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Claire Voyant  

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Las Vegas - December 19, 2014

Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers Chorus Line

The newest Las Vegas Strip sensation is Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers (that's ShowStoppers with two capital "S"s) that opened on December 16th in the Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. Featuring a vibrant and talented cast of 35 singers and dancers, backed by an on-stage 31-piece orchestra, plus dazzling scenery and costumes, this is Broadway at its most breathtaking. A reinvented collection of the songs that make audiences literally stand up and cheer, ShowStoppers has been created with the same unmistakable elegance and style that is uniquely Wynn. It all started as a gift to his wife, Andrea, for her 50th birthday party. Steve Wynn handpicked a selection of his favorite numbers from the best of Broadway that were iconic and had the power to resonate with human emotion. The resulting performance was a collection of songs that made the audience literally stand up and cheer—true show stoppers. The show stopping numbers seemed to have a magic of their own; not exact replicas of each song, but new presentations born from such rich material. The stunning company of musicians, singers and dancers created a connection between performer and audience that was a palpable sense of excitement and joy. The birthday partygoers had the time of their lives, and in the afterglow of the overwhelming reaction, Steve knew he wanted to be able to give this gift to everyone that visits his resort. Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers features beautiful and powerful performances of quintessential works from some of the most celebrated composers and lyricists to grace Broadway. Provocative, fun and entertaining for all, Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers will be an evening you'll never forget. We are hearing lots of buzz from those who have gotten sneak peeks of Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers. What we know about Mr. Wynn is that he is a perfectionist. Whether it's a new hotel or a new show, he will do and redo until it's perfect. Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers performs Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. There are no performances on Sunday and Monday. Official Grand Opening is tomorrow, Saturday, December 20th, Tickets range from $110 to $165, all inclusive. To purchase tickets, call Show Reservations at (702) 770-9966.

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The second performance of Funny PHAT & Fabulous will take place at Ron DeCar's Event Center, next Friday, December 26th. The two-man revue stars female impersonators/comedy icons, Jimmy Emerson and Tommi Rose, After years of compiling songs, original lyrics, funny stories, jokes, and comedy send ups, Jimmy and Tommi decided to put together a show that highlights both of their talents. Funny PHAT & Fabulous includes numbers that both have performed all over the world - Jimmy as the comedy star of An Evening At La Cage, Bottoms Up, UnBOYlievable, and other shows, and Tommi as comedy star of the world famous Finocchio's in San Francisco, Jewel Box Revue, and his own Palm Springs sensation, Tommi Rose and the Playgirls. The two have come up with a 75-minute nonstop revue that was an instant hit! Debuting at Ron DeCar's Event Center on the Strip in Las Vegas, there were nothing but rave reviews! The audience roared with laughter and applause as Jimmy and Tommi delivered classic comedy lines and celebrity send ups. At one point, the show came to a halt when the laugher continued so long that the music had to be reset. The show opens with the song "Funny PHAT & Fabulous," set to the music of "Big Blonde & Beautiful" from the musical Hairspray. The lyrics where changed to include such phrases as; "We are not afraid to throw our weight around....pound by pound by pound!," or "they say we should be thin, but that's bullshit, cause big is back and we're in style again." After the opening song, Jimmy and Tommi welcome the audience and Tommi rushes off to get into a new character while Jimmy does one of his well known songs "Name In Lights," where he is brings an unsuspecting man onto the stage to dance. When Jimmy insists that the man "dip" him...there is much laughter. Tommi returns as one of his favorite characters, Carol Channing. After Carol tells a few naughty stories, Jimmy comes back with Bruiser La Rue - a very 'over the top' gay football player. Soon the two performers are singing a medley of Disco era songs together. Shortly after, it's back to Tommi as Mae West, and Jimmy as "Tammy Spraynette." After another set of comedy bits, the two return in matching "Vegas-Style" outfits to close the show. Singing "Find Out What They Like," from the musical, Ain't Misbehavin, they break the verses of the song up and tell the most outrageous and naughty jokes of the evening - one trying to top the other, finally reaching a point that can't be topped. The evening comes to a close with the audience wiping tears from their faces and still laughing! Mission accomplished! Jimmy and Tommi say goodnight and head out to meet and greet the audience. When asked why did it take so long for the two of them to join forces, they both agree that they knew that someday they WOULD be doing a show like this. Why? Because it's fun, dammit! You will be exposed to dirty, vile, nasty, inappropriate, shocking and downright offensive humor. Leave the kids at home for this one, but bring grandma! You all will love it!! Scheduled back "by popular demand," Funny PHAT & Fabulous performs next Friday, December 26th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6). Tickets are $25. For $35, the evening includes the show and DINNER!! Ron DeCar's Event Center is located at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. So. For Funny PHAT & Fabulous reservations, call (702) 384-0771.

