Iconic funny man Bill Cosby, who has been making audiences laugh for decades with his keen insight into everyday existence, brings his signature comedy back to the Treasure Island Theatre, Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Cosby has earned respect from critics and adoration from fans for his uncanny ability to connect with people through humor, and providing insight into the role of parents, children, family members, men and women. A testament to his status in the world of comedy, Cosby has earned eight Grammy Awards.
Known the world over for “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC-TV, Cosby broke racial barriers and sent a powerful message to viewers – the family unit and raising children matters most. The No. 1 rated sitcom earned six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and 10 People’s Choice Awards. It helped set the stage for Cosby’s career as an author, as his book “Fatherhood” remained at No. 1 for more than half of its 54 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. Among Cosby’s other titles are “Time Flies,” “Love and Marriage” and most recently, “I Didn’t Ask to be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was).”
Few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of Cosby, who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philadelphia housing project. After returning from the Navy, Cosby went on to earn a degree at Temple University and later a master’s and doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. His lifelong contributions to American culture were recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2002, and the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.
Tickets are available starting at $59, plus taxes and service charges, and can be purchased by calling 866-712-9308 or 702-894-7722, or visiting www.treasureisland.com.
And, gang, I want to remind you also of another icon in the entertainment business, who will be appearing once again at the South Point Hotel this weekend, Deana Martin. Seeing Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she cannot do. At the South Point, Deana will perform one of her most requested shows, “Deana Sings Dino,” where she performs hits made famous by her illustrious father, Dean Martin, including: “Memories Are Made of This,” “That’s Amore,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and many more. And there’s always that door on stage, where friends like to drop by and surprise her during a show. Like her Dad, Deana makes it all look so easy, and audiences can’t get enough. Tickets, priced from $15 to $25, are now on sale at the South Point box office 702-797-8065. Show times are set at 7:30 p.m.
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Kicking off on Thursday, July 18 at LVH (Las Vegas Hotel), the 6th Annual four-day Las Vegas Film Festival (LVFF) with a major award, the Indie Icon Award being presented to two young actors, Zoë Bell and Rory J. Saper, for their respective performances in, “Raze” and “Rufus.” Red carpet appearances and presentations are set for Saturday, July 20.
Bell is one of the most sought after and celebrated stunt actors in the industry. Her career began as the stunt double for Lucy Lawless on, “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Bell’s next job was stunt double for Uma Thurman’s, “The Bride,” in the action-packed and critically lauded double feature, “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movies racked up multiple award nominations and Bell won two World Stunt Awards for her work. In 2004, Bell starred in the documentary, “Double Dare,” chronicling the lives and struggles of two stuntwomen in a male-dominated Hollywood industry. Tarantino cast Bell, as an actress, in his camp thriller, “Death Proof.” Transitioning to more acting roles, Bell has done guest appearances on “Lost,” “Gossip Girl,” “CSI: Miami” and more. She has had featured roles in the films “Whip It” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter.” Bell was most recently seen in the Academy Award™ nominated film, “Django Unchained.”
Saper is rapidly emerging as one of the UK’s brightest talents. After starring in “‘Til The Sun Rests,” which won the Limelight Award for Best Experimental Film in 2011, it was Saper’s performance in several independent short films, posted on YouTube, which caught the eye of a UK casting director in search of a fresh young actor to play Rufus. Writer/Director Dave Schultz auditioned more than 300 teenagers from across Canada, America and Western Europe before settling unanimously on Saper, after a spellbinding audition. Saper received a best actor nomination this year at the Milan International Film Festival. LVFF has created an inspired list of new works in cinema to showcase at this year’s festival, including feature films, compelling documentaries and creative shorts. A full schedule is available at www.lvfilmfest.com. Tickets for individual screenings at the festival start at $10. Tickets and passes are available at www.2013lasvegasfilmfestival.eventbrite.com. Visit www.lvfilmfest.com for special discounts for students, seniors and Las Vegas locals.
Blue Martini in Town Square Las Vegas, will host its popular Little Black Dress Party this Saturday, July 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., as well as a week-long “Christmas in July” registration event through July 19, to benefit Opportunity Village’s largest annual fundraiser, The Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Open to the public, the Little Black Dress Party will feature complimentary admission, live entertainment, luxury raffle items, and other designer giveaways, and drink specials for ladies in black dresses. Guests will have the chance to enter to win a variety of high-end, luxury raffle prizes including two grand prizes:
1) A two-night staycation for two in a Solitaire Suite at The Platinum Hotel and a $250 gift certificate to Well Spa; or
2) A $500 gift card to Town Square Las Vegas.
All proceeds will benefit Opportunity Village and the Great Santa Run. During the week leading up to the Little Black Dress Party, Blue Martini will host a “Christmas in July” registration event for the Great Santa Run, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day through July 19. Guests who register for the Great Santa Run during this time will receive $5 off registration and enjoy entry into the VIP section at the Little Black Dress Party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Well, gang, that’s about it for another week.