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Sunday, March 4, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Magician Hans Klok & Carmen Electra Team Up, 'Stomp Out Loud' Lands Here, Comedian Bobby Slayton Slated, KC & The Sunshine Band Booked, Earnhardt Jr. & Petty Unveiled, Collective Soul On Stage, Rick Springfield Headlines, LeAnn Rimes Sings Out, The Tool Shows Rescheduled, Barry Manilow Dates Announced, Chippendales Celebrated Fifth Anniversary, John Corbett And Ty Herndon Perform, Vegas Grand Prix Poker Underway, Dragon Boat Races Set, More...


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International magician Hans Klok will team up with film and television star Carmen Electra for "Faster Than Magic," a new show at the Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts with preview performances beginning in April. Tickets range from $35 to $105 with a special price of $35 for five preview performances April 18 - 22. Regular performances begin May 12.

The stage spectacular will combine the illusions of Klok, who will be coming to town from his sold-out tour of Europe, with one of the world's most beautiful women making her Las Vegas debut. "Faster Than Magic" is being created by a top team of international entertainment professionals, including Creative Director Anthony van Laast, who choreographed the musical "MAMMA MIA!" and helped Siegfried & Roy create their show at The Mirage, and Executive Producer Jan Verveer, who has been responsible for several productions in Europe.

After performing his first magic trick at the age of ten, Klok went on to win a number of magician championships as a young man, including the European Youth Magician Champion Trophy, the Tommy Cooper Trophy and first prize at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands. He soon began to appear on television specials in both Europe and the United States, including "The World's Greatest Magic" on NBC and "The Masters of Magic" on ABC. Now hailed as the fastest magician in the world and "The Dutch Copperfield," Klok's live stage shows have been selling out large arenas throughout Europe and Asia for the past decade.

Electra has an impressive body of work that encompasses television, comedy and theatre and most recently the film "Epic Movie." Electra is also the new face of Max Factor and representative for the NV Weight Loss Beauty Pill. She has also released a DVD series about the new fitness craze, "Aerobic Striptease" and formed her own dance troupe ensemble, the "Bombshells," a contemporary, burlesque cabaret act. In May, Electra will release her first book, "How to be Sexy," where, along with veteran Hollywood writer Sheryl Berk, she teaches women that a solid understanding of one's inner self is the core behind feeling sexy.
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The world's first Hooters Casino Hotel with 696 rooms has announced that it will transform its "13" Martini Bar into a showroom featuring a headlining act. Bobby Slayton, best known as the Pit Bull of Comedy, will be the newest comedian to have a home base in Las Vegas. Though specific details of Slayton's act have yet to be revealed, it will focus on relationships between men and women - or lack thereof - blowing "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" out of the water. The show will run five nights a week and debut to the general public on Friday, April 20.

Audiences may recognize Slayton from his roles in movies such as "Get Shorty," "Ed Wood," "Bandits" and most recently "Dreamgirls." He's been seen on dozens of television shows including "The Tonight Show" and "Politically Incorrect." Slayton's many appearances on HBO have included "Comic Relief "and his own stand-up special. He was a series regular on the HBO series "Mind of a Married Man," and played 'Joey Bishop' opposite Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna in the film, "The Rat Pack." Slayton's distinctive gravelly voice has often been heard on animated shows like "Dr. Katz'" and "Family Guy."

KC & The Sunshine Band will perform its unique fusion of R&B and funk at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Tiffany Theatre at the Tropicana. Tickets start at $59, call 702-739-2411.

Still widely popular, KC & The Sunshine Band first discoed onto the music scene more than 33 years ago when Harry Wayne Casey-KC for short-and bassist Richard Finch began writing songs together. Combining catchy dance rhythms with a touch of Latin percussion groove, KC & The Sunshine Band soon had fans in both America and overseas dancing the nights away with a string of No. 1 hits. In 1975, the band became the first act to rank four No. 1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964.

Over the years, KC's tunes have remained in the public ear. His songs have appeared on television in commercials for well-known brands such as General Motors, Burger King, Old Navy and Nick at Night and in network series "Desperate Housewives" and "Ally McBeal." The big screen hasn't forsaken him, either, and KC's music has been featured in more than 75 movies.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment will be paying a visit to Henderson this summer as Green Valley Ranch gears up for another summer season of entertainment spanning multiple musical genres. Kicking off the summer concert season, swing kings Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy will take the stage May 18. The band's appearance in the cult classic movie "Swingers" helped catapult their blend of jazz, blues and swing music into mainstream radio with their hit "You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)."

May also brings 1990s grunge rock icons, Collective Soul on May 25 and 26. Breaking into the scene with their 1994 No. 1 hit "Shine," Collective Soul's angst ridden sound continued to yield success with multi-platinum albums throughout the 1990s.

Rick Springfield will perform a special two-day engagement June 8 and 9. Springfield epitomized the 1980s heart throb on the soap opera "General Hospital" before crossing over into pop music stardom with the hit "Jessie's Girl."

Performing on June 16 will be "the loudest rock 'n' roll band in the world" Grand Funk Railroad. Known as of the most successful hard rock band in the 1970s, the band scored five platinum albums between 1969 and 1972.

It will be groove time on July 13 when Kool and the Gang perform their greatest hits. Known as one of the most influential funk bands during the 1970s, their instantly recognizable dance hits including "Celebration" and "I Wanna Take You Higher" continue to keep them in the spotlight.

Country duo Montgomery Gentry will perform on July 27. Named Best Country Duo in 2000 by the Country Music Association, Montgomery Gentry continues to produce best-selling albums.