Jimmy Emerson & Tommi Rose

Philip Fortenberry & Kristen Hertzenberg

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Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry put on a beautiful Christmas program at The Smith Center last Saturday. Actually they did two beautiful programs on the 13th, one at 2 and the other at 7 p.m. Both shows in the Cabaret Jazz were sold out. With Fortenberry at the piano, and Ms. Hertzenberg displaying her versatile voice, the two performed selections from their CD, Holidays From the Heart. Among the songs the twosome did were Keith Thompson's "Christmas Is My Favorite;" "Christmas Time Is Here" from the TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas; a piano version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" blended with the vocal "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;" "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" medley, played by Philip; "Bring It On the Mountain;" "I Pray On Christmas," "Silent Night," "Oh Holy Night," and "the title track from the CD, Holidays From the Heart. Tis the season to be joyful, and Kristen and Philip helped do that.

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For the 6th year, the Westgate Las Vegas once again hosted the Annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Benefit Concert, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas. Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips served as emcee. The event was produced by Jonathan Scott, L.J. Harness and Mary Shriver. Among those who entertained during the evening were David Perrico & Pop Evolution; Lorena Peril with the Marine Corps; Dennis Blair, and Geechy Guy; British singing sensation, Ben Stone and American Idol star, Jasmine Trias; violinist, Lydia Ansel; Pia Zadora, accompanied by Frank Sinatra's longtime conductor and piano player, Vinnie Falcone; Eric Jordan Young, with a tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.; the cast of American Trilogy, with Rob Garrett, Justin Shandor and Gary Anthony; Purple Reign, the Prince tribute show at the Westgate; actor, singer, dancer, Adrian Zmed; Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas; Rosanna Telford; and a special appearance from the lead singer of Motley Crue, Las Vegas resident philanthropist, Vince Neil. There was also a special tribute to the late Michael Jackson performed from The Rock Center for Dance. This was an entertaining evening for a worthy cause.

Wes Winters

Pianist singer, Wes Winters, provided the pre-show entertainment for the Toys for Tots program, and a fine job he did in that capacity - playing piano and singing as the theater at the Westgate filled up. On New Year's Eve, Wes will be performing in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point from 5 to 7 p.m. (he performs in that venue, Friday and Saturday nights on a weekly basis). Later on that night, Wednesday, December 31st, Wes will be opening for Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers in the South Point's Grand Ballroom. In addition to the entertainment, the evening includes Dinner, Party Favors and Champagne Toast. Doors open at 8, with Winters playing easy listening music from then until 10:15. Dinner will be served at 9, with the Gatlins performing from 10:30 to 11:50. At 11:59, the New Year's countdown will begin. Following the champagne toast, the night will end at 12:10 a.m. on New Year's Day. Ticket price is $179. For reservations, call the South Point at (702) 796-7111.

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JAZZMIN Entertains F.I.O.R.E. Holiday Crowd

