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‘Angels’ a hit at Las Vegas Hilton

Nov 16, 2004 4:58 AM

While the Las Vegas Hilton rethought its experiment of putting young, unknown crooner Matt Dusk into its huge showroom, the hotel will hit it big with the adorable, genuine and friendly Aussie Angels now playing in its cozy and comfortable Shimmer Cabaret to compete with other late night female reviews.

The Angels might be considered the sister show of Thunder Down From Under with Adam Steck and Rich Super producing both. The main difference between the male and female show is that some of the ladies take their tops off, which is something they didn’t find out, I’m hearing, until they started rehearsals!

It remains to be seen if Aussie Angels can compare to the long-running other T&A shows that perpetuate our city such as La Femme, X, Crazy Girls and my personal favorite, Midnight Fantasy, to name just a few.

A vintage Vegas jam session is being held Saturday night will the stars around the city being invited to the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place to relive the old days when headliners used to meet after shows at a hotel coffee shop to just hang out, swap stories and jam. The celebration will also introduce Kelly Clinton as the club’s new entertainment director. Contact Frank H. Lieberman at 702/210-9721 for further information.

I can’t say it to loud, but I’m hearing whispers that when Greenspun Media officially takes over KTUD-TV, they have plans to do another local talk show but the producers of its former show won’t be involved. Does this mean the original star might be willing to return? I’d bet on it!

In Los Angeles Magazine’s Classic Hollywood issue, one-time bombshell Mamie Van Doren says that after spotting current Las Vegas resident Tony Curtis "prancing around" in his "Spartacus" loincloth, she thought, "My God, I’ve got to see what’s under that!" And she says she did, too.

Tony Sacca’s 19th annual "Merry Christmas Las Vegas" benefit for the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts takes place Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Stratosphere’s Theatre of the Stars. Slated to appear are Ronn Lucas, Gordie Brown, Sonny King, Kelly Clinton, Lena Prima, Helen Joy’s Young Entertainers and a host of other local entertainers. Tickets, priced at $25, can be reserved by calling 889-3587.

On Dec. 12, Joy’s Young Entertainers and Sacca have been invited to perform at the White House. The Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that awards grants and scholarships to students and teachers in the performing arts.

The Real Thing: reminiscent of the famed Rockefeller Center ice rink, but without the inclement weather, MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas has created a real open-air ice rink. Open to the public through Jan. 17, the 40-foot by 70-foot ice floor is two inches thick and is kept at 18 degrees Fahrenheit to remain frozen and uniform. The hourly skating rate is $11 for adults and $8 for children with a $4 skate rental. The rink’s hours through Dec. 10 and Jan. 4-14 are 3-9 p.m. It will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m. from Dec. 11 to Jan. 3 and closed Dec. 24. The rink will be open 3-9 p.m. on Dec. 25 and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

On a sad note my thoughts go out to the family of Trish Shapiro, who fought her cancer until the very end. A beautiful showgirl from the Minsky Burlesque days, Trish was gracious, warm and brave to everyone around her despite the illness. At the gathering celebrating her life, it was a joy to see so many showgirls in their 70s and 80s looking so fabulous.

The Las Vegas dance world lost another friend with the passing of Anae Carriera, who was known fort her style and grace in many productions throughout the city. She leaves behind three sons. My prayers and best wishes go out to both families.

The Last Word: Known for impersonating Tina Turner for many years in An Evening at La Cage, Larry Edwards is "Hot Chocolate," the new VIP host at the alternative nightspot Krave ”¦ Ken Poplowski’s Kingdom of Swing will be featured New Year’s Eve at The Orleans with Connie Stevens doing the same honors at the Goldcoast ”¦ Taylor Books has re-released Ricci Martin’s 2002 tribute to his father "That’s Amore: A Son Remembers." Dean Martin passed away Christmas Day 1995 ”¦ Despite the fate of the show being in limbo due to the possible imploding (I hear it will be in May) of the Tropicana Hotel next year, the Folies Bergere showgirls recently received the Key to the City from Mayor Oscar Goodman for the show’s 45 years at the hotel ”¦ The X show at the V Theatre in Desert Passage isn’t topless as planned, as the Aladdin’s casino permit doesn’t cover the shopping mall ”¦ For the price of drinks, catch the fun and frolic of twin dueling pianists and singers Kimberly and Tamara Pinegar at Harrah’s new Piano Bar.