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by Sig Sakowicz
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The Midas of pop music, Barry Manilow, continues to draw big numbers here. I first met him when he played 88's for Bette Milder at Chicago's Mr. Kelly's... Critics are raving about "Ali," the flick, which honors a great gent who continues to give... Insiders are saying that Tony Orlando is looking for a place...

Celebrate Elvis Presley's birthday, January 8, with the top Elvis tribute on the "Strip," Graham Patrick as the "King of Rock n' Roll" in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, center-"Strip." For more than 18 years, "Legends" has topped the impersonator world with the best Elvis' closing the show twice nightly. Patrick's amazing looks and swooning voice keeps the ladies screaming for more. "Legends In Concert," which also features incredible look- and sound-alike performances of Tom Jones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Liberace and more, rocks the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. nightly, except Sundays. Call (702) 794-3261 for tickets... Larry Lee, who was the Tropicana's director of entertainment, now operates Encore Productions (702-739-8803) providing show productions for hotels and corporations... Vassili Sulich's "Vision in the Desert" is now on the book shelves...

It was awfully nice of Valley High School graduate Greg Maddux to participate in the Fletcher Jones Lexus Celebrity Golf Classic providing help to inner city Las Vegas kids...

A big welcome to Lily's Bistro which just opened at 9350 W. Sahara (Village Square Shopping Mall) where host Henny and Kim Lok specialize in European cuisine. The food, which is first cabin, is served expertly. Kim asked if I remembered her grandfather, Joe Swessel, owner of Claire's Flowers. I knew him well, a most respectable gent...

If anyone can get the Greek Isles (previously Debbie Reynolds Hotel) to hum, it's new General Manager Ron Garrett... A new Polish restaurant, Plonaise, will open late January at Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn... Congratulations to the Fertitta family on the opening of Green Valley Ranch Station Hotel and Casino. The opening was staggering and huge...

Have a happy, healthy New Year everyone!

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