On December 11th, 186 people filled the main room at the Italian American club to enjoy one of the non-club club F.I.O.R.E.'s most successful events, the 2014 Christmas luncheon. The guests were warmly received at the door by Mrs. Claus, who flew from the North Pole, via England and Flagstaff. She greeted guests with a smile and a candy cane. Keeping up with the tradition of the organization, a rose and a box of chocolates was presented to all the ladies in attendance. While the luncheon featured the usual great music offered in all meetings by the Grammy Award-winning Gary Anderson trio, this time there was an additional, and tremendous, musical surprise. JAZZMIN brought the house down! JAZZMIN, directed by Rod L. Henley, also a Grammy winner and formerly with the Four Freshmen, is a premiere blending of professional and university jazz singer-musicians, as a vocal jazz outreach to the Vegas Valley. Featuring Gary Fowler, Ira Hill, Corky DiFini, Al Guzman, Ben Williams, Tony Crapis, Jake Yansen, Rod Henley, Linda Woodson, Laura Taylor, Russine Zellner, and Kathy Osgood, previous appearances have been with the UNLV Jazz Bands, the Master Singers, CSN and various jazz venues. Editor and Publisher of the Las Vegas Tribune, Rolando Larraz, received the most noncoveted award, The FIORE AMICIZIA PREMIO (the Friendship Award). Presented to Larraz "in recognition of his unwavering support of the F.I.O.R.E., for helping it to grow, for photo- shopping unflattering images, and for his selfless dedication to teaching Charo how to "espeak well Ingles." It was yet another event to be remembered for Christmas future, and it leaves attendees wondering, just how high can a bar go? But, they are the F.I.O.R.E., and that is what they do.

Shown in the F.I.O.R.E. Christmas photo (left to right): Presidents Nelson Sardelli, Rolando Larraz, Peter Anthony, Felix Silla, and Mrs. Claus (Patricia Lindberg).

Some F.I.O.R.E. Christmas Party Attendees

Nik at Nite Celebrates the Holidays

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In the Bah Humbug spirit of the season, this is on our mind. For those of you (musicians and/or music lovers) who have been avoiding the E-String Grill & Poker Bar because of a certain individual with the initials MKR, we are happy to report that she is gone! As in the past, if history repeats itself (and it usually does),she will probably weasel her way into another neighborhood bar and screw things up there as she has done in the past (think clubs like Black Label, DeStefanos, Frediani's. and E-String). This character should come with a warning notice.

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Nik Mastrangelo, of Nik at Nite fame, thanks all those who came out to the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Suites last night to hear Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik give their Sinatra celebration. The trio also had Grammy Award- recipient, Jake Langley, join them for their last set. The music was simply "Too Marvelous for Words," but don't just take Nik's word for it, ask anyone who was there. Jake will be back with the trio this Sunday for the holiday bash, and w are told that other surprises are in store. Take a break from the holiday rush and come party with Nik and the fellows. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town.

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We're down to the wire with a couple of fine shows that will be ending their current runs at their respective venues. Rob Garrett's Neil Diamond - The Tribute ends its run in the Westgate's Shimmer Cabaret tomorrow night, and Eric Jordan Young performs his final Shakin' show at the Sin City Theatre inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 27th.

Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Garrett, fondly known as the "King of Diamonds" for his iconic performance as Neil Diamond, has been performing in the Shimmer Cabaret since October. Garrett greatly resembles Neil Diamond both physically and vocally. He portrays Diamond from his glory "Jazz Singer" days with such classic songs as "Love on the Rocks," "America," "Sweet Caroline," "I Am, I Said" and many more. Garrett has been performing as Neil Diamond for more than 20 years, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Most recently he was named by the Entertainment Network as the Male Musical Tribute Act of the Year in 2008 - 2009. Tomorrow will be the last night of the Neil Diamond - The Tribute limited engagement . See Garrett and the K.O.D. Band at 8:30. Call (800) 222-5361 for reservations.

Rosanna Telford & Rob Garrett by Erwin Flacks

Eric Jordan Young

The 90-day engagement showcased Young as a triple threat who has transformed into a staple of Las Vegas talent. Shakin' received amazing media support from outlets including USA Today, the Las-Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Seven, Broadway World and more. Final performance dates of Shakin' are December 20, 22-24 and 27. The closing performance of Shakin' on December 27 will be a very special day for Young, as it will mark the end of his first headlining production and it is also his birthday. "I couldn't have asked for a better start to my headlining career in Las Vegas," said Young. "Performing in my own production is a dream come true and I am so happy to celebrate such a tremendous achievement on my birthday." Shows are at 5:30, Saturday through Wednesday. Call (702) 777-2782 for tickets.

