Together Again

For years, it has been one of Nathan Burton‘s prized possessions.

It’s been in his collection of show business keepsakes since he was a teen.

Now 35, Burton was an aspiring magician in Fort Smith, Ark., in 1991, "doing birthday parties and school shows. Anytime someone needed a magician, I was there."

At one of his shows, somebody liked what he saw.

"I got a call from a promoter," he recalled.

Next thing he knew, a poster was being plastered all over town. The teenage son of an Episcopal minister was opening two shows for touring Marie Osmond.

I asked him if the poster was framed.

"It will be after she signs it," he said. That’s because Burton and Osmond now share the main showroom at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

"We’ve gone full circle," he said.

Donny and Marie Osmond opened a six-month engagement this week at the Flamingo. Burton headlines the 4 p.m. show.

"I opened for her 20-some years ago, and now we’re on the same stage," said Burton, who signed with the Flamingo last April, his first major headlining gig in Las Vegas.

His road to the entertainment capital of the world took him from library gigs to Europe, South America and Japan, before he arrived in Las Vegas in 1999.

He started here as an act in "Showgirls of Magic" at the San Remo, now the Hooters Hotel. From there, he moved to the V show at The Venetian’s C2K nightclub before joining David Saxe’s V Theatre at the Aladdin, as an act. About two years ago, he started his own show at V Theatre before jumping to the Flamingo.

"By far the biggest thing ever," he said, "was ‘America’s Got Talent.’ "

He didn’t win the NBC show’s first season, but the exposure was worth a million to Burton.

Here’s this week’s dish and dirty laundry:

Who’s in town?

Mario Lopez returns to Las Vegas this weekend to host the party scene at Wet Republic, the MGM Grand’s pool venue. Lopez, whose career has been relaunched after appearing on "Dancing with the Stars," becomes the new anchor for "Extra" on Monday, and he’s also hosting "MTV’s Top Pop Group," which premiered this week. …

Favorite lunch spot?

The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas offers peace and quiet and one of the most spectacular settings in Las Vegas. Now that we’re approaching the best month and half of the year weatherwise, dine on the patio, which overlooks the 18th hole of the resort’s $500-a-round golf course.

Knockout items: sweet corn chowder, $12; lump crabcake sliders, $26; and grilled chicken jalapeno sausage, $19. Desserts: chocolate bombolone, $14; and the Scottish milkshake and cookies, $10.

Looking for a flashback?

Remember 1980s singing artist Bertie Higgins of "Key Largo," which hit No. 1, and "Just Another Day in Paradise"? He’s performing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at South Padre, formerly Club Armadillo at Texas Station…

Favorite sushi?

These four are in my current rotation: Little Buddha at the Palms, Koi at Planet Hollywood Resort, Sushisamba at the Palazzo and Simon at Palms Place.

Best interview?

Steve Wynn could qualify for best and worst, depending on the questions and his mood. But when he’s on, nobody’s a better storyteller or more knowledgeable about the city he’s taken to another level.

I caught him in a mercurial mood about four or five years ago. The tape recorder wasn’t working, and I mentioned I didn’t get the full quote. Instead of repeating the last few words I missed, he came back with an entirely reworded, 20-some word sentence. I couldn’t keep up again. I needed the full quote, and I wasn’t about to misquote him, so I fessed up that I didn’t get the entire quote. Sailors haven’t language that salty. It was a very short conversation. I went out and got a new phone recorder after that. …

Worst interview?

By leaps and bounds over anyone else, including Barry Bonds: Toni Basil, Bette Midler’s choreographer and a local icon for her 1980s hit "Mickey," Basil answered my first question with something like "I wish you would read my Web site. Everything you need is there." And it went downhill from there, with almost every question met with the same whiny response: It’s on the Web site. It was the biggest waste-of-time interview I’ve endured in my nine years here on the entertainment beat.

Note to Toni: Asking a journalist to lift quotes from your Web site is the ultimate in bad form. And I had made it clear up front: All I wanted was five minutes on the phone to do a blurb on the 25th anniversary of "Mickey."

