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Note: This is a past column from December 05, 2014
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Las Vegas - December 5, 2014


Giovi, Mandia, Taylor & Johnson at IAC

When November and December roll around, the entertainment schedule in Las Vegas gets even busier than usual. This year is no different...except maybe busier. Three Generations of Music and Song, with Carmine Mandia, Mark Giovi and Chadwick Johnson, with one-song-guest, Lori Taylor, was presented at the Italian America Club on November 20th. Dan Ellis accompanied on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, John Plows on drums, and Sean Carbone on guitar. Among the songs performed were "Let the Good Times Roll/Feeling Good" (all), "Maybe This Time" (Carmine), "Up Lazy River" (Mark and Carmine), Phantom's "Music of the Night" (Mark), Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (Mark and Chadwick), 1934‘s jazz standard "Blame It On My Youth" (Chadwick), "Moondance" (all), "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Miss Taylor and the fellows), "Old Man River" (Carmine), "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (Chadwick and Carmine), John Legend‘s "All of Me" (Chadwick), "A Different Kind of Normal" (written by Bill Fayne and Mark, and performed by Mark), "Stormy Monday" (all), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (all), "Birth of the Blues" (Carmine), Lady Gaga‘s "Edge of Glory" (Chadwick), Puccini‘s "Nessun Dorma" (Mark), and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (all). It was a full and responsive house for the three popular gentlemen. Some of the attendees we recognized in the audience were Maxine Gaines, Kurt and Rita Davidsen, JoAnn Toranto and Richard Minerich, Erwin Flacks, Illina Giovi, Evan and Sandi Davis, Martin Mancuso, Judy Thomas, Ed Foster, Diane Taylor, and Danielle Biaggi.

Then, on November 24th, Johnson performed at The Smith Center in Chadwick Johnson, Sounds of Splendor - written by Chadwick and Kalani Queypo, and directed by Kalani Queypo. The show was sponsored by Yamaha Disklavier pianos, and aired LIVE world wide for the Yamaha Disklavier in-home audience. Accompanying Johnson were Yves Frulla (Musical Director, piano), Fred Watstein (bass), Tasos Peltekis (guitar), John Plows (drums) and Naomi Mauro (background vocals). Some of the numbers performed were "Wrecking Ball," "Since I Fell For You," "Suspicious Minds," "Get Ready/Get Back" medley, "Stay With Me," "Song From Another Time (a Chadwick original), "Sunday Morning," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Crying," "Imagine" and "Don't Stop Believing" medley. Among the faces we recognized in the Cabaret Jazz invited guests audience were: Al Bernstein and Connie Rocco Bernstein, John Katsilometes, Pia Zadora, Carmine Mandia and Lori Taylor, Evan and Sandi Davis, JoAnn Toranto and Richard Minerich, Nikolas Mastrangelo, John Menniti, Rita the Opera Singer and Kurt Davidsen, Maxine Gaines, Angelo and Nancy Cassaro, and the Quarantello family (James, Sharon and Gabriella). Johnson described the Smith Center experience as "a very magical night" for him. The talented young singer had a great debut at The Dispensary Lounge last Saturday, especially when you consider it was a last minute booking, with barely any time for publicity. On Sunday, December 7th, from 7 to 11 p.m., Chadwick will be doing an evening of his favorite Christmas and holiday tunes in the lounge of the Italian American Club. Accompanying will be Jason Corpuz on keys and John Plows on drums. Check with the IAC lounge schedule for Chadwick's upcoming performance nights. Here is a link to promo of the Yahama show: http://www.yamaha.com/usa/disklaviertv/eventdetail.html? ENTID=6241.


Chadwick Johnson

Pia Zadora

It was good to see Pia out and about. Using crutches and wearing a "jewel-covered" boot, she has recovered enough from her serious September golf cart accident to be back at work at Pia's Place inside Piero's Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Drive. You can see her on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 9 p.m. There will be a special show on New Year's Eve. Call Piero‘s for details and reservations.

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The annual F.I.O.R.E. Christmas (Holiday) event will take place, this coming Thursday, December 11th, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara. Live entertainment with Gary Anderson & The F.I.O.R.E Christmas Elves will be provided, along with a delicious buffet, the famous F.I.O.R.E. 50/50, and roses and chocolates for the ladies.

