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'Ozark Jubilee' Scheduled, Donny Osmond On Stage, Ramada Express Goes Country, "Rhythm & Flair" And "Strip!" Return, American Veterans Speakers Move, More...


Jackie Brett
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The award-winning "Ozark Jubilee" is coming direct from Branson, Mo., to the Riverside, Feb. 3-7. Comedian and world-class violinist, Randy Newman, will be headlining the show. He's fiddled along side stars such as Ronny Milsap and Mel Tillis. The "Ozark Jubilee" show is filled with country standards such as bluegrass and gospel music. This unique blend of classic country music and hillbilly humor will leave audiences with lasting memories. Tickets are $22, call 702-298-2535 or 928-763-7070.

Donny Osmond, who has been a superstar since childhood, will perform in the Flamingo Ballroom on Feb. 16. Tickets are $19.95 and $24.95, call 800-435-8469.

It's hard to believe that Osmond is now 48 years old. He's been married to his wife Debbie for 27 years, and is also the father of five boys, ranging in ages from 26-year-old Don Jr. to 7-year-old Joshua.

Osmond started his illustrious career as a cherubic little boy singing on TV with his older brothers. Without a conscious plan, he has been working since the early 1980s and felt totally fulfilled with his Broadway-tune album "This Is The Moment" came out in 2001.

Many folks may forget that one of Osmond's greatest successes of his career was a Canadian and U.S. tour in the title role of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

His multi-faceted personality has found him tempted to pursue an offer to race cars full-time on the professional circuit after taking first place at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro-Am. However, Osmond turned down a racing contract in 1991 to sign a six-month contract to do Joseph.

The Ramada Express will present "Country Music USA," a one-of-a-kind tribute show to some of the greatest names in country music live in concert in the Pavilion Theater, Sunday-Thursday, Feb. 12-16, and Saturday-Thursday, Feb. 18-23. Show times are 8 p.m. and tickets are $19 per person, call 800-243-6846.

Favorite songs like "My Maria," "Rock My World," "The Gambler," "The Thunder Rolls," and "Friends in Low Places" showcase the music of artists like Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, and Garth Brooks.

Harrah's Fiesta Showroom entertainment, "Rhythm & Flair" and "Strip!" have returned to the stage after a short hiatus. Both shows are scheduled to perform through May 28, 2006.

"Rhythm & Flair" and "Strip!" are original productions by writer, producer and director, Fernando Quevedo of Q Productions Las Vegas. The two provocative production shows bring together high-energy performances showcased by the sexy dancers of "Strip!" and the eclectic mix of gauchos, jugglers, aerialists and dancers of "Rhythm & Flair."


In "Rhythm & Flair," audiences enjoy a variety of dance styles from American jazz to ballroom dancing to hot Latin tangos and merengues. But the art of dance is just one part of this show's blend of entertainment. Powerful music, projected images and dramatic lighting complement the performances of the multi-talented artists.

Leading the cast is "Los Huincas Gauchos," an Argentine duo who have entertained audiences around the world with their frantic rhythms, power percussions and daredevil routines. The rest of the cast is skilled aerialists, gymnasts and dancers who rise above, gracefully dance across and juggle on the stage. Traditional music is combined with avant-garde electronic music and the costuming is vibrant, flowing and hip. "Rhythm & Flair" allows the audience to experience a diverse sampling of multi-cultural entertainment all in one spectacular show.

The sexy adult show "Strip!" provides a sensual voyage. Featuring dancers, singers and artists, the show is a celebration of the human body and sensuality through mediums of dance, song and the art of "taking it off." Short artistically produced sketches are filled with provocative movements such as aerial ballets and modern dance all with a seductive touch. The mood, reminiscent of a "film noire," is developed through the performances, music and stage setting. "Strip!" is tantalizing, sexy, intimate and tastefully executed.

Tickets for "Rhythm & Flair" and "Strip!" are $19.95 plus tax for floor seating with a coupon for a 10 percent discount at Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina; $24.95 plus tax for table seating with a coupon for one free drink with the purchase of one drink and a 10 percent discount at Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina; and, $29.95 plus tax for booth seating with a coupon for a buy-one get-one free meal at the Fresh Market Square Buffet and a 10 percent discount at Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina. For tickets, call 702-298-8510.

The popular American Veterans Speaker Program is moving to a new time and location at the Ramada Express and adding a free breakfast buffet with a donation to the American Heroes Foundation. Starting Jan. 31, the free program will begin at 7:30 a.m. (Nevada time) in the Santa Fe Room (near the Roundhouse Buffet).

After the speaker, you can enjoy a free breakfast buffet when you make a minimum $5 donation to the American Heroes Foundation and receive a meal coupon. Your donation will help the American Heroes Foundation reach its goal of raising a record $100,000 this year so that it may continue to purchase vans to transport disabled Veterans to their medical appointments.

The American Heroes Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that supports recognized American Veteran causes.

The first speaker at the new time and location will be WWII WASP pilot and author Betty Strohfus, who will talk about the first women military pilots on Jan. 31.

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the call went out for women pilots to help fly cargo and train male pilots. Strohfus along with about 25,000 other women applied to be a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Only 1,830 were admitted and 1,074 graduated from the demanding six-month training period at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. The WASPs were in service from September 1942 until December 1944.

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