Welcome spring with La Cage, symphonic rock show and more


The girls are back in town.

"An Evening At La Cage," one of the longest-running shows in Las Vegas (27th year) and one of the world's most famous female impersonator shows, is playing again at the Riviera. Jimmy Emerson is the master of ceremonies while impersonating Wynonna Judd, Roseanne Barr, Anna Nicole Smith and Tammy Spraynette. Other "girls" impersonate Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Cher, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Bette Midler.

Norbert Aleman, the show's longtime producer and director, said he was proud to be returning to the Riviera and describes "La Cage" as "a must-see." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Tickets begin at $44.95. For more information: 734-5110 or www.rivierahotel.com.

Up and Away

In 1967, I was in the lounge at the Sahara watching The 5th Dimension make its Las Vegas debut. Little did I realize that the group would go on to record 14 Gold and six Platinum records and receive seven Grammy awards. Now, 45 years later, original member Florence LaRue teams with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris and Floyd Smith to continue the legacy of The 5th Dimension's intricate harmonies with fresh presentations of "Up, Up, and Away," "One Less Bell To Answer," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Aquarius," and "Let The Sunshine In." The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue is scheduled to perform at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas at 8 p.m. April 7. Tickets start at $24.95. For more information: 507-5700 or www.cannerycasino.com.

Symphonic Rock Show

Say "symphonic rock" and I'm there. I have fond memories of symphonic rock shows from the '70s; however, most are blurred and out of focus. I hope to bring them back into focus when Brody Dolyniuk returns to the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, on April 7 to reunite with Yellow Brick Road for a repeat performance of "The Symphonic Rock Show." The show will take fans on a musical journey through classic rock's heydays (Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith), complete with an orchestra and laser light/multimedia show that will be captured on two giant screens. It's an ultimate concert experience. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information: 267-4849 or www.hendersonlive.com.

Golf with KISS

There are two things at work at Monster Mini Golf. One is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, family entertainment center. The other is KISS, the legendary American band formed in 1972 that became one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Put it all together and you get KISS By Monster Mini Golf, the first-of-its-kind, custom-designed, 18-hole miniature golf course that includes a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS gift shop in the world, a wedding chapel and the "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" Café. Tickets are $11.95, $9.95 for locals, military and seniors. Monster Mini Golf is at 4503 Paradise Road in the Shoppes at Harmon Square across from the Hard Rock Hotel. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information: www.monsterminigolf.com/kiss.

Just CSN

Another influential band in the history of rock 'n' roll is now known by its initials. Classic rock legends Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) are scheduled to perform April 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel. More than four decades since they first harmonized in Laurel Canyon and played their first concert at the legendary Woodstock festival, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash continue a creative musical partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring.

How influential? Each has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice -- once with Crosby, Stills & Nash and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies, respectively.

How enduring? Rolling Stone named CSN's self-titled 1969 debut LP one of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Tickets start at $45. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Most Influential Band

Is there any band more influential than The Beatles? The Abbey Road Traveling Experience is at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian through May 28, depicting the iconic album cover of John, Paul, George and Ringo with a few changes to the original. Can you spot them? Madame Tussauds opens daily at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25; locals and student tickets are $18. For more information: 862-7800 or www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas.

And Finally …

The newsman was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. He asked about her life, what it felt like to be marrying again at 80 and about her new husband's occupation.

"He's a funeral director," she answered.

He then asked about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused a few moments reflecting on those years. After a short time, she smiled and explained that she had first married a banker when she was in her early 20s, a circus ringmaster in her 40s, a preacher in her 60s, and now in her 80s, a funeral director.

The interviewer asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She said, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."

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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