Cost is $25 per person. All widows of past presidents are always F.I.O.R.E. guests (new boyfriends are on their own). Dress to impress in holiday attire. Special guests are Grammy Award-winner, Rod Henley (formerly of The Four Freshmen) and the JAZZMIN Vocal Band, performing their Christmas Concert with jazz diva, Laura Taylor, as their featured soloist. JAZZMIN presents a premiere blending of professional and university jazz singer-musicians, as a vocal jazz outreach to the Vegas Valley. Previous appearances for the vocalists have been with the UNLV Jazz Bands, the Master Singers, CSN and various jazz venues. In addition to Henley and Taylor, JAZZMIN is made up of Linda Woodson, Kathy Osgood, Russine Zellner, Ira Hill, Gary Fowler, Corky DiFini, Al Guzman, Carlos Holquin, Jorge McChain and Carlos Mata. Henley - leader, bass and keyboards - is a producer/arranger/ conductor. Dr. Rod (DMA) appeared as one of the Vocal Hall of Fame icons, The Four Freshmen, and on the Grammy Award-winning platinum Atlantic CD-music video, Vocalese, with the Manhattan Transfer. Other recordings include Grammy-nominated Fresh! and Freshmas; The Four Freshmen, A Classic Case; and Seasons of the Heart featuring Sue Raney. Dr. Rod currently teaches at the College of Southern Nevada. Linda Woodson - soprano -,is a Los Angeles native, and brings a classic jazzy style with a rhythm and blues flare. Linda is a songwriter and recording artist with two CDs,, and is currently working on her third CD with all original music. She has also performed in several gospel and musical theater productions. Laura Taylor, soprano, is a pianist, arranger and songwriter, whose "Think I'm In Love" for Diana Ross' album, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, won an RIAA platinum award. Notable appearances include: Carnegie Hall, The Merv Griffin Show, The Midnight Special -NBC'-TV, and the Golden Nugget with Don Rickles. Laura's jazz trio has appeared at the Waldorf Astoria and Feinsteins in New York City, as well as The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz, and major hotels in Las Vegas. Laura's recordings include six CDs with such legendary jazz greats as Eddie Gomez, Steve Kuhn, Lewis Nash and Joe Lano. Kathy Osgood, alto, comes from a musical family, her father (trumpet) and mother (singer), both from the big band era. At an early age, she, along with her two sisters, performed as The Three K's, making it to the finals on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Kathy has also performed with the Media (Pa) Chorale and taught ESL in the Philadelphia area. She is currently teaching ESL for the Clark County Library System. Russine Zellner, 2nd soprano, performed in the College of Southern Nevada The Jazz Singers, as well as studying vocal jazz and performing in jazz trios and quartets at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Russine currently performs as a lead vocalist in "Fleetwood Nicks" a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, as well as singing back up for Rob Garrett's "King of Diamonds" Neil Diamond Tribute. She also performs jazz and pop standards at The Suncoast Casino. Ira Hill, tenor-baritone, is a 19-year- old vocalist from Phoenix, whose musical range extends from pop, to R&B, to Motown, and jazz. He has appeared in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater, the Tempe Center for the Arts, and the Chandler Jazz Festival as a main stage performer. Ira has studied with his mentor, Dennis Rowland (who toured and performed extensively with the Count Basie Big Band), and with Michele Weir in Los Angeles. He was recently awarded the Joe Williams Scholarship by UNLV Jazz Studies, and is completing his first CD with Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne producing. Gary Fowler, tenor, studied under Phil Mattson at Southwestern Iowa University, has performed with many touring Broadway shows, and is currently in the UNLV Jazz Studies program. Gary's solo range is astounding, and style has been compared to that of Stevie Wonder. Corky DiFini, bass-keyboards, founder of the vocal group Chazz, who appeared in lounges and showrooms on the Las Vegas Strip for many years. Corky is also an arranger, doubles on keyboards and has had multiple national television appearances. Jorge McChain-trumpet and fluglehorn, majors in jazz performance at UNLV, performing with the award-winning UNLV Jazz Band I, and the UNLV Latin Jazz Band. Carlos Mata-tenor sax and flute, majors in jazz performance at UNLV, where he performs with the award-winning UNLV Jazz Band I, the UNLV Latin Jazz Band and with the Rat Pack Show in Las Vegas. Carlos recently won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine award. for "best big band jazz arrangement." Carlos Holguin, acoustic and electric bass, from Los Angeles, UNLV Jazz Band Al Guzman, drums. Notable appearances with David Foster, Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, Michael Bublé, Taj Mahal, American Superstars at the Stratosphere Hotel, and Legends in Concert. Please RSVP to [email protected]. It is suggested that you always visit the "about us" page at www.nonclubclubfiore.com, before committing to any of the functions. The F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone.


