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Note: This is a past column from February 20, 2015
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Las Vegas - February 20, 2015

Paul Mead 1969-2015

Nelson Sardelli & George Bugatti at F.I.O.R.E.

Former Boyd Gaming Corporation employee, Paul Mead, passed away suddenly on January 21st at the age of 45. Paul was born in Warren, Michigan, on June 10th, 1969. He was employed by Boyd Gaming Corporation for 10 years, starting as a showroom usher at the Stardust in 2004. He was soon promoted to a Lead Usher. When the Stardust closed in 2006, Paul moved on to The Orleans Hotel as an Executive Casino Host, a position he held for eight years, It was while working for Boyd, that Paul met Stacey Medall, who is currently the Showroom Manager at The Orleans. Paul and Stacey were a couple for nearly nine years. Paul's family describes her as "the love of his life." He loved Stacey's nephews, Justin and Jacob Medall, and because both boys have Down Syndrome, Paul supported and became active with Opportunity Village in Las Vegas. Paul Mead is survived by his parents, Richard and Carole; sister Jennifer (Arthur) Arsenault; nieces Samantha and Nicole; nephew Andrew; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation has already taken place. A memorial will be held on February 28 at 2 p.m. at Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, 4040 Lapeer Rd. in Burton, Michigan. Memorials in Paul's name may be sent to Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146, or to a charity of your choice. Paul will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace.

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The annual F.I.O.R.E. Valentine luncheon was a big hit. More than 100 attendees showed up to enjoy a delicious buffet, camaraderie and romantic music, much of it written by Lorenz Hart, and performed by Grammy Award-winner Gary Anderson and his ensemble of Malcontents, and sung by Mr. and Mrs. Smith - that would be Lisa and Ron Smith. Calling the program With All My Hart, favorite songs, such as "My Funny Valentine," "My Romance," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where Or When," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Blue Moon," "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," "I Could Write a Book," and "This Can't Be Love," added to the mood of the afternoon. The F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) non- club club meets once a month at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, usually at 11:30 a.m. (On certain special occasions, a dinner buffet is presented in lieu of lunch). Whether it's lunch or dinner, RSVPs are always required. Anyone, with a good attitude is welcome. If you would like to join them at any of their events, please visit their website at, and go to the ABOUT US page. Contact the F.I.O.R.E group at [email protected].

Lisa & Ron Smith Musical F.I.O.R.E. Valentines

Gary Olds, Lesley Gore & Don Laughlin

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Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore died at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on Monday, February 16th, as the result of lung cancer. She was 68. Born in Brooklyn, Gore, whose birth name was Lesley Sue Goldstein, was raised in New Jersey. Producer Quincy Jones discovered her when she was a teenager, and she went on to sign with Mercury Records. Gore's early records were some of Jones' first big hits. The singer broke out into the music scene in 1963 with "It's My Party," which became No. 1 on the charts, was nominated for a Grammy and sold more than one million copies. She followed that up with such hits as "That's the Way Boys Are," "She's a Fool," "Maybe I Know," "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (composer Marvin Hamlisch's first hit composition), and "You Don't Own Me," which sold more than one million copies as well and landed her a No. 2 spot on the charts. Gore was nominated for an Oscar, along with her brother Michael Gore, for co- writing "Out Here on My Own" from the 1980 movie, Fame. Her other film work includes co-writing "My Secret Love" for Allison Anders' 1996 film "Grace of My Heart." She also appeared on Broadway in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" in the late '90s. Over the years, Gore performed in Laughlin and Las Vegas, most recently in a packaged show called Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll, co-starring Little Peggy March, at a hotel casino near Summerlin last May. Her first album in 30 years, Ever Since, came out in 2006. Most recently, Gore had been working on a stage adaptation of her life. Lesley Gore is survived by her partner of 33 years, jewelry designer Lois Sasson; her brother Michael; and her mother. Her funeral was held yesterday in New York City.

Las Vegas musician, Gary Olds, played drums with Ms. Gore over a 10 year period. She is quoted as saying that "I consider Gary Olds to be one of the great drummers that I have worked with..." His feelings for her as an artist and person were mutual.

