Pinball competition comes to Las Vegas
The International Flipper Pinball Association has announced the World Pinball Championship will be staged at the Pinball Hall of Fame, 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., Friday through Sunday.
The action is set to begin at 10 a.m. each day and the tournament has a prize package of more than $14,000, including a brand new pinball machine from Stern Pinball. The championship promises to be a weekend of endurance, concentration and skill as 64 players compete and showcase their talents in a marathon event featuring more than four dozen different pinball machines.
Competitors from Japan, Sweden, Germany, Brazil the United States and elsewhere comprise the field.
The pinball association was created to encourage, support and endorse competitive pinball throughout the world. The organization provides oversight and assistance to not only the establishment of pinball leagues, but also tournaments and other promotional activities.
The World Pinball Tour features more than $100,000 in cash and prizes given away each year.
For more information regarding the championship, contact Roger Sharpe (847) 506-9903 or Steven Epstein (908) 754-0934 or check the organization Web site at www.ifpapinball.com.
GARY OAKES AND LOU GARCIA
Broadway tunes highlight new revue
The Performing Arts Society of Nevada Brown Bag Concerts will present “Gary Oakes and Lou Garcia — All New Revue,” which includes music from Broadway and other sources.
The performance will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Clark County Library Main Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
Oakes and Garcia have been a singing duo since meeting while performing in Broadway shows. They have been headliners on cruise ships, in Reno and Las Vegas, national Broadway tours and summer stock.
The “All New Revue” marks the duo’s 13th year with the Performing Arts Society of Nevada.
Oakes performed on Broadway after receiving a master’s degree in Speech Arts from Columbia University. His shows include “Boys From Syracuse,” “1776,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Shoemaker’s Holiday” and “On the Town.”
Garcia graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in radio and television production. After doing a military stint with the U.S. Navy Steel Band, he headed for Broadway. He appeared in “Zorba,” “Illya Darling,” “Gypsy,” “West Side Story,” “The King and I” and “Mame.” Garcia was also featured in Donn Arden’s “Hallelujah Hollywood.”
Tickets for the “All New Revue” are $15.
For further information, call the Performing Arts office at 658-6741. Tickets will also be available on the day of the performance at the library theater box office beginning at 1 p.m.
LAS VEGAS CHAMBER CONCERTS
New coalition plans performances in city
Las Vegas musicians have formed Las Vegas Chamber Concerts, a coalition that they hope will fill a cultural gap in the city’s landscape.
Chamber Concerts has scheduled concerts in April.
On April 2, the series welcomes Clint Holmes and the string band Ethel. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library Theatre, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Tickets for the evening performance are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
A piano concerto by Raja Rahman will be presented 4 p.m. April 26 at the Las Vegas Academy. Former Las Vegas Philharmonic conductor Hal Weller makes returns to the stage to conduct the evening.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Tickets for all events are available online now at LVChamberConcerts.org.
Joining Rahman on the Chamber Concerts board of directors are musicians and performers Ralph Farris, Taras Krysa and Jarrett Parker. Weller and musician and voice of Nevada Public Radio Ginger Bruner sit on the advisory board.