Mac King to Perform at Vegas Valley Book Festival

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Mac King to Perform at Vegas Valley Book Festival
Performance in honor of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour encouraging the importance of reading

Saturday, Oct. 18, comedy-magician Mac King will perform at the 13th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival to celebrate reading and literacy. The Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place at the Historic Fifth St. School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas.

In representation of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, King will celebrate reading and literacy by taking photos with event-goers and doing an autograph signing, as well as performing in the Storytelling Tent. Additionally, children and adults alike are invited to King’s booth where books and other merchandise from his award-winning show at Harrah’s Las Vegas will be available. At the festival, King’s schedule for appearances is:

·     12:05 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. – Storytelling Tent
·     12:45 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. – Autograph Signing
·     1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Stage Performance

Attendees are encouraged to donate new or gently used children’s books at King’s booth, kicking off King’s annual book drive. Attendees have the choice to donate three new or gently used books to receive two passes to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show, or five new or gently used books to receive four passes to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show.

To conclude Mac King’s “Why Reading is Magical” essay contest, three winning fifth-grade students will join King on stage to read their essays.

About Mac King:
Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah’s Las Vegas, comedy-magician Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleight-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike.

Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and all five of NBC’s “The World’s Greatest Magic” TV specials. King is consistently praised by fellow magicians. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, called King “The best comedy magician in Vegas. He’ll fool you with his fantastically original tricks…” His numerous accolades include “Best Las Vegas Show” in the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal named his show the “Best Bargain Show” for 10 straight years (2003-2013), “Best Family Attraction” in 2012, and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” in 2008. In 2011, he was deemed “Best Strip Headliner” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s “Best Of” Awards. King also has been voted as Magic Magazine’s “Funniest Act in Magic,” the World Magic Awards’ “Best Comedy Magician” and the Magic Castle’s “Magician of the Year.”

King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are between $30 and $45, plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com.

Friend King on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mackingshow
Follow Mac King Show on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mackingshow (@mackingshow)
Find The Mac King Comedy Magic Show on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-mac-king-comedy-magic-show-las-vegas

About Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour:
Comedy-magician Mac King has been a life-long advocate for childhood literacy. Since settling down in Las Vegas, he has made it his mission to promote literacy in Southern Nevada.

For years King has visited local elementary schools, spreading the importance of literacy to local students. In 2011, King decided to take his philanthropic efforts to the next level and launched Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy initiative to foster the love of reading and rally community organizations to raise books for Las Vegas school children.

The tour kicked off during Nevada Reading Week 2011 and since then has collected more than 10,000 books by partnering with several local organizations including Las Vegas Wranglers, Springs Preserve, Winder Farms, Sky Zone Las Vegas, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Las Vegas 51s baseball team.
About the Vegas Valley Book Festival:
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, scheduled Oct. 16-18, is the largest literary event in Las Vegas. Now in its 13th year, the festival is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the producing partners: the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV; the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Nevada Humanities; and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org or follow on Twitter @VVBookFestival.

Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, in Partnership with The Public Education Foundation, Announces “Why Reading is Magical” Essay Contest

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Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, in Partnership with The Public Education Foundation, Announces “Why Reading is Magical” Essay Contest

Essay contest involving fifth grade students across the Clark County School District to enhance their passion for reading

Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, in Partnership with The Public Education Foundation, Announces “Why Reading is Magical” Essay Contest

Harrah’s Comedy-Magician Mac King and The Public Education Foundation announce an essay contest involving all Clark County School District fifth grade students. The essay challenge, “Why Reading is Magical”, will kick off this year’s Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour. The contest hopes to encourage young students’ passion for reading.

“Early on my grandfather passed along his love of books and reading,” says King. “I noticed pretty quickly that everyone I met who was a happy, successful adult loved to read. I look forward to hearing how reading makes these student’s lives magical.”

Each student is to turn in their essay by the end of Friday, October 3, to be reviewed by three judges. Once judged, three students will be selected as the first-, second-, and third-place winners. All three winning students will be given the chance to present their essays on stage with Mac King at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on Thursday, October 18, located at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas. The first-place winner, along with his/her entire fifth grade class, will be awarded a trip to see The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s. This will include a meet-and-greet and photos with Mac King after the show.

