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George Wallace Features Comedians, Yardbirds, T.G. Sheppard & Exile Booked, Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival, Prince Ends Reign, Sting and The Police Stop By, Toni Braxton Releases New CDs, Carmen Electra Gets Show, Hogs & Heifers Introduces Bike Night, Rockabilly Rod Reunion Set, Walk of Stars Honors Bobby Darin & Evel Knievel Blarney Season At J.C. Wooloughan's, Dr. Buzz Aldrin Leads Grand Canyon Skywalk, Vegas Grand Prix Charity Gala, Southern Hills Hospital Baby Fair Set, More...

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A second performance at The Pearl at The Palms on March 23 has been added for Carlos Mencia, host of Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia." He will share his melting pot of wit with audiences at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and $75; call Ticketmaster 702-474-4000.

Latino superstar Mencia continues to sell out shows across the country where he plays at larger venues. Mencia chose The Pearl over other Las Vegas' venues because of the state-of-the-art design and the more intimate setting. Both provocative and thought provoking, Mencia takes comedy one step beyond socially acceptable and uses his point of view to express to diverse audiences the absurdity and humility found in our everyday lives. Mencia is currently slated to star opposite Ben Stiller in the latest Farrelly brothers' comedy "Seven Day Itch."

Comedian George Wallace continues to keep his 10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, shows at the Flamingo fresh by bringing in special comedic guests to perform in his show. Comedian Chuck Martin, who has also established himself as a clever writer, is a part of his show through March 3. Martin has been writing for a number of television shows since the mid-1990s, including the Emmy winning show "Arrested Development."

Wallace is in his third year as a headliner at the Flamingo. He is best known best for his "Yo Mama" jokes and his infamous "I Be Thinkin" lines.
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Britain's legendary group The Yardbirds will perform at The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Friday, April 6. T.G. Sheppard and Exile will follow on April 7 and tickets are $20.95, $15.95 and $9.95, call 866-287-4643.

The Yardbirds legend and music has graduated three of the great rock guitarists who laid the groundwork for rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. They created hard rock out of standard 12-bar blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the amps up to 10. On the British club scene, the Yardbirds, the Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages. The Yardbirds expanded the range of the electric guitar, experimenting with feedback, sustain and fuzz tone. The Yardbirds were the bridge between the tributary white R&B of the early 1960s London and the pastures of fuzz-toned psychedelia and power-chorded heavy metal plowed much later in the decade and throughout the '70s.

Country singer T.G. Sheppard was named "Best New Male Artist" in 1976 by Cash Box. His career skyrocketed as he scored 10 consecutive No. 1 songs. In 1982, T.G. was honored as Music City News "Most Promising Male Vocalist." He brings to the stage a show filled with chart-topping hits.

Exile started out in the 1960s as a rock 'n' roll band called The Exiles. The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars signed them to open the show and provide backup for headlining superstars like Freddie Cannon, B.J. Thomas and others. In the '70s, they shortened their name to Exile and in 1978, released the song "Kiss You All Over," which remained on the pop music charts for 23 weeks, holding the No. 1 spot for a solid month and staying on the best-seller list for nearly six months. Throughout the '80s, Exile drifted apart, doing solo projects, while writing hundreds of hits for other country artists. In the late '90s they re-united and began performing as Exile once again.

Findlay Chevrolet will present the 12th Annual Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival on Saturday, March 31 at Desert Breeze Park, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road. The event opens at 11 a.m. and is considered to be Nevada's largest sports and music festival and features live music, amateur competitions for inline, skateboards and BMX, and returning again this year, the Pro BMX Dirt Jump Competition where the country's top pros compete for a $5,000 purse.

An action sports festival village will showcase elements related to the extreme sports lifestyle and include more than 60 industry-related vendor booths. Participants can demo the latest video games at various vendor locations, watch action sports demonstrations or visit the stage area to listen to live music featuring nationally acclaimed bands. Bullet For My Valentine, Static-X, Unwritten Law, The Ataris, Escape The Fate, The Higher, Haste The Day, From Autumn To Ashes and I Am Ghost are set to perform starting at noon.

Other highlights will include: the Adrenaline Unleashed Wrestling Show with international wrestling stars; an eXtreme Carnival with all kinds of rides such as bungee jumping, gyroscope, and mechanical bull; and the addition of the famous "Flow Show" providing North Shore-style mountain biking for the masses to enjoy.

Tickets are $17 in advance, call Ticketmaster 702-474-4000, or $20 at the gate. For everyone's safety, bags will be checked and there will be no re-entry into the event.

It's being reported that Prince will end his reign at the Rio, where he's appeared since last November, on March 31 so that he can go on tour.

Sting and The Police, who lead off the recent Grammy Awards, are going on tour and have a stop in Las Vegas planned for June 15 at the MGM Grand.

The famous Stardust sign on the Strip has been completely dismantled as crews ready the building for its inevitable implosion in March.

The tides have turned and "The Mentalist" Gerry McCambridge's show will not be opening at Palace Station after all.

This past week, Flamingo headliner and five-time Grammy Award-winner Toni Braxton released "The Essential Toni Braxton" new two-CD collection of music. This set includes every one of her 16 hit songs that have crossed over to the R&B and pop charts. The CD includes "Un-Break My Heart" and "You're Makin Me High" along with 30 additional titles.

Humm, it's being rumored that Carmen Electra of "Baywatch" fame will be teaming up with Dutch illusionist Hans Klok for a big show at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood.

