Displaying keen perception and great insight.
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.
Note: This is a past column from January 09, 2015
You can find the current column HERE
Las Vegas - January 9, 2015
Johnny Fortuno as Elvis
Cynthia Pepper & Elvis in Kissin' Cousins
One would have to be living on an island, with no TV,
newspapers, or internet connections, to not know that yesterday, January
8th, would have been Elvis Presley's 80th
birthday. In the city that played a major role in Presley's career, it
shouldn't be surprising to know the occasion did not go unnoticed. There
were, and are, a number of Elvis-related events taking place during the week
In The Club at the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las
Vegas, A Celebration of the King's Life starring Johnny Fortuno
with special guests, The Stamps Quartet, will perform tonight,
Friday, and tomorrow, with both shows at 8 p.m. A couple of ladies who
appeared in movies with Elvis - Darlene Tompkins (Blue Hawaii)
and Cynthia Pepper (Kissin‘ Cousins) - will be present. On
Sunday, a Gospel Concert with The Stamps Quartet, and featuring Johnny
Fortuno, will take place in The Club, starting at noon. Admission prices
for each show is $15 at the door. There are no advance reservations. It's
first come, first seated, so get there EARLY. The Cannery is at 2121 E.
Craig Road in North Las Vegas.
And, on the other side of the city, in the South Point
Showroom, it's Donny Edwards - The Next Best Thing to the King.
Donny Edwards is an international, multi-award winning Elvis
tribute artist. Today, he is one of the most sought after performers in
the business, bringing his show to stages world-wide. He is a versatile
performer with the ability to re-enact each era of Elvis‘ life and career.
His dynamic performance will take you back to the 1950s and the early years
of rock & roll, getting you all shook up all over again. Then you will
go on a ride through the 1960s, from Elvis‘ biggest hit movies to the famous
black leather ‘68 Comeback Special. Finally you will revisit the legendary
Las Vegas years of the 1970s, as Donny recreates the performances that made
Elvis the one and only King of Rock & Roll. In August, 2013, Elvis
Presley Enterprises granted Mr. Edwards the honor of being the one and only
Elvis tribute artist to have performed his show on the estate grounds of
Graceland since 1977. Throughout his career, Donny has had the opportunity
to work beside many of the original musicians that performed with Elvis
Presley himself, including The Jordanaires, The Sweet
Inspirations, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge and Bob
Moore, to name several. Donny has also had the pleasure of working with
many in Elvis‘ inner circle, including Sonny West, Al Dvorin,
Charles Stone and Ed Bonja. Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX
has hired Donny for tribute shows, TV spots and corporate events, many times
over the years. Donny has also performed at private parties for and worked
with celebrities such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the NASCAR family,
Marie Osmond, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers,
and Elvis‘ friends and co-stars, Jimmy Velvet, Darlene
Tompkins and Cynthia Pepper. Not only is Donny known for his riveting live
performances, he has also appeared in numerous TV shows and ads, including
ABC‘s Monday Night Football, CBS‘s The Young and The Restless,
and ABC‘s The Next Best Thing. Donny, performing with an eight-piece
band, regularly sells out shows, all across the US and in countries such as
Canada, Japan and Australia, to audiences as large as 25,000. Although he
has performed corporate engagements and private events in Las Vegas, this is
Donny Edwards' first headlining gig in this city. Shows are through Sunday,
at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30, and selling VERY fast. This
show is expected to be a three-night sellout. For reservations (if there
are any seats left), call the South Point Box Office at (702) 796-7111.
Tickets must be picked up at the Box Office. They cannot be mailed.
Donny Edwards Tribute to Elvis
Much of the success for this venture is due to the hard
work of Jeanne Bavaro, who has served as consultant, producer and
advisor. Bavaro has done everything from contracting to promoting, tech
coordinating, script writing, legal advisor, consultant, etc. for this gig.
We congratulate the lady on a job well done.
And, in keeping with all things Elvis in Las Vegas,
Opportunity Village celebrated The King's Birthday with a Special
Performance by the OV Elvi, Roaring Thunder, and the Official Elvis of Las
Vegas, Jesse Garon, at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign on the
south end of the Strip, across from Mandalay Bay. The community was invited
to attend yesterday's 10:30 a.m. program.
