After a well received opening on the Las Vegas Strip in December, THE
PHAT PACK has announced that their show is going dark for an uncertain
amount of time.
“Our collaboration with EMI Entertainment did not work out as we had
hoped, and it is our understanding that EMI is no longer part of the
Windows Showroom at Bally’s. We are currently in discussions with the
other producers who are working in that room to bring THE PHAT PACK
back within the next few months.” says Bruce Ewing, representative and
singer in THE PHAT PACK “If that doesn’t work out, we will be open to
looking for a new venue, or even hope to present our show around town
in weekly engagements.”
THE PHAT PACK opened at the Plaza Hotel (Downtown Las Vegas) in late
November 2012 to amazing reviews, and received standing ovations
nightly. THE PHAT PACK was named LV Review Journal Editor’s Pick for
“Best Of Las Vegas 2013 – Best All Around Performers” After closing at
the Plaza almost a year later, the show was picked up by EMI
Entertainment, and moved to the Bally’s Windows Showroom in December
2013. Again, THE PHAT PACK opened to amazing reviews, and an even
better audience response than the earlier venue. The only reason the
show is going dark is because of the management changeover.
Ewing continues, “We are so appreciative of how the Las Vegas
Community has embraced us! We will be back!” Ewing added, “The good
news for THE PHAT PACK is that we are booking concert dates around the
country, and look forward to presenting our show for many years to
come. But it sure would be nice to be able to run our show in our own
hometown!” (For more information on THE PHAT PACK, please visit
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NEON MUSEUM TO SPOTLIGHT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY
In honor of Black History Month, the Neon Museum will spotlight
notable aspects of African-American history on tours of the Neon
Boneyard throughout February. In addition, the museum is presenting
two special programs in February related to Paul Revere Williams, the
African-American architect of the iconic La Concha Motel lobby which
today serves as the museum’s visitor’s center.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. the Neon Museum’s Scholar in Residence
Dr. Leslie Luebbers will deliver a lecture on Paul Revere Williams.
Sponsors of the event are CenturyLink, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino;
the American Institute of Architects and the Marjorie Barrick Museum
at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where the lecture will take
Families will enjoy “Pop-Up Architecture: Paul Revere Williams in Las
Vegas,” scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. During this
program, children will create small (4-page) pop-up books featuring
Las Vegas buildings designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams,
designer of the La Concha Motel lobby which serves as the Neon
Museum’s visitor’s center. This event is recommended for children in
third through sixth grade.
Among the notable points of African-American history visitors the Neon
Museum will learn:
–Paul Revere Williams was involved in pivotal events of World War II
that brought thousands of African-Americans to Las Vegas. He was hired
to design the housing for workers at Basic Industries–many of whom
were African-Americans recruited from Fordyce, Ark., and Tallulah,
La., and Los Angeles–which manufactured titanium for war-time uses.
–Sarann Knight-Preddy owned the Moulin Rouge casino for many years and
was the first African-American to receive a Nevada gaming license.
–In the days of discrimination, Foxy’s Casino at Sahara Avenue and Las
Vegas Boulevard was one of the few places to serve black patrons.
To register for either program, to book a tour or for more information
on the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.
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NON-CLUB F.I.O.R.I. HOSTS VALENTINE’S BASH
On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Non-Club Fiori will hold a Valentine’s Day
dinner and dance at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara Ave.
Admission is $25.
Widows of past presidents (all members are considered presidents) are
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Saxman Gary Anderson and vocalist Nik Mastrangelo will provide the
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THE MOB MUSEUM TO HOST “WOMEN IN GAMING” EVENT FEBRUARY 19
On Wednesday, February 19, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of
Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host “Women in Gaming” in
its historic courtroom.
Part of the Museum’s ongoing Courtroom Conversation educational
programming series, the event will take place at 7 p.m. and feature a
panel discussion among three of the top women in the global gaming
industry: Patricia Becker, president, Patricia Becker & Associates and
former executive director, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute as
well as first and only woman to be appointed to the Nevada Gaming
Control Board; Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president,
communications and government relations, Caesars Entertainment; and
Elaine Wynn, director, Wynn Resorts, and president, Nevada State Board
of Education. Moderating the discussion will be Marybel Batjer,
secretary, California Government Operations and past vice president,
public policy, Caesars Entertainment.
Community partners helping present the event include Global Gaming
Women and the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN). In
addition, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Lied Library Special
Collections will display archival material relevant to the topic and
Vegas PBS will record the event for future broadcast consideration.
These women will come together for one evening at The Mob Museum to
discuss the world of gaming from their own unique perspectives. Sure
to be among the topics that evening: the highs and lows, challenges
and successes of operating as prominent figures in a largely
male-dominated gaming industry.
