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Note: This is a past column from February 06, 2015
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Las Vegas - February 6, 2015


Denise Rose in Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra

We have never seen the showroom at the Italian American Club quite as full as it was on Thursday night, January 29th (although the recent F.I.O.R.E. luncheons are attracting very impressive numbers), for Gary Anthony and Denise Rose, starring in Happy Birthday, Mr. Sinatra. Anthony, as Frank Sinatra, and Rose as Judy Garland, were backed by Paul Badia on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, Gary Olds on drums, Bill King on trumpet, Jon Klowow on trombone, and Steve Golden on sax and flute. The audience was entertained by many familiar songs associated with Sinatra and Garland, including "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Got the World On a String," "Come Fly With Me," "The Man That Got Away," "Get Happy" and others, There were some surprise guests that joined Frank and Judy, among them, Dean Martin, portrayed by Andy DiMino; Sammy Davis Jr., played by Lambus Dean; Janet Valentine as Marilyn Monroe; Johnny Carson, by Steve Young; Elvis Presley, portrayed by Donny Edwards, and a Rich Little look-alike/sound-alike. The resemblance was amazing! Probably because it WAS Rich Little. "Frank," "Dean" and "Sammy" did "Mack the Knife," and "Frank" was joined on "The More I See You," by the real Pia Zadora on vocals, with Bill Fayne accompanying on piano. "Frank" and "Elvis" did a duet on "My Way," and everyone joined in on a big "New York, New York" finale. Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra was the premier event of The Vegas Voice's new 501c3 non profit, Las Vegas Showbiz Network (not to be confused with a similarly named local, questionable, organization.


And speaking of the F.I.O.R.E. non-club club, their annual Valentine's luncheon will take place next Thursday, February 12th, at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara. They will celebrate Valentine's Day with a musical program presented by Gary Anderson & The Malcontents, featuring vocalists Lisa and Ron Smith. With All My Hart will present the lyrics of Lorenz Hart (and music of Richard Rodgers). Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet, F.I.O.R.E. 50/50, and fun giveaways, not to mention the swell people you will spend time with, all for the lowly price of $25 a person. Widows of past presidents are always the guests of F.I.O.R.E. (new boyfriends and husbands are on their own). RSVPs are a must. To do so, contact via [email protected]. In celebration of the occasion, it is suggested that you wear your heart on your sleeve.