We have learned that Joe Guercio, Elvis' long-time
conductor and musical director, died last Sunday, January 4th,
just four days before what would have been Presley's 80th
Guercio was hospitalized recently after a fall and died due to
complications. He was 87. Joe Guercio enjoyed a prolific career, but was
probably best known and admired for his work with Elvis. He was musical
director and conductor for Elvis' concert shows from the summer of 1970, to
the summer of 1977, when Elvis made his last concert appearance. Joe Guercio
was musical director for the International Hotel in Las Vegas when the work
with Elvis began. Along with the obvious contributions he made to Elvis'
shows, including many of the triumphs of Elvis' 'concert era', it was Joe
Guercio who created the now almost iconic six-note theme for Elvis' stage
entrances and bows. It was also Guercio who suggested that Elvis' shows open
with Theme from 2001 - A Space Odyssey. The inspiration came when Guercio
and his late first wife, Corrine, saw the now-classic science fiction movie
in a theater, for when the music began Mrs. Guercio whispered to her husband
'You'd think Elvis was about to enter.'
Note; Joe Guercio's second wife was longtime Las Vegas
dancer/producer and business woman, Penny France. The London-born
France, who married Guercio in 1998, died of cancer in 2005 at the age of
Joe Guercio 1927-2015
Benjamin D Hale
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This month's Composers Showcase isn't until Wednesday,
the 21st, but if we wait until closer to that date to let readers
know, or remind them, about it, tickets will most likely be gone, so...
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas is an entertainment forum that allows
local composers and songwriters the opportunity to present original musical
material to a supportive audience in an informal cabaret-style setting.
Founded and hosted by Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys) and Michael Brennan (Le
Reve), the showcase focuses on uniting the Theatre community of Las Vegas,
giving creative spirits an outlet for artistic expression, laughing a lot
and having a great time. The Composers Showcase is not "open mic." Each
presentation is carefully planned. Composers and material are screened in
order to provide the best and highest quality of entertainment. The
Showcase takes place in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center in
downtown Las Vegas. Shows start at 10:30 p.m. to accommodate the
participants who work in nighttime productions around the city. The
Composers whose work will be featured on January 21st include:
Patty Ascher, Michael Brennan, Wayne Green, Ben
Hale, Nate Harlan, Christopher Lash, Mariano Longo,
Richard Oberacker, Keith Thompson, Mark Wherry and
more. Performers include: Jason Andino, Lisa Davis,
Kristen Hertzenberg, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Jason
Kappus, Andrew Ragone, Jolana Sampson, Kashena
Sampson, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia, Nikka Wahl
and more. The Players are: Kyle Adoor, Bill Bernatis,
Angela Chan, Chris Davis, Larry Esparza, Joel
Ferguson, Mark Ferratt, Philip Fortenberry, Matt
Green, DeAnn Letourneau, Rebecca Sabine, Eric Sande,
Lindsey Springer, Alex Stopa, Kevin Stout, Matt
Taylor, Rob Taylor, Eric Tewalt, Eric Walters,
Rob Whited and others. The "behind the scenes" team is made up of
Stage Managers - Sharon del Pilar and Brandon Burk; Lighting -
Steve Mack; Sound - Kevin Harvey and Kevin Ruschmann;
Video - Jeff Tidwell; Audio Recording - Marcus Ross;
Photography - Don Cadette; and Associate Producer - Will
Adamson. Tickets are $20 and $25. To purchase (if any are still
available), call the Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000.
And while on the subject of Ben Hale
Million Dollar Quartet's Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash)
will play himself for A Night of Cosmic American Music at Cabaret
Jazz in Las Vegas' Smith Center for the Performing Arts, during two shows on
Saturday, January 31, at 5 and 8 p.m.
Hale is a classically trained singer-songwriter who
seamlessly fuses country, blues, gospel and folk to create his own brand of
new and original music. He is melodic like McCartney, with the range of
Orbison, Waylon's wailing, with a hint of Sam Cooke's soul. Known for his
versatility and wide vocal range, Robin Leach states, "Benjamin
Hale, onetime the understudy for Raoul in "Phantom -- the Las Vegas
Spectacular" at The Venetian, scores big as Johnny Cash.
