Deana Martin will be returning to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and its wonderful Cabaret Jazz venue, where she will present her Annual Christmas Show, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 20-22. Martin will take the audience on a musical sleigh ride, filled with classic yuletide tunes, and songs honoring her legendary father, Dean Martin, and some other great performers like Dean’s pals, Frank and Sammy. Deana offers a toast to the Holidays with some of the greatest songs ever written.
Deana achieved success early in her career in films, theater and television, then quickly added to her repertoire — recording artist, best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, licensed pilot, and entrepreneur. As an internationally acclaimed entertainer, hit recording artist, and an in-demand performer playing to sold-out audiences worldwide, Deana has become an instantly recognizable voice and figure in the pantheon of American singers. Her “White Christmas” CD was another chart buster, released in 2011, and stayed on the Top 10 chart throughout the entire Christmas season. Amazon reports that her last three albums have remained in high demand and are on its hit list. Deana will sing a number of her favorite songs from the Christmas album. Martin just released her latest album, “Destination Moon,” which includes a very special version of the song, “True Love,” a duet featuring her dad, Dean. It is available by going to Deana’s website or iTunes.
Seeing Deana Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she cannot do. At The Smith Center, Deana will sing many of the Christmas songs she grew up listening to when her dad and his buddies (Frank and Sammy) would get together to celebrate Christmas. Tickets, ranging from $37.00 to $59.00 may be purchased by calling the Smith Center box office, 702-749-2000 or via The Smith Center’s Website.
Hypnosis Unleashed starring Kevin Lepine celebrated its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel. Dane Marrow, casino ambassador at Hooters Casino Hotel presented Lepine with a cake and proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, recognizing “Kevin Lepine Day.” He was also recognized with certificates from Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Joe Heck and Governor Brian Sandoval.
Lepine entertained guests and performed in front of a packed audience of media, VIPs and celebrities including: Ricardo Laguna, BMX rider; Anthony Cools, star hypnotist from Paris Las Vegas; Marc Savard, star of Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino; comedian magician The Amazing Johnathan; The Phat Pack at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and Tony Delgado, from Dancing Just like the Stars at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Hypnosis Unleashed starring Kevin Lepine is currently offering locals half-price tickets through December 30, 2013 to commemorate the one-year anniversary.
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Leigh Zimmerman, who won the Olivier Award, in London, earlier this year for her performance in “A Chorus Line,” has been nominated for the, “What’s On Stage Awards,” as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. The awards show is in February, 2014. Awards are voted on strictly by the public, so anyone can vote (but you can only vote once). Zimmerman, who also makes Las Vegas her home, has been one of the stars in the London production for more than a year. She was selected from 80,000 nominations this year, and the next step is to get people to vote so she can win the award! She is currently in second place, so every vote will count. To vote go to: www.awardswhatsonstage.com
Miss Nevada USA, Chelsea Caswell, and Miss Nevada Teen USA, Amanda Jenkins, will crown their successors at the Miss Nevada USA 2014 Pageant, inside the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Hosted by Miss USA, 2011 Alyssa Campanella, and Chet Buchanan of 98.5 KLUC, the 2014 Miss Nevada USA pageant will name the next state royalty to represent Nevada at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions in 2014. Singer and songwriter, Brett Young, will entertain guests with live performances throughout the competition. The gorgeous contestants will be judged in three areas of competition consisting of: interview, swimsuit and evening gown.
The competition’s judges include famed surgeon Dr. Aaron Rollins, lead designer for OmniPeace by Double Zero, Jason Hee Chul Kim, celebrity columnist Robin Leach, former Miss USA Gretchen Polhemus, former international model Nicole Murphy, Las Vegas entertainer Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, co-founder of WOW! Creations Matthew Harris, former Miss Nevada USA 2012 Jade Kelsall, talent agent Nick Roses and renowned television personality Faye Resnick. The star-studded judging panel will assess each contestant by their character, poise, confidence and personality. Throughout their reign, the beauty queens will make their mark on the community with charitable endeavors. While competing at Miss USA and Miss Teen USA., the eventual winners will win a package full of cash prizes, exquisite attire, shoes, travel and scholarships while enjoying a year in the spotlight. The Miss Nevada USA organization is still accepting applicants for the 2104 pageant. For more information and to sign up, please visit: www.MissNevadaUSA.com.
Skip The Strip and enjoy an intimate evening of dining, drinking and dancing with Pia Zadora. Pia will provide the soundtrack to your New Year’s celebration at “Pia’s Place,” inside Piero’s Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Drive, Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Enjoy hearty Italian cuisine, while Zadora and music director, Vincent Falcone, and her band, perform classics and standards from the American Songbook. There is a two drink minimum in “Pia’s Place;” and you must be 21 with valid I.D. Zadora is a Golden Globe winner, GRAMMY Award® nominee, ShoWest winner, and an accomplished singer, film and Broadway star, which pretty well describes Pia Zadora. She has been performing since the age of six, and for those who have seen her in concert, what comes to mind first and describes this multi-talented performer is simply this: Pia Zadora is the complete entertainer.
Piero’s Italian Cuisine opened in 1982 and today, some 31 years later, remains one of Las Vegas’ most notable restaurants favored by the city’s influencers, celebrities and founding families. Old school Vegas and hip all at once, Piero’s has earned a Zagat Award, Jerry Lewis Five Star Award, Five Star Diamond Award, and American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award, as well as the DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). The other night, this reporter, stopped in to see one of our favorite people, and guess who were among a slew of celebrities sitting in the audience (to just show you that you never know who will be where and when): Rich Little, Steve Rossi, and Zowie Bowie, who all got up and performed. The restaurant is open for dinner, daily from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.piazadora.com. or follow her on Twitter @OfficialPiaZ. And check it all out at www.PierosCuisine.com.
A quick note about another very talented friend of mine, Michael Shane, who’ll be doing his thing on the piano at the Bootlegger Bistro this Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m., until he can’t warble those tunes any more. I have compared this particular entertainer, in previous reviews, to the late, great Oscar Levant (who was a favorite of The Man, Frank Sinatra). Take a chance and go see this guy, and once you do you’ll be hooked like me.
Well, gang, here is wishing everyone out there a lot of Peace in the World (I keep hoping), a Wonderful and Merry Christmas with Your Loved Ones, and may you have all your Wishes Come True in 2014.