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Jersey Boy Performer Holds Oct 21 Concert to Raise Awareness & Funds for NF Hope
Event at Harrah's Inspired by daughter
The Second Annual NF Hope Concert on Sunday October 21 will feature some of Las Vegas top performers donating their time and talents to help a good cause. Jeff Leibow of JERSEY BOYS is producing the 1 p.m. event at Harrah's which was inspired by his own three year old daughter Emma.
Jeff Liebow and fellow performer Gordie Brown
In honor of Emma, this is a concert that all ages can enjoy. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF Network, a non-profit organization that serves families and those with neurofibromatosis, know as NF. In addition to the talent, attendees can participate in a silent auction. Tickets start at $25 and are available through TicketMaster.com <http://ticketmaster.com/> ,HarrahsLasVegas.com <http://harraslasvegas.com/> or by calling the Harrah'sbox office at (702) 369-5111.
To participate in the silent auction, visit http://NFHope.auction-bid.org. Prizes include show tickets, dinners at some of LV's best eateries, and more.
The star-studded concert will include performances by Delious Kennedy from the Grammy Award Winning Band All-4-One, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, Anya Garnis and Dmitry Chaplin from ABC's Dancing With The Stars, Clint Holmes, Chris Phillips, cast members from Jersey Boys, Absinthe, Vegas! The Show and more. Silent auction items include tickets to Celine Dion, Elton John, Donny and Marie, JERSEY BOYS, show memorabilia, restaurant certificates, spa certificates and much more.There will also be a live auction with items ranging from original artwork to all-expense-paid vacations.
This is a cause that struck not just close to home, but in the home itself. Leibow's daughter Emma was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. This genetic disorder of the nervous system results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. This allows tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife Melody conceived the idea for the concert because they feel an obligation to their family and the 100,000 people living with NF to educate more people about the disorder. "In the last year we have found a handful of small tumors on Emma. Fortunately, they don't seem to be slowing her down, but it reinforces why we do so much to raise awareness of NF," says Leibow.
NF is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects more than 100,000 Americans, making it more common that cystic fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington's Disease and Tay Sachs combined. Despite its commonality, the disorder struggles to get federal support every year. "Last year's concert was a huge success, but we have learned a lot in the last year about what the cause really needs. So, in an effort to help with advocacy and fundraising efforts, we have continued to produce events in Las Vegas under our organization, NF Hope.
In the last year, NF Hope has raised over $25,000 for NF Network. It is our dream to see NF Hope become a national organization producing events all over the US. Until then, we will do everything we can with the hope that Emma and the more than 100,000 people living with NF may in their lifetime see a cure for neurofibromatosis," says Leibow.
The "2nd Annual NF Hope Concert" will take place on Sunday, October 21 at the Main Showroom in Harrahs Las Vegas. The show begins at 1:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$75, plus tax and service charges. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Nf-Hope-Concert-tickets/artist/1782197?tm_link=s <http://www.ticketmaster.com/Nf-Hope-Concert-tickets/artist/1782197?tm_link=s> or call the Harrahs Box Office at (702) 369-5111.
Freakling Bros Horror Shows Deliver Fright and Fun
Holy Whatever! The Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror is amazing. If you are into Halloween and being scared and fun houses, don't miss these. The “Circus of Horrors,” “Castle Vampyre” and “Gates of Hell” are worth seeing. No, make that experiencing.
Please note, these attractions are not for the kids or the faint of heart.
The creations of the Freakling Brothers , celebrating its 20th anniversary, can scare the begeegees out of you until Halloween.
They are dark, no light leaks into these attractions.
They are scary. I'm not giving away any secrets when I tell you that there are living creatures inside who'd like to see you p**p in your pants or worse.
These are three separate haunted attractions. But please note, you must sign a special waiver to enter the “Gates of Hell.” And with good reason. I can't tell you why exactly, but I don't believe you'll be disappointed. Some of it is pretty shocking.
The lines may be long because they only take a few in at a time. Yes, it's a pain to wait, but there is good reason as it optimizes your experience to have a small group.
Now, while you are waiting, you can experience the action in the center ring. It's called a Donkey Show. It's bizarre.
In fact, the night that I was there, one of the participants was a guy by the name of Bizzaro. Then there was Jenn O. Cide who describes herself as, “a professional weirdo.” I'm not sure how to describe the action in the center ring. Might be better if I don't. Keep in mind, it is halloween time so most anything can happen.
I recommend purchasing a combination ticket for $30. It's worth it. Otherwise, you'll just be upset with yourself when others tell you how great the others are. If the budget won't allow it or you're silly enough not to follow my advice- then you can get a ticket for “Circus of Horrors” or Castle Vampyre” for $12 or $15 for the incredible “Gates of Hell.” You can get a line pass t-shirt for $10 which is valid all month. Discounts are available for multiple visits as well. Fans of terror must be 17 or accompanied by an adult. I wouldn't take the younger kids, seriously.
We made some new friends!
The Trilogy of Terror is open from 7 p.m. To midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. To 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It is located at 2321 N. Rainbow Blvd, next to the AMC Theaters Rainbow Promenade 10. For more information on the Trilogy of Terror, call 362-FEAR or visit www.freaklingbros.com.