Hale will step away from his iconic role as Johnny
Cash in Harrah's production of Million Dollar Quartet to headline
his own show backed by a phenomenal band including Rob Whited on
drums, Eric Walters on guitar, Joel Ferguson on pedal steel,
Kyle Adoor on bass and Matt Green on keys, with special guest
singers including Las Vegas' own gem, Kristen Hertzenberg. Known for
his versatility and wide vocal range, Robin Leach states, "Benjamin
Hale, onetime the under-study for Raoul in Phantom - The Las Vegas
Spectacular at The Venetian, scores big as Johnny Cash, and it's a voice
so low, Trace Adkins would stoop to find it."- Robin Leach Feb. 21,
2013. Now Vegas audiences will have the opportunity to experience this
exciting singer-songwriter first hand for two shows only. Tickets are $29-
$45 and are available at TheSmithCenter.com, or by calling (702) 749-2000.
For more information visit www.benjamindhale.com.
And speaking of Robin Leach, he will be one of the
speakers at Andy Walmsley's upcoming EntSpeaks, featuring Entertainers you
THINK you know. In November, the first in the series, the featured speakers
were Marty Allen, The Amazing Johnathan, Christina
Jones, Jeff Kutash, Shellee Renee and Mary Wilson.
How could an evening be more Vegas ? The second in a series of one night
only intimate evenings with the people that made Las Vegas the entertainment
capital of the world, will take place at INSPIRE, 107 Las Vegas Boulevard
South, on Monday, February 2nd, with a Red Carpet and Pre-Show
Party, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45. The Performance follows at 9 p.m., with an
After Party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Speakers will take their turn, walking
onto an empty stage with nothing but a microphone and a lifetime of awe
inspiring stories. In addition to Robin Leach, the February speakers will
include Anita Mann, Nicole Kaplan, and Mac King. One
at a time, the entertainers speak frankly about their lives and experiences
for 15 minutes each. The evening ends with a Q and A with a twist.
Emmy award winning Andy Walmsley has production designed
some of the biggest shows on television, including American Idol,
So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent, Who Wants
to be a Millionaire, and The Biggest Loser, to name a few. In Las
Vegas, Andy has designed Terry Fator, The Jacksons, Meat
Loaf, Human Nature, Divas, Nathan Burton, Jeff
Civillico, Thunder from Down Under, America's Got Talent
live, and many more. Andy produced LOL with The Scintas at the
Las Vegas Hilton and produces the wildly successful Showbiz Roasts.
About The Speakers: Robin Leach is best known for
hosting the Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous TV show that, from
the mid ‘80s to the mid ‘90s ,focused on profiling well known people and
their lavish homes and possessions. His signature phrase "Champagne Wishes
& Caviar dreams" was regularly parodied- and still is to this day! But
did you know he shot the pilot for Entertainment Tonight and was the
show's roving global reporter for its first 3-years or that he was one of
the founders of the Television Food Network that turned chefs into
celebrities? Robin started out as a young cub reporter in England before
moving to the USA in 1963. He wrote the first cover stories for People
magazine when it was launched , helped start Rupert Murdoch's Star weekly
and was his showbiz editor for 10-years before switching over to television.
Robin resides in Las Vegas where he contributes regularly to Fox News and
writes the daily Vegas DeLuxe column for the Las Vegas Sun, which
also appears in the Los Angeles Register, the Orange County
Register and the Riverside Press Enterprise. Mac King has
been acclaimed by MAGIC Magazine as the premiere comedy magician in
the world today, Mac was just named "Magician of the Year" by the Magic
Castle in Hollywood, appeared on his seventh TV special for NBC-TV, just got
voted the 6th best show in all of Las Vegas, and just rocked the audience on
The Late Show with David Letterman. He is currently starring in the
long running The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's Casino and
Hotel in Las Vegas where, over the last 11 years, he has performed an
incredible 5720 shows to nearly one and half million fans. Before moving to
Las Vegas, Mac spent 200 days a year on the road as an after-dinner
corporate entertainer, wowing companies around the world (Microsoft,
Nationwide Insurance, Nissan, AT&T, and hundreds more) with his
astounding sleight of hand and irresistible humor. He still does a select
few of those shows. Anita Mann is an Emmy-award winning
choreographer, as well as a dancer and actress. Mann has been honored by the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America's top five
contemporary choreographers. She is also the recipient of five Emmy Awards
and accolades from every corner of the industry. Mann began her career as
one of the David Winters' dancers on TV shows such as Shindig!,
The T.A.M.I. Show and Monte Carlo: C'est La Rose, 5 seasons on
the 1980s pop dance television show, Solid Gold, for which she was
nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography,
The Muppets Go Hollywood, for which she was nominated for her first
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, The Cher Show,
The Jacksons, The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe
Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, The Miss America
Pageant, which earned her her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Choreography, The People's Choice Awards, The Grammy Hall of
Fame, The Emmys, The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, which
earned her another nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Choreography, The Great Muppet Caper, Dick Clark's American
Bandstand Live, as well as countless other live, film and television
shows. Anita is the producer of Fantasy, which has run at the Luxor
theater for 15 years. Nicole Kaplan is a Pittsburgh native
and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She most recently appeared on
the National Tour of Terry Bradshaw: America's Favorite Dumb Blonde.
