Located on Fremont Street, right at the gateway to the Fremont East Entertainment District, Don’t Tell Mama is well situated to attract downtowners looking for live entertainment. A black and white checkerboard floor sets the tone, with ample tables and half-booths lining the walls, plus red velour drapes that hang around the large space. But the bar’s real draw is the grand piano, elevated on a small stage, from which singing bartenders and accompanists perform nightly. Patrons can make song requests and sing along with the waitstaff if they so choose. Or, better yet, get onstage themselves to perform renditions of Broadway show tunes, pop, rock, country, cabaret or any other song that comes to mind (and can be cued up from Don’t Tell Mama’s voluminous music files). There’s no cover but an enforced one drink minimum, so be prepared to spend some cash.
During the concert extravaganza of the Country Superstars Tribute, four talented singers team up with a five-piece band to celebrate twangy legends such as Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson in a posh, 600-seat concert hall. After a collection of songs from Reba McEntire's Grammy-winning oeuvre, a Tim McGraw tribute artist culls from the star's 32 No. 1 hits, from the rascally "I Like It, I Love It" to a musical rendition of Munch's The Scream. In addition to mastering singers' tale-spinning vocals, tribute artists also capture their signature styles, from Kenny Chesney's signature cowboy hat to Reba's ubiquitous propeller beanie.
The annual Las Vegas Film Festival, which is hosted at the Hilton Theater in the Las Vegas Hilton, illuminates screens with the flickering glow of Oscar-winning features, world premieres, and award-winning independent films from around the world. Mingle with movie mavens using the VIP all-access festival pass, which grants cinephiles priority admittance to three days' worth of films, short-film blocks, panels and seminars hosted by filmmakers, and award ceremonies. Alternatively, the all-day film pass admits guests to all films shown in a single day, including feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, and alternate endings to Alfred Hitchcock's third-grade piano recital.
Greg London's impressions of famous musicians and pop-culture legends have earned him the consternation and begrudging respect of celebrities worldwide. Set to the tune of fast-paced music and his own booming singing voice, London lampoons famed figures such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colorfully costumed dancers flank the brightly lit stage as London dons the signature threads of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other staples of the music and the office-supplies industries. Listen to London's personality-recreating skills and guitar-tickling abilities from premium, midlevel seats while admiring Shimmer Cabaret's sparkly gold curtains, crisscrossed lighting, and intimate atmosphere.
In the intimate showroom of the Shimmer Cabaret, two comedians will take the stage to rile audiences with laughter during the Icons of Comedy Series. Hal Sparks performs May 25–29 with a bevy of quick-witted quips and side-splitting observations. Known for his five seasons as Michael Novotny on the Showtime program Queer as Folk, Sparks initially honed his humor prowess and sharpened his comedy swords at Chicago's renowned Second City, which denies any knowledge of the first city's whereabouts. Since then, he's appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, and has been a guest on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Live, and The Tonight Show.
The first Bonkerz Comedy Club was founded in Wisconsin in 1984, when nightclub-owning brothers Joe and John Sanfelippo and best friend George Maltezos decided that it was more fun and less of a hassle to book comedians than musicians. Nearly 30