Stand-up comic Johnny Rizzo will bring his rubber-face expressions and comedy shtick to the Riviera Comedy Club, March 5 - 11. Known for his work in the cult classic "The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," Rizzo is also featured in "The Road To Wellville," starring Matthew Broderick. He has amassed credits in radio, television, nightclubs, theatre, college and corporate circuits. He's also appeared in TV commercials for the Maryland Lottery and Budweiser.



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Hooters' Bike Night has ended; however, Hogs & Heifers downtown has introduced Bike Night Blow Out every Wednesday night with Jack Daniel's as the official liquor sponsor. In addition, on the third Wednesday night every month there will be a live band and more of everything.

Mark your calendar, the fourth annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion is set for Oct. 6 at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a kick-off party on Oct. 5. The event will feature hot rods and kool kustoms with nothing newer than '65, bands, pin-up girls, kustom kulture vendors, and contests.

The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana continues to provide weekly laughs with a rotating lineup of three different comedians. Headlining this week, Feb. 26-March 4, is comedian Mike Donovan, who has a passion for all sports. He's been a guest columnist at the "Boston Globe," writing about sports with a comedic twist. He's also been seen on the Showtime Network and ESPN's "Sports Center."

Other celebs slated to be honored by the Walk of Stars are Bobby Darin on May 14, which would have been his 71st birthday, and Evel Knievel in October.

The Medici Café and Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas offers a tasting menu highlighting one seasonal ingredient each month: chocolate in February; tropical fruit in March; rhubarb in April; and asparagus in May. Chef de Cuisine Truman Jones' menu features a six-course meal and wine pairing. The price is $80 excluding wine or $110 including wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. For information; call 702-567- 4700.

Luxury comfort shoe designer Donald J Pliner and The Public Education Foundation are sponsoring a fundraising event on Thursday, March 15 in association with Pliner's appearance at his signature boutique store inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Pliner will make a personal appearance from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. to introduce his spring/summer collection and meet and greet customers. Twenty percent of every shoe purchased that day will be donated to The Public Education Foundation. For information, call 702-796-0900.

Once again, J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub at the JW Marriott in northwest Las Vegas has St. Patrick's Day celebrations planned for Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 with plenty of live entertainment, giveaways and merchandise, drinks and food.

On St. Pat's eve, there will be a great happy hour and the Wild Celts will perform live on stage from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Later from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., entertainment will feature an appearance from Joshua Tree, California's extreme U2 Tribute Band. At midnight, the pub will ring in St. Patrick's Day with a beer in hand and a song.

On March 17, the pub will kick things up a notch offering three venues in which to celebrate: J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub; The Backyard an outdoor venue; and the newest party location, 'Edge' Lounge. At 11 a.m., there will be a smorgasbord of food and libation and the bag pipes will launch the festivities at noon with Thompson / Keefe taking the stage, followed by Las Vegas legend John Windsor and feature band Joshua Tree 'unplugged' for an afternoon performance. Local favorites Pop Culture will entertain guests later in the evening.

At 5 p.m., The Backyard will open with festive music and 'Edge' Lounge will host the feature acts, Wild Celts at 5 p.m. and Joshua Tree at 10 p.m.

Cover charge will be $10 at J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub & Backyard and $20 for the 'Edge' Lounge, The Pub & The Backyard combined. Advance tickets and VIP badges are available at J.C. Wooloughan's. For information, call 702-869-7725.

Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, known for taking historic first steps on the moon, will lead the "First Walk" on the new Grand Canyon Skywalk on Tuesday, March 20. During the private ceremony, Aldrin will make history again by taking the first steps onto the U-shaped glass walkway suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon Skywalk will be the first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim. It's located approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nev., at Grand Canyon West's Eagle Point.

The official public opening of the Grand Canyon Skywalk will be on Wednesday, March 28. Admission will be $25 in addition to a purchased Grand Canyon West entrance package. Shoe covers will be issued to avoid scratches and slipping. The visitors' center that will open later this year will include a museum, movie theater, VIP lounge, gift shop and private indoor and outdoor special event facilities. Several restaurants and bars will be available, including The Skywalk Café, a high-end restaurant with outdoor patio and rooftop dining on the edge of the canyon. For information, visit www.destinationgrandcanyon.com or call 877-716-WEST (9378).

A couple days ago, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. launched its new Web site, www.ritzcarlton.com. The new Web site includes thousands of new images, a streamlined navigation system and brand new features and 15,000 pages of new information. There are 61 Ritz-Carlton Hotels worldwide and one is located at Lake Las Vegas.

Toronto-based Four Seasons, the world's largest luxury hotel operator with 73 properties in 31 countries, including one at Mandalay Bay, will be taken private by a group of investors that includes (Bill) Gates' Cascade Investment, Kingdom Hotels International and Four Seasons Chairman, Chief Executive Isadore Sharp, and Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who is eighth on Forbes magazine's list of world's richest people.

The Vegas Grand Prix will host an April 5 invitation-only charity gala at the Bellagio featuring superstar performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Friends and "Tonight Show" host and comedian Jay Leno. Hit country duo Big & Rich along with Cowboy Troy will also perform at the event.

The third-annual Southern Hills Hospital Baby Fair, sponsored by Babies 'R' Us, will be held Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at 9300 W. Sunset Rd (at I-215). The free event features educational seminars from medical experts, prize raffles, maternity fashion shows, baby booths, and games. Call 702-233-5300 for reservations.

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