A catalyst for jazz rock, Stanley Clarke is the world's premier electric bass player and will be performing Aug. 4. Not only is Clarke a renowned jazz musician, producing 14 solo albums in his illustrious career, he is also a recognized movie composer having received countless honors including a Grammy award.


"Stomp Out Loud," the extraordinary new production from the creators of the international sensation "Stomp," will come to Planet Hollywood this spring with a cast double the size of the original production and be performed inside a new $28 million theater specifically created for this production. The show will begin performances on March 24, with a grand opening slated for early April. "Stomp Out Loud" will perform in The Showroom at Aladdin/Planet Hollywood, Thursday though Tuesday, with ticket prices ranging from $50 to $110.

A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, "Stomp" has created its own inimitable form of musical entertainment. With "Stomp Out Loud," the experience is transformed for Las Vegas with new sequences and choreography, a dynamically expanded cast and a completely new environment that will immerse the audience from the moment they enter the 1,500-seat theatre.

Grammy award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes, who first took country music by storm at the young of 13 with her debut single "Blue," will appear at the Luxor Theater on April 13 and 14 at 9 p.m. She has since released nine studio albums including her latest, "Whatever We Wanna." Tickets are $88, $79 and $59, call 702-262-4400 or 800-557-7428.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Richard Petty will appear in the flesh and in wax in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Neon Garage. Earnhardt Jr. and Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion, will unveil the wax figures at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The two figures will remain in the Neon Garage throughout the NASCAR race weekend and then be moved to their home at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian. The figures will join those of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt and four-time champ Jeff Gordon in Madame Tussauds SPEED attraction.

The Tool shows planned for March 15 and 16 at The Pearl inside the Palms have been rescheduled and new dates will be announced shortly. Tool will be rescheduling their upcoming North American tour due to a band member's injury that required surgery. Ticket holders should keep their current tickets until new dates are announced.

The Orleans in addition to its afternoon shows highlighting "The Magic of Rick Thomas" at 2 and 4 p.m. has lined up Bill Engvall, March 8-11, Donny Osmond, March 15-18, and Sinbad, March 23-25. At the Suncoast in the northwest part of the valley, catch the fabulous Las Vegas Tenors March 17-18 at 7:30 p.m.

Barry Manilow's next engagements at the Hilton will be March 13-17, 21-24, and April 3-7, 17-21, 25-28.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 75th Diamond Jubilee Birthday with her family and friends at the Ritz Carlton at Lake Las Vegas last week.

The Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort will hold a free equipment demonstration day featuring the latest in sporting gear, accessories, outerwear, nutrition supplements and more on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Chippendales dancing hunks from the show at the Rio celebrated their five-year anniversary at the resort on Feb. 27. My, how time flies when you're taking your clothes off.

Joe Piscopo, who headlines in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Hilton, did a recent interview with the producers of "CBS Eye on American," which is the in-flight show for American Airlines. The 90-minute news and entertainment show has a regular feature "On Location: Las Vegas" in which Piscopo will be profiled.

The Las Vegas Hilton's Italian Andiamo restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary on Feb. 27. Four of the original chefs are still with the restaurant, which showcases an exhibition kitchen.

Lake Las Vegas Resort and Sunset Racing will present the 2007 All-Women's Triathlon breast cancer fundraising event on Saturday, April 28 in the MonteLago Village. Female tri-athletes will get the chance to swim in the 320-acre lake, bike through the quaint MonteLago Village and run throughout the picturesque landscape. Fitness buffs are invited to partake in either the sprint race (a 400M swim, 10.6 mile bike and a 5K run) or the international race (a 1,500M swim, 40K bike, and 10K run). Registration is $85 and the race is limited to 500 entries.

Station Casinos has properties all around the valley with headliners. At Boulder Station, there's jazz with saxophonist Boney James on March 9, mainstream hard rock group Loverboy on Match 10, classic rock metal band Blue Oyster Cult on March 24, and The Gatlin Brothers on March 20. Tickets range from $22.50 to $44.95.

At Sunset Station, it will be musician John Corbett, who is known for his success on television shows like "Northern Exposure" and "Sex and the City" on March 16. Tickets are $25. Folk and pop legend Al Stewart, who made his mark on the London folk scene in the 1960s, will follow on March 24. Tickets are $15 to $27.50.

Santa Fe station in North Las Vegas will have country star Ty Herndon on March 24 and multi-talented musician and saxophonist Candy Dulfer on March 30. Tickets range from $22.50 to $34.95.

Next door in North Las Vegas, Texas Stations will hold Soul Jam in the Dallas Events Center hosted by Jimmie "JJ" Walker and featuring: The Stylistics, The Emotions, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, The Delfonics, and Cuba Gooding, Sr. Ticket prices are $19.50, $32.50, $42.50, and $52.50. For tickets at all venues, call 702-547-5300.

The world of poker took the fast lane on Feb. 22 when the Poker Event at Vegas Grand Prix kicked off a 45-day run at Binion's downtown with daily satellites. Winners will qualify for the Everyman Main Event to be held race week, April 2 - 6. During the final week, the tournament can accommodate up to 1,000 players daily, potentially making it the largest field ever in downtown Las Vegas with a significant prize pool.

One of the highlights of the race week will be the celebrity poker event Saturday, April 7, that will be broadcast live at

Lake Las Vegas Resort and Facility Marketing Group Inc. (FMG Dragon Boat) are signing up teams to participate in Dragon Boat Races on May 4 and 5. The Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Las Vegas will pit more than 25 teams against each other on the lake. Dragon Boating is one of the oldest and most popular team sports in Asia. Teams can register for a fee of $1,000, call 1-888-679-4222. All team members must be 18 or older and each team must have at least eight female and eight male paddlers.

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