I fell in love with The Beach Boys while a teen in Kansas City. Their life, via their music, was an endless California beach party, something I could only imagine in the Midwest. Later, I lived several of those summer beach parties and have fond memories. Those memories return Aug. 3-14 when Al Jardine's Endless Summer Beach Party performs at the Riviera.
Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys and played with the band for more than 35 years. As its rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist, Jardine sang lead on many hits, including "Help Me, Rhonda." He released his first full-length solo studio album last year, "A Postcard from California," and it contains contributions from fellow Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Mike Love.
Shows are Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95. Locals receive 50 percent off tickets. For more information: 794-9433 or www.rivierahotel.com.
A 46-Year Love Story
I have been fortunate to see "Lovers And Other Strangers" at theaters around the country but never with Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna, the two who wrote this classic comedy. My wish is about to come true as the Broadway play comes to the Suncoast on Aug. 13-14.
This tour marks the first time Taylor and Bologna have revived "Lovers And Other Strangers" since its successful debut on Broadway in 1968.
In it, Taylor and Bologna introduce the various scenes with anecdotes that give the audience insight into their own 46-year love story.
Taylor and Bologna adapted the script for the screenplay of the 1970 film, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, "For All We Know."
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.95.
Call 636-7075 or visit www.suncoastcasino.com for more information.
Happy Anniversary, 'Jubilee!'
All anniversaries are special. For "Jubilee!" at Bally's Las Vegas, it is a pearl anniversary, meaning it has been 30 years since this iconic showgirl extravaganza first played the Strip.
In fact, "Jubilee!" has secured a place in Las Vegas history as the longest-running show on the Strip. With 85 dancers (the true showgirl must be at least 5-foot-8 and the men 6 feet) and singers, "Jubilee!" features original songs, dances and productions originally conceived, staged and directed by the legendary Donn Arden.
"Jubilee!" is performed daily at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. (dark Friday). Tickets start at $57.50. Since many of us have seen the show, my suggestion is the All-Access Backstage Walking Tour that gives guests the opportunity to get behind the scenes. The tour is given by a "Jubilee!" showgirl or showboy at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are $17.
Happy Anniversary, Phantom
Here's another anniversary. "Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular" is celebrating its five-year anniversary at The Venetian. That fifth-anniversary performance, No. 2,190, took place June 23 inside the custom-built theater that is reminiscent of the ornate Paris Opera House. The celebration continues with a special 2 for $99 ticket offer through Sept. 4 (not valid on previously purchased tickets). These tickets can be redeemed by using the code 99PAIR when ordering. The show performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday; 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday (dark Sunday). For more information: 414-9000 or www.venetian.com.
ABBA is Back
The music of ABBA is alive and well to the point there is a group touring internationally called The Music of ABBA. But this is no ordinary group. The 12-piece band is approved by original ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and includes several musicians from the original group. Not only that, band members wear exact copies of the original clothing worn by ABBA when they toured some 40 years ago. The Music of ABBA will be at The Cannery on Aug. 6. Tickets to the 8:30 p.m. performance are $23.95. Call 507-5757 or visit www.cannerycasino.com for more information.
Looks and Sounds Like Dean
It's folks like us who enjoy impressions of Johnny Carson, Paul Lynde, Carol Channing and Bobby Darin. That's what Tom Stevens does, and he'll be doing it Aug. 20-21 at the Suncoast. His incredible likeness of Dean Martin was put to the test when he performed at the Dean Martin Festival in Martin's hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. The overwhelming response was so enthusiastic that he has since returned to headline the annual event. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information: 636-7075 or www.suncoastcsino.com.
A cocky state highway employee stopped at a farm and began a conversation with the old farmer, saying he needed to inspect the farm for a possible new road.
The old farmer said, "OK, but don't go in that field."
The highway employee said, "I have the authority of the state government to go where I want. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish on your farm land."
So the old farmer went about his chores. Later, he heard loud screams and saw the state employee running for the fence. Close behind was the farmer's prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and was gaining on the employee at every step.
The farmer called out, "Show him your 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.