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This and That. Here and There.

I know I’ve been slacking on my blog. I moved and my Mom visited for a while. I’m still in Las Vegas. The city I love most!  Move went well and I am loving my new place. It’s cozy and has a great kitchen. I’m actually enjoying cooking again. So that’s a good thing!

I had a great time when my Mom was here. I love when she visits, it’s always comforting to have Mom around, right?

I took her to see the Scintas. We had a blast. I knew Mom would love it. Especially because they are Italian and from Buffalo, New York. In fact, she had so much fun, she took my Dad to see them in Buffalo this weekend at the Italian Festival. She said it was packed! If you haven’t seen them at the D Las Vegas yet, you must go. They are talented and so much fun. Janine Valentine also sings with them, and she’s wonderful.

with Mom, Scintas singer Janine Valentine, and Frankie Scinta
with Mom, Scintas singer Janine Valentine, and Frankie Scinta

We also went to see Michael Jackson ONE again. That show amazes me, I love it so much! My Mom is a huge MJ fan, so I knew she HAD to see this show. I’m so happy Cirque got this one right. The Immortal Tour was disappointing in my eyes. It wasn’t done right. ONE is right on the money and fabulous in every way. It gives me chills, like it should. The show is selling out quick, we almost didn’t get tickets booking a few days in advance. Just to let you know, all the seats are great. It’s good to be a little ways back so you can see everything happening around you. The seats in the far back wouldn’t even be bad. So heads up if you are planning to go. I always appreciate when people give me feedback about where to sit, so I’m passing it on.

I took Mom to dinner at The Barrymore as well. One of my favorite hidden gems in Las Vegas. Such a great place. Great atmosphere, great staff, and delicious food. It’s inside the Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive. In fact, we are having my friend’s engagement party there soon. I love it. You can go for food or just sit at the bar. Sometimes they have entertainment too.

For the 5th year in a row I hosted The Nevada Burn Foundation’s Firefighter Auction. Many of my friends came out to support the cause, and I appreciate it. It’s the major fundraiser for that organization and it’s very important. A lot of money was raised! I enjoyed emceeing the event with Scott Allison. Kudos to all the bachelors too, it’s not easy getting out there in front of all those people!

with Kate, Chris, and Melissa at The Burn Foundation Auction
with Kate, Chris, and Melissa at The Burn Foundation Auction

I also hosted the Review Journal Business Press Green Awards at the Springs Preserve. It was a really nice breakfast and I was happy to see so many companies and leaders get acknowledged for “going green” and changing the way we think. I remember when the “green” movement first started and I wondered if it would catch on. It did… and we as a community are making strides and making a difference! I was happy to join General Manager Debbie Donaldson in honoring the winners.

with Debbie Donaldson, Business Press General Manager
with Debbie Donaldson, Business Press General Manager

Next up is a fun event supporting the Nevada SPCA. It’s a celebrity bowling tournament for animal rescue. “Out of The Gutters” is going to be a lot of fun and takes place at Sam’s Town on August 11th. Deven May of “Jersey Boys” and I will be bowling along with a long list of local celebrities. You can see the full list by clicking on the information link above. Come out and bowl with us!

I’m also on the planning committee for the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame gala this year. It takes place at Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa on August 17th. We have a wonderful night planned to honor all of the Hall of Fame inductees and broadcasting organizations. We have a great auction planned and Frankie Moreno and his full band are performing. Tickets are on sale now. Here is the gala website. Lots of specials guests will be there too.

I keep plugging away. Keeping busy and enjoying the time that was given to me to give back to the city I love. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. I can’t believe August is here already!

So Much to Talk About, Viva Las Vegas!

I am getting ready to move. I’ve been bringing you these amazing pictures from my windows for more than a year. I love Las Vegas and I love this view, but I’m also excited to change my environment. Change is good. I love the feel of a new space!! It’s close enough to where I live now, and it will bring along a new incredible view.

Strip View
Strip View

I live on the strip, and I have noticed it’s been pretty busy. That is a good thing. Tourists everywhere. It seems we are slowly but surely getting back to business in Las Vegas. Speaking of the strip. Boy, it’s been a busy two weeks with show openings.

Of course I can’t miss a beat. I wanted to give you a quick rundown.

Two shows that amazed me were VERONIC VOICES and Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil. Two great shows which have now joined The Entertainment Capital Of The World.

ONE, is absolutely amazing. I loved every single minute and never wanted it to end. Thank GOODNESS, Cirque did this one right. The Immortal Tour show was disappointing to me. I didn’t like it. This show at Mandalay Bay is incredible. I want to go back again and again. It gave me chills, and the message was also very inspiring. A stage full of talent and one Michael Jackson hit after the other. You must see this show!

I’m not really sure there is a bad seat in the house because so much is happening, so keep that in mind. I sat second row and loved being up close, but sitting up top would have been just as good.

Michael Jackson ONE
Michael Jackson ONE

I had no idea what VERONIC Voices was going to be all about. I knew she impersonated singers and that’s about it. This show is co-produced by Celine Dion herself. She was at the opening at Bally’s Las Vegas. What a show! This is Veronic’s first U.S. show. She’s French Canadian.

Veronic Voices, Photo by Denise Truscello/Wireimage
Veronic Voices, Photo by Denise Truscello/Wireimage

She was fabulous. She sang Norah Jones, Adele, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Annie Lenox, and so many more. She had fun with it, which I loved. Did she sound spot on like every single person she sang? No. But she was close and on target with most. She has an incredible voice, great personality, her dancers are amazing, and the stage lights and sets complimented her. She ended with a standing ovation.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is still on at The Venetian. I hear it’s closing early because of low ticket sales and competition from Cirque’s summer discount tickets. I enjoyed the show. It was fun, and over the top. Humorous. The music was familiar and the story was good. I can see though, that it’s a tough show to generate wide appeal. Tourists and locals have so much choice here.

Priscilla Queen of The Desert, opening night
Priscilla Queen of The Desert, opening night

Off the strip, I was honored to be one of the hosts of the first ever “The Best of Silver State Awards.” I co-hosted with Nina Radetich and Chris Saldana. It was nice to honor hotels, shows, real estate, doctors, small businesses, and more. It was held at the Summerlin Performing Arts Center.

Best of Silver State Awards
Best of Silver State Awards

It’s been a pretty active couple of months. I also had a great Fourth of July. It was HOT, but fun.

Have I told you lately? I love Las Vegas. 😉