Kristen Hertzenberg Conjures Spellbound for Smith Center Return – Sept. 27

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Kristen Hertzenberg conjures Spellbound for Smith Center return

Celebrated singer performs two shows at Cabaret Jazz September 27


– She dazzled musical-goers as Christine in Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular. She delighted listeners with pianist Philip Fortenberry on her 2011 album Holidays from the Heart. She charmed critics like Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes, who called her “a graceful performer whose voice is at once lilting and limitless,” and Desert Companion magazine, which named her Best Torch Singer earlier this year. Now Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on September 27 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Backed by an eight-piece band, Hertzenberg unveils Spellbound, a love-haunted set of blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country.

In Spellbound, Hertzenberg takes the audience on a journey, weaving diverse songs into a rich, lyrically driven narrative of obsession and longing. Indeed, Hertzenberg’s newest show marks another compelling turn by the Texas-born singer who grew up listening to hip-hop before going on to earn a master’s in Opera Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spellbound is a show that displays the depth of her astonishing talent. It’s a love letter addressed to anyone who enjoys diverse music rendered with elegance, precision, and affection—every note sealed with a fervent kiss.

Hertzenberg always surrounds herself with Las Vegas’ finest performers. Her stellar band includes Martin Kaye, an award-winning British singer/songwriter and piano man who currently stars as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, who recently released his second album, and whom Vegas Seven magazine named Best Actor in their 2013 Best of the City issue. Also in the band is Benjamin D. Hale, currently portraying Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet after a six-year run in Phantom. Hale just released his debut album with his own country/blues/rock band, the Crimson Balladeers. Other band members include George Bryant on drums, Joel Ferguson on pedal steel, Steve Flora on bass, Pablo Gadda on guitar, and vocalists Lisa Davis and Jolana Sampson.

Tickets are $29-45 and are available at For more information call 702-749-2000.

Video clip of Kristen at Cabaret Jazz:


Kristen Hertzenberg

Photos: Golden Rainbow’s 26th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Production Stuns Audience With Unforgettable Performances June 24

stuns audience with unforgettable performances june 24
Production raises more than $200,000 to assist HIV/AIDS community, exceeds last year by $50,000

Celebrating 26 years of service to Southern Nevada’s HIV/AIDS community, Golden Rainbow presented its annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 24.

Approximately 1,630 attendees filled the breathtaking Reynolds Hall as 380 performers from the best Strip shows and entertainment companies took the stage in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Hosted by 8 News Now anchor Chris Saldaña and appropriately themed “Ovations,” this year’s acts included performers from Vegas! The Show in “Ovations of Josephine Baker,” Broadway in the Hood with “Circle of Life,” Jubilee! in “Sing, Sing, Swing,” Las Vegas Tenors’ rendition of “Rock of Ages,” Clint Holmes with “Suite from Porgy and Bess,” performers from PEEPSHOW, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas and Centrifuge teamed up for “In the Heights,” The Las Vegas City Ballet along with performers from Jubilee!, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Nevada Ballet Theatre with a medley from “West Side Story,” and many more. A few of the numbers wowed the crowd to standing ovations. Special guests including KSNE Sunny 106.5’s Melanie Myers and Zach Dillon, Golden Globe-winning actress and Grammy-nominated singer Pia Zadora, and actor Danny Pintauro joined in on the action, introducing select acts throughout the show. For the second consecutive year, Freed’s Bakery helped Golden Rainbow celebrate with a three-tiered cake donned with red draping, gold flowers and pearls made from icing.

This year’s record-breaking show raised more than $200,000. In addition to the onstage spectacular, Golden Rainbow hosted a silent auction with exclusive prizes such as vacation packages, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, designer handbags, show tickets, dinner packages, one-of-a-kind art and more. The auction raised $17,000. All proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the organization’s Direct Financial Assistance and Affordable Housing Programs.

The 2011 production drew around 1,150 guests and raised approximately $150,000. As a result of last year’s fundraising efforts, the nonprofit provided 7,413 nights of shelter, 1,178 days of utility assistance, 1,620 days of transportation and medical and dental assistance to more than 500 households.

The 2013 “Ribbon of Life” spectacular is set to return to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30. For more information on Golden Rainbow or to order copies of this year’s “Ribbon of Life,” please visit

About Golden Rainbow
class=”MsoNormal”>Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit or call 702.384.2899.


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Photo credit: David Tingey

Golden Rainbow Presents 26th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Spectacular at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts June 24


WHAT: Golden Rainbow presents its 26th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraiser at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 24.

WHO:   Hosted by 8 News NOW anchor Chris Saldaña, this year’s show includes Broadway in the Hood, performers from Centrifuge, Chippendales, Clint Holmes, Dancing Queen, performers from David Saxe Productions, performers from Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, George Wallace, Jubilee!, Las Vegas City Ballet, Las Vegas Deaf Theatre, Las Vegas Men’s Chorus, Mo5aic, Nevada Ballet Theatre, performers from PEEPSHOW, performers from Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Reva Rice and the cast of VEGAS! The Show, performers from RagTag Entertainment, performers from Searcy Entertainment, Showgirls Across America, Spirit of the Dance, The Asian Pacific Performing Arts Alliance, The Desert Angels Gospel Choir, The Las Vegas Tenors, performers from Viva Elvis and more.

