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MARK GIOVI & THE USO SHOW


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If you want to see and hear a wonderful singer, then the next time you read or hear of Mark Giovi please make sure you go. Giovi, one of the original Las Vegas Tenors and a featured singer in "Bite" at the Stratosphere Hotel / Casino, performed a one-man show at a new venue, "View 215" last Sunday.

This writer, along with about 100 others, sat in awe as he sang one song after another (a total of 14), beginning with "For Once in My Life." A two song medley, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" and "Georgia" received a well deserved, standing ovation, as did most of his songs.


Jeanne Bavaro, who manages Mark along with dancer Jay Fagan and impressionist Bill Acosta, made sure everything went off without a hitch. Dinner was served on time and hot, there was a no-host bar, and above all, the sight lines from any where in the room were good.

Giovis, "Unchained Melody" was beautifully presented, which was followed by "You Raise Me Up" and "Hello Again, Hello." I personally was very impressed with his rendition of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, followed by a wonderful "Nessun Dorma." The final song, and most appropriate I must add, was "This Is My Life!"

The tab for the evening was an easy $50, including the dinner. And, it was well worth it! I strongly recommend Mark Giovi, and I predict that this young man can go as far as he wants to in the world of showbiz. He has the voice for any song and his desire is definitely strong.

What are you doing on Sunday, Dec. 7th? As you know that's the date (and same day) that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, kicking off World War II. But, did you know, it's now the official date for the annual "USO Show" fundraiser staged by supporters of the Las Vegas Veteran's Day Parade? This year's fundraiser will be held at the Gold Coast from 1 to 5 p.m. The show promises to have some fantastic entertainment with many of the stars from the Las Vegas Strip stopping by to entertain. For ticket ($15) or further information call the VFW at (702) 384-4161 after 1 p.m.

THIS AND THAT QUICKLY: Travis Tritt, one of country music's biggest stars, will be at the Tropicana Resort & Casino Dec 5-6 with a single performance both nights. Tickets are priced as low as $60 plus tax and fees... The new volcano at the Mirage will begin to blow its top once again, come Monday, Dec. 8th at around 4 p.m. It's sure to attract a lot of attention as it begins to blow every evening... Beginning this Friday (28th) and ending on Dec. 5, you and a partner (wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc) can get two orchestra seats to see Bette Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On" at Caesars Palace, and one autographed book by Ms. Divine, "The Saga of Baby Divine," for the price of only $200. This very special holiday package is limited and can only be purchased in person at the Colosseum box office. For info call (702) 866-1409... The Orleans will be hosting the Miss Rodeo America contest during the National Finals Rodeo, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6... City of Henderson is inviting everyone to participate in the three day Annual WinterFest Celebration, which kicks off on Dec. 11 and ends with the Parade on Saturday, Dec. 13. There will be cash prizes totaling $2,000 for various costumes... As I am sure every red-blooded NASCAR fan knows by now, the annual test session for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers and their respective cars has been cancelled, due to economics. Racing is a very expensive sport these days. I can remember when I raced an entire season on a budget of under $100,000 and sometimes had money left over - depending on winnings. Today's teams spend that much just in gasoline, tires and crews for a single race, and there are 36 sanctioned races in a season. That does not include spare cars, trucks to transport the cars, shop employees salaries, and all the little things that it takes to make a team competitive. It was a good move by NASCAR and I'm sure when the curve bends back into the positive area, test sessions will return...

Well, gang, that's about it for another week.

I'm outa here!

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