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"Beyer's Beat"
October 18-24, 2001 ARCHIVES
"Beyer's Beat" Covers Las Vegas Hotel and Lounge Entertainment Weekly


by Steve Beyer
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Truly one of the best little shows in Las Vegas that may go undetected for the visitor is The Showgirls of Magic at the San Remo Hotel. Beautiful dancing show-girls whose magic is extremely slick and well done, along with the comedy acts like Antonio Hoyos, Sammy King and/or Mike Saccone. There's nothing more intriguing than "Sexy Magic", and who knows just what might disappear before your very eyes. "The biggest little show in town" performs nightly at 8 and 10:30 pm. except Mondays. Don't forget to drop into the Remo's Bonne Chance Lounge to see their fine line-up of lounge performers that includes the uncanny voice and "saxy" sounds of Tim Ballard and many more.

Ortanique Restaurant is the beautiful new Caribbean themed fine dining room at The Paris Hotel. The food is fantastic, the d‚cor is warm and elegant, and the music is wonderful. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, it's the Tommy Thompson Project featuring the best in contemporary jazz to funky grooves. They perform from 8 p.m. to midnight with the after dinner crowd dancing and diggin' the sounds. On Friday and Saturdays from 9 pm. to 1 am., it's the reggae sounds of Bonafide, the city's premier authentic reggae and party band. Rastafarians and everyone else too, cannot resist singing and dancing to hits by Bob Marley, UB40, "Yellow Man" and even the band's own originals. Donovan Stephens leads the group, who is a favorite of locals and tourists alike and the food and fun at Ortanique should not be missed.

The Second City has a comedy empire second to none and has been a major force in the industry for over 40 years. Founded in Chicago in 1959, they have a new home here at The Flamingo Las Vegas. The troupe has spawned such comedy greats as Mike Nichols, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and many more. The unique show combines music, scene and improvisation to present satires of politics, sex, religion and other every day situations. The cast is extremely talented and the audience interaction creates the flow of the dialogue so no two shows are ever alike. Kay Cannon, Mary Pat Farrell, Mike Lukas, Jason Sudeikis and Mike Lukas did a tremendous job of entertaining our group and who knows, maybe one of these great talents will show up on Saturday Night Live very soon!

Dueling Pianos are rockin' the nights away at the incredible New York/New York Hotel & Casino. The shows start nightly at 8 pm. and go until 2 am. with the greatest sing-a-long party in the nation. Chris Nelson, Mike Cavanaugh, Phyllis Griffin, Ray Glover, Michael John, John Jones, and Conrad Hawthorne are the most versatile players in the world and able to answer almost any request, including your Alma Matter's fight song. Come check out these fabulous entertainers.

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