Sunday, June 24
1 p.m.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106

DETAILS: Golden Rainbow’s “Ribbon of Life” is a completely original show unlike any other in the city, giving guests the opportunity to fight for a cause and get a taste of exclusive Las Vegas local and headlining acts. The spectacular is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue. All proceeds directly benefit the nonprofit’s Direct Financial Assistance and Affordable Housing programs.

The “Ribbon of Life” silent auction is now available and features show tickets, vacation packages, gift cards, jewelry and more at  Bidding is open to the public and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.

TICKETS:Tickets start at $38 and are available for purchase at, and The Smith Center box office at 702.749.2000.

ABOUT GOLDEN RAINBOW: Celebrating 25 years of service to the Southern Nevada area, Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit or call 702.384.2899.

Photo: 2012 Miss America Contestants Enjoy Phantom

Fifty three of the most talented, intelligent and beautiful women vying for the title of 2012 Miss America pose on stage at Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular with cast members Anthony Crivello (“The Phantom”), Kristi Holden (“Christine”) and Andrew Ragone (“Raoul”). The 2012 Miss America contestants kick-off a full schedule including preliminary competitions (interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent and evening wear), culminating in the live telecast on ABC, Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m.




Evening highlights include $2,000 couples shopping spree, Q&A session with the power couple and fashion’s top must-haves!


On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, in partnership with The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, will host an only-in-Vegas Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) event. Celebrity power couple, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, will guide guests through the season’s most talked about fashion tips and trends — a tell-all worth attending. The festivities kick-off in style at 6 p.m. on level two of The Shoppes at The Palazzo near Chloè and Piazza Sempione.

“Bill and I are thrilled to host Fashion’s Night Out at The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. It’s no secret that fashion is a passion of mine and Las Vegas retail ranks among the best. The city is home to many of the world’s top designer brands and The Shoppes at The Palazzo is easily one of my favorite places to indulge in some retail therapy,” said the “E! News” and “Fashion Police” host and Style Network reality star, Giuliana Rancic. “Barneys New York, Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin are just a few of the designers on board. We look forward to a successful Fashion’s Night Out — Vegas style!”


Notable evening highlights include a drawing for a $2,000 couples shopping spree with the hosts. The first 100 lucky attendees will receive a signed copy of Giuliana and Bill’s book, “I Do, Now What?” Other FNO festivities include Kiss & Tell Lipstick Readings, in-store shopping incentives, trunk shows and more.


Throughout the weekend — Sept. 8-Sept. 11 — The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian are also offering a chance to register to win a trip for two to Hawaii, complete with a $500 shopping spree at Ala Moana Center and a four-day three-night stay in a one-bedroom partial ocean view suite at Trump Waikiki. Additional shopping incentives include complimentary show tickets to “Jersey Boys” or “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular,” when you spend $500 or more with receipts valid Sept. 8-11.


For additional information, to register for a chance to win the couples shopping spree and fashionable updates, check us out on Facebook at


About The Shoppes at The Palazzo: The 450,000-square-foot retail component of The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino is one of Las Vegas’ finest destination luxury retail centers. Anchored by Barneys New York and featuring more than 60 of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands, The Shoppes at The Palazzo caters to the trend-setting fashion elite and is home to many fashion “firsts” to Nevada. Names like Diane von Furstenberg, Chloé, Christian Louboutin, Catherine Malandrino, Michael Kors, Poleci, Tory Burch, Thomas Pink, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget are just a few stand-outs in what is the country’s most impressive collection of luxury brands under one roof.


About The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian: The 500,000-square-foot shopping center located inside The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and connected via pedestrian walkways to The Palazzo and The Shoppes, boasts 80 upscale boutiques, luxury stores and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Names like Kenneth Cole, Paige Premium Denim, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger, Swarovski and Peter Lik Gallery create an unparalleled luxury retail environment, while many of the restaurants are headed by famous celebrity chefs, including Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill, Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse, Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Brasseri, Mario Batali’s OTTO Pizzeria and Gianpaolo Putzu’s Canaletto.


The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Shoppes at The Palazzo are owned and/or managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. GGP is one of the nation’s largest shopping center owners. GGP has ownership and management interest in 166 regional and super regional shopping malls in 43 states. The company portfolio totals 169 million square feet of space. A publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), GGP is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.


With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards” for two consecutive years, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. The Shoppes at The Palazzo feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Catherine Malandrino and Anya Hindmarch. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys;” the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo — an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities including private champagne check in, packing and unpacking services, exclusive bath and pillow menus, complimentary cocktail reception and more. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzolasvegas and interact on Facebook at


The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular,” “Blue Man Group,” showroom headliners including David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at


About Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On September 8, 2011, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and over 100 cities nationwide to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. In the United States, the program is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. For more information visit, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@fnonyc, #FNO).