Entertainment highlights this month include parties with the Village People

Not only do we know how to spell Y-M-C-A, but there are some of us who can spell it while dancing all over the place. The opportunity to show everyone just how good we really are at this will take place Nov. 9-13 and Nov. 16-20 when the Village People don their legendary costumes for 10 musical parties at the Riviera. Here’s the best part: Several contests are being held where the group will reward concert-goers with the best individual or group costumes and the best disco outfit, and it also will recognize the oldest and youngest (7 or older) in attendance.

Celebrating 35 years as the world’s disco icons, the Village People are Ray Simpson (policeman/lead singer), Alexander Briley (G.I./Military), Felipe Rose (Native American), David Hodo (construction worker), Jeff Olson (cowboy) and Eric Anzalone (biker). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95.

For more information, visit rivierahotel.com or call 794-9433.

King of the Blues

B.B. King is one of those performers not to be missed. With 15 Grammys and a world of people who view him as a musical genius, King will be showcasing his decades of talent at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Silverton.

King started recording in the late ’40s and has released more than 60 albums. He is one of the few performers to mix blues, jazz, swing and pop to create one phenomenal sound through his unique and precise vocals and guitar playing. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards honoring his indisputable talent, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of the Arts. Tickets begin at $45. Call 263-7777 for more information.

Santana Returns

In 2009, Carlos Santana began a two-year residency at the Hard Rock Hotel performing such classics as “Oye Como Va,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways” and “Maria Maria.” His band returns to The Joint Nov. 11-13 for three encore performances of “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.” According to The Los Angeles Times, “Supernatural Santana” “proves that Carlos Santana is an unusual rock icon.” I can attest to that, having seen him during his heyday in Oakland 35 years ago and twice during the past two years at the Hard Rock. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000 or 693-5000.

On The Move

Actor, singer, dancer and Broadway veteran Rick Faugno has moved his one-man show, “Body & Soul,” to the Las Vegas Hilton. Faugno, while he played Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” created his new show with some of the city’s most talented musicians. Faugno performs at 8:30 p.m. every Friday in the Shimmer Cabaret. Tickets start at $29. Call 732-5755 for more information.

The Real Jersey Boy

The Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” at The Venetian is simply wonderful. It’s a great story told via the many hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. But there’s nothing like the real thing, and the real thing is Valli himself, who is scheduled to appear Nov. 26 at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.95. For more information, call 800-386-7867 or visit www.primmvalleyresorts.com.

Three is Better Than One

Michael Jackson is such an iconic figure that Madame Tussauds has created The Michael Jackson Experience featuring three wax figures of him. The Experience highlights Jackson’s career: the Jackson 5 years, Invincible Era and This Is It. Madame Tussauds has sculpted six different waxwork figures of Jackson, more than any other celebrity. Also, a waxwork of the King of Pop has been reproduced for every Madame Tussauds attraction in the world. Admission to the exhibit, on display through Dec. 27, is included with regular admission to Madame Tussauds, located on the Strip at The Venetian. It opens daily at 10 a.m. For more information: 862-7800 or www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas.

And Finally…

A man told his neighbor that he had just bought a new state-of-the-art hearing aid for $4,000 and that it was absolutely perfect.

“Really,” answered the neighbor. “What kind is it?”


Have a beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.

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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