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SAMMY HAGAR, ALICE COOPER AND VINCE NEIL JOIN CHEFS JEAN-GEORGES
VONGERICHTEN, DANIEL BOULUD, CHARLIE PALMER, WYLIE DUFRESNE AND MORE
TO FIGHT MSA
A masterful list of superstars comes together for a spectacular
fundraiser to support MSA (multiple system atrophy) awareness. The
evening finds world-renowned chefs preparing a rock ‘n roll
dine-around that reflects the spirit of Chef Kerry Simon and his
passion for food, music and imagination. While the culinary team
provides the bites, Kerry’s musician friends will band together
onstage for the performance of a lifetime as guests rock, chow and
mingle for a great cause.
Partnering with Keep Memory Alive, the charitable arm of the Cleveland
Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Kerry and his supporters have
put together an amazing night of electrifying music and gastronomic
greatness to raise money for this important, and often ignored, cause.
This cocktail party, unlike any other, will feature chefs including
Daniel Boulud, Kim Canteenwalla, Wylie DuFresne, Grant Macpherson,
Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Justin Nilson, Charlie Palmer, Megan
Romano, Tony Schutz, Mark Tarbell and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Rockers Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and Vince Neil join house band Sin
City Sinners to entertain as supporters dine and imbibe. Special guest
Sabriel will also perform during the party.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Keep Memory Alive Event Center
Tickets are on sale now at www.keepmemoryalive.org
$500 Rock ‘n Roll Roadie — includes general admission into the Rock ‘n
Roll Cocktail Party (7 p.m.)
$1,000 Rock ‘n Roll Star — includes VIP pre-party reception with
celebrity meet and greet (6 p.m.), access to the Rock ‘n Roll Cocktail
Party, an autographed poster and entry into the VIP after-party at
Simon Restaurant/Lounge at Palms Place featuring chefs Roy Choi, Barry
Dakake, Richard Tapia, Mark Purdy and Tammy Alana. Special guest Chris
Clouse, who has performed over the years at Kerry’s many restaurants,
will also perform during the after party.
Other performers and chefs will be added to the lineup and announced
as confirmed. Please check the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA event
Facebook page for updates.
ABOUT THE “SIMON SAYS FIGHT MSA” MOVEMENT
In December 2013, rock ‘n roll chef Kerry Simon bravely went public to
let the community know that he is battling multiple system atrophy
(MSA), an incurable and rapidly progressive neurodegen-erative, and
ultimately fatal, disease that affects multiple parts of the body,
causing slowness of movement, muscle rigidity and poor balance.
Kerry’s newfound mission in life is to improve the level of knowledge
of MSA, speak up to increase global awareness of the disease and to
create a network for those affected by MSA and their families. March
is MSA Awareness month, help spread the word! Simon Says Fight MSA!
ABOUT CLEVELAND CLINIC LOU RUVO CENTER FOR BRAIN HEALTH
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides
state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family
members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the
Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of
early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild
cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.
Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for
Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused
approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across
all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and
infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility,
designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center,
neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to
clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more
information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/
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THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: FEBRUARY 4 – 9
The world-famous Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas is the longest-running
comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The Improv’s ability to showcase
young comedians, as well as bring in big names, has attributed to its
longevity and success.
Each week, The Improv showcases three of the funniest and freshest
faces in comedy, creating a show that is always unique and definitely
funny. The comedians who will perform February 4 thru February 9 are:
RACHEL FEINSTEIN: Comedian Rachel Feinstein grew up outside of
Washington D.C. She developed her hilarious character-driven style by
opening for her father’s blues band as a kid and doing impressions of
various loud and jarring relatives. Feinstein has made numerous
appearances on Comedy Central and can also be seen in episodes of
“Comics Unleashed” as well as the “Just For Laughs” comedy series on
BRANDT TOBLER: No stranger to comedy, Brandt Tobler delivers a
laid-back, offbeat, hilarious brand of comedy. Tobler founded the
legendary “Backyard Comedy Show” in Las Vegas, creating an
independent, grassroots, censor and clique-free forum for comics to do
what they love to do.
DAN GABRIEL: Comedian Dan Gabriel caught the comedy bug early in life
and hasn’t been able to shake it. Gabriel has appeared on many TV
shows, such as CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Star
Search,” Showtime, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and NBC’s “Late
Friday.” Gabriel is also an award winning writer for “Thugs on Film”
on BBC America.
The schedule for upcoming comedians is as follows:
2/11-2/16: Bobby Slayton, Annie Lederman and Robert Duchaine
2/18-2/23: Brian Dujnkleman and Gene Pompa
2/25-3/2: Allan Havey, Tony Camin and Brandon Hahn
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are
$29.05 or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for VIP tickets that
include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show
meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also
available for locals for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are available at
Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at
Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune
newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him
at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.
After a well received opening on the Las Vegas Strip in December, THE