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Sunday, August 6, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
"The Spotlight Series" Entertains, Summer Concerts Continue, Scintas Make A Move, Jennifer Holliday Joins George Wallace, Elvis Lives, Everclear Headlines, Shopping Inhanced At Desert Passage, "Stars on the Lake", RA Nightclub Closes, Madame Tussauds Unveils Jenna Jameson, Beacher's Madhouse Ends, Neonopolis Sold, "Festival of Speed" Planned, J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub Celebrates Seven, Josette's Bistro Opens, Carmel Room Offers Summer Menu, Las Vegas Gladiators Hold Tryouts, More...


Jackie Brett
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The Luxor has announced The Spotlight Series, a star-studded, eclectic line-up mix of entertainers to be featured in the Luxor Theater. The series will kick off with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" sketch comedian, Drew Carey and The Improv All Stars, Aug. 17-20. For tickets, on-sale dates will vary by artist, call 800- 557-7428 or 702-262-4400.

The rest of the lineup includes: Heart, Sept. 2-3; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Sept. 15-16; Earth Wind & Fire, Sept. 21-23; Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts, Sept. 29-30;

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Liza Minnelli, Oct. 12-14; The Beach Boys, Oct. 20-21 and Dec. 25-31; LeAnn Rimes, Oct. 27-28; Olivia Newton-John Nov. 16-18; and Styx, Dec. 1-2.

The Hard Rock's Summer Concert Series continues with 1980s legends A Flock of Seagulls featuring When in Rome on Aug. 5 and The Fixx on Aug. 26 at The Beach Club. Tickets are $15 through Ticketmaster. Private cabanas are available for $200, which includes eight show tickets. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

A Flock of Seagulls were among the few bands that made it big in the new-wave era of 1980s music. The band's hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)" became an instant smash with the help of MTV's heavy rotation of the video in the summer of 1982.

When in Rome released their self-titled debut album in 1988. The album was a success in large part to the explosion of their No. 1 hit "The Promise."

The Fixx released their debut album "Shuttered Room" in 1982, which spawned two U.K. hits. Releasing "Reach the Beach" in 1983, The Fixx topped the charts with their hit single "One Thing Leads to Another."

The Scintas, who have been performing in Las Vegas for more than six years, have landed a spot on the Las Vegas Strip at the Sahara. After signing a three-year deal with the Sahara, the group oversaw almost $1 million in improvements to the main showroom where they are starring.

The lively bunch from Buffalo, N.Y. put on a fast-paced show featuring music, comedy and impersonations. The act is made up brothers Frankie and Joe, sister Chrissi and the "adopted" Scinta, Pete O'Donnell, who plays the drums. Because the showroom is so big, three musicians have been added to the show.

The show features new routines, old favorites and more of Chrissi, who is a petite lady with a huge voice. The family has been performing together since childhood. Their story is a true American dream that began to take its present-day shape in a bar owned by former Buffalo Bill and present ESPN color commentator Paul McGuire. Frank and Joe began working the piano bar, singing songs and adding a joke or two. Soon the lines were out the door and they realized they were on to something. They brought sister Chrissi in on weekends to sing with them and the rest is history.

The Scintas perform, Tuesday through Sunday, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59.95 and $69.95, call 702-737-2515.

Known as the "Best 10 p.m. Show" in Las Vegas, comedian George Wallace continues to keep audiences laughing Tuesday-Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel, where he is entering his third year as a headliner. Wallace has found great success in keeping each show fresh by interacting with his audience members and bringing in special comedic and musical guests to perform in his show.

Running through Sept. 2, Wallace is being joined by music sensation and Broadway headliner Jennifer Holliday. She has been making music for more than 20 years but is remembered most notably for her 1982 hit single, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Holliday revived the song later when she delivered her show-stealing performance in the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls,"an adaptation of The Supremes' saga.

While starring on Broadway, Holliday has released several successful pop albums and a number of top-10 songs. She continues to top the dance charts with hits like "I'm On Your Side" in 1991, "A Woman's Got The Power" in 1999, and "Think It Over" in 2000.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas will celebrate the King's life on Aug. 11 and 12 with special performances by Johnny Fortuno and The Stamps Quartet as well as stories told by Elvis Presley's friends and co-stars. Tickets are $10 at the door which opens at 6 p.m.

Johnny Fotuno as Elvis

Fortuno has been praised as a top Elvis tribute artists. His vocals and costumes pay homage to the late King and his hit songs.

One of Elvis' musical influences came from Gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night Gospel singings he frequently attended as a teenager. The Stamps Quartet performed regularly with Elvis on many recordings and concerts as backup.

Special guests including Ed Bonja (Elvis' official photographer and tour manager), Cynthia Pepper (co-star in "Kissin' Cousins"), Darlene Tompkins (co-star in "Blue Hawaii"), Suzanna Leigh (co-star in "Paradise, Hawaiian Style") and Jimmy Velvet (close friend from 1957 throughout Elvis' life) will provide personal anecdotes and reflections as they share memories of Elvis.

Other activities taking place throughout the weekend include memorabilia dealers and fan club displays. The Cannery Row Buffet will be taking part in the fun by hosting a special "Food that fed the King" section featuring Elvis' favorite dishes.

On Sept. 9, The Beach at Mandalay Bay will hold its first Rock 'n Roll Wine Amp'd Festival featuring Grammy nominated and Billboard Modern Rock Artist of the Year Everclear and opening performances by acoustic rockers Chris Clouse and Jeremy Cornwell. More than 35 wineries will make up the event that will run from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.95 in advance and $65.95 the day of the event.