Rod Henley

Travis Cloer

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Reminder...
Jersey Boy, Travis Cloer, stars in Christmas At My Place, in Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 8th. Keith Thompson is Musical Director of the holiday program. "One of Las Vegas' most accomplished showmen!" is how the LV Sun describes Broadway star and recording artist, Travis Cloer (currently starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in Las Vegas). With Christmas at My Place, Travis and his 6-piece band bring an evening full of all your favorite Christmas songs with that "old time Holiday TV Special" feel, complete with special guests Niki Scalera (Hairspray, Tarzan), Paul Vann (Las Vegas Tenors), Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), Lydia Ansel (Bella Strings), Strip headliner Frankie Moreno, and the girls of Jersey Boys. Bring the whole family to his musical Christmas party where you'll be shaking your jingle bells, singing along, and leaving with the warm feeling of the Season in your heart! Tickets are $36 and $46. For reservations, call The Smith Center at (702) 749-2000.

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Kristen Hertzenberg & Philip Fortenberry

Infinitely versatile songstress Kristen Hertzenberg, and critically-acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry, return to The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz with Holidays from the Heart. For more than six years, Hertzenberg captivated audiences as Christine in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. She has since established herself in Las Vegas as a solo artist and was recently named Best Torch Singer in Desert Companion magazine. Her voice has been described as "a dynamic instrument," "lilting and limitless" with "incredible color and depth."

Fortenberry is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed his sold out one-man show, The Man at the Piano, four times at Cabaret Jazz, and released nine solo albums. He provided "the hands of Liberace" in HBO Films biopic, Behind the Candelabra. With more than a dozen Broadway productions and original cast recordings to his credit, he has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House. Holidays from the Heart is on Saturday, December 13th, with two shows, one at 2 and the other at 7p.m. Tickets are $26-$36. Contact TheSmithCenter.com, at 361 Symphony Park Avenue for reservations. For the Box Office, call (702) 749-2000.

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Performs at Toys For Tots

The 6th annual Toys for Tots show, and the third consecutive year that it is being held in the main (‘Elvis') showroom of the former International Hotel, former Las Vegas Hilton, former LVH, and now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, will take place on Saturday, December 13th. It will feature notable local celebrities, including Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), who will also emcee the event under the musical direction of the David Perrico & Pop Evolution Orchestra. The annual holiday show, produced with the cooperation of the United States Marine Corps by Cadillac of Las Vegas, and directed by Jonathan Scott, LJ Harness, and Mary Shriver. Some of the guest performers include Pia Zadora, Adrian Zmed, Jasmine Trias, Jason Tenner (of Purple Reign), Paul Scally, Robert Nash, and the cast of American Trilogy, with Gary Anthony, Justin Shandor, and Rob Garrett. Vince Neil is scheduled to appear as a special guest. Tickets are $20 at the Westgate box office, or one can simply bring a new, unwrapped toy worth $20 or more, and receive a complimentary ticket. Those with a Military ID will receive free admission. Red Carpet is at 6:30 p.m., and the two hour show begins at 8. A post show party, featuring the musical sounds of Lisa Gaye and Tony Drake, is in the Tempo Lounge beginning at 10:30.

And speaking of Rob Garrett, he will be appearing at Sun City Anthem (Freedom Hall) on December 12th, with his King of Diamonds Band members, Keith Neal (guitar), Steve Gerard (keyboards), Jeff Borree (drums), and Rosanna Telford (backup vocals). Show is at 7 p.m. Rosanna Telford will open with a few selections from her Christmas CD.

Regarding his Neil Diamond - The Tribute in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate...for the month of December, Rob will be appearing only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays – each night at 8:30 p.m.

Note: Justin Shandor's December 14th show at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. has been canceled. If you already have tickets, contact the IAC.

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Onetime Las Vegas resident, Lee Greenwood, performs in the big theater at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino, December 7th and 8th at 10 p.m. Tickets are $49 – $59,, $79 VIP Meet & Greet Package (includes Golden Circle seat – limited availability). For reservations, call (702) 732-5755, or (800) 222- 5361.

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Performances of Steve Wynn's much anticipated ShowStoppers begin on December 16th in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. We will have more details next week.