She has performed in a variety of Broadway Musical productions, from
Candide and Camelot to The Little Mermaid and
Finding Nemo: The Musical. Nicole has toured as a soloist with
Symphony Orchestras across the country, with Grammy winners Lucas Richman
and Marvin Hamlisch. Additionally, Nicole has been seen on
television in General Hospital, Killer Karaoke and Legally
Blonde. Nicole is a featured singer in Steve Wynn's new show,
ShowStoppers, at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
About the Venue ( INSPIRE ) Widely heralded as a pioneer
of the "new" downtown, ‘ Future Restaurant Group's ‘ founder, Michael
Cornthwaite's, investment in the area isn't limited to mere business
interests, he's a passionate, longtime resident. For over 15 years, Michael
has been an outspoken, hands-on advocate for the area; helping to change
downtown for the better, one unique, authentic space at a time. INSPIRE was
created as an intimate upscale theater complex particularly suited to
inspirational talks, the perfect home for EntSpeaks.
EntSpeaks is partnered with Down Town Project. Down town
project's goal and purpose is to help make downtown Vegas a place of
Inspiration, Entrepreneurial Energy, Creativity, Innovation, Upward
Mobility, and Discovery, through the 3 C's of Collisions, Co-learning, and
Connectedness in a long-term, sustainable way. The Downtown project are
owners and/or investors in over 300 businesses and legal entities which
collectively employ more than 900 people. For many of the small businesses
and tech companies, DTP are co-owners with the entrepreneurs that founded
those companies. For operations that are 100% owned and operated by Downtown
Project-affiliated entities, DTP directly employs over 300 people.
Admission to EntSpeaks is by Invite only ( Press, Headliners, VIP ) Web
Felix Silla & Rich Natole
And STILL speaking of Robin Leach...
In his column of January 5th, the Lifestyles of the Rich and
Famous fellow shares some rumors with his readers. Mr. Leach says that
"Global-superstar singers Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Janet
Jackson and Ricky Martin may all be getting mini-residencies on
the Strip early this spring if plans work out. Reliable sources tell me
that the Venetian will be the likely home for the four major entertainers in
direct competition of the superstar lineup at the Colosseum in Caesars
Palace." Interesting possibilities.
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Last weeks guests on Listening to the Vegas Voice,
hosted by comic impressionist, Rich Natole, were actor Felix
Silla on Monday, and Ron and Lisa Smith on Tuesday. Next week,
Rich's Monday, January 12th, guest is singer/pianist, Linda
November. Linda, also known as "The Jingle Queen," has sung hundreds of
commercials, including the famous Meow Mix "Meow, Meow, Meow" one, as well
as backup for many music stars. She will be appearing with Rich, sans her
husband, musician Artie Schroeck, best known for arranging and
composing popular songs and jingles (Frankie Valli‘s "Can‘t Take My
Eyes Off You," and Frank Sinatra‘s "Here‘s To the Band" among them).
On Tuesday the 13th, it's the versatile singer/actress/
comedienne, Kelly Clinton, being interviewed by Rich. Kelly's
husband, entertainer Clint Holmes, will sit this one out (he will be
a Listening to the Vegas Voice guest in a couple of weeks).
