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River Palms 'Fusion' Continues, Williams & Ree Perform At Avi, Glen Campbell Cancels Last Riverside Show, Annual Bluegrass Festival Set, Colorado Belle Poker Buffet, More...

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The production show "Fusion" featuring a blend of magic, comedy and illusion will continue at the River Palms through March 31 in the River Sands Theatre. Shows are nightly except Tuesday at 7:30 and tickets are $14.95; call 800-835-7904.

"Fusion" formerly graced the stage of Lake Tahoe's Golden Cabaret for over 2 1/2 years, and boasted record attendance. The show's veteran producers Tony Clark and Paul Reder have had other hit shows like Las Vegas' "Dragapella" and "Forbidden Vegas," as well as Tahoe's Chipper Lowell Experience, "Phantasy," and "Viva Vaudeville."

The stars of "Fusion" are award-winning master illusionist Joseph Gabriel and his assistant and magician Katalin, who have performed for audiences around the world, and on virtually every major television magic special, most notably the Command Performance for President Reagan. Johnny Carson introduced Gabriel in 1983, and what transpired on the "Tonight Show" was sufficient to amaze millions of viewers and leave Carson himself visibly and vocally enthused. Over the next several years, Joseph would appear a total of seven times with Carson.

Gabriel made his Las Vegas debut in the "Lido de Paris" at the Stardust. Two years later, he became the starring act in "City Lites" at the Flamingo Hilton where he performed for 10 consecutive years. Joseph made a mega-leap from Las Vegas act to Broadway star, when he created and opened his own full-evening show entitled, "Magic on Broadway," which ran for 18 months.

Also in the cast is the comedy-juggling of Bryson Lang, who is an original alumnus of "Fusion." His talents have graced such movies as "Austin Powers II" and "Batman and Robin." On the small screen, Bryson has worked in commercials for Hollywood Video and Ethiopian Airlines and performed on a variety of television shows.

Rounding out the show is the magic artistry of Danny Cole, who was twice voted "Stage Magician of the Year" by the membership of the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He was a guest performer on Lance Burton's second network special and has created magic tricks for other magicians.

Singer Glen Campbell has cancelled his last show on Sunday, March 4. He will still be performing Tuesday, Feb 27 through Saturday, March 3.

A Valentine's dance featuring the Guy Lombardo Orchestra is scheduled at the Riverside on Monday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $20.

Davis Camp just north of the Laughlin Bridge on the Arizona side of the Colorado River is the site for the 7th Annual Bullhead/Laughlin Colorado River Bluegrass Festival featuring top-name bluegrass bands. Entertainment will take place each day until dusk, plus there will be craft, and food and beverage booths. Folks are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. For ticket information, call 928-768-5819.

Some of the bluegrass bands scheduled to perform include: Mountain Heart, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Karl Shiflett & Big Country, Kruger Broths, Lost Highway, Lost & Found, Bost Family, Just For Fun, Colorado River Boys and Cliff Wagner and Old #7.

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America's favorite music and comedy duo Bruce Williams & Terry Ree often referred to as "The Indian and the White Guy" will headline at the Avi on Feb. 3. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $18 and $24, call 1-866-463-6284.

Williams & Ree have sustained a more than 30-year career filling casinos, clubs, and arenas with audiences by displaying their ever-changing routine that usually steers away from the off-color Indian jokes that originally established the duo.

Williams and Ree met in 1968 at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D. where they began playing together in a band and between songs displayed their special brand of humor. After realizing that the humor became a bigger draw than the music, the comedy team was born.

Polishing their performances at venues such as the world famous Comedy Store in

Los Angeles during the 1970s and testing new material with the likes of Robin Williams and David Letterman, Williams and Ree discovered their natural ability to play off one another. They have since shared the stage with acts such as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Tim McGraw in addition to hosting "Country Kitchen" with Florence Henderson, a show that entertained audiences for more than 10 years.

The Riverside Resort has made it more convenient than ever to enjoy playing your favorite video poker and reel machines. The Riverside, which now offers personalized hand-held ticket redemption, is the only Laughlin casino where customers can redeem their winnings without leaving their seat. Players simply call on any slot rep to exchange their ticket for cash on the spot.

At the Colorado Belle from Feb. 9-14, the $10,000 Valentine's Prize Patrol will be out in force. Over this time period, One Club members wearing Valentine headgear while playing slot and video poker machines may win as much as $500 cash or other great prizes from the Valentine's Prize Patrol. To get your Valentine headgear, you need to earn 10 points on the day you want your head piece. Membership in the One Club is free.

The Colorado Belle's Poker Room features a mini buffet that is free to players from 5:15 p.m. each evening. Items such as chicken strips, taquitos, mini-hot dogs, plus deep-fried shrimp on Fridays are featured. Cocktail waitresses provide coffee or your favorite beverages while you play.

In the Poker Room, the game of Pingo uses certain poker hands in 7-Card Stud and Texas Hold 'em games for spaces on a special card resembling a bingo game card. The result is "Pingo." While playing poker, players cover a variety of patterns, with each pattern having a specific value from $25 to $500. Pingo players can potentially earn up to $1,450 a month playing Pingo and turning in all of the card combinations. Pingo cards can be obtained throughout the calendar month, and one card per person is given at any time. Based on the various ways to win Pingo, 24 consecutive games are played 24 hours a day.

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