Taylor Hicks, one of the most popular "American Idol" winners (in the show's fifth season), is about to become the first "American Idol" winner or finalist to secure a residency in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to begin an eight-week engagement at Bally's on June 26.
"Appearing in Las Vegas is one of those opportunities an entertainer dreams about all the time," said Hicks. "This is where America's greatest talents have made musical history, and to join them is both humbling and thrilling."
It's a bit of a homecoming, as Hicks was in New Orleans the night before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A scheduled flight was canceled, and he used a free airplane voucher to travel to Las Vegas, where "American Idol" auditions were being held. His unique take on Southern soul, R&B, country and blues set him apart from the other contestants. Hicks is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets start at $29.99. 777-7776 or www.ballyslasegas.com.
An American Idol for 50 Years
Bobby Vinton might be our (meaning someone born around 1944) version of an American Idol. He appeared on Guy Lombardo's "TV Talent Scouts," which led to his first big hit, "Roses Are Red." According to Billboard magazine, Vinton's recording accomplishments are impressive: 12 Gold records, more than 75 million record sales, as well as the most No. 1 hits by a solo male artist during a 10-year period.
The former teen idol is scheduled to appear at 8:30 p.m. June 16 at the Eastside Cannery, performing those songs, including "Blue Velvet," "Mr. Lonely" and "Melody of Love." All are recognized as standards throughout the world. In fact, Polish Americans embraced "Melody of Love" as Poland's new national anthem. Tickets start at $19.95. 856-5470 or www.eastsdecannery.com.
He Kissed My Wife
Six years ago, I attended a gaming conference in Toronto with my wife. The final evening was a beautiful dinner show starring Martin Short, the Emmy Award-winning Canadian actor and comedian. During the show, Short walked out into the audience, spotted me, shook my hand, then turned to my wife and kissed her ... on the lips! We were both surprised, she more than me. I don't think he'll do that again when we attend his performances at The Mirage on June 29 and 30.
Short is known for his sidekick roles such as the character "Franck" in Steve Martin's "Father of the Bride" series and playing opposite Martin and Chevy Chase in "Three Amigos." Tickets start at $39.99. 791-7111 or www.mirage.com.
A Dream For Only $77
"Le Rêve -- The Dream," the aqua spectacle at Wynn Las Vegas, is celebrating its seven-year anniversary with a special $77 ticket offer for locals through Aug. 31. Since the show debuted in May 2005, "Le Rêve -- The Dream" has been hailed as "one big beautiful dream come true." It was voted Best Show in Las Vegas in 2011 by the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association. Staged in the round, the show intertwines acrobatics and synchronized swimming and dance with artistic athleticism. "Le Rêve" is created and directed by Franco Dragone.
To receive the discount, present a valid Nevada I.D. at the Wynn Theater box office. The $77 offer is valid only on premium-priced seats and subject to availability. The show performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. 770-9966 or www.wynnlasvegas.com.
Let's Go Surfin'
"Surf The Musical," the new musical scheduled to open June 11 at Planet Hollywood, brings back the magic and nostalgia from the sweet sounds of the Beach Boys. The story of good vibrations is set in a 1960s Southern California beach community where audiences relive the big wave hits of "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," "I Get Around," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and so many other hits from the genius that was the Beach Boys. "Surf The Musical" performs nightly except Thursday. Showtime is 7 p.m. except Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with additional 4:30 p.m. performances on Sundays and 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets start at $70.40. 785-5555. www.surfthemusical.com.
Long Live Jake and Elwood
We know The Blues Brothers as John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd when they appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in 1978. Thirty-four years later, their music, humor and mayhem come to us courtesy of Wayne Catania (Jake) and Kieron Lafferty (Elwood) in "The Official Blues Brothers Revue," scheduled for June 22 at the Cannery Casino. The live concert combines the comedy and hits from the original Blues Brothers movie and pays tribute to Chicago's rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. 507-5777.
Tips for Seniors When Making Love
1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.
2. Set a timer for three minutes in case you doze off in the middle.
3. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.
4. Have Tylenol ready in case you actually complete the act.
5. Don't even think about trying it twice.
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.