AROUND TOWN: Celebrate New Year’s at Eastside Cannery

If you’re looking for a classic, old-style Vegas way of ushering in 2009, look no further than the show at the Eastside Cannery, 5255 Boulder Highway.

The show is called “That’s Italian,” and it stars Jerry Vale (right), Pete Barbutti (left), Dick Contino and Frankie Randall, all veteran Las Vegas performers who can entertain an audience with a song or a funny story.

The three-hour show starts at 7 p.m. and will count down to the new year on East Coast time, which is 9 p.m. Las Vegas time. Randall, who sings and plays piano and produces this show, said the four stars will take turns working solo and performing together.

“That’s Italian” isn’t an impersonator show, but its stars say the production has a very definite early 1960s Rat Pack vibe to it. As with the Rat Pack shows of yesteryear, “That’s Italian” moves along unscripted with its stars having fun and going wherever the flow takes them.

Contino, who is billed as the world’s greatest accordionist, describes “That’s Italian” thusly: “We’re all a bunch of bored dagos having a good time.”

Tickets cost $24.95 per person. Ages 21 and older will be admitted.

For tickets or more information, call 856-5470 or visit

— John Maltby/Photos Special to View

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