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Sunday, October 5, 2008 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Donny & Marie Headline Incredible Variety Show, Minus 5 Experience Opens Cool Bar, OneRepublic Perform, Las Vegas BikeFest Highlights "Born 2B Wild," Mickey Manners Stands Up, Age Of Chivalry Invades Sunset Park, War Entertains Eastside, Ella Fitzgerald And David Bowie Tributes Play, Lake Las Vegas Hosts Hawaiian Festival & Canoe Regatta, Haunted Corn Maze Welcomes Visitors, Nightclub Holds Special Events, More...

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America's favorite siblings, Donny and Marie Osmond, recently unveiled their much-anticipated headlining variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The show aptly called Donny & Marie has the talented twosome delivering a high-energy stage production that incorporates singing, dancing, comedy, audience interaction, and their signature brother-sister banter. The 90-minute production, set for a six-month run, marks the first time in 29 years that Donny and Marie have performed an extended residency engagement in Las Vegas.

Donny and Marie

The show opened on Sept. 9 and it is playing to sold-out crowds. The "little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll" duo honestly dazzle and mesmerize audiences as they take them on an entertaining, multi-media journey with five large video monitors, showcasing their 50-year careers both together and individually. They began their careers on The Andy Williams Show; she at age 3 and Donny at 5.

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Their variety show is jam packed with set changes accomplished with versatile movable set pieces, a stage jetting out into the audience in an intimate venue seating 750, and costume changes for the siblings as well as the eight skilled dancers. A nine-piece band placed on movable platforms play all types of music and round out the show's perfection.

Highlighting their individual successes as recording artists, both Donny and Marie perform greatest hit solo sets. Marie croons chart-topping "Paper Roses," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and a Broadway medley including "All That Jazz," "Life is a Cabaret" and "Phantom of the Opera." Donny rocks audiences with the smash hit "Soldier of Love," melts hearts with "Puppy Love" and "Twelfth of Never," and gives audiences a taste of his Broadway career with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Any Dream Will Do" from "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" that he starred in for more than 2,000 performances.

Without question, the Donny & Marie show is in the "must see" category especially since you can't always see them performing together. They headline at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $85, $99 and $115, call 702-733-3333 or 800-221-7299.

The first permanent ice lounge in the United States that is made entirely of more than 24 tons of imported ice from Canada has opened at Mandalay Place. It's exactly what the name implies_an experience. Inside the 2,000-square-foot attraction everything is ice including sculptures like a life-size Elvis, architectural fixtures such as couches and tables, a bar, an ice chapel for weddings, and the walls. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.

Minus 5 Ice Lounge

Visitors buy a package ranging from $30, which includes entry and a cocktail, up to the VIP Experience for $100. Everyone is given a pager because you're only allowed to stay inside for 30 minutes. You're issued parkas, mittens and booties if you like. Your drink(s) are Vodka-based cocktails served in imported ice glasses made from pure New Zealand artesian water. The fun is picking a drink up with your mittens.

The Minus 5 Ice Lounge can accommodate 50 patrons at a time and the adjacent Minus 5 Lodge that will open in November and be a warm, rustic pub will hold 150 people.

OneRepublic is set to play with opening acts The Hush Sound, The Spill Canvas and Augustana at The Pearl in the Palms on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28, $33 and $38, call 702-474-4000.

OneRepublic

After gaining massive popularity via MySpace, OneRepublic that was formed in 2002 made its mainstream breakthrough in 2007 with the hit single Apologize. A remix of the song was featured on Timbaland Presents: Shock Value and has since sold more than seven million copies of the single worldwide. The original version of the song is featured on the band's debut album, Dreaming Out Loud. The band's second single Stop and Stare reached the top ten on the Billboard Pop 100 and Top 40 Mainstream charts. The band also performed this song and its newest single, Mercy on the hit TV show Smallville.

This weekend during the 8th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, the Fremont Street Experience downtown is debuting the new Viva Vision show, "Born 2B Wild," which marks the third Viva Vision show to debut this year on the five-block canopy. Other free light show additions playing nightly throughout the year include A Tribute to Queen and Don McLean's "American Pie."

Impressionist Fred Travalena has cancelled his shows at the Suncoast, Oct. 24-26, and Clint Holmes and Friends will headline instead.

After more than 34 years touring nationwide, the R&B vocal group The Next Movement has become the official house band at the Plaza downtown performing Sunday through Thursday at 8:30 p.m. inside the Aqua Lounge. Formed in 1971, The Next Movement's hits include "Girl," "Why Won't You Take My Heart," "Everywhere You Go (I'll Be Around)" and "All I Do."

McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon inside the Rio will host the official Metro Station after party at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 immediately following Mix 94.1's 12th Annual Bite of Las Vegas. The chart-climbing Los Angeles-based band, Metro Station, is best known for their Top-10 hit single "Shake It" as well as for its co-frontman, guitarist and vocalist Trace Cyrus, son of singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Women can get a wristband for $10, and $20 for men, that entitles them to all-you-can-drink domestic beer, well drinks, and house wine from 10 p.m. to midnight and $3 drinks after midnight.

Metro Station

Please note that the Oct. 2 and 3 dates for the 2008 McFadden's Flip Cup Tournament have been changed to Oct. 9 and 10.