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John Griffeth surprised his wife, singer Deana Martin, with the renewal of their wedding vows in Sydney Harbour, off the coast of beautiful Australia! Now that's amore! "I had no idea. This was a total ambush," Deana said of the 25th wedding anniversary surprise organized by her husband, John. "He told me to wear comfortable shoes and then suddenly there was this lovely boat and flowers and champagne and our friends on board," said the American-based singer and daughter of the king of cool, Dean Martin. "We met on a blind date on Valentine's Day 26 years ago, and then 25 years later, imagine having a day off on our anniversary and my wonderful romantic husband organizing this," she gushed. Martin is currently on tour in Australia, performing in Newcastle, Castle Hill, and other cities in the country. She will be sporting a new rock on stage that John picked up in Volle Jewellery in the Queen Victoria Building. Proving that everybody loves somebody sometime, John said: "I was looking for an opal, because it is Australian and then I saw this beautiful stone and just had to have it," he said. "She is the most beautiful woman I have known in my whole life." Now ain't that a kick in the head. Memories are made of moments like this. The "newlyweds" return to the mainland on March 2nd.
Photo by Toby Zerna.

Deana Martin & John Griffeth Down Under

Stan Irwin, Rest In Peace

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Nelson Sardelli passes along this information...
"I received a phone call from Mrs. Stan Irwin. She has given me the details of the funeral services for her producer husband, who passed away on January 21st at the age of 94.
Maggie asked me to pass this information to those of you who knew him. It will be a short service with all Military Honors, held on Monday, February 23rd at 2 p.m., at The Veteran Cemetery, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., in Riverside, California. After the service at Riverside, there will be a reception at the Irwin home, 11354 Reseda Blvd,, in Porter Ranch, California, at 6:30 p.m. (Please let Mr. Sardelli know if you are planning to attend the reception at the Irwin home.)

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Keith Thompson tells us that Seth Rudetski is coming to town to do live radio interviews with some of the "Broadway" performers here in Las Vegas. The live taping will be done Monday, February 23rd in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center. They are hoping to get a good crowd for a live audience full off fans of the show and of "Broadway in Vegas!" PM If you want to be in the audience, the person to email to request a spot on the guest list is: Andrew Valeri at [email protected]. The taping starts at 4 p.m. (Keith thinks it goes till 6, and you have to be in your seats in Cabaret Jazz by 3:45. That's all I know! Thank you, Keith.

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Don't know how we made this mistake, but we did.
In last Friday's column, in reference to Chadwick Johnson being one of the performers in the Vegas Voice Variety Show, hosted by Mark OToole and taking place at Ron DeCar's Event Center last night, we put the wrong time and the wrong phone number. It's things like this that let us know it is definitely time for Claire Voyant to retire.

There are other opportunities to see some talented performers at the Event Center over the next few weeks. Among the offerings are Fayne and Friends on February 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 for Buffet. Called A Love Story, this show that takes place in the fictional Bill's Piano Bar, where people come to meet, listen to music, have a drink and fall in and out of love. Through music, they share hopes, dreams, and the highs and lows of love. This show stars Janien Valentine, Anne Martinez, George DeMott, and Bill Fayne, sharing music that spans from the ‘30s to today. General admission seating is $15. With the buffet, tickets are $30. Ron DeCar's Event Center is a beautiful 6,000 square foot venue located at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. South, right on the Las Vegas Strip between the Stratosphere Hotel and the Fremont Street Experience. For reservations, call the IAC at (702) 384-0771.

Bill Fayne will be happily busy next weekend. In addition to his show at the Event Center on Saturday, Friday, the 27th, he will be at the helm of Broadway to Hollywood, a show created by Bill and Mistinguett. Broadway to Hollywood, featuring songs that originated on the stages of New York, and then wound up in the movies, will play at Anthem's Freedom Hall. Music from Chicago, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Phantom of The Opera, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Carousel, and South Pacific, will be featured. The program stars Anne Martinez, Jay Joseph, Ashley Fuller, Dia Webb, and Stephen McClelland. Showtime is at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall. Since the recent performance of Broadway to Hollywood was a sellout at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, the Freedom Hall show is also expected to be.