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Following her two year residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, country queen, Shania Twain closed out her successful engagement with a grand finale last Saturday night.
It was a highly emotional blowout blockbuster, with tears and surprises. Within five minutes of the curtain coming down, John Meglen of AEG Live, and Shania's Hollywood agent shook hands on a deal to bring her back next year. We understand that Shania will return for an encore series of shows in September and October. While in Las Vegas, Shania started her Shania Kids Can project at Tom Williams Elementary School here. Her nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, and is something close to hr heart as the result of the hardships and difficulties she faced as a youngster. Shania will be warmly welcomed back to Las Vegas anytime she chooses to be here.

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Funeral service for musician Joe Locatelli, who passed away on November 23rd, were held yesterday afternoon, Thursday, December 18th, at St. Viator's Church in Las Vegas. Burial took place this morning at the Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. May his soul rest in peace.

Joe Locatelli

The Rat Pack Is On the Move

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Red Mercury Entertainment, owned by venture capitalist Darin Feinstein and former Caesars and AEG Live entertainment executive Carlos Reynoso, has announced that the company will bring two popular tribute shows, MJ LIVE, co-produced by Feinstein and Dick Feeney, and The Rat Pack is Back, produced by Feeney, from the Rio All-Suite & Hotel's Crown Theatre closing February 22 and move them to the renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino. Shows are scheduled to open Monday, March 2, and perform seven-nights-a-week in the 950-seat Versailles Theater, a historic Vegas showroom that has been closed for five years. "It's an exciting opportunity to be working with the iconic Riviera since last year contributing our expertise to broaden the property's entertainment options and to help create new experiences for both locals and tourists in the entertainment capital of the world," said Feinstein. "We're thrilled for MJ LIVE and The Rat Pack is Back to become a part of the Riviera's entertainment lineup on the famed Las Vegas Strip," said Feeney, a 40-year entertainment industry veteran who also owns the Flying Elvi skydiving team from Honeymoon in Vegas. "We've had a great two-and-a-half year run at the Rio with much critical acclaim, so both of these popular and top-notch theatrical production tribute shows will continue to entertain thousands of visitors from around the world." MJ LIVE is the number one Michael Jackson tribute show in the world showcasing the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Experience this awesome, critically-acclaimed stage production with its powerful sound, spectacular lighting and visual effects that takes you back to when the King of Pop ruled the charts -- along with the Michael Jackson tribute artist's spot-on breathtaking impersonations, performed by rotating impersonators Justin Dean, Jalles Franca and Tony Kouns. Sing along to many of Jackson's biggest hits presented all on one stage, including "Bad," "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Dangerous," "Smooth Criminal," "Black & White," "Thriller," "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough," and many more. MJ LIVE also includes a Jackson 5 segment ("I'll Be There," "I Want You Back") complete with Afro wigs and costume designs inspired by Soul Train. Feel the energy from the mega-talented team of dancers, and the three-piece live band, on stage, as MJ LIVE captures the spirit of the famed superstar. Voted "Best Tribute Show" in the 2014 Best of Las Vegas Poll by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Rat Pack is Back features classic music and skits honoring the original bad boys of Las Vegas – Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. Relive the days when Las Vegas's most famous entertainers put the town on the map with their music, comedy, style and pure cool. The stellar cast of Vegas entertainers, complimented by some of the finest musicians in the city from the nine-piece Lon Bronson Orchestra, share the smooth sounds of the legendary performers singing all the golden hits, including "My Way," "That's Amore," "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Luck Be a Lady," "Mr. Bojangles," and "New York New York," along with many other great songs from the era. The cast is played by actors who portray dual roles, including Frank Sinatra (Brian Duprey), Dean Martin (Drew Anthony), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Kyle Diamond) and Joey Bishop (Mark Cohen). The Rat Pack is Back is in its 16th year of performances all over the U.S. and is the only Las Vegas-based show with national touring companies and the recipient of an award from the Congress of the United States. The Rat Pack is Back will be performed nightly at 6:30 p.m., beginning Monday, March 2nd. Guests must be 18 age or older. MJ Live will be performed nightly at 8:30 p.m. also beginning March 2nd. Guests must be five years of age or older. Children age 12 and under are free with every paid adult ticket. Tickets for both shows at the Riviera will go on sale soon. For more information, visit,, or