Beer lovers play Flip Cup

With his soon-to-be-released solo album, "Scream," in collaboration with famed producer, Timbaland, music icon Chris Cornell will rock The Joint at the Hard Rock on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. As the architect of grunge and the lead singer of Soundgarden, he brought the Seattle sound to the masses. Later, Cornell joined with former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. In recent years, Cornell has also established himself as a solo star, with the albums "Euphoria Morning" and "Carry On."


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Craig Beam, master distiller at Heaven Hill Distillery, will visit Twin Creeks restaurant at the Silverton for a special three-course dinner and bourbon pairing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. The event will also serve as the release party for Parker's Heritage Collection, which is the latest installment in Heaven Hill Distillery's limited annual series of rare, aged American whiskey. Twin Creeks will be the first and only restaurant in Las Vegas to have this collection. Tickets are $80; call Twin Creeks at 702-914-8594.

Veteran comedian Mickey Manners, 82, known for the phrase "Goin' Ol' School," and clean material will perform at the Riviera Comedy Club, Oct. 6 - 12. For nearly 50 years, from stand-up to variety to touring with Milton Berle, Manners has made numerous network television appearances on popular series and talk shows, appeared in two Jerry Lewis movies, and is most famous for his panelist role on CBS' "Stump The Stars" and on the original "Hollywood Squares." Appearing with Manners are Kathleen Dunbar and Chris Monty.

For the 15th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park near McCarran Airport with costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches when Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 10-12. The day-long event opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for ages 5 and under. Three-day passes are $25 and $10.

Festival Knight

Costumed performers will present more than 50 shows daily along with historical re-enactments, full-contact jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry, more than 100 artisans and authentic food for sale. Concerts will feature nationally known acts such as: Tempest, The Tossers and Killian's Angels. For information, visit www.lvrenfair.com.

An American original, WAR, will perform at the Casablanca Room inside the new Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway on Saturday, Oct.18. Tickets start at $14.95, call 702-856-5300.

WAR, the first musical crossover phenomenon, forever fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B. With their enduring influence, the group has sold more than 50 million records. Today, they perform 150 shows a year and their classic hits have been featured in countless movies, television shows and commercials including "Remember The Titans," "Lethal Weapon 4," "ER," "That 70s Show," the theme to the "George Lopez Show," and many more.

Viva!, a tribute to Santana will perform in Marilyn's Lounge on Oct. 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. at Marilyn's Lounge inside the Eastside Cannery. Known as the original Santana tribute band, Viva! originated in Southern California 18 years ago.

Viva!

Internationally celebrated vocalist Freda Payne will bring her critically acclaimed show, A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, to the Cannery in North Las Vegas for 8 p.m. shows on Oct. 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Freda Payne

Payne's multi-faceted career spanning more than four decades includes Broadway shows, concerts, television and movies. At age 17, Pearl Bailey gave Payne her first professional job and she's shared the stage with such legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstein, Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby and many others. Payne has had roles in the award-winning musical "Blues in the Night" and "Jelly's Last Jam" and starred in the Broadway productions of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and the Tony Award® winning production of "Hallelujah Baby."

David Brighton will pay tribute to David Bowie at the Cannery on Oct. 17 and 18. Together with The Space Oddity Band, flamboyant costume changes and elaborate staging, Brighton recreates the greatest moments of David Bowie's constantly metamorphosing three-plus decade career. Admission is $5 at the door.

Before entering the world of celebrity impersonation, Brighton replaced the legendary lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads in the hit arena rock band, Quiet Riot. Brighton's other credits include performing side-by-side with David Bowie in the TV commercials for Vittel Mineral Water and Reality - David Bowie's new CD. Brighton also appeared as Bowie on VH-1 television as well as in international pop star Shakira's live concert multimedia video.

The 7th Annual Hawaiian Isle Festival & Outrigger Canoe Regatta will take place, Oct. 25-26, at the MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas. The weekend's festivities will feature Hawaiian cuisine, crafts, art and live entertainment interwoven with outrigger canoe racing. Teams from California, Hawaii, Arizona and other places will compete in sprints on the 320-acre luxurious lake throughout the weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.montelagovillage.com.

The fifth annual Halloween corn maze in Glendale, located off I-15 about a 40-minute drive north of Las Vegas, is open now through Oct. 31. The design in the 700 ft X 700 square corn field is a fire truck and the words "Thank You." The theme was born out of the April 10 fire that wiped out the town's Broken Spoke Saloon and Restaurant. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12.

On Oct. 24, there will be an outdoor bar and Rock Star Karaoke by Myke and Miranda. The band Evenflow will play on Halloween night. A can of food donation for the poor takes a dollar off admission prices.

Ghosts and goblins haunt the attraction for the four weekends in October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. During the daytime, the corn maze isn't haunted but it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays are by appointment. For information, visit www.GLENDALECORNMAZE.com.

On Oct. 10, the premier gay nightclub Krave will host The White Party Vegas weekend and Jai Rodriguez will be performing songs from his anticipated debut CD coming out this winter. Tickets are $50.

The NCOD Party (National Coming Out Day) will be held on Oct. 11 and feature reggae sensation Gary Nesta Pine performing songs from his solo debut album New Day Ryzin'.

On Friday, Oct. 24 more than 20 contestants will vie for $15,000 in cash and prizes and a spot with the Men of Playgirl touring revue show. The audience will be the judge and the winner will also be deemed Playgirl's sexiest man alive for 2009.

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