Best reminder of a bygone era?

Country icon David Allan Coe, taking a break during last Saturday’s show at The Cannery to knock back a bottle of Jack Daniels. Twice.

(Next week: Breakfast of champions and my best and worst jaw-dropping moments in Las Vegas.)

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. His new book "Vegas Confidential: Sin-sational Celebrity Tales" comes out in November.

Entertainment
Black History Month Festival
Las Vegas residents gathered on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd, to celebrate Black History Month. (Katelyn Newberg/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
You Can Design With 3D Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum
You Can Design With 3d Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Champagne vending machine at Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas
One of only a few in the country, the Moët & Chandon machine at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas is stocked with Imperial Rose for Valentine’s Day. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas Valentine’s Day desserts
Mio Ogasawara of Sweets Raku and Rebecca Bills of Gen3 Hospitality in Las Vegas create elaborate Valentine’s Day desserts. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
One Night For One Drop
Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their time and talent to this year's "One Night For One Drop" performance at the "O" Theatre in the Bellagio. The event takes place March 8, 2019, and benefits the One Drop organization. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year parade takes place on Fremont Street. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Manzo restaurant a key part of Eataly
Nicole Brisson, executive chef of Eataly, at Park MGM in Las Vegas, talks about new restaurant.
Designer Makes Festival-style Crowns
Designer at MAGIC trade show Makes Festival-style Crowns (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Excalibur Raises tent that will house "Fuerza Bruta" show
Workers at Excalibur raised a tent, which will be the home of "Fuerza Bruta," a temporary show that will run from March 7 to September 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Roc Boots Make For Glittery Festival Wear
With 3-inch-tall chunky heels, cleated platforms, and sparkly glitter, you’ll want to wear these to dance the night away. Sally Cull, product and development for Roc Boots Australia, assures you that you can. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Get A Custom-painted Jacket At Las Vegas Fashion Event
On the first of the two-night Commotion event, clothing brands connected with consumers, offering shopping, giveaways and customization opportunities. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Venetian Celebrates The "Year Of The Pig"
The Venetian hosted dancers to celebrate the Chinese New Year and "Year of the Pig." The dancers performed a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and lion dance. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Pepe the truffle-hunting dog
Jose Andres knows that quality black truffles can also be found in his native Spain. He’ll be sharing some with the world for a week, starting Monday. From Feb. 11-17, his Cosmopolitan restaurant Jaleo will be showcasing four special dishes made with Spanish truffles discovered by the truffle-hunting dogs of his friend Nacho Ramírez Monfort. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tony Abou-Ganim mixes drink at Libertine Social
Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, helped change the cocktail culture in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Masaharu Morimoto talks ramen in Las Vegas
Masaharu Morimoto talks about bringing a ramen restaurant to Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morimoto considering full-time Las Vegas ramen spot
Morimoto talks about a full-time ramen spot in Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new home at Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign is working it's way to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has been moved to its permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new Las Vegas home
The famous and newly restored Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has moved to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas band Otherwise release song and video in tribute to slain cousin
Adrian and Ryan Patrick, brothers in the band Otherwise with drummer Brian Medeiros, talk about the release of a tribute song to their deceased cousin Ivan. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Las Vegas residency
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Vegas residency (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES final night showcases Drake at XS Nightclub
Drake performed for CES attendees and club-goers at XS Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Happy Hour party at Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace
Conventioneers mingled during the Hardware Massive CES 2019 Happy Hour Bash at The Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
CES 2019 Has A Cordless Hair Dryer
CES Has A Cordless Hair Dryer (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Opening Party in Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace
CES conventioneers packed Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, and let loose as they danced to DJs into the night. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Panel talks Impossible Burger 2.0
Panel talks Impossible Burger at CES during launch at Border Grill on Monday, Jan. 7. (Ben Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Momofuku Makes A Cocktail With Bok Choy And Beets
Momofuku Makes A Cocktail With Bok Choy And Beets (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Dream of AJ Montgomery
AJ Montgomery lost part of his leg in a vehicle accident but found his dream as a performer in “Le Reve.” (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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