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Nik at Nite celebrates their one year anniversary in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany this Sunday night, from 7 to 11 p.m. In addition to the tasty music, the Red Carpet event will include surprise guests, and South American inspired specialty cocktails, sponsored by Fernet-Branca, Zaya Rum and Templeton Rye. Guest bartender, Gaston Martinez, will be serving alongside of resident mixologist, George Sproul. It was a very good year. Celebrate with Nikolas Mastrangelo and the Nik at Nite Trio at the Tuscany, located at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Jimmy Emerson and Tommi Rose are most grateful to Ron DeCar for letting them get their feet wet with their new show, Funny PHAT & Fabulous, at DeCar's beautiful Event Center, allowing them to do two shows there over the last two months. However, scheduling is a little tricky for Emerson and Rose, so they decided to take their show to the Tommy Wind Theater on the Strip. Even though, both Ron DeCar's Event Center and the Tommy Wind Theater have a 'where the heck is it?" factor, the two comics are just thrilled that they are welcome at both places! Tommy Wind, Jr. his father, Tommy Wind Sr., and Arlene (the mom and wife), are huge fans of Jimmy's and Tommi's, and literately went out of their way to bring the two entertainers to the Tommy Wind Theater. They opened earlier today, February 6th, for a limited three week run on Fridays and Saturdays. Show times are at 5 p.m., February 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st. Doors to the theater open at 4:30. All new from the twisted minds of Jimmy Emerson and Tommi Rose, it's Funny PHAT & Fabulous! If you are you looking for a typical drag show, with performers who lip sync while dressed and made up to look like famous stars, THIS AIN'T IT, BABY! This is the drag show your mother warned you about! After years of compiling songs, original lyrics, funny stories, jokes, and comedy send ups, Jimmy and Tommi, both celebrated professional female impersonators, have put together a show that highlights both of their talents. Funny PHAT & Fabulous (PHAT = Pretty Hot And Tempting/ Tasty) includes numbers that both have performed all over the world. Jimmy, as the comedy star of An Evening At La Cage, UnBOYlievable, Bottoms Up, and other revues, and Tommi as comedy star of the world famous Finocchio's and Evening at La Cage in San Francisco, Jewel Box Revue, and his own Palm Springs sensation, Tommi Rose & The Playgirls. Funny PHAT & Fabulous is a 75-minute nonstop revue that was an instant hit when it debuted on the Strip in Las Vegas. The show earned rave reviews! Roar with laughter as Jimmy and Tommi deliver classic comedy lines and celebrity send ups. While Tommi Rose delivers comic impersonations of Mae West and Carol Channing, Jimmy Emerson performs some his classic comedy bits such as "Bruiser La Rue," an effeminate football jock, and "Tammy Spraynett,, a country singer who has stayed too long at the fair. These two powerhouse performers round out the show with a shotgun delivery of jokes, stories and songs. We don't know why it took so long for these two "Diva" personalities to team up, but you'll be glad they did. Because together, they're "Funny, PHAT & Fabulous"! You'll laugh until you pee! Tickets for Funny PHAT and Fabulous at the Tommy Wind Theater are $29.95. The Tommy Wind Theater is located at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South, across the Strip from the Monte Carlo, between the MGM Grand and Planet Hollywood. Turn into the driveway just south of Fatburger. Parking is available in the rear for $5.


Jimmy Emerson, Tommi Rose & Friend Darren Quillo

Chadwick Johnson

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For all you Chadwick Johnson fans, and we know there are lots of you out there, you can catch him tonight, Friday, February 6th, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Aria Lift Bar. You can hear Mr. Johnson, next Friday, February 13th at the same place and the same hours. There is no cover charge.

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Rich Natole & Beverly Washburn

Rich Natole & Kurt Brown

Rich Natole played host to veteran actress, Beverly Washburn, on Monday, and Kurt Brown, producer of All Shook Up, an Elvis tribute show in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood, on Tuesday, for his Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show. Next Monday, Rich's guest is Lauren Farrah Singer from Nashville, and Tuesday, it's singing Impressionist, Mick Tiano. 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.

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Broadway actors, Annie Gaybis (also known as Mrs. John Byner) and Eric P. Bohus, do a staged reading of Venus in Fur, by David Ives, at the City Repertory Theatre, 160 Cypress Pt. Parkway, Suite B207, in Palm Coast, Florida. Show dates are February 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. If you are in Florida, for reservations, call the Box Office at (386) 585-9415. We have been told that Venus in Fur will make you forget Fifty Shades


Annie Gaybis

Terry Ryan

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Dedicated to promoting live music in Las Vegas, and supporting what is happening at The Dispensary Lounge, although she is on cruise ship, entertaining with Sonny Turner and The Platters, songbird Michelle Johnson still takes the time to let us know what is going on at the popular eastside hangout. At The Dispensary this week: Tonight, Friday, February 6th, Jazz diva JoBelle Yonely joins the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Saturday, February 7th, sultry songbird, Windy Karigianes, holds her CD release party and Birthday Extravaganza at the Dispensary from 10 to 2. Windy has a huge local following. Joining Windy is Bill Zappia on keys, Fred Watstein on bass and Boris Shapiro on drums. For her second show of the night, special guest, guitarist John Wedemeyer, joins in. There will also be some surprise guests! On Wednesday, February 11th, pianist Terry Ryan makes his debut at The Dispensary. At 76-years-young, Terry is a monster musician who never stops growing, His quintet features up-and-coming young musicians, and the night is sure to be smoking! Terry is on keys, Jorge Machain on trumpet, Carlos Mata-Alvarez on sax, RJ Reyes on bass and Angelo Stokes on drums. The Dispensary is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of Eastern and Tropicana. Check out both the music and the menu.