Listening to the Vegas Voice airs on KLAV 1230 AM radio, Mondays and
Tuesdays, from 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. You can also call Toll Free
at 1-866-820-5528. Contact the Vegas Voice off the air at (702) 251-4441.
Ron and Lisa Smith & Rich Natole
Clint Holmes Cover Boy
And speaking of Clint Holmes, he got himself a
dandy New Year's gift. He is the cover boy of the current,
January/February, issue of the New York-based Cabaret Scenes
magazine. Congrats, Clint.
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This Sunday, enjoy The Best of Broadway with
Nik Mastrangelo, the Nik at Nite Trio and special guests at
the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Hotel, from 7 to 11 p.m. What a great turn
out at the Tuscany last Sunday to see and hear Joe Lano, a true
virtuoso on the guitar, as Nik and company performed an evening of
Rodgers and Hart. There were more than a few talented guitarists in
attendance as a testament to the high respect to which Lano is held by his
peers. Joe, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik had an absolute
ball with the music! Such great material to work with. We also had a guest
appearance from Tomoka Jarvis on alto sax, who performs in the Los
Angeles and San Diego area, as well as her friend Yolanda Quandt,
and Maggie Mancuso on vocals. This Sunday, Joey Singer
will be back with us as we revisit some of the songs from Broadway we last
did about four months ago, with some great new ones added. Join the party.
The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side),
255 E. Flamingo. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town.
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Here is this weekend's lineup for The Dispensary Lounge.
Tonight, Friday, January 9th, it's crooner David DeCosta
with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 10th, master jazz vocalist,
JoBelle Yonley is with the Trio - Uli (on keys), RJ Reyes (on
bass), and Angelo Stokes (drums) - from 10 to 2. Then, on Wednesday,
January 14th, the Pepe Jimenez Quintet and Groove
Culture, will play from 9 p.m. to midnight. Jose "Pepe" Jimenez
is the drummer for Santana, as well as local favorite, Santa
Fe and the Fat City Horns. His group, Groove Culture, is made up of
William Zappia on keys, Ed Hamilton on guitar, Eric Tewalt
on woodwinds, and Abo Gumroyan on bass. The long established
Dispensary Lounge, known for fabulous music and fabulous food (try their
burgers), is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of
Eastern. There is no cover charge.
Thank you, Michelle.
Jose "Pepe" Jimenez
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Upcoming at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, next
Saturday, January 17th, at 7:30 p.m., renowned American Cellist,
Daniel Gaisford, presents an evening of Bach at GVPC: Live!
16th Season Inaugural Concert. Some of what the critics say
about Gaisford, "Michael Hersch's Sonata No.1 for Unaccompanied Cello, an
arching 35-minute work that amply repays the considerable demands it makes
on a cellist's technique and interpretive imagination. Daniel Gaisford's
spectacular performance was particularly gripping in the work's extroverted
finale." New York Times. "In Haydn's Cello Concerto, Gaisford
unleashed a passionate performance that crackled with electrical energy and
had the faint-hearted in the audience complaining of too much voltage. Let
them complain! These notes were meant to sparkle and Gaisford made them
glitter." Washington Post. Free will offering. Green Valley
Presbyterian Church is located at 1798 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson. Contact
them at [email protected], or (702) 454-8484.
Rob Garrett is The King of Diamonds
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Rob Garrett and The King of Diamonds Band will
perform their Neil Diamond tribute show in the Grand Events Center at
Green Valley Ranch on Saturday, January 17th. From Las Vegas to
Honolulu, to New York, to Berlin Germany, Rob has come to be known as the
‘King of Diamonds.' Rob manages to naturally capture the presence, passion,
and energy of the legendary performer in all his glory and those who have
witnessed his performances will testify that "You simply can't get any
closer!" Showtime at Henderson's Green Valley Ranch is at 8 p.m., with
doors to the 2,000-seat indoor Events Center opening at 7. Tickets are
$26.75, and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting any
Station Casinos or Fiestas Rewards Center.
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The amazing vocals of Mark Giovi can be heard on
Tuesday, January 13th, when Mark performs that night at The Mad
Greek Café, from 7 to 10 p.m. The Mad Greek is located at 8565 W.
Sahara at Durango. For dinner or show reservations, call (702) 242-7669.
