It seems like everyone in Las Vegas grew up on the streets of New York.
I didn't. I grew up on the streets of Kansas City. Don't laugh. K.C. had some pretty rough streets back in my day. Last year, I found out what it was like to grow up on the streets of New York when I saw Chazz Palminteri in his critically acclaimed one-man show "A Bronx Tale." The Academy Award-nominated actor is returning to share his classic, coming-of-age story at The Mirage on March 12-13, 15-17 and 19-20.
"A Bronx Tale" describes a young boy growing up in The Bronx during the 1960s and his struggles to resist the dangerous allure of life in organized crime. Palminteri brings those struggles to life through the eyes of various characters. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.99. Call 791-7111 or visit www.mirage.com.
On the Streets of New Jersey
What about growing up on the streets of New Jersey? You can hear what that was like now that "Jersey Boys" has found a new home at Paris Las Vegas. "Jersey Boys" is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.
They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide -- all before they were 30. The monster Broadway show features such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Oh, What a Night." "Jersey Boys" performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The show is dark Monday. Tickets start at $100.30. Call 777-7776 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
On the Streets of Kansas City
I'm remembering that when I walked the mean streets of K.C., I did impressions to entertain myself and my posse and they were pretty good. I did Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, James Cagney, Jerry Lewis and Cary Grant, among others. I have found my match in Frank Caliendo, who is bringing his long list of comedic impressions to The Venetian March 22-25 and March 29-April 1. His list includes Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro, Charles Barkley, John Madden, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. A veteran of television sketch comedy, Caliendo's specials run regularly on TBS and Comedy Central. Tickets start at $59.50. Showtime begins at 9 p.m. Visit www.venetian.com or call 414-9000.
Mr. Silk Degrees
When I first heard Boz Scaggs some 40 years ago, I knew I was hearing someone who was smooth as silk. "Silk Degrees," his first multimillion-selling album, produced "Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle," "What Can I Say" and "It's Over." The album hit the No. 2 position on the U.S. pop album chart and earned Scaggs a Grammy for best R&B song, as well as Grammy nominations for album of the year, best pop vocal and best R&B performance. Follow-up hits included "Breakdown Dead Ahead," "Jo Jo" and "Look What You've Done to Me." Scaggs is bringing his illustrious career to the Eastside Cannery at 8:30 p.m. March 11. Tickets start at $49.95. Call 856-5470 or visit www.eastsidecannery.com.
'Yesterday Once More'
Is there anyone from our generation who doesn't remember that heartwarming television bank commercial featuring the song "We've Only Just Begun" from The Carpenters? That song and many more form "Yesterday Once More," a tribute show for the popular 1970s music group at the Suncoast, March 24-25. The musical recaptures the sounds of a generation that fell in love with Karen and Richard Carpenter. The cast includes talented vocalists Joanna Jahn, John Trones and Jen Burleigh-Bentz with musical direction from David Lohman. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 636-7075 or visit www.suncoastcasino.com.
Tenors Come Home
After performing before audiences in Italy, Greece, Egypt and other international locations, the Las Vegas Tenors return home for a performance at the Cannery in North Las Vegas at 8 p.m. March 24. Bobby Black, Chris Riggins and Corwyn Hodge now include rock, pop, blues, soul, swing, country and classical in their tight harmony and diverse song selection. Tickets start at $19.95. Visit www.cannerycasino.com or call 507-5757.
'OLD' IS WHEN Your sweetie says, "Let's go upstairs and make love," and you answer, "Pick one. I can't do both!"
'OLD' IS WHEN Going braless pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.
'OLD' IS WHEN You don't care where your spouse goes just as long as you don't have to go along.
'OLD' IS WHEN You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the policeman.
'OLD' IS WHEN 'Getting lucky' means you find your car in the parking lot.
'OLD' IS WHEN An 'all-nighter' means not getting up to use the bathroom.
'OLD' IS WHEN You're not sure if these are facts or jokes.
Jack Bulavsky is a 35-year Nevadan and has covered the entertainment, dining and gaming industries for local and national publications. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.