The Amazing Johnathan Debuts The SCREAMont Experiment Haunted Attraction in Downtown Las Vegas
Headliner’s First-Ever Halloween Event for the Public at The Las Vegas Club
The Amazing Johnathan
Do you like spooky? Remember the old dark fun houses? Ever heard of The Amazing Johnathan? Put them all together and you'll have The Amazing Johnathan's SCREAMont Experiment. In addition to his unique approach to magic and entertainment, Johnathan is know for his yearly Halloween Haunted event. Alas, it was invitation only for that one.
Now, the general public can get a taste of what Johnathan's been showing his friends all these years. His new attraction is located at the old Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. The rooms there can't be rented right now, but seem to be inhabited by other worldly creatures. Just in time for Halloween, the Amazing Johnathan, sometimes called the “Freddy Krueger of Comedy,” has launched The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment, a scary interactive walk-through attraction. “I have always enjoyed designing and creating my annual haunt for friends and family,” stated Amazing Johnathan. “This year, I am ready to share The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment with the public and allow them to experience the warped, wicked theatrics that others have enjoyed for years.”
Be afraid. You'll be led through dark halls by a strange doorman who is not really to be trusted.
You begin with your check in, but you can't really see the people who are checking you in. No matter, the bellman leads you on in the darkness. You'll wander with and without his assistance at various times, turning corners, trying to find your way. The hotel is quarantined, not occupied. Well, not by regular people. Ghosts, goblins, other scary creatures might be living, ooops, it's halloween, many who are there aren't even living.
Wind through the twisting corridors to dead ends and retrace your steps in the dark maze until you find a passageway. Amazing Johnathan’s eerie attraction is a multi-level haunted hotel, featuring 35,000 square feet of themed rooms, optical illusions, mind-blowing special effects and terrifying twists around every corner.
The attraction also features a gift shop where guests who survive the attraction can purchase ghoulish gifts and macabre merchandise. The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment operates tours nightly beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for front-of-the-line access and can be purchased at www.thescreamont.com or at The Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, located at 18 Fremont Street, Las Vegas.
Each Tuesday, The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment will feature a Two-For-Tuesday offer, allowing Southern Nevada residents to purchase two tickets for the price of one.For more information on Amazing Johnathan, visit him online at http://amazingjohnathan.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Amazing-Johnathan/122419877799006, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/theamazingj.
Zowie Bowie got in the mood
Brett Lockett of the New England patriots
Ladies of Fantasy
Sandy Kastel, Amazing Johnathan, Jonathan Scott
Anastasia Synn, Michele LaFong, Mac King & Amazing Johnathan
(l-r) Doug "Lefty" Leferovich, Murray Sawchuck,and Chloe Crawford from Murray's Magic Show at the Tropicana
(l-r) J. T. Mollner, Scorch The Clown, Duke Mollner, and Daniel Mollner
Yours truly and Scorch the Clown
Crazy Girls: Not So Crazy – The Longest Running Topless Review on the Strip- 25 Years!
Girls, girls, girls! Crazy Girls at the Riviera is worth seeing. Somehow in all the years I've lived here (and vacationed here before that), I had never been to this show. I always try to watch productions with as few preconceived notions as possible. I assumed there would be topless women in some scenes and scanty costumes in others. A comedian/MC is standard fare. That's all I expected. Crazy Girls is fun! Not surprising then that this is the oldest surviving show on the LV Strip. 25 years, 16,506 shows, 186 girls.
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
Some scenes are titillating as befits a Vegas topless production. Others are amusing, fun, and artistic. The women are lovely and bring talent as well as looks to the show. The scenes move from humorous to erotic and provocative to a display of talented movement. There's a great deal of lip syncing in the show and I was highly impressed with the quality of the lip sync. The women are on target. Certainly the advertisements appeal to the guys, but there's plenty to enjoy for all adults.
The humor is fresh and the costumes run from tantalizing to amusing. Routines range from topless contemporary boot-stomping pole dance numbers to bawdy, burlesque classics. While the costumes will range from Parisian -influenced topless outfits to black leather and spiked heels, one thing is constant – the G-strings that accentuate the Girls’ trademark derrières. The lighting is well done and enhances the performances. “I need a cowboy to ride my pony” What more can I say.
The women are agile. They can dance, they can stretch, they can move. When one sings, “You know how I feel,” you do. Granted, some of the numbers are more risque than others. There's a little girl on girl action and a bit of simulated self touching. There's a giant phallus in one scene and some light bondage suggested. All in all, it's not surprising that Crazy Girls has entertained guys and gals for 25 years. It's here to stay. See it at the Riviera. And don't miss the bronze statue outside. It's a custom for visitors to pose with the derrieres. No ifs, ands, or butts.
Crazy Girls classic pose
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
Performances at Riviera Casino & Hotel begin at 9:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are available at www.CrazyGirlsLV.com <http://www.CrazyGirlsLV.com> or at www.Ticketmaster.com <http://www.Ticketmaster.com> .