Check out singer Mary Wilson at The Smith Center May 11-12


Everyone is asking if I've been to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. I have. Went to see Michael Feinstein; he was wonderful, and the center is beautiful.

Now it's your turn to go, and my suggestion is Mary Wilson and her tribute show "Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project." Wilson, one of the founders of the world-famous Supremes, is a Las Vegas resident and is performing this multimedia show in the new Cabaret Jazz Club at the center. Arrive early, walk around the campus, then treat yourself to Wilson's renditions of "Stormy Weather," "A Lady Must Live," "Honeysuckle Rose" and many other song made popular by the beautiful Horne, who became a pioneering star for African Americans in the '40s and '50s.

There are three performances scheduled: 8:30 p.m. May 11 and 7 and 9:30 p.m. May 12. Tickets begin at $45. www.thesmithcenter.com or 749-2000.

A Tribute to Whitney

Another legend is being remembered as Trina Johnson-Finn brings "Queen of the Night - A Tribute to Whitney Houston" to Texas Station. The 90-minute performance showcases favorites from Houston's past albums along with dialogue that provides personal insight behind each song. Joining Trina will be local musicians Nate Wingfield on lead guitar, Walter Jones on bass, Niles McKinney on keyboards, Michael Angelo on drums and background vocalists Lyrehc Jordan and Rachel Leslie. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. 631-1000 or www.trinajohnsonfinn.com.

Already a Legend

Liza Minnelli has no difficulty being a legend. In fact, she was awarded a special "Legends" Grammy to go with her four Tony awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy. Liza began her professional career in 1963 at age 16 in an off-Broadway revival of the musical "Best Foot Forward" and immediately won her first award, the Theatre World Award. There is no question that she is one of the world's consummate performers. Liza is bringing her concert to the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) at 8 p.m. May 12. Tickets start at $89. www.thelvh.com or 732-5755.

Dancing with the Stars

It's hard to believe that "Dancing with the Stars" is now in its 14th season on ABC. But believe this: A one-of-a-kind production of this popular show is now playing at the Tropicana titled "Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas." The 80-minute show features fan-favorite dances from past seasons performed by Joey Fatone, Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $40. www.troplv.com or 800-829-9034.

50th Anniversary Tour

I'm still sitting here with my jaw down to my knees after hearing that The Beach Boys are on a global tour to recognize their 50th anniversary as one of the world's most legendary bands. Fifty years? I'm older than I thought I was. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks are touring together for the first time in more than two decades. They're scheduled to be at the Red Rock Resort at 8 p.m. May 27.

There is so much to know about The Beach Boys: They are America's first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone; they continue to hold Billboard /Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles; and they are the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits - 36. Tickets start at $29. www.stationcasinos.com or 547-5300.

Sinatra's Comedian

Frank Sinatra once told an audience, "If I'm a saloon singer, then Tom Dreesen is a saloon comedian." Dreesen is scheduled to bring his one-man show, "An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra," to the Suncoast May 26 and 27. For 13 years, Dreesen toured the country as the opening act for Frank and shares his experiences from the tour. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.95. 636-7075 or www.suncoastcasino.com.

and finally

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch.

After finishing their meal, they left and resumed their trip.

When leaving, the woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and didn't miss them until they had been driving for about 40 minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up.

They finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "While you're in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card."

Jack Bulavsky is a 35-year Nevadan and has covered the entertainment, dining and gaming industries for local and national publications. Contact him at jackbulavsky@yahoo.com.

 

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