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Bill Fayne & Mistinguett Productions presents,
From Broadway to Hollywood, Broadway musicals that made it to
Hollywood, at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Sunday,
January 18th at 3 p.m. Once again, Bill Fayne and
Mistinguett have joined forces to bring you this fast-paced show featuring
great moments from the best of Broadway musicals that eventually made it to
the silver screen. The shows featured cover the last 70 years of musical
cinema, featuring movies like Cabaret, Chicago, Jersey
Boys, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Les
Miserables, South Pacific, The King and I, Phantom of
the Opera, and a special section from the greatest movie musical of all
time, Singin' In the Rain! The show stars six triple-threat
entertainers - Anne Martinez, Jay Joseph, Dia Webb,
James Allen, Ashley Fuller, and Stephen
McClelland, with a live band directed by Bill Fayne. From Broadway to
Hollywood is produced, directed and choreographed by Mistinguett.
Don't miss this one! Go to: www.MistinguettProductions.com
, for more details. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas W.
Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin. Tickets for From Broadway to Hollywood
are priced at $18. They may now be purchased online at www.scscai.com, as well as at the Mountain
Shadows, Desert Vista and Pinnacle community centers in Sun City Summerlin.
Purchases may be made online with a credit card, or pay with cash or check
at the community centers (exact change required). All ticket prices include
Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. For information on
Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.
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We are still wondering why the Shades of Sinatra
musical revue was bumped from the entertainment lineup at Sam's Town a
week before its scheduled date. We would love an explanation...from ANYONE.
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Divas' Day Out, taking place at the South Point
on Sunday, January 24th, is Las Vegas' largest annual women's
event with more than 7,000+ attendees, and 150 businesses on site, offering
lots of shopping and giveaways! It is strategically scheduled one full
month after Christmas, so women are ready to shop, be entertained, and have
fun! Divas' Day Out has everything women are looking for to stay
healthy, be fashionable, manage family and finances, and more. Divas'
Day Out live entertainment includes today's hottest stars from music,
movies, and television! There will be performances by Frank Marino's
Divas Las Vegas, Thunder From Down Under, plus Derek Hough
from Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent winner,
Michael Grimm, and more. Divas' Day Out will take place in
the South Point Exhibit Hall, from 10 .m. to 4 p.m., a week from Sunday.
Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas
Mark Nadler by Peter Leavy
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Mark Nadler won!!! To those of you who voted in The
Broadway World Award, Mark thanks you!! "I'm positively elated to have won
this award," says Nadler. "If you haven't seen the show for which this
honor is being bestowed upon me, you have only one more chance to see it in
New York - tomorrow night, Saturday, January 10th at 8 p.m. at
the York Theater. Start your New Year by reliving the songs, sex and
scandals of the Jazz Age. For only $20, you can see Mark's critically
acclaimed show, Runnin' Wild: Songs and Scandals of the Roaring 20's.
The York Theatre is located at 619 Lexington Ave., in New York City. There
is, of course, no minimum (in fact, there's no drink service in the
theatre). However, how could I celebrate the Roaring 20's and not have some
booze available? SO, for those of you who don't want to see a show without
a couple drinks under your belt, there will be a pre-show Martini Party from
6 to 7:30 p.m. at The York. The price to attend the show AND party is just
$35. You can ONLY get tickets for this performance by going to Mark's
There are a limited number of seats, so take advantage of this PRONTO!!!
Happy Holidays from your master of music, murder and illicit gin, Mark
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What exactly is the definition of the word "celebrity"?
We think of a celebrity as someone most people would recognize if they
happened to spot them at Walmart. According to one dictionary, it refers
"to popular fame and public attention in the media, usually applied to a
person, or group of people (celebrity couple, family etc.), or occasionally,
to animals or fictional entities. Celebrity status is often associated with
wealth (commonly referred to as fame and fortune) and fame can often provide
opportunities to make money. Successful careers in sports and entertainment
are commonly associated with celebrity status. People may also become
celebrities due to media attention for their lifestyle, wealth, or actions,
or for their connection to a famous person." Maybe that explains the new
season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice. In our opinion
(and that's the one that counts when you are reading Cousin Claire), the
title of the current show, with this group of entrepreneurial hopefuls,
might better be called Apprentice. The contestants are: Olympic
gymnast Shawn Johnson, TV personality Leeza Gibbons, actor
Lorenzo Lamas, musician Kevin Jonas, Olympic snowboarder
Jamie Anderson, retired baseball player Johnny Damon, actress
Vivica A. Fox, news personality Geraldo Rivera, reality star
Kate Gosselin, actor Ian Ziering, former NFL star Terrell
Owens, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, "Deadliest Catch" star Sig
Hansen, "Real Housewives" star Brandi Glanville, actress
Keisha Knight Pulliam, and reality star Kenya Moore. How many
of these "celebrities" would YOU recognize if you saw them in your hood?