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Mistinguett Productions presents One More Holiday With You, starring Fifth Avenue and Dangerous Curves. Celebrate the warmth of friendship and the cherished memories of tradition this holiday season, as two of Las Vegas' most critically acclaimed vocal groups join forces to bring you a holiday show you are not likely to soon forget! One More Holiday With You, a musical spectacular featuring rich seven-part harmonies, time-honored holiday tunes, and some good old-fashioned Christmas cheer. With a long history of friendship and collaboration between these groups, their camaraderie and kinship is sure to be infectious. Their powerhouse vocals and dynamic harmonies will be the perfect soundtrack to bring the spirit of the holidays to life this season. So invite a friend or two, and make merry at One More Holiday With You. Shows are on Saturday, December 20th at 7 p.m. at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd, in Sun City Summerlin. Tickets are $15. Purchase at Starbright Box Office, phone (702) 240-1301, or online at And on Sunday, December 21st at 3 p.m. at Anthem's Freedom Hall Theatre, 2460 Hampton Road, in Henderson. Tickets are $18. Call the Freedom Hall Box Office at (702) 614-5864.

Shown in accompanying photo (left to right): Rob Hyatt, Lisa Smith, Jerry Jones, Jeff Celentano, Karen Michaels, Margaret Menzies and Bryce Robinson.

Fifth Avenue & Dangerous Curves

Rampart Jackpot Winner

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The Golden Rainbow Holiday Masquerade, scheduled to take place at Ron DeCar's Event Center tonight, was canceled due to low ticket sales. We aren't surprised, as the display ads in the Neon on Fridays, told absolutely nothing about what, we assume, was a show. Was it to be a musical revue? If so, who was performing and what might the material be? No clues were given in the ads. The one thing that was made clear was that tickets were $50. For your fifty bucks, you would get an Appetizer Buffet, but what else, we have absolutely no idea. Too bad, as Golden Rainbow is a viable local non-profit organization, founded in 1987, providing housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southern Nevada area.

In our opinion, the Event Center, that started off doing a good job of promoting talented people, acts and revues, now seems to be more interested in promoting the Event Center's owner. Too bad, for lots of reasons.

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A local man, who put $20 into a Megabucks slot machine on Thanksgiving weekend, hit a jackpot, walking away from the Rampart Casino more than $14 million richer. The man, who was visiting the casino with a friend from out of town, had been playing the machine for about five minutes when the jackpot hit. The lucky fellow, who won $14,282,544, said he plans to donate the money to charity and his church, which currently holds services in a high school gymnasium. What we found most interesting is that the winner did not want his name disclosed, but yet posed for a photo that has gotten extensive media exposure. We are helping by showing the lucky Las Vegan. If he, or his friend, looks like your neighbor or a co-worker, be very nice to him.

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KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar will sing Sondheim at New York City's 54 Below on two upcoming Wednesdays, January 7th and 14th. For Our Time Sullivan & Harnar sing Sondheim, the talented cabaret performers will be accompanied by Musical Director, Jon Weber. Ms. Sullivan, with the equally talented Mark Nadler, has performed in Las Vegas on a number of occasions. If you happen to be in Manhattan on the 4th and/or 7th, you know the drill.

KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar

Beyond the Neon Producers

* * * * * * * * presents, Beyond the Neon, the 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration & EXPO. This event is for the community of Las Vegas, from the community. Tomorrow, Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, the 21st, is the weekend of the Winter Solstice, which signifies, in many cultures, the changing of the seasons. This is a celebration of the continuum of life, a time to take notice and reflect. This event sprouted from Love Benefits the Homeless Teens of Southern Nevada. About the Weekend ~ Two days filled with 70+ Life-Friendly Exhibitors, inspired artisans, musicians and Solstice Celebrations and Ceremony will take place at Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas. Discover 70+ hand selected Life-friendly exhibitors from the Las Vegas Community - unique gifts; hand crafted jewelry; soaps; essential oils; glass art; candles; new technologies in well-being, holistic and healing arts and so much more! SOUL'ful Saturday Presenters, in the Pegasus during the day, $10 donation. SOLSTICE Celebration in the Pegasus, on Saturday night. Experience Vegas' unique Artisans and Musicians for an evening of surprise performances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. - $20 donation.

