Bob Zany is a wry, sarcastic, insulting, lovable and…zany comedian. Zany will be appearing at the Laugh Factory, inside the Tropicana Hotel, along with, Tanya Lee Davis, and Lenny Windsor, through Sunday, Feb. 2. Bob has appeared on numerous TV shows including “Last Comic Standing,” “Comics Unleashed,” and has been a regular guest on, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He appeared along with dozens of other famous comedians opposite Matt Damon in the indie cult film, “The Informant,” and his Zany Report is also featured on the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “He simply reaches into a bottomless grab bag of jokes. It’s like watching Magic Johnson lead a fast break–so smooth and effortless that it would be easy to overlook just how much talent and skill is behind the process.
At 3 feet 6 inches tall, Tanya Lee Davis is the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and somewhat racy. The Canadian-born Davis makes the stage her home while touring all over the world. In 2011, Davis did a six-month run of her own show, “Little Comedian, BIG Laughs,” just off the Las Vegas Strip. Working on the “Austin Powers 3: Goldmember,” movie teaser was a highlight of her career, along with being featured in a movie called, “For the Love of Money.” Tanya Lee can be seen on “MTV BASH,” “Insomniac with Dave Attell,” and “Last Comic Standing.”
Lenny Windsor is a successful British TV comedian, having homes in both the UK and Las Vegas. Success for Windsor started in Britain when he appeared in such shows as “Search for a Star,” Granada TV’s, “The Comedians,” BBC’s, “Summertime Special,” “That’s Rich,” “Oxford Road Show,” and LWT’s “Knees-Up.” Lenny also wrote and presented, “The Cut Price Comedy Show,” “Lenny Windsor at Windsor,” and “An Evening with Lenny Windsor.” Tickets range in price from $34.95 to $44.95, plus fees. For reservations call 1-800-829-9034 or 702-739-2411. Show times are daily at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
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For the first time since its inception, the 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs – “Maitres Cuisiners de France” – will bring their worldwide meetings to the United States, March 5-9, 2014. The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American and Canadian delegations and the U.S. Chapter of “l’Academie Culinaire De France” (ACF). The 5-day event will be held at the culinary capital of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The 5-diamond resort is home to more James Beard Award-winning chefs than any other destination. The Venetian and The Palazzo Executive, Chef Olivier Dubreuil, is also a Master Chef of France. It was through his hard work and dedication to the organization that his invitation to bring the meetings to America was accepted.
“We are so proud of the world-class chefs that call The Venetian and The Palazzo home, and it’s even more special to host such a prestigious event and bring the culinary world to Las Vegas,” John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo, said. “Maîtres Cuisinier de France” (Master Chef of France) is the most envied title that chefs aspire to have; but not everyone can become a “Maître Cuisinier,” Dubreuil said. The organization’s motto is “to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine, and assist professional development.”
“Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” are often given the highest classification in restaurant guides, and are regularly mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines. The Association of “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” employs nearly 10,000 qualified people and is also closely involved in the activities of the Regional Commissions for vocational diplomas and certificates granted by specialized schools. It participates actively to promote products of “top quality,” such as the Red Labels and “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée,” or European signs of quality, such as the IGP, AOP and STG. In March, nearly 150 Master Chefs will stay at The Venetian Las Vegas to review the previous year’s accomplishments, look ahead to next year and find ways to help other communities promote upcoming events. In addition, new members will be added to the Master Chef list with an induction ceremony. The “l’Academie Culinaire de France” will also host a special dinner to elect the woman of the year and reward one of their members with the “Fauteuil de l’ Academie” for lifetime achievement.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, now open at The LINQ, will offer a specialty menu for two, priced at $75 per couple, to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14. The dining experience will begin with the choice of Red Sangria, made with brandy, fresh fruit juices, strawberry and orange; or the Chayo Margarita, complete with Sauza Gold tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime. The first course includes a duo of Guacamole and Queso Fundido, served with pork rinds or tortilla chips. For the second course, guests may choose between the De La Tierra with New York steak, Spanish chorizo and pork tenderloin; or the Del Mar served with seasonal fish, prawns and sea scallops. Both entrées will be accompanied by flour tortillas, spring onions, grilled cactus leaves, black beans, Mexican street corn, and cilantro rice. To end the meal on a sweeter note, the postre will be a Chocolate Flan made with vanilla bean custard and caramel sauce. After the romantic meal, guests may spice up the night and experience the late-night party atmosphere, complete with a live DJ and the sexiest mechanical bull on the Strip. Reservations are now being accepted for Valentine’s Day and may be made by calling 702-693-7110 or visiting online at www.ChayoLV.com.
Art encounter,™ serving Las Vegas since 1992, has named Scott L. Ferguson, executive gallery director for the new exclusive and unique gallery at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40. Ferguson, a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, has a distinguished 30-year career in the fine arts, as both sales consultant and manager in the art gallery business. In his new position, Ferguson is curating unique, museum quality works for the new gallery.
“Scott is familiar with all forms of print making, painting, and sculpture and is an expert lecturer on most art related topics,” Brett Maly, Art encounter’s president and appraiser/authenticator for the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars, “said. “We are fortunate to have someone with such expert skills representing our new gallery.” Ferguson, who has a BA in Fine Arts from New York University in New York City, worked as a director at the following galleries in New York City in the 1980s: Lublin Collection Fine Art Gallery in SoHo; Keith Green Gallery; and Andrew Crispo Gallery. His art gallery experience as general manager or director in Las Vegas, since relocating in 1991, includes: Minotaur’s Forum Gallery; Circle Fine Art; Painted with Oil; and William Carr Gallery. Ferguson has been married 25 years, and their 22-year-old daughter recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. The new Art encounter has regular mall hours, opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday.