Bob Anderson is not a native Las Vegan, but the “Singing Impressionist” called Las Vegas his home for so many years, he was declared a “Native Las Vegan” during his more than 2 ½ decades of appearing on the Las Vegas Strip, including 10 years at the Top of the Dunes. His love of Las Vegas, and for the dinner clubs that once were the staple of Las Vegas, has brought him right back to those very roots. Anderson will be appearing for a special engagement at the all new Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, Saturday night, Sept 14 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
It was Merv Griffin who launched Anderson into national prominence, after an appearance on his nationally syndicated television show with Nancy Sinatra. Merv was impressed with the young singer, and had seen his ability to mimic other singers backstage. Merv took charge of his future by writing his act and presenting him to the world: “The Singing Impressionist” was born. Soon, all the talk shows were requesting Anderson. Johnny Carson sent his talent coordinator to the Top of the Dunes to catch the show. Bob was booked to appear the following Monday on “The Tonight Show,” and was immediately booked to return on Thursday of the same week (never had anyone ever been asked back in the same week during Carson’s tenure).
Anderson became a well-known entertainer all over the world, with more than 100 national and international talk show appearances, network variety shows, and major telethons. Today, Anderson still nails the voices of the great singers of our time. Along with his conductor, Vince Falcone, they present the “Voice of Bob Anderson in Concert.”
His most recent appearance in Las Vegas was at The Smith Center Cabaret Jazz club, and prior to that Anderson did a sold-out concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra at UNLV.
The Italian American Club will be accepting dinner reservations prior to or after the 8:00 p.m., show. Show tickets are only $25. For ticket or dinner reservations, call 702-457-3866.
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By popular demand, 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic, presented by Imagine Exhibitions at the Venetian Las Vegas®, will extend its limited engagement through January 13, 2014. This exploration of National Geographic’s most celebrated photos in a 125-year-old history has captivated visitors with its gorgeous, moving, and adventurous images. Since opening in February, the exhibit has taken thousands of guests to all corners of the globe, including the freezing temperatures of the Arctic, the hot sands of the Kalahari Desert, underneath the Amazon River, and even a foam party in Ibiza. The exhibition also features an enticing gift shop, where visitors can purchase posters of some of their favorite National Geographic photographs, as well as books, DVDs, and other unique souvenirs to remember their time at the gallery. The exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., last ticket sold at 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., last ticket sold at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are: general admission $18; students with a valid ID, Nevada residents, military, and seniors $15; children 12 and under enjoy free admission when accompanied by a paying adult; additional children $14. Taxes and fees not included.
Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and pro poker player and commentator, Gabe Kaplan, brings his stand-up act to the Suncoast Showroom, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7–8. Kaplan got his big break as a stand-up comedian on “The Tonight Show,” starring Johnny Carson, which opened the doors for him to book regular appearances on variety shows such as “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” and “The Sonny and Cher Show.” Gabe is probably best-known for co-creating, and starring as the title character, in the popular sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” which aired on ABC—TV from 1975 to 1979. Kaplan was also the “ABC Team Captain” in several “Battle of the Network Stars” specials, and appeared in guest roles on “Murder She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” and “Police Story,” among other programs. Gabe either served as a commentator, or as a participant, on “Poker After Dark,” “World Poker Tour,” and was a co-host on “High Stakes Poker” on GSN. Film credits include: “Fast Break,” “Tulips” and “Nobody’s Perfekt.” He appeared as Groucho Marx in the stage production “Groucho,” which was also filmed for HBO, and the Broadway comedy “Doubles.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $15.95, plus tax and fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visit www.suncoastcasino.com.
The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Pigskin & Poker Party weekend, will pair football and fun poker tournaments on, Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Grand Event Center. This two-of-a-kind event allows fans to catch the Saturday NCAA games, and all the opening Sunday NFL action, with FREE viewing parties, featuring multiple huge high definition TV screens; food specials including a Pig Roast, and lots of stadium favorites: beverage specials including buckets of beers; live betting stations right at the party; seven different parlay cards; 6, 6.5 and 7 point teasers, and exciting prize drawings. Guests can also try their luck at the poker tables while watching football Saturday, Sept. 7, with a $25,000 Guaranteed minimum prize pool Poker Tournament, featuring deep chip stacks for a $125 buy-in. The action continues on Sunday, with fun buy-ins for $50 in single table sit & goes poker tournaments, and live blackjack games during the NFL games. Doors open at 10:00 A.M., Saturday and 8:00 A.M., Sunday. Seats for the Saturday poker tournament can be reserved in advance at [email protected].
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.