Mark OToole

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In celebration of Black History Month and the upcoming Nevada Reading Week, the creators of the Go, Go Greta! children's book series and Metro Arts invite you to attend the third annual Love for Literacy Festival, February 21st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city of Las Vegas West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and West Las Vegas Library, located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Created by Joseph Watson and Dana Satterwhite, Love for Literacy was created in celebration of Nevada Reading Week and Black History Month, featuring local arts and culture organizations, illustrators, and authors, to instill and reinforce a life-long love of learning through creative pathways. Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada will be hosting the festival for the second consecutive year. Programming Partners co-sponsors and participants include the Las Vegas - Clark County Library District, the city of Las Vegas West Las Vegas Arts Center, Somersault Letterpress, Push Forward, Pop Goes the Icon, Writer's Block Book Shop, artists, illustrators, and many more. The festival will be held at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Sponsored in part by the NV Energy Foundation and Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Metro Arts continues the expansion of the festival, originally launched in 2013 at Emergency Arts. Utilizing creative talent during Black History Month, the event encourages reading, literacy, and creativity through educational games, additional resources, and community involvement. In addition to "Go Go Greta" illustrations, Joseph Watson's work will be familiar to Westside residents, as he has created artwork for the neighborhood ZAP! Project on Martin Luther King Boulevard, as well as the banners for Berkley Square. Satterwhite and Watson began Love for Literacy in 2013 to introduce the importance of literacy to Las Vegas youth through workshops featuring performing and visual arts professionals. Live performances and free workshops are available to youth of all ages through the duration of the festival. Classes include book- making, voice over, theatrical improvisation, and more. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with workshops running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tonight, Friday the 20th, The Dispensary Lounge features Gary Fowler and Friends, with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy jazz and great food late into the night. Tomorrow, Saturday, February 21st, Jo Belle Yonely and the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio will entertain from 10 to 2. The vintage dive bar is located at 2451 E Tropicana Ave, on the southeast corner of Trop and Eastern. The Dispensary is open around the clock, and food is served all the time. For additional information, phone: (702) 458-6343. Stop by!

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Rich Natole & Bill Fayne

Cambry & Carly Salway

On Monday, February 23rd, comic impressionist Rich Natole's guest on his Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show is personality, Barbra Brighton. Tuesday, he will interview talented and beautiful teenage twins, Cambry and Carly Salway, 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. Tune in and give a listen to Rich and company.

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Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell Honored


Veteran comic, Marty Allen, and his musical bride, Karon Kate Blackwell, were among six personalities honored by the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame and Museum at the Mad Greek Café on January 28th. Mr. and Mrs. Allen, along with saxophone player, Don Hill, who joined the famed Treniers in 1947, and performed with the band for more than 50 years; singer Dondino, who was a mainstay around Las Vegas from the late '70s; media personality, Gary Campbell, co-host of Backstage Live with Gary and Connie; and Bruce Commander Garrett, a longtime member of the KLAV radio family. The honorees were presented with plaques, and we are told that the Mad Greek was jumping. Congratulations, one and all.

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They had another great night of music in the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge last Sunday, with more talented guests joining Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik Mastrangelo, known when he has a mic in his hand as Nik at Nite. Thanks to Alicia Sherman for introducing the crowd to her daughter, Sabrina, who was visiting from the Big Apple. Sabrina shared a couple of jazzy vocals with the audience. Paul Von Adam, trumpeter from Bob Anderson's great band, sat in with the Nik at Nite Trio on their last set, as did Martin Mancuso with his alto sax. Everyone had a lot of fun, what with the guests and the wonderful music of Jimmy Van Heusen as the theme for the night. This Sunday, Nik and company will have a new theme - songs about places - and more surprises. Stop by between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. for something different and refreshing! The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side)- 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town. Oh, and did we mention the Piazza has a dance floor waiting to be used?

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And speaking of "going places," if, in fact, the Riviera hotel casino is going to be the next Las Vegas "landmark" to be imploded (the Landmark hotel was actually destroyed in November of 1995), and that appears to be the case, we have to wonder, what will happen to all of the shows that call the property home. The current productions include Crazy Girls, Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions, Matt Kazam's 40 Is Not the New 20, and The Riviera Comedy Club. Also scheduled to become part of the entertainment lineup in the long closed but newly redone and reopened Versailles Theatre was Dick Feeney's The Rat Pack is Back and MJ Live, closing at the Rio on Sunday. And the saga continues.

