From Hackett's Rat Pack to Herman's Hermits, September is full of fun

Scientific studies have proved that a hearty laugh is therapeutic. If you're not feeling well, get ready for 89-year-old comedy legend Marty Allen, who is scheduled to perform at Palace Station Sept. 24-25, Oct. 15-16, Nov. 12-13 and Dec. 10-11.

I have seen Allen and his partner Steve Rossi many times, and that's probably why I'm so healthy. In fact, I'm already smiling, because all shows begin at 4 p.m.

Allen's career started in nightclubs while he was going to college, and shortly thereafter, he became part of the popular '50s comedy duo Allen and Rossi. Together, they released comedy albums and appeared more than 40 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Tickets start at $49.95 with locals receiving a $15 discount. For more information, call 547-5300 or

An Evening in the Afternoon

Like those early shows? "An Evening at La Cage" at the Four Queens has added a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee to its schedule. This glitzy production, a Las Vegas icon that showcases top female impersonators, is hosted by comedian Jimmy Emerson.

Call 387-5175 or visit for more information.

Hackett's Rat Pack

There are several Rat Pack shows out there, and one of the best belongs to Sandy Hackett, son of the legendary comedian and longtime Las Vegas performer Buddy Hackett. "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" has surfaced at the Las Vegas Hilton with Tuesday-only shows at 6:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95. For more information, call 732-5111 or visit

But there's a whole lot more going on with Sandy.

This fall, he will be launching "My Buddy," a one-man theatrical production about his father that features never-before-seen footage of Buddy, along with stories and comedy that only Sandy can tell. The show explores the father-son relationship until Buddy's passing in 2003.

Happy Together

The great music of the '60s just won't go away, and we're the better for it.

Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, and The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie, are bringing their hits to The Cannery at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Herman's Hermits have delighted audiences since 1964, when the band reached international success with the single "I'm Into Something Good." Other hits followed, including "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry The VIII, I Am" and "There's A Kind Of Hush."

The Turtles were a high school partnership that started in Los Angeles. In 1965, the band released its debut single, an arrangement of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." The group's success continued with "You Baby," "Elenore" and their signature song, "Happy Together." Tickets start at $19.95. Call 507-5757 or visit for more information.

CHICAgo by another name

It's not the real Chicago, but Brass Transit, a tribute act to that classic rock-jazz band, is a solid group within itself. Band members have performed with The Drifters, Sam and Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson and The Mamas & the Papas. They will be playing all the Chicago hits, including "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."

Brass Transit is scheduled to play at the Suncoast at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-11. Tickets begin at $15.95. Call 636-7075 or go to for more information.

The Lion's Final Roar

Disney's "The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay wants to thank locals before playing its final show in December. Call 632-7580, mention the code word "PRIDE" and ask for the two-for-one ticket offer to enjoy 50 percent off orchestra and front mezzanine seats through Dec. 18. Blackout dates are Nov. 23-27.

The show is staged with all of the same spectacular music, sets and costumes that have made it a worldwide phenomenon.

It is performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Titanic Dinner

Chef E. Bernard of Bernard's Bistro at The Village Lake Las Vegas has created a Thursday-only dinner menu that pays homage to the extravagant RMS Titanic. Dinner du Titanic includes two menus along with a la carte options.

The First Class menu features five courses at $65 per guest, and the Second Class menu has three courses at $45 per guest.

An example of the First Class menu includes items such as Consommé Olga or Chilled Tomato Soup Gazpacho Madeleina, Oyster's a la Russe in Vodka Lemon Juice, Poached Salmon with Mousseline Caviar Sauce, Broiled Chateaubriand of Beef Tenderloin, Lamb Loin and Rack of Lamb with Mint Sauce, Calvados Glazed Duck Breast with Foie Gras, or Chicken Lyonnaise.

Added features are the showing of the award-winning 1997 film, "Titanic" with musical entertainment from LeNae Huff. The epicurean voyage begins at 7 p.m. Call 565-1155 for more information.

And finally ...

Since more seniors are texting, there appears to be a need for a Senior Texting Code (STC). ATD: At The Doctor's BFF: Best Friend Fell BTW: Bring The Wheelchair CBM: Covered By Medicare CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center FWIW: Forgot Where I Was FYI: Found Your Insulin GGPBL: Gotta Go; Pacemaker Battery Low GHA: Got Heartburn Again LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out LOL: Living On Lipitor ROFL/CGU: Rolling On Floor Laughing/Can't Get Up WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?

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