Lee Greenwood

Joe Locatelli RIP

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Joseph J. Locatelli, a long-time Nevada Jazz musician, passed away on November 23rd. Born in Boston, Joe received his AA degree from Newton Junior College, and attended the Berkley School of Music in Boston. Joe began his professional career as a musician in the late 1950s. After serving in occupied Germany during the Cold War, he was in the U.S. Army military police before joining the U.S. Army band. He toured with the band throughout Europe before being discharged. Upon his return, he moved to New York City, where he became part of the jazz community. Joe played many venues and began touring the country with the Johnny McCormick Trio. He played with various dance bands, toured with Billy May, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, Warren Covington, Vido Musso, Red Norvo, Bill Holman, Johnny Smith and Charlie Mariano, Buddy Rich and Louis Prima, to name just a few. He played the Reno, Tahoe, and Las Vegas circuit and, after marrying, he settled in Las Vegas, where he made his home. In Las Vegas, he played with many big name stars, such as Dinah Shore, Bobbie Gentry, Connie Stevens, Peggy Lee, Patti Page and Bobby Darin. He also was the drummer for the Folies Bergere show in the late 1960s at the Tropicana Hotel, and the percussionist at the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, in addition to being a drummer and percussionist, Joe became a featured vibraphonist. He played with Terry Gibbs and also with his own group at the Four Queens Hotel and other local venues. Joe Locatelli had a long and extensive career in the music industry. He was honored at the Los Angeles Jazz Society VIBE Summit 16 in 2009 as the outstanding vibraphone player of the year. From the 1990s, until his passing, Joe had still been very active in the jazz arena, playing drums and vibes in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles clubs, as well as at the annual Los Angeles Jazz Society Vibe Summits. Joe continued to teach drums and vibes and was the author of two internationally renowned percussion books; these include, "Beginning Snare Drum and Drum Study" and "Beginning Chromatic Study for Keyboard." Joe's passing is a great loss to the jazz community and he will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor and Joseph Locatelli. His son, Joseph Jr.; brother, Robert; sister, Sandra Jones; brother, William of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren survive him. A celebration of life is pending next year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Los Angeles Jazz Society, 5903 Noble Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91411.

A special event. dedicated to the memory of Joe Locatelli, featuring many great musicians with The Uli Geissendoerfer Quartet - Charles McNeal on saxophone, Steve Flora on bass, and Ryan Rose on drums - was held at The Dispensary Lounge on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
For anyone who would enjoy seeing his talent playing on the vibes, he can be viewed at www.youtube.com/results? search_query=joe+locatelli.

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Carmine Mandia, who performs on Friday and Saturday nights at the Italian American Club, reports lots of performers have stopped by to join him in song. Among the talented folks who have dropped in were Dennis Blair, Ned Mills, Drew Anthony, Gary Anthony, Mark Giovi, Chadwick Johnson, Craig Canter, Mark Verabian, Justin Olson, and Tommy Ward & Daniel Emmet. It's Carmine and Friends and it‘s Vintage Vegas. The Italian American Club is located at 2333 E. Sahara.


Carmine Mandia

Sinatra & Dreesen

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Comic impressionist, Rich Natole, continues to rack up interesting guests to interview for his weekly radio shows on Listening to the Vegas Voice, airing on KLAV 1230 AM. Earlier this week, comedian Tom Dreesen was Rich's call-in guest. Tom, Harvey, Illinois', favorite son, was Frank Sinatra's opening act for more than 12 years On Tuesday, December 2nd, it was man about town, Nelson Sardelli, in the studio with Rich. Regular (or irregular) Claire Voyant readers may be familiar with Sardelli's name, as it pops up in the column on rare occasion. Next week, on Monday, December 8th, Rich's guest is actor comedian, George Lopez, and Tuesday, it will be on-the-mend, Pia Zadora. Shows air on Monday and Tuesday mornings, from 10:30 to 11, with Encore Presentations, on Saturdays at 7 and 7:30 a.m. In addition to his Radio Show on Monday and Tuesday mornings, on Friday's, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rich is doing another show called Anything Goes! With Rich & Ryan. Ryan Silva is Rich's sound tech. Interesting story goes with this. Rich tells us, "Every morning before my show, we were overheard joking and talking about different things. The station boss said this stuff should be on the Radio. So he gave us our own show. After the show went live for the first time, I was told that the station received calls from listeners who really loved the it, prompting the station to replay the show Saturday morning. Anything Goes is mostly related entertainment segments. News Topics, Movies, Television, Call in guests. Dawn Wells, who played Marianne on Gilligan's Island, was our call in guest on Anything Goes with Rich & Ryan on Friday at 1 pm.