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Dondino will be performing his own show at the Italian American Club, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28th. Dondino was a Las Vegas favorite from the late ‘70s to the mid-1980s. Locals and tourists first discovered him here when he performed at the Royal Inn, which later became the Royal Americana. From Convention Center Drive, the talented singer/personality became a regular at the downtown 4 Queens, where he headlined for 11 years as an afternoon delight. When things started to change in Las Vegas for entertainers, Dondino moved to Iowa. Like many who leave this city do, Dondino and his wife, Donna, are back in Las Vegas. You can see and hear him next weekend in the showroom at the IAC, 2333 E. Sahara. His tightly choreographed, lushly orchestrated shows mix original work with old standards, resulting in a dazzling display of showmanship. See for yourself. Tickets are $25. Pick them up at the club, or call (702) 457-3866 for reservations.

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Based on the recent display ads being run in the Friday Neon by the Golden Nugget, it would appear that the talented comic impressionist, Gordie Brown, is no longer performing at the downtown hotel. We are assured that this clever and funny man is still creating laughs in the hotel's showroom, albeit a strange, somewhat confusing schedule - Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. If that's the case, why no pictures of the handsome Mr. Brown in the ads, and in today's Review-Journal insert, not even his name? What gives???

Gordie Brown

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Eccoci Boca Park will hold "Fifty Shades of Grey Gala and Fundraiser" tomorrow, Saturday, February 21st, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a fashion show at 2:30 p.m. featuring Attitudes by Debra – Cobra Culture. At 3 p.m. the fashions and a date with a Christian Grey persona will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the Safe charity. All afternoon, there will be entertainment by John Anthony, a photo opportunity with the Christian Grey character, and refreshments...champagne, strawberries and quiche. This free afternoon event for the public will be held at Eccoci, located at 750 S. Rampart, Suite 8. Who will win the rose from Christian Grey? ECCOCI, pronounced "echo-chi," meaning Italian for "We're All Here," features four high fashion designers who create easy, edgy, chic and European inspired designs in stunning colors, luxurious fabrics and modern styles. Phone (702) 949-5999.

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Far be it from us to suggest to Steve Wynn what he is doing very right, and not so right,, when it comes to his new show, ShowStoppers. We are most delighted to see that Mr. Wynn is running TV commercials to promote ShowStoppers, something that wasn't done for Avenue Q or Spamalot. Now, here's a question for Mr. Wynn. How about putting a number or two from Jerry Herman's Miss Spectacular into ShowStoppers? After all, the original musical was created FOR Steve Wynn. The only exposure Miss Spectacular has really had has been the concept album. There is some good music on that album.

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Harrah's Headliner, Comedy-Magician Mac King, hosted Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour Book Drive with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels last Wednesday, as they took on Boise State. Those who donated three or more new or gently used elementary-school aged books received two free tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's Las Vegas. King was on-site at the Thomas and Mack Center front entrance from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to collect donations and meet with the fans while taking photos and signing autographs. The books raised will benefit the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation. They will be donated to elementary school children in local at-risk schools. King will personally deliver the books to kids during Nevada Reading Week 2015. Patrons may also donate books during the month of February at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Egg Works, The Egg & I, The Toy Box and Splashville. Each location is offering Mac King tickets and a special offer to anyone that donates three or more new or gently used children's books. Visit for more details.

Nevada Reading Week 2015 March 2 - 6
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 can email [email protected] for more information. 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 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. 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

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Ronnie, Jeneane & Marianne

Marianne LeMoine Phoenix tells us, that for her, "Another dream is coming true!" On Sunday, March 1st at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30) at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin to present A Guy and Three Dolls. The "Guy" is NiteKing singer, Victor Moea, and the "Three Dolls" are Ronnie Fabre, Marianne Phoenix and Jeneane Marie. The Guy and Three Dolls will be backed by musical director Whitney Phoenix, on piano and keys; Steve Grantham, Drums; Sean Barney, Bass; Rob Goldsmith, Guitar; and Steve Golden, Sax.