On Sunday evening at sunset, experience a Winter Solstice Celebration, celebrating the changing of the seasons overlooking the Las Vegas Skyline. Dress warm. Light Shine Events' Winter Celebration & Expo - make it your tradition! Producers: Darlene Mea, Goldie Amira, and Sheila Z Stirling. Your $5 donation, or contribution of gloves, scarves, socks and head-warmers, benefits HELP STREET at For complete details and tickets on this event, go to, or call Darlene at (702) 883-8689. Click on, and get your tickets today.

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It is not often the fabric of Hollywood history is discovered quite unexpectedly. In a museum, in Las Vegas, it is the rarest of finds. The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas brings to light a fantastic, "lady-like" suit set costume now known to have been worn by a star in the truest sense of the word. Actress Ginger Rogers was Hollywood royalty, full of glamour for decades beginning in the 1930s. Paired with Fred Astaire, she was half of one of the most famous dancing couples in history. An Academy Award-winning actress, she worked with the 20th century's greatest composers and leading men, including Ronald Reagan and Cary Grant, and she appeared in a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. The Kennedy Center honored her in 1992. Designer Jean Louis spent his early career as head of wardrobe for Columbia Pictures, and joined Rogers on the production of It Had to be You, a 1947 romantic comedy, a fortunate chance to showcase '40s fashion. Donated to the museum by local resident and vintage clothing collector, Terry McFall, the stunning blush-colored set drew the attention of volunteer curator Karan Feder as she examined the museum's collection. Feder found a Columbia Pictures label sewn into the garment's right sleeve, with the handwritten inscription "1138 Ginger Rogers." "Studio wardrobe labels typically included the name of the actor, the character and at least one identifying number that might represent the work order for the costume shop, or the production number of the film, as assigned by the studio," Feder said. She set out to find the match. It took some sleuthing, but production records, photos and film screenings proved the garment to be authentic, indeed the one Rogers donned in the movie. "The original costume included a matching pillbox hat and a parasol," Feder said. While they went missing, the classic costume and accompanying '40s photographs are in full view at the museum. The Nevada State Museum is located at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. It is open Thursday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum will be closed on December 25th, 2014 and January 1st, 2015. For additional information, call (702) 486-5205.

And speaking of the Kennedy Center Honors, this year's annual event will be broadcast on CBS on December 30th, from 9 to 11:00 p.m., ET/PT. Recipients to be honored at the 37th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer, Al Green; actor and filmmaker, Tom Hanks; ballerina, Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter, Sting; and comedienne, Lily Tomlin. "The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," stated Kennedy Center Chairman, David M. Rubenstein. "Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world's greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit." The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the television season, and one of Cousin Claire's favorites. On Sunday, December 7th, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens, the 2014 Honorees were saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees accepted the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes. The Kennedy Center Honors medallions were presented on Saturday, December 6th, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. The Honors Gala was recorded as a two-hour primetime special to air on Tuesday, December 30th. Mark your calendars, as The Kennedy Center Honors is consistently the best "awards show" of the entire year.

Tom Hanks

Rich Natole, Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

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Comic impressionist, radio host, Rich Natole's, guests this week, were Bob Anderson on Monday, and Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell on Tuesday. Next week, on Listening to the Vegas Voice, will be singer and Frank Sinatra tribute artist, Gary Anthony on Monday, December 22nd, and actress, singer and model, Kate Gordon on Tuesday. Listen in at KLAV 1230 AM radio, Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., and Saturdays from 7 to 7:30 a.m. PT. The local studio call-in number is (702) 731-1230. Call toll free at 1-866-820-5528.