Nelson & Natole
We will do show ticket etc give always to callers as we play a game called Rich's Wheel of Voices. We spin a wheel that lands on a Celebrity Voice only we know. I do the voice and people have to call in and guess who I did. Fun!"
Next Friday, December 12th, celebrity impressionist comedian, Rich Natole, will be performing at the CasaBlanca Showroom in Mesquite. Tickets are on sale now! Showtime is at 8 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.


George Lopez & Rich Natole

The Bagel Cafe Singers

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WTF happened at the Bagel Café in Las Vegas last Saturday? The place may never be the same! Ninety-two year old entertainer, Marty "Hello Dere" Allen; singer, pianist, songwriter, recording artist, George Bugatti (Wizard: The Music of Oz Composer Harold Arlen); Elder Statesman Lou Toomin, aspiring comedian Vern Azzarro, and Nelson Sardelli, sang "Happy Birthday" to people they never met, most who were not even celebrating their birthday. It was contagious. The "all boy choir" spread joy, merriment, laughter and SHOCK! They ended up getting requests, and sang to a couple of people who REALLY were celebrating their birthday, including one of the Bagel Café chefs. We are told they want the group back there next Saturday, so they left their instruments there.(musicians will get this one). One of the fellows tells us, "Come to think of it, I don't quite remember if they want us back, or if they told us NEVER to come back...one of the two."
Seen in the accompanying photo (from left to right) are Vern Azzarro, George Bugatti, Nelson Sardelli, Marty Allen and Lou Toomin.

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Due to the rodeo, Wes Winters will not be performing at the South Point's Grandview Lounge on December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th. He will resume his regular South Point schedule on Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th. Winters will make a special guest appearance as part of the Toys for Tots annual stage show, Saturday, December 13th, in the main showroom at the Westgate Las Vegas (formerly the International, Las Vegas Hilton, LVH on Paradise Road). The entertainment-filled public event is Sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas. Show starts at 8. If you want to see Wes, we suggest you get there early, as we hear that he will be playing PRE-show.


Wes Winters

Nik Mastrangelo

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A message from Nikolas Mastrangelo, who turns into saloon singer Nik at Nite on Sundays inside the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany. "I want to again thank all those who joined us at the Piazza Lounge last Sunday as Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and I celebrated the music of Bobby Darin! Again, we had a nice mix of locals and visitors from as far as Canada, Italy, Romania and Cameroon. We really do appreciate all the kind comments on how much you enjoyed our music!" Due to a computer problem, we don't have the details on this Sunday night's show. What we DO know, is that there is one, and we believe it starts at 7. It's always a great night, so spend it with Nik and the trio at the Tuscany. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel at 255 E Flamingo.

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Thanks to a sold-out New Year's Eve performance by music legend Tony Bennett, and music legend-to-be, Lady Gaga, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has added a second show at the Chelsea. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Tuesday, December 30th show, the duo's first concert together in Las Vegas. The twosome return to the stage the next evening to ring in the New Year. Doors for the New Year‘s Eve show open at 9 p.m. Both evenings will highlight music from their September released No. 1 album, Cheek to Cheek. The album features classic jazz standards sung by Bennett and Lady Gaga in duets and solo performances. Tickets, starting at $125, are available online at CosmopolitanLasVegas.com, and at Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. A limited number of VIP tables also are available and can be reserved by calling (702) 698-7778.


Bennett & Gaga

Burt Reynolds

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By mutual agreement, Bill Cosby's show at Treasure Island, scheduled for November 28th, was canceled a couple of days before that date. All tickets will be, or have been, refunded through the outlet where they were purchased. If tickets were bought through Treasure Island, call 1 (800) 392-1999, or (702) 894-7722. If they were purchased through a third party, such as Expedia or vegas.com, buyers should contact that vendor directly. No one asked us, but we feel this was a very wise decision on the part of the folks at Treasure Island. We have been hearing ugly stories about the man for years. Too bad it took so long to be made public.

