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Sunday, February 10, 2008 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Mary Wilson Takes Center Stage, Patti Page Pays A Visit, The Spinners Headline, Mardi Gras Celebration Ongoing, The Comedy Shop Laughs Continue, Runnercard Half Marathon Date Set, Sock Hop Features Cool Music, More...

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The lovely real life "Dreamgirl" Mary Wilson of The Supremes will headline at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theatre, Feb. 26-March 2. Tickets for her 2 p.m. shows are $32.

Wilson has been a part of dozens of hit records, written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.

Four decades and 40 albums later, what once started as a dream has exceeded beyond Wilson's wildest imagination. With an unprecedented 12 No. 1 hits, including Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, and Stop, In The Name Of Love, The Supremes set the precedent for super group success.

Throughout the late 70s and 80s, Wilson hit the lecture circuit to tell her amazing story and still continues to lecture. Eventually she put her story to print, becoming a best-selling author with her autobiography, Dreamgirl…My Life As A Supreme. Dreamgirl went on to sell more than 250,000 copies in hardback, becoming one of the most successful rock and roll autobiographies of all time.

Musical icon Patti Page with more than 100 albums and 160 singles to her credit will headline at the Tropicana Express on Feb. 25. Tickets are $25 and $35 for her 8 p.m. shows.

Page's silky-smooth voice engulfed the airwaves during the '50s and '60s, providing her with a staggering 111 hits, 15 gold records and four gold albums. She became the first crossover artist to take country music onto the pop charts with such million record sellers as Mockin’ Bird Hill, I Went To Your Wedding, Mister & Mississippi, and, of course, the legendary Tennessee Waltz, which was No. 1 concurrently on all three charts (Pop, Country, and R&B) and sold more than 20 million copies. She was also the first artist to use multiple voice techniques on records and the only singer -male or female- to have had shows bearing her name on all three major television networks.

Harrah's will feature The Spinners on March 1 and 2 in the Fiesta Showroom at 7 and 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $45, $50 and $55.

Their classic group sound and approach never loses its universal appeal. Throughout the years, they have acquired 12 gold records with their hits climbing to the top of both Pop and R&B charts.

In 1972, The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records and manager, Buddy Allen, who still manages the group today. In 1979, The Spinners completed their first collaboration with producer, Michael Zager, and by early 1980, the single Working. My Way Back To You, was topping the Pop and R&B charts, earning The Spinners their 12th Atlantic gold record.

The Spinners have been nominated six times for a Grammy and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They received a Black Gold Award on the Dick Clark TV Special for their many achievements in the recording industry and they have been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contribution to R&B music. On June 5, 1993, The Spinners performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Georgetown University graduates. In 2004, The Spinners performed at the Republican National Convention for President Bush. Also, the group completed two PBS specials and an ABC special, entitled Disco Ball paying tribute to the music of the 70s.

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The Colorado Belle and Edgewater are holding a $50,000 Mardi Gras Giveaway through Feb. 28 where all ACCESS Club members may win $1,000 a day. Each evening one lucky club member will be the $1,000 winner. The Colorado Belle's game is held at 6 p.m., followed by Edgewater's game at 7 p.m. nightly.

In addition, guests can take advantage of themed food and drink specials at each of the resorts. Guests can also take home a plush souvenir Gator to remember their Mardi Gras days by obtaining 2,000 on their players club cards Feb. 19-21. Each player may earn up to one plush Gator reward and keep their players points.

Players will receive more chances to win cash and prizes in the Colorado Belle's $25,000 Free Slot Tournament, Feb. 15-17. Qualifying rounds take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, followed by the final round on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., where the first place winner will receive $5,000 in cash.

Tournament play will continue Feb. 26-28 with the 3 Card Poker Tournament in the Colorado Belle's Mardi Gras Room. The lucky player with the right cards at the final table will receive $12,000 in cash.

This Feb. 29 marks leap year, and for Edgewater and Colorado Belle players, it means an extra day to play. In recognition of the unique day, all club members will receive 5X points all day long on Feb. 29.

The Comedy Shop at the River Palms continues to rotate a noteworthy lineup of three stand-up comics weekly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, Monday through Saturday, are $14.95 and $19.95. Scheduled from Feb. 11-16 are Max Duccelli, Peter Vouras and Marc Patrick. The Feb. 18-23 lineup will be Tony Daro, Patric DeGuire and Danny Villapando.

The third annual Laughlin-Runnercard Half Marathon and 5K Run will take place on March 29. Both are run on an “out and back” course along the Colorado River starting near the events arena at the Avi. Entry fees are $45 for the half-marathon that begins at 7:30 a.m. and $35 for the 5K. All registration is being done online using Runnercard.com.

The Riverside has added the following listings to its entertainment roster this year: Magician Franz Harary, April 2 - 6; Western Underground, April 9 - 13; and comedian Ralphie May, Oct 7 - 12.

When We Were Fab - a tribute to The Beatles will perform at the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater on March 8. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $20.

The Avi Sock Hop featuring the music of The Coasters, The Drifters and Platters will take place at the Avi Convention Center on Feb. 23. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show start at $18, call 800-585-3737. Prizes will be awarded for the best 50s costume and individual/couple sock-hoppers.

Tom & Sharon's Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Party will take place on Feb. 23 and again on March 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details, call 702-298-2535, ext. 5708.

The Clark County Marriage License Bureau has moved to its own office space inside the Laughlin Regional Government Center at 101 Civic Way. Bureau hours are daily except legal holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the other six days. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. For information, call 702-298-1097.

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