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From Californian Karole Foreman (a cast member of the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! during its successful, almost six year run, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas), comes this information on her latest theater adventure. The actress is currently appearing in Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, playing at the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara through February 22nd. Set in New York in 1905, this story of an African-American woman who sews "intimate apparel" for clients ranging from wealthy white ladies to prostitutes, plays against a backdrop of cathouses, ragtime, and massive European immigration. Still unmarried at the age of 35, Esther's life is upended when a foreign stranger starts to write her love letters, even though she harbors a secret love for an Orthodox Jewish tailor. Directed by Saundra McClain, with support from Elaine and Herb Kendall. The much respected Broadwayworld.com, calls Intimate Apparel, "Utterly captivating." Partly a love story and partly a confrontation of race and religion, Intimate Apparel reaches across a century of discrimination and gender inequality to remind us that, deep-down, we're all searching for the same things – a sense of purpose, a professional pursuit that makes us happy and, most importantly, someone to love us. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has penned a striking play to keep us grounded in a time when we are too often focused on an external locus of control, disappointed by our outward appearance, or bound by a set of rules forced on us by our socio-economic class. The play will resonate with anyone who has loved too hard, or too easily. It will ring true to those who have missed their opportunity to be with "the one" because of uncontrollable circumstances. It's perfect for those who read Buzzfeed articles on "being your best self." Set in 1905, it is a window into the past, while simultaneously being a reflection of the present. Beautiful costumes, superb acting, and dynamite story telling make this show a regular fixture in theaters across the county, and a must-see for Santa Barbara audiences. For tickets and info: http://etcsb.org/boxoffice/now playing/. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


Karole Foreman in Intimate Apparel

Bill Nolte in My Fair Lady

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Actor Bill Nolte, who played Franz Liebkind in the Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, recently finished Fiddler On the Roof at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, where he played Lazar Wolf. Nolte is currently in Pittsburgh where he is portraying Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, O'Reilly Theater at 621 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through February 22nd. The acclaimed musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, is the story of Eliza Doolittle and her teacher Henry Higgins, as she transforms from a Cockney flower girl to the fairest lady of them all. From the creators of Camelot, the exuberant score includes "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You Live," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Let your heart take flight! Book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Ted Pappas directs this production. Reviews have been great, with the Pittsburgh News saying "Public Theater's ‘My Fair Lady' could dance all night." About Nolte, the reviewer says, "Frankly, everyone is enchanted by Eliza (played by Kimberly Doreen Burns). That is, almost everyone. The only man who seems to be immune to her charms is her father. The wide- eyed Bill Nolte proves to be an epic presence, imbuing Alfred P. Doolittle, Eliza's deadbeat dad, with a giddy wickedness on his two big numbers, "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time." He's aided by a couple of partners in amorality (J. Alex Noble, Michael J. Farina) — in fact, the versatile ensemble is uniformly fine, including director-choreographer Ted Pappas' longstanding good luck charm, Daniel Krell, as the self-proclaimed expert linguist Zoltan Karpathy, who could put Eliza's big moment in danger." Sharon Eberson of the Post Gazette says, "Bill Nolte is delightful as Eliza's ne'er-do-well father. So is Daniel Krell in the small role as the bombastic hanger-on Zoltan Karpathy and Susan McGregor-Laine as Higgins' outspoken and disapproving mother" Tickets are $23 to $62, or $15.75 for 26 and younger. If you are in the neighborhood, call (412) 316-1600 for reservations.