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Actor Burt Reynolds is selling off a large portion of his personal items at an auction to be held here in Las Vegas next weekend. The Deliverance star is auctioning off his 1998 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in Boogie Nights, and a red jacket from Smokey and the Bandit II, among hundreds of other things he has accumulated over the years. "I've collected so many things that I truly adore, but at this stage of my life I find it very difficult to manage them all," he said in a statement released by organizer, Julien's Auctions. The auction is set to take place on December 11th and 12th at the Palms Casino Resort. There are numerous awards, prop guns, boots and even a monogrammed surrey carriage given to Reynolds by his Best Little Whorehouse co-star, Dolly Parton. If you have always wanted to own "a piece" of Burt Reynolds, this might be your big opportunity.

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Jack Jones

Rachel Dudt

The Performing Arts Society of Nevada proudly presents Festive Footlights – Broadway Celebrates the Season, this Sunday, December 7th, at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater. The show, which starts at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30), will feature five accomplished vocalists, including opera trained Australian Academy of Performing Arts alumni and current Donn Arden's Jubilee! featured singer, Shai Yammanee; American Idol semi- finalist and Barry Manilow/Taste of the Season featured singer, Laura Wright; recent Harrah's/Reno Broadway Showstoppers headliner and New York theater veteran, Michael Scott Ross ("Sowerberry" in Twist and "vocalist" in Raffi On Broadway); Southern Utah musical theater graduate, Celebrity Century cast member, and amateur aerial silks artist, Aron Shanley; and Point Park University musical theater graduate and Princess Cruise Line trouper, Rachel Dudt. The artists will perform holiday classics, from Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical, such as "Happy Holidays," "White Christmas," and "Count Your Blessings," as well as contemporary Broadway originated holiday tunes like "Seasons Of Love" and "Never Fall In Love With An Elf," along with seasonal favorites beloved and recorded by Tony Award-winners and other well-known Broadway performers. Joining the vocalists will be Broadway 42nd Street and Dein Perry's Tap Dog veteran, Jason Kalish, one of the nation's top tappers, who will scuff, spank and triple toe punch in some holiday cheer with "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Silver Bells." Also featured will be current Jubilee! principal dancers, Lara Preister and Jamie Santangelo, with breathtaking "Adage" or "big lifts" dance performances of " I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and "Christmas Of Love." With beautiful songs, spectacular vocal harmonies, and some of Las Vegas' most entertaining performers, this tap-your-foot "ho-ho-ho" extravaganza is sure to warm your heart and get you into the holiday spirit. Don't miss PASNV'S Festive Footlights – Broadway Celebrates the Season holiday program. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit, dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741, or email [email protected]

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In case you didn't see the show at The Smith Center, or read about it somewhere else, one of the stars of the current Pippin tour is the multi-talented, Lucie Arnaz. Lucy and Desi's little girl is all grown up, and singing and dancing on Broadway and around the country these days and nights. We might also mention that the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, coming into The Smith Center from January 20th through 25th, will costar Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Regular American Idol viewers will recall that the singers were both finalists on the TV reality show. What they my not know is that the couple were married in June. For tickets, visit thesmithcenter.com, or call (702) 749-000.


Lucie Arnaz

Mac King

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Comedy-Magician, Mac King, was named "Entertainer of the Year" on Friday, November 21st, at Win-Win Entertainment's Headliners Bash 2014, presented by the John C. Kish Foundation.
Las Vegas' top entertainers and headliners gathered in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino to raise funds for the non- profit organization. Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah's Las Vegas, Mac 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. 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..." Mac King's numerous accolades include "Best Las Vegas Show" in the 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards. The 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." You can see The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m. For reservations, call (702) 369-5111.
Photo caption: Comedy-Magician Mac King holding the "Entertainer of the Year" Award at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on Friday, November 21.

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The City of Las Vegas Cultural Arts department and the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Production presents Meet Me in St. Louis, December 6th, 12th, and 13th at 7 p.m., and December 7th, 13th and 14th at 2 p.m. Centered on the close-knit Smith family, this musical gem is based on the heartwarming 1944 movie. As their hometown of St. Louis anticipates the spectacular 1904 World's Fair, the Smith children learn the lessons of life and love as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Tickets are $5 per person. This all age (five and over) appropriate production is being performed at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org (no online fee), or call (702) 229-6553 or 229-6383.

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Keith Thompson & Olivia Newton-John by Don Cadette

Last week's Composers Showcase brought out Olivia Newton-John. She joins other celebrities, like Priscilla Presley, Debbie Gibson and Ray Jessel among others, who, while they are in Vegas, in spite of no advertising budget but just word of mouth, have to come and see what all the shouting is about. We will have a short synopsis of the special holiday edition showcase in next Friday‘s column.



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