Mary Sue Morris Hudson 1920-2015
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Condolences to Chris Hudson, of Hudson &
Saleeby fame, on the loss of his mother, Sue. Mary Sue Morris Hudson
passed away in Shelby, North Carolina, on January 2nd. She
was 94. She was born on September 13th, 1920, in Hartwell,
Georgia. Sue graduated from Hartwell High School and then attended Georgia
State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia, before striking out for
the big city, Atlanta. There she held clerical positions and also was the
requested pianist for many public and private social functions in the area.
When she was chosen Georgia Pecan Queen in 1940, her picture was in the
Atlanta Constitution, and this led to her meeting her future husband, W.
Hill Hudson Jr. of Shelby. Sue and Hill married and returned to Shelby
to make their home for the 65 years of their marriage. Sue immersed herself
in raising her three sons, and centered the life of their family around
First Baptist Church, as the spiritual mentor of her family, she led by
strong example both in word and deed. She was involved in many facets of the
church's work. For over 50 years, Sue taught a Sunday School class to
generations of young married women, and the class was eventually named in
her honor. She loved each and every one of "her girls" and delighted in
sharing with them as they began their young families. In addition, for over
30 years she led a Bible study group every month around her dining room
table. Friends and family will always remember the stacks of reference
books, Bible commentaries and articles that were permanently stacked around
her chair as she studied and wrote down in notebooks every week's lesson.
Active in WMU, one of Sue's favorite things was playing the piano for First
Baptist's weekly devotional time at North Shelby School. Sue was a
wonderful pianist and faithful member of the Cecelia Music Club. She
expanded on this love of music by entering Limestone College in 1954 and
earning her degree in music education. During this time, she learned to play
the cello and enjoyed for many years participating in the Gardner Webb
Orchestra, the Rutherford County Orchestra, and the First Baptist Orchestra.
She took particular joy in playing alongside her granddaughters in the
church orchestra. A great cook, Sue was known for taking her comforting
dishes of macaroni and cheese or homemade pimento cheese to the sick and
grieving in the community. Sue also was an avid reader and member of the
Tuesday Forum Book Club and loved the fellowship of playing bridge with her
friends. She enjoyed her weekly tennis game until she was in her 7Os, and in
her 30s was the Women's Golf Champion of Cleveland Country Club. Sue is
survived by her sister, Edna Morris Pfaender of Hartwell, Georgia,
and her three sons; Hill Hudson III and wife Carole Ann of
Shelby; Louie Morris Hudson and wife Brenda of Shelby; and
Robert Christopher Hudson of Memphis, Tennessee. Also surviving are
grandchildren Leah Hudson Webb of Raleigh, NC; Anne Hudson
Angevine of Bronxville, NY; William Hill Hudson IV of Charlotte,
NC; and Lindsey Hudson Zurline of Cameron, NC, and six great-
grandchildren. The family would like to express gratitude to the wonderful
community at Cleveland Pines who lovingly cared for Sue for almost 2 years.
Additionally, the comfort and guidance provided by Hospice of Cleveland
County was cherished. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 5, in
Webb Chapel of First Baptist Church of Shelby and were conducted by the
Rev. Tony Tench. Visitation followed in the Ladies Parlor of First
Baptist Church. Burial was private. The family invited any former members
of Sue's Sunday School class to sit in a specially reserved section in the
chapel. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 120 N. Lafayette
St., Shelby, NC 28150, or to Hospice, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby,
NC, 28150, or to Cleveland Memorial Library 104 Howie Dr., Shelby, NC,
28150. Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.c
om. Our sympathies to the Hudson family.
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