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Based on recent news reports and videos from Mariah Carey's December 3rd "performance" at Rockefeller Center for the NBC tree-lighting special, Caesars Palace may have a problem on their hands. Carey, who is scheduled to headline at Caesars' Colosseum in Las Vegas beginning in May, while Celine Dion is still on hiatus, showed up more than three hours late to record her holiday hit, "All I Want for Christmas is You." Her live performance was brutal. Weeks later, Carey completely messed up her lip-sync during a live show in Jamaica. The singer was performing at the recent 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival, when things started going wrong. During a rendition of her hit "Fantasy," Mariah forgot the words. But instead of hearing silence, the audience discovered she had missed her cue and forgotten some of the lyrics and was lip syncing, as her backing track kept going. The embarrassing moment was captured on video and has gone viral (see Link below). This isn't the first time in recent years that Mariah has made headlines for either lip syncing or sounding less-than- stellar. At this point, it feels like one embarrassing moment keeps coming after the other. One writer/critic said, "I have a bad feeling about her upcoming Vegas residency - what is intended as a comeback might backfire big time. Mariah is not a performer, she is a singer. Performing isn't another form of artistic expression for Mariah. All she's there to do is sing, and that's what separates her from a lot of other artists in popular music. I think it's okay to lip sync if the artist is dancing up a storm, but not if they're just standing perfectly still. Either sing live and do it well, or stay home. Given Mariah's recent track record, it would be best for her to stop performing live. It's clear she can't handle it anymore. She should continue making music in the studio and releasing new material. Performing live isn't really what Mariah is all about anyway. She started out working in the studio making demos and adjusted to performing after she got a record deal. It's something she should seriously consider to save herself further embarrassment." Yipes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wArtxFB6wXU


Mariah Carey

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Reminder: The Lon Bronson Band, featuring "Industrial Strength R&B, Rock, Soul & Funk," will be performing every Friday night throughout February inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station. Shows start at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.

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If it isn't too late, the Henderson Symphony Orchestra is performing at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St., in the Water Street District, tonight, February 6th at 8 p.m. The winter concert celebrates all that jazz. The orchestra performs "The Great Gatsby" foxtrot by John Harbison, Aaron Copland's "Music From the Theater," and "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin. Guest pianist, Maria Kolesnyk, makes a special appearance with the orchestra. Admission is complimentary.

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Harrah's headliner, Comedy-Magician, Mac King, invites the public to jump on board this month, as he embarks on this year's Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour, in conjunction with Nevada Reading Week. Throughout February, King is partnering with the YMCA of Southern Nevada, The Toy Box and Splash Studios LLC, to collect books for elementary school children in local at-risk schools. Donate three or more new or gently used children's books at any of the locations below to receive a pair of tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show and special offers from the host venue. King will personally deliver the books to kids in at-risk schools, from March 2nd through March 6th, during Nevada Reading Week 2015. Book Drop Locations:
YMCA of Southern Nevada Book Drive (www.lasvegasymca.org)
· Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
· Durango Hills YMCA
3521 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129
· Centennial Hills YMCA
6601 N. Buffalo, Las Vegas, NV 89131
· SkyView YMCA
3050 E. Centennial Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89081
***Donate three or more new or gently used children's books during the month of February at any of the four Y locations to receive:
· A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show
· One-week Y Family Pass to all the facilities including children and adult exercise classes, indoor pools, exercise/weight equipment and rock wall (Limit one per person)
Click to Tweet: http://ctt.ec/ecAg7 Donate 3 new or gently used children's books to @YMCASN for a free One-Week Y Family Pass & tix 2 @mackingshow
The Toy Box Book Drive (www.ToyBoxLasVegas.com/)
· The Toy Box
Downtown Summerlin
1980 Festival Plaza Dr #175, Las Vegas, NV 89135
***Donate three or more new or gently used children's books during the month of February at this location to receive:
· A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show
· 15% off any one regularly priced item at The Toy Box (Limit one per person)
Click to Tweet: http://ctt.ec/djebr Donate 3 or more new/gently used children's books to @ToyBoxLasVegas in Feb. for 15% off any 1 item & @mackingshow tix
Splash Studios, LLC Book Drive (www.Facebook.com/SplashLasVegas)
· Splash Studios, LLC
9700 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV, 89147
***Donate three or more new or gently used children's books during the month of February at this location to receive:
· A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show
· 20% off any purchase at Splash Studios, LLC (Limit one per person)
Preferred Public Relations, LLC Book Drive (http://www.preferredpublicrelations.com)
· Preferred Public Relations, LLC
2630 S. Jones Blvd, Suite 1, Las Vegas, NV, 89146
***Donate three or more new or gently used children's books at this location to receive:
· A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Click to Tweet: http://ctt.ec/0YgCO Donate 3 new or gently used children's books during Feb. to @Preferred_PR for free tix 2 @mackingshow
Nevada Reading Week 2015 March 2 – 6

Donated books will be personally delivered by King to kids in at-risk schools during Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2015. Each year during Nevada Reading Week, King visits students at local elementary schools to teach the importance of literacy by reading stories and performing tricks from his show. Thanks to book drives held throughout the year, at the end of the assembly, each child is able to take a book home with them. For many kids this is the first book they can call their own. Local businesses and organizations interested in joining forces with Mac King by hosting a book drive to benefit Nevada Reading Week 2014 can email [email protected] tions.com for more information.

About Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour:
Comedy-Magician Mac King has been a life-long advocate for childhood literacy and since settling down in Las Vegas, has made it his mission to promote literacy in Southern Nevada. For years King has visited local elementary schools, spreading the importance of literacy to local students. In 2011 King decided to take his philanthropic efforts to the next level and launched Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy initiative to foster the love of reading and rally community organizations to raise books for Las Vegas school children. The tour kicked off during Nevada Reading Week 2011 and since then has collected more than 10,000 books by partnering with several local organizations including: Las Vegas Wranglers, Springs Preserve, Winder Farms, Sky Zone Las Vegas, Grimaldi's Pizzeria and Las Vegas 51's Baseball Team.

About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation, founded in 1991, continues to drive change and improve outcomes through educational programs that support literacy, learning, leadership, the arts and sustainability. For more information about the Foundation, go to thepef.org. "Like" us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ThePublicEducationFoundation. "Follow" us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ThePEFOutLoud.

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of Southern Nevada, established in 1944, invites community members to stay active at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane; the City of Las Vegas' Durango Hills Community Center, 3521 N. Durango Drive and Centennial Hills Community Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, both operated by the YMCA; and the City of North Las Vegas SkyView Multi-Generational Center, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway, operated by the YMCA. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Visit www.lasvegasymca.org or call (702) 877-9622.

About The Toy Box
The Toy Box, situated in the heart of Downtown Summerlin, features rare toys, collectibles, unique brands and the latest pop-culture crazes. Located at 1980 Festival Plaza Dr #175, Las Vegas, the store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 702-776-TOY-0 (702-776 8690) or visit The Toy Box online at www.ToyBoxLasVegas.com or on Facebook at ToyBoxLasVegas, Twitter at @ToyBoxLasVegas, Instagram at @ToyBoxLasVegas and Pinterest at @ToyBoxLasVegas

About Splash Studios, LLC
Splash is a paint-your-own interactive pottery studio with two party rooms, a plush television lounge, Karaoke stage, game room, and nearly 3,000 square feet of creative fun painting areas. Splash is located at 9700 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV, 89147. Studio hours are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with additional hours upon request. Call (702) 868-1606 for reservations. "Like" Splash on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SplashLasVegas.
A mighty big thanks to partners of Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2015: The Mac King Comedy Magic Show, The Public Education Foundation, The Toy Box, Splash Studios, A Creative Escape and The YMCA.

