stuffed shrimp for $32. Finish the meal with pumpkin pie. The regular menu will also be served.

Big Al's Oyster Bar will serve a three-course Thanksgiving menu item from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Start with a cup of Boston or Manhattan clam chowder; enjoy Big Al's Seafood Boil as your entrée and finish with pumpkin pie for dessert. Get it for $21. The regular menu will also be served.

Courtyard Café will serve a traditional turkey dinner, holiday baked ham dinner or crab-stuffed rainbow trout dinner for $12.99. Each includes a soup or salad and dessert. The regular menu will also be served.

GOLD COAST HOTEL AND CASINO, 4000 West Flamingo Road

702.367.7111 www.goldcoastcasino.com

Monday Senior Bonus Days are more fun for guests 50 and over! Earn 10x points on reels and 5x points on video poker; a free entry into the weekly $2,500 Video Poker Tournament (held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays); and play bingo with a free Bingo blue pack! Must be a B Connected member to get these great deals. Come back on Wednesday to enjoy the perks of being Young at Heart at Boyd Gaming properties across the Las Vegas Valley.

Thanksgiving is the day to play Bingo with the $500 Gobble Ball! Win on anything ending with "1" in all sessions and get a $500 bonus on top of the regular game prize payout.

Cortez Room will offer a prix fixe two-course Thanksgiving menu from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Start with harvest winter soup, pumpkin bisque or holiday salad; enjoy a roasted turkey dinner for $27 or pan-seared lamb chops for $38. Add on a special seasonal dessert of classic apple or pumpkin pie for $7 or brown sugar-glazed pumpkin crème brule for $9. The regular menu will also be served.

SAM'S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL, 5111 Boulder Highway

702.456.7777 www.samstownlv.com

Sam's Town is the Locals Place to Play with 20x points on "Buffalo" machines, 11x points on slots and 7x points on video poker on Fridays and Sundays in November. Additionally, every Tuesday, 500 local Sam's Town guests will win a free buffet. Swipe at a kiosk on Tuesdays to reveal your prize.

Earn Free Slot Dollars on Thursdays through Sundays in November. Play your favorite machines and earn bonus Slot Dollars for use the following day. For every 500 base points earned, receive $5 in bonus Slot Dollars – up to $50 per day.

At Willy & Jose's Mexican Cantina, enjoy the November margarita of the month: the Cranberry Margarita. This tart and tasty drink features EXODO Lime tequila, fresh cranberries and orange liqueur. Get it for only $7 during the month of November.

Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving at both Billy Bob's Steakhouse and Willy & Jose's for only $20. From 3 p.m. to closing, get tender roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, including side dish choices of oyster dressing, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, chateau potatoes, fresh asparagus, vegetables or Brussel sprouts. Meal includes soup or salad to start and pie for dessert. Get it for $20.

CALIFORNIA HOTEL AND CASINO, 12 East Ogden Avenue

702.385.1222 www.thecal.com

Market Street Café will serve traditional roast turkey or ham steak with fruit sauce dinner on Thanksgiving for $11.99.

Redwood Bar and Grill will serve a Thanksgiving prix fixe menu option for $25, which includes entrée choices of roast turkey, baked ham or pan-seared sea bass, all accompanied with sides and dessert.

MAIN STREET STATION CASINO BREWERY HOTEL, 200 North Main Street

702.387.1896 www.mainstreetcasino.com

Garden Court Buffet will serve all your Thanksgiving favorites with Garden Court classics like oxtail stew from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $15.99 with B Connected card, $17.99 without.

Triple 7 will serve a traditional roast turkey or baked ham dinner with all the trimmings and dessert for $12.99.

FREMONT HOTEL AND CASINO, 200 Fremont Street

702.385.3232 www.fremontcasino.com

Paradise Café will serve Thanksgiving entrees roast turkey, salmon Florentine or roasted lamb chops, all for $13.99.

Paradise Buffet will serve a special Thanksgiving buffet with holiday favorites and buffet staples from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $13.99 with a B Connected Card ($14.99 without). Special dishes include Cornish game hen coq au vin, lamb chops Seville and roasted pork loin.

Second Street Grill will offer a prix fixe three-course Thanksgiving meal of herb-roasted turkey with all the fixings for $27 or herb-crusted prime rib for $29. Both dishes include choice of soup or salad and a chef's special dessert.

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

It's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) being observed this weekend. Day of the Dead is a holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. Dia de los Muertos focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls (seen in accompanying photo), marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

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