Everclear's latest album "Welcome to Drama Club" will be released in September.

Magician Nathan Burton, who stars in his own afternoon comedy-magic show at the V Theatre at Desert Passage at the Aladdin is among the 10 finalists on NBC's "America's Got Talent" hit show.


J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub at the JW Marriott will celebrate its seventh anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 31, with an Irish party from 8 p.m. until the wee hours. It will be a St. Patrick's Day atmosphere along with giveaways, various drink and food specials and live music.

Desert Passage has added several new retailers... Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a second ABC Stores location and the eatery Tacone Flavor Grill and Daiquiri Bar.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory manufactures an extensive line of over 300 premium chocolate candies and other desserts. The Factory churns out confections such as caramel and candy apples, fudge, chocolate, clusters, peanut brittle, licorice, caramels, creams, melt-aways and truffles in full view of the customer using traditional cooking utensils. The Desert Passage location is the newest of the company's 307 locations worldwide.

In July, ABC Stores opened its second location inside the shopping center. This Hawaiian-based one-stop shopping chain also offers island fashions, jewelry and beauty items, as well as specialty food, flowers, keepsakes and souvenirs.

Also in July, Tacone Flavor Grill and Daiquiri Bar opened offering healthy, hand-made menu items - such as gourmet wrapped and grilled sandwiches, farm fresh salads, home-style soups, desserts and smoothies - in a colorful and fun environment. As one of the fastest-growing quick-service gourmet food franchises in America, the company's Desert Passage's location is the first in the chain to offer a fully-stocked bar with various well and frozen drinks.

Theater Under the Stars at the Hard Rock will feature Tool on Friday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $65-$85.

The outdoor "Stars on the Lake" concert series at Lake Las Vegas has more stars scheduled in September. Michael Feinstein and Linda Eder will entertain on Sept. 8, followed by Chris Botti on Sept. 16 and Seal on Sept. 30.

The Luxor's RA Nightclub has been closed to make way for three new venues from the PURE Management Group, including LAX and the Roxy with original outlets in Los Angeles, and a restaurant.

This week, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian unveiled a wax figure of international adult film star and Las Vegas native Jenna Jameson. She is the first person from the adult film industry to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds in its more than 200-year history.

Delisco, the winner of E television network's "The Entertainer" will appear at the Sahara's Casbar Theater Lounge at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Aug. 29 - Sept. 3.

Jeff Beacher's Madhouse show held its last performance on July 29 in The Joint at the Hard Rock and it was filmed for FOX Television. Beacher's newest project is Beacher's Rockhouse Bar at the Imperial Palace and it will open this month.

Neonopolis downtown has a new owner. The complex houses Jillian's, which has been successful, and now the Poker Dome, a live-poker venue that is airing head-to-head Texas Hold 'em battles to millions of Americans via the Fox Sports Network.

Downtown will get some motorsports action when the Champ Car series brings the Vegas Grand Prix to town next April as part of a three-day "Festival of Speed." The race will take place over a specially constructed 2.4-mile, 14-turn race track that will encircle downtown Las Vegas. The last time Las Vegas hosted a street-track race of this size was the Caesars Palace Grand Prix which took place in the early '80s.

The Palms has three big parties coming up. The annual DeLuca Liquor & Wine Bacardi Summer Beach Blowout is scheduled on Aug. 13. The Global Gathering Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend and mark the world-traveled event's first time in Las Vegas and second time in the United States. Soon after will be the poolside 2nd annual Las Vegas Prom that was held at Green Valley Ranch last year and it will be followed by The Big Sleepover III.

The Sahara Hotel and Casino has redesigned its Web site. The new site includes an interactive timeline about the hotel's 50-year plus history.

Las Vegas is definitely turning into the "Poker Capital of the World," with the World Series of Poker mega- tournament at The Rio attracting 9,000 entrants each paying a $10,000 entry fee. Celebrities such as "Spiderman" star Tobey Maguire, Mekhi Phifer from "ER," and James Garner of "The Rockford Files" even joined the action.

The grand opening of Josette's Bistro, formerly known as Normandie, will happen on Monday, Aug. 7, at 4983 West Flamingo. Owner and Chef Josette LeBlond, who was born in Normandie, France, has been in the food industry all her life. She emigrated to America 21 years ago and has successfully opened bakeries and restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Carmel Room inside the Rampart Casino will celebrate the season with a special summer inspired menu on Monday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $85 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. For reservations, call 702-507-5955.

The Las Vegas Gladiators will hold tryouts for their 2006-2007 Goddesses Dance Team, Saturday Aug. 26. As Las Vegas' only professional sports dance team, the Goddesses perform at all LV Gladiators home games during the AFL season. The 2006 Goddesses made more than 90 appearances, were featured in two music videos with Rascal Flats and Kenney Chesney for the ACM Awards on CMT, and also touted their own collector calendar, trading cards and souvenir photo. For tryout information, visit

Las Vegas Gladiator Goddesses Audition

With more than 20 years experience as a leading lady in Las Vegas, Tina Walsh has opened her own vocal studio. She began her entertainment career as a ballet dancer and was a former songstsress in "Mamma Mia!" at Mandalay Bay and in the MGM Grand's "EFX" opposite Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune and Rick Springfield. For information, call 702-286-1215.

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