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If you missed the implosion of any of the now-but-a- memory Las Vegas hotels, you might be able to see the building at 305 Convention Center Drive go down. Known over the years as the Royal Americana, Royal Inn, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, Greek Isles, and, when it closed after Labor Day weekend last year, the Clarion Hotel and Casino. The 200-room, 12-story hotel is scheduled to be demolished between 2 and 3 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th. There have been 12 casino-hotel implosions in Las Vegas since the mid'90s. 1993, including the Dunes (now Bellagio), Landmark (now a parking lot for the Convention Center), Sands (now The Venetian), Hacienda (now the site of Mandalay Bay), Aladdin (now Planet Hollywood Hotel), El Rancho (now the location of Turnberry Towers), Desert Inn (now Wynn/Encore), Castaways/Showboat, and Stardust (the unfinished Echelon Place). The last implosion took down the New Frontier in November of 2007, and a part of the Tropicana was imploded in 2010. The former Clarion Hotel's new owner, 305CCD LLC, is led by Las Vegas developer, Lorenzo Doumani. No plans have been announced regarding what will be on the land next.

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There Goes the Sands 1996

There are lots of musical Valentine's Day weekend choices in Las Vegas if you want to see a show. Options range from budget conscious selections in neighborhood venues, to big-name headliners performing in major hotels. You can spend Valentine's Day being entertained by talented local, Mark Giovi, at the Mad Greek Café, 8565 W. Sahara at Durango. Dinner and show is $34.99. Call the Mad Greek t (702) 242-7669, for reservations .

On Valentine's Day, Saturday February 14th, in the showroom at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, it's The Fab who will be providing the entertainment. The legendary Beatles tribute band will be performing the very best of The Beatles Love Songs and more in one very special night. The Fab have been called the best sounding Beatles band in the world by many in the industry. They've also been named Best Band by the Las Vegas Review Journal's editors, and have built an incredibly loyal following by focusing on the music and the art of entertaining an audience without relying on gimmicky costumes or impersonations. For the Italian American Club Valentines Day show, The Fab will feature some of the most beautiful musical compositions ever written. Songs like Yesterday, Something, P.S. I Love You and 'Till There Was You, will be sure to fill the dance floor, and the band will also belt out some of the upbeat Beatles favorites like "Twist and Shout" and Saw Her Standing There. Some of what they are saying about The Fab: "Fabtastic" - Craig Ferguson, CBS The Late Late Show; "You guys sound awesome!" - Vince Neil, Mötley Crüe; "The most entertaining Beatles band out there" - Dennis Mitchell, host of Breakfast With the Beatles (nationally syndicated radio show); "Our attendees had an absolute blast singing and dancing along!" - corporate client. It's sure to be a great party with lots of spine tingling musical moments! You do not want to miss this one. The show starts at 8 p.m., with doors to the showroom opening at 7:30. Go to the IAC's website to order tickets at $20 each. Be sure to get them while they last by dropping by the Italian American Club at 2333 East Sahara. For reservations, call (702) 457-3866.
Note: At our Friday deadline, we hear the tickets may already be sold out.

In recognition of 47 years in the entertainment business, AND Valentine's Day weekend, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group The 5th Dimension, will bring their hits to The Orleans Showroom in Up, Up and Away - The Music & Memories, on February 14th and 15th. McCoo and Davis, who have been married for more than 45 years, have experienced success as recording artists, performers and authors. Throughout their careers, McCoo and Davis have received seven Grammy awards, earned 15 gold and three platinum records, and starred in roles on both television and stage. As part of The 5th Dimension, the group released numerous champagne and soul classics, including hits "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Worst That Could Happen," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Wedding Bell Blues" and "One Less Bell to Answer." After a decade with The 5th Dimension, McCoo and Davis decided to leave the group and establish themselves as a duo. They had immediate success with the single, "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)." The song became a No. 1 hit, and earned them a Grammy for "Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group." Additionally, Davis devoted his efforts to a successful gospel music career, and McCoo served as host of television's "Solid Gold." Showtime for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. at The Orleans each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.


Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

Bobby Caldwell

Friday, February 13th, jazzy, soulful Bobby Caldwell returns to perform in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station Casino, 4949 N. Rancho Drive. Despite a prolific musical 30+ year career, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is still best known for his 1978 hit single, "What You Won't Do for Love." Tickets are $29.45 to $51.45, plus fees. Call (800) 745-3000. Showtime is at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7.

