Thanks for a great Thanksgiving! I hope yours was as delectable as mine. Zozo and I stuffed ourselves on terrific turkey and the works. Of course, I was very careful what the wonder dog ate.
The shows in town this past week were certainly not turkeys! Cher – my divine, cherished Cher – at Park Theater in the Monte Carlo was as devastating as ever. Her mere presence is a show in itself. Her voice is still as beautiful as her face and body. Bob Mackie is still her mentor in her designs. (Her costumes wouldn’t fit me, but I would love to borrow some of her accessories.)
The show is an unbelievable wonder of Cher’s hits, and her mere presence gives it all one can dream about. Hail to Cher!
Harry Connick’s performance at the Wynn was exactly Harry! Did you know he publically performed at the mere age of five years old? He is such an accomplished pianist, music writer, singer, actor, and more. It makes the rest of the world feel somewhat awed at this amazing talent. Please, catch this concert residency at the Wynn. You will not be disappointed. He will be there Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2.
Guns and Roses slammed the T-Mobile Arena. Axl Rose has grown remarkably as a talent and lead singer. It was a true blast-off to the feeling of the rocking season.
A Smith’s X-Mas
The holiday season is really in gear now with Handel’s Messiah at The Smith Center on Saturday, Dec. 2. Coming up, an old favorite with a new adaptation: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It will be at UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theater, Dec. 1-17. Check their website (https://www.unlv.edu/nct/events) for time and ticket information. Don’t be a Scrooge, let yourself see some ghosts of Christmas past and have a Dickens Christmas delight on your to do and see list.
Yours truly will be doing a concert at Evel Pie on Fremont Street on Dec. 3, benefitting my charities. It will be an all you can eat pizza event and only costs $50 to attend. By the way, Evel Pie is owned by Branden Powers of The Golden Tiki Spring Mountain Road.
Nikki Hill will bring those great blues sounds to Boulder Station on Thursday, Nov. 30. Coco Montoya follows on Dec. 7 with more blues and Rick Estrin and the Nightcats will sail in Jan. 4. The blues sound has taken hold here. I wish more venues would have feature it.
Losing an Angel
Double sad news... Della Reese, who I knew from NYC many years ago, has passed away at the age of 86. She was an acclaimed gospel, jazz singer and an actress, best known for “Touched By An Angel.” Her multi-octave voice was sheer honey. At the age of only 13 she was hired to sing with the great Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group.
David Cassidy, devoted to performing in Vegas, passed away from liver and kidney failure at 67. He starred in EFX at The MGM Grand and brought us At the Copa with Sheena Easton. America and the world knew him from “The Partridge Family,” a 70’s TV family show about a group of brothers and sisters who traveled and performed together. I will really miss David, he was a friend, a mentor, a confident and a great guy.
A movie Wonder
If you wander into a film this holiday, please, please, please, see “Wonder.” A bullied young man with facial deformities comes of age with a great performance by Jacob Tremblay. Julia Roberts (yes, she’s aged, but gracefully) does a great job as the young man’s mother. This movie actually made me cry as it really hit home.
“Last Flag Flying” is another coup d’etat for Steve Carell (no longer the goofy funny guy) but Bryan Cranston stole the film from Laurence Fishburne and Steve with his energetic, self-demeaning performance. Three Vietnam veterans are reunited for the burial of Carell’s son, who was killed in Iraq. During the process they reminisce and come to terms with their memories of the war that helped shaped their lives. An Oscar is due.
If you see your movies at the Suncoast, go on Friday and join the Sock Hop for free live music and dancing from 6 to 10 p.m. Locals and visitors alike enjoy dancing to the oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to work off all those holiday treats!