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Birthday wishes to the following Sagittarians (November 23-December 21): Elmarie Wendel, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Vilanch, Bruce Hornsby, Pete Best, Billy Connolly, Amy Grant, John Larroquette, Percy Sledge, Katie Cassidy, Rich Little, Tina Turner, John McVie, Linda Davis, Rick Rockwell, Randy Newman, Jon Stewart, Paul Shaffer, Berry Gordy Jr., Garry Shandling, Howie Mandel, Chuck Mangione, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Idol, Clay Aiken, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Dianne Lennon, Charlene Tilton, Sarah Silverman, Artie Butler, Mac King, Larry "Wild" Wrice, Britney Spears, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Freddy Cannon, Ozzy Osbourne, Wink Martindale, Jay- Z, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Little Richard, Jose Carreras, Jim Messina, Margaret Cho, Gary Allen, Steven Wright, Tom Waits, Aaron Carter, Mario Cantone, Gary Morris, Gregg Allman, Sinead O'Connor, James Galway, Donny Osmond, Gloria Loring, Bobby Flay, Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy), Tommy Kirk, Rita Moreno, David Gates, Brenda Lee, Jermaine Jacksun (spelled Jacksun as of 2013), Mo'Nique, Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), Tony Hsieh, Dionne Warwick, Connie Francis, Sheila E., Taylor Swift, John Davidson, Morris Day, Abbe Lane, Patty Duke, Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn), Tim Conway, Cindy Birdsong (Supremes), Julie Taymor, Dave Clark, Benny Andersson (ABBA), Manny Pacquiao, Art Neville, Keith Richards, Roger Smith, Christina Aguilera, Ron White, Criss Angel, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Alan Parsons, Jane Fonda, Ray Romano, Andy Dick, Phil Donahue, Chris Evert, Mark Giovi, Beverly Washburn, Murray SawChuck, Shea Satterwhite, Shirley Watstein, Linda Lashever, Larry Henley, Damian Costa, Joni Illi, Wes Winters, Skip Trenier, Tim Olsen, Dana Satterwhite, Roger Caldwell, Paul Lowden, Danny Cohen, Bill Fayne, George Verbiwski, Gene Balmain and Krenn Scott.
And anniversary wishes to Ken and Melissa Miles Gardner, Dick and Melissa Feeney, and Steven Lee and Brenda Leonard Cowart,

Speaking of Sagittarian Charlene Tilton, who celebrated a birthday on December 1st, her daughter, Cherish Lee, was recently married. Dallas star Tilton, and her ex-husband - country crooner Johnny Lee – have been divorced for 30 years. But they came together on October 22nd to celebrate the wedding of their only daughter Cherish Lee. And where else would the woman who played Lucy Ewing in Dallas hold such a celebration but at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, where Charlene co-starred in the hit TV series from 1978 until 1985, and again from 2012 until 2014. Cherish, 31 tied the knot with her fiancé of only two months, 31-year-old Matt Dunn, at the very ranch in November. Both Cherish and Matt are country singers. 'South- fork was my second home since I began playing 17-year-old Lucy Ewing in 1978,' Tilton, 55, said. 'As you might imagine, with such a talented family, the music flowed,' she says. 'My two-ex husbands, Cherish's dad Johnny, and my second husband, Domenick Allen, a Vegas entertainer, serenaded her, and her new husband Matt Dunn performed a song he'd written especially for the occasion. 'And Cherish and her dad even performed a few duets.'
And Bette Midler, who was also born on December 1st, will be appearing here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in May.

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Henderson's holiday 5K and family fun walk takes place this Saturday, December 20th at 9 a.m. at Pecos Legacy Park, 150 Pecos Rd. Make a dash to Henderson for the first-ever Jingle Bell Run. Registration is $15-$25 per person for the 5K run and $7 per person or $25 for a family of four for the family fun walk. Use activity code 644080 to register. Participants, who are encouraged to don their best holiday apparel, will jingle all the way down a 3.1-mile course along Pittman Wash Trail. A shorter route is available for families. Afterwards, children will be able to visit with Santa at Pecos Legacy Park. Race packets may be picked up at Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy., on the day of the run at 8 a.m. at Pecos Legacy Park. For more information on the Jingle Bell Run, call (702) 267-4050, or visit


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