Students can either email or mail their entries. If emailed, essays are to be sent to essay@preferredpublicrelations.com by October 3 at 11:59 p.m. If mailed, all essays are to be sent to 2630 S. Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 and postmarked by October 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Launched in 2011, Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour is in its fourth year of providing reading opportunities to local elementary school students. As well as performing at various schools across the valley, Mac King has created a book drive as the heart of the Literacy Tour, collecting and distributing more than 10,000 books. These books are gathered with the goal of making sure each student in the Clark County School District has at least one book of his or her very own.

About Mac King:
Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Comedy-Magician Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing sleights-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike.

Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and all five of NBC’s “The World’s Greatest Magic” TV specials. King is consistently praised by fellow magicians. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, called King “The best comedy magician in Vegas. He’ll fool you with his fantastically original tricks…” His numerous accolades include “Best Las Vegas Show” in the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal named his show the “Best Bargain Show” for ten straight years (2003-2013), “Best Family Attraction” in 2012, and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” in 2008. In 2011, he was deemed “Best Strip Headliner” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s “Best Of” Awards. King has also been voted as Magic Magazine’s “Funniest Act in Magic,” the World Magic Awards’ “Best Comedy Magician” and the Magic Castle’s “Magician of the Year.”

King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre.  Tickets are between $30.00 and $45.00 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com.

Friend Mac King on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mackingshow
Follow Mac King Show on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mackingshow
Find The Mac King Comedy Magic Show on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-mac-king-comedy-magic-show-las-vegas

About Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour:
Comedy-Magician Mac King has been a life-long advocate for childhood literacy and since settling down in Las Vegas, has made it his mission to promote literacy in Southern Nevada.

For years King has visited local elementary schools, spreading the importance of literacy to local students. In 2011 King decided to take his philanthropic efforts to the next level and launched Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy initiative to foster the love of reading and rally community organizations to raise books for Las Vegas school children.

The tour kicked off during Nevada Reading Week 2011 and since then has collected more than 10,000 books by partnering with several local organizations including: Las Vegas Wranglers, Springs Preserve, Winder Farms, Sky Zone Las Vegas, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Las Vegas 51’s Baseball Team.

About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation, founded in 1991, continues to drive change and improve outcomes through educational programs that support literacy, learning, leadership, the arts and sustainability. For more information about the Foundation, go to thepef.org. “Like” us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ThePublicEducationFoundation. “Follow” us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ThePEFOutLoud.

 

 

Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada Presents Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival – 2011

 

Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada Presents Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival – 2011

JCC of Southern Nevada to Partner with Las Vegas Valley Book Festival

 

The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada (JCCSN) presents its Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 20, as well as a selection of featured authors continuing to come throughout 2012.  This year’s Festival will partner with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and will take place at several locations throughout Las Vegas and Henderson.
 
“We are incredibly pleased to join forces with Vegas Valley Book Festival and bring this prestigious group of Jewish authors to Las Vegas.  It’s exciting to know that this event has found a niche in our local literary scene,” said Richard Frankoff, JCCSN Board President.
 
Festival authors’ books run the gamut from cookbooks and Israeli dancing to a real- life Jewish James Bond. All lectures are free to attend and are open to the public. Signed books are available for purchase after each lecture/discussion.
 
Festival Schedule
Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM
Max Brooks – How to Survive a Zombie Attack
Clark County Library, Main Theater (1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas)
Presented by: Vegas Valley Book Festival (Opening Keynote Speaker)
The son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Brooks began his career writing for “Saturday Night Live.” He has written “The Zombie Survival Guide,” a book explaining how to survive an impending zombie apocalypse and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks,” a graphic novel depicting several Zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. Brooks also authored the “New York Times” bestseller, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” Paramount Pictures has acquired the movie rights and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, will produce the film, which will star Pitt. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.  
 