English pop singer, Engelbert Humperdinck, best known for his No. 1 hits, "Release Me" and "The Last Waltz," as well as "After the Lovin'" and "A Man Without Love," performs in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $150, plus fees. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.


Engelbert

Brian McKnight

On Sunday, the 15th, singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and soul musician, Brian McKnight, will be at the Eastside Cannery for a 7 p.m. show. With hits like "One Last Cry" and "Back at One," McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is perhaps most recognized for his strong falsetto and belting range. McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations. Tickets start at $19.95, and can be purchased at the Eastside Cannery Front Desk, or online at cannerycasino.com, or eastsideacnnery.com.

And, if it's a nice dinner out with your sweetheart you are seeking, you might want to make reservations at one of the city's best kept dining secrets, the Carve Steakhouse at Eastside Cannery. After a recommendation by a friend, three of us recently had dinner at Carve. The intimate room would be easy to miss, as it is located in an enclosed space at the back of the casino, not too far from the cage. It's worth the hunt. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers of a Maryland Crab Cake ($14), Onion Soup Gratinee ($7), and Caesar Salad ($8), followed by entrees of New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($33), Crab Stuffed Shrimp ($30), and Filet Mignon (10 oz. size, $39). The entrees are served with choice of potato. We strongly recommend the delicious Baked Sweet Potato, with cinnamon butter. We divided a Crème Brulee and White Chocolate Cheesecake dessert ($7 each). Service was attentive without being intrusive. Made for a nice evening. Hours of operation for Carve are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Carve is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For reservations, call (702) 856- 5425.



Rainbow Company

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According to Robin Leach, some big-name headliners will be returning to hotel showrooms on the Strip over the next few months. For the past number of years, the Entertainment Capital has been overtaken by Cirque du Soleil productions, including Mystere, Ka, Beatles Love, O, Zumanity and Zarkana, among them. Mr. Leach reports that "Diana Ross has inked April dates for the first nine performances of her new mini-residency contract at the Venetian. Soon to follow in this new entertainment lineup set for the former "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" theater will be Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin; Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace. Is Jennifer Lopez next?"

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Each year, an original play combining musical theatre and Nevada history is produced by the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, using colorful historic characters and music that makes everyone smile. Enjoy "Digging Through Nevada's Past," February 13th, 14th and 15th, downtown at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. This year's show includes the stories of these notable Nevadans: mountain man Jedidiah Smith, beloved author Mark Twain, educator Hannah Clapp, bandit Milt Sharp, miners David Bartley and Edwin Gray, and Las Vegas doctor Roy Martin. Show times are 7 p.m. February 13th and 14th, and 2 p.m. February 14th and 15th. Tickets are priced at $5 per person, available online at www.artslasvegas.org, or by calling (702) 229-6553 or 229-6383. Appropriate for all ages, the show will tour selected schools in Clark County this spring, following this debut. Actors Lysander Abadia, Jill Borchers, Ryan Jazvac, Kearsten Kuroishi and Anthony Meyers play eight characters, each with the simple switch of a hat or vest. The show is written and directed by Karen McKenney, with music by Kearsten Kuroishi. Kristopher Shepherd designed the flexible set. Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova created the period costumes, and Joel Ruud is the sound designer. Founded in 1976, the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is a program of the city of Las Vegas. Rainbow Company produces a full season of family-oriented theatre and offers classes for youth ages 4- 18 in all aspects of theatre at Charleston Heights Arts Center. The Student Ensemble program offers professional-level training to young people ages 10- 18 in all aspects of theatre. For more information on this or other Rainbow Company productions or classes, call (702) 229-6553, or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

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Don't forget, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held this Sunday, February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live by CBS at 5 p.m. PST. Rapper LL Cool J will host the show for the fourth consecutive time.



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