Fans of this great ensemble will recognize every song from Broadway to standards, including rock, jazz and blues. are respected performers who have opened for just about everyone! The combination of these voices and music will create one of the best shows and most memorable afternoons ever. Marianne says, "My husband Whitney and I are proud be performing with two of our most very favorite female singers, Ronnie Fabre and Jeneane Marie. And, to top it all off, the talented lead singer from The NiteKings, Victor Moea, will be right there with us! To say we are excited is an understatement! We so hope you can join us for this "Afternoon Delight." We do have tickets with prime seating and will mail them to you for your convenience... however, you need to reply ASAP, and then mail your check immediately for your needed tickets, made out to: Whitney Phoenix, 10108 Hill Country Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89134. Be sure you include your mailing address. Tickets are $15 ($17 online purchase price) for assigned seating. They are selling fast, very fast! Here's where you can get them if you don't get them from us:
Show tickets may also be purchased in person at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and the Pinnacle. Tickets are on sale seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or online at scai_home_about.html For more information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

Victor Moea

Whitney Phoenix

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The Lon Bronson Band will perform at The Smith Center on Saturday, February 28th at 8 p.m. Former Tower Of Power lead vocalist, Larry Braggs, guest stars for an evening of classic '60s and '70s soul. The music of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett will be ceremoniously recreated by Vegas' favorite eclectic horn-infused 14-piece Lon Bronson All- Star Band!

Larry Braggs

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Urban Turban, a Bombay Kitchen and Tapas Bar, is now delivering its traditionally international menu to the Las Vegas area with Bite Squad. Urban Turban's entire menu of Bombay Bites (tapas style), curries, sharing plates and more are available for delivery during normal business hours between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Bite Squad launched in Las Vegas on September 15, 2014 with over 300 partners. Bite Squad uses environmentally friendly branded vehicles for deliveries. The order process boils down to five simple steps: visit, enter a delivery address, choose the restaurant and place an order, follow the order using the Order Tracker or track the driver using Real-Time GPS and enjoy the delivered meal. In order to ensure proper food temperature and timeliness, Bite Squad will deliver within seven miles of the restaurant. Bite Squad's delivery charges are minimal, menus are not marked up and gratuity is optional. Order minimums and delivery fees vary by distance from the restaurant. For more information about Bite Squad, visit Urban Turban is located at 3900 Paradise Road. For more information, please visit or call 702-826-3216. Urban Turban transports the flavors of India direct to Las Vegas. Urban Turban owners, Jasmine and Bhushan Arolkar, drew inspiration from their hometown of Bombay (Mumbai), India to create an innovative restaurant that fuses a modern dining experience with a wide variety of cuisine styles from all regions of India and across the globe. At Urban Turban guests can enjoy a traditionally international menu of Bombay bites (tapas style) and an extensive wine and cocktail menu in a modern dining ambiance. The culinary team, lead by Head Chef Vijay Deokar, is a team of professional chefs who integrate classic Bombay flavors and spices with contemporary Indian fare favorites. Urban Turban is located at 3900 Paradise Rd, and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. until late. For more information on Urban Turban, visit, or call (702) 826-3216.

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It's Hollywood's biggest night of the year on Sunday. The Academy 87th Awards will air live on ABC. Neil Patrick Harris will host. You're welcome.


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A semi-farewell to the troops.

After doing this for more than 10 years, next Friday, February 27th, will be the last of our weekly Claire Voyant columns. Cousin Claire is tired.

Before we go, we have some (more) things we want to say.

First and foremost, a great big THANK YOU to Frank Sener and Gene Balmain, the two gentlemen behind Charleston Communications, the folks that bring you Claire Voyant and a wealth of other information about our exciting city. We much appreciate both gentlemen for allowing us to run uncensored, and for trusting us to do so.

An extra big thanks to Frank, for his patience when columns were late (almost every week), and for taking his valuable time to correct typos and/or mistakes that we noticed after we have pushed the Send button.

And thank you, too, to the working people who realized that Cousin Claire needed timely, accurate, correctly spelled, information in order to properly promote their shows, projects and businesses.

Our policy has been not to mention, by name, the handful of no-talent, phonies, egomaniacs, con-artists, liars and thieves, or the snobby businesses that have managed to get a foothold in the community, at least for a while. Most of them eventually get caught, and hopefully move on to other parts of the world.

We have tried to make the public aware of the talented and good people in the entertainment world, primarily in the Southern Nevada community, and to ignore that and those that didn't meet our standards. Our thinking is, if we wouldn't spend our own hard-earned money on it, we didn't want to suggest that readers do so either. The biggest compliments we have gotten over the years, come from people who tell us, at the end of a wonderful performance, "We would not have known about this event if we hadn't read about it in Claire Voyant's column." You're most welcome.

Over the past decade, the opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer,
and do not necessarily reflect those of the staff and management.

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