Sunday, November 6 at 12:15 PM
Avrom Honig – Feed Me Bubbe: Recipes and Wisdom from America’s Favorite Online Grandmother
Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St., Las Vegas)
Co-Presented by: Dr. Saul & Juli-Ann Ruben and Vegas Valley Book Festival’s Feasting on Words Literature and Food Fair
Join Avrom Honig as he shares his heartwarming stories about growing up in an Orthodox household, life lessons and memories- all told through his Bubbe’s famous kosher recipes.  Honig, a broadcast journalism graduate, is the creator of the most popular kosher cooking show on the Internet and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ABC world News, The Boston Globe, PBS’ FRONTLINE, “digital-nation” and a weekly show on JLTV.
 
Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 PM
Judith Brin Ingber – Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance
Adelson Educational Campus (9700 West Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas)
Also morning sessions with UNLV Dance Department Students
Choreographer, dancer and scholar Judith Brin Ingber takes readers on a journey through the evolution of Israeli and Jewish dance over 2,000 years. Showcasing a range of essays, photographs, illustrations, and film stills featuring a variety of traditions and communities Israel and the Diaspora, she shows how religious ritual, community folk dance and choreographed performance collectively illustrate the vitality, necessity and continuity of dance in Judaism over generations.
 
Sunday, November 13 at 11 AM
Joseph Gelman – Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Michan
Midbar Kodesh Temple (1940 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson)
This is the true story of Arnon Milchan, former Israeli spy and famed Hollywood producer responsible for 110 films, including Pretty Woman, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Marley and Me. It is a story of a secret agent, of nuclear proliferation, billion-dollar high-tech defense transactions, ideology, patriotism, love, heartbreak, and the awe inspiring Hollywood career of a mysterious mogul. The book and authors have been featured in the press internationally including The New York Times, FOX news, Ha’artez and The Jerusalem Post.

Sunday, November 20 at 10:30 AM
Mark Ribowsky – Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports
Congregation Ner Tamid (55 North Valle Verde Dr., Henderson)
Presented by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Mark Ribowsky explores one of the most controversial and recognizable figures in American sports history, Howard Cosell.  Famous for “telling it like it is,” Cosell covered some of the world’s greatest athletes and sporting events spanning three decades, from Muhammad Ali to the tragedy in Munich. His life is presented as part of an American panorama, examining racism, anti-Semitism, alcoholism, and other sensitive themes.  Ribowsky reveals Cosell’s endless complexities, shedding as much light about the explosive commercialization of sports as it does about this much-neglected media giant.

 More authors to be confirmed at a later date. Sponsorships are still available; please call the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada 794-0090.

The JCCSN appreciates the generosity of sponsors including: Vegas Valley Book Festival, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Jewish Book Council, Las Vegas Sands Foundation, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, David Magazine, Bransky Family, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, Dubowsky Family, Shimon and Bev Ron, and Dr. Saul & Juli-Ann Ruben.

About the JCC of Southern Nevada
The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada is a 501(c)(3) and is dedicated to providing Jewish culture and identity to all ages and backgrounds with quality events and programs.  The JCCSN is a proud collaborative partner and beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. The JCC facility was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas for the capital improvements and renovation of the building as well as a significant grant providing financial resources to help the JCCSN with start up costs associated with the new location.
 
For more information on the JCCSN, please visit www.jccsn.org or call 794-0090.
 
About the LVVBF
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literary event in Las Vegas, takes place November 3-6, 2011, with most events scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School. Now in its tenth year, the festival was founded on the simple premise of bringing together those who write books and those who love to read them. Over four days, the festival brings together 100 authors in a series of panel discussions, readings, book signings and workshops. On Saturday, November 5, the festival presents the Comic Book Festival at the Clark County Library and the Children’s Book Festival at Centennial Plaza at the Fifth Street School. The festival hosts an expansive Young Adult Literature program featuring 18 acclaimed teen authors. On Sunday, November 6, the festival presents Feasting on Words, the literature and food fair, with celebrated Chef Rick Moonen and ten other renowned local chefs offering tastings from wood fired grills. New this year is a collaboration with the Jewish Book Festival that will feature a number of cosponsored events. Over 14,000 people are expected to attend festival programs, including a series of pre-festival events that take place in September and October. Most all events are free and open to the public.
 
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; AIGA Las Vegas Chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.