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‘Entertainment’

*Business Spotlight* Forever Motor City at the Riviera

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Directed by Broadway veteran Gary Kupper and featuring a cast of brilliant entertainers and former members of legendary Motown musical groups, including The Jones, Main Ingredient, and The Spinners. Forever Motor City offers a non-stop, high-energy trip down memory lane. The iconic Motown sound, featuring the songs America grew up on, will be recreated down to the slightest vocal and musical nuance. Sing, dance and celebrate songs by such American icons as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and more.

*Family friendly.  No age restrictions.  Minors must be accompanied by adult.


Seniors get a 25% discount on VIP Tickets with the code SNR25.

Click HERE for purchase tickets.

*Business Spotlight* Forever Doo Wop at the Riviera

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Starring an all-star, eight-person ensemble of lead singers from some of America’s most influential musical groups.  Forever Doo Wop takes audiences on an unforgettable journey through the exciting history of Doo Wop music. Paying homage to one of America’s most persuasive art forms, Forever Doo Wop is comprised of a series of vignettes and mini concerts, spanning all genres of Doo Wop. Cast credits include Early Clover, Grammy Award-winning singer Jerome Jackson, Tonja Foster and Terrence Forsythe, among others.

*Family friendly.  No age restrictions.  Minors must be accompanied by adult.


Seniors get a 25% discount on VIP Tickets with the code SNR25.

Click HERE for purchase tickets.

Hi-Energy Forever Shows at the Riviera Wows Audiences

A non-stop, high-energy trip down memory lane

By Michael Clark for SDLV Magazine

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Photo courtesy Red Mercury Entertainment

An old Broadway adage says that if delighted crowds bounce out singing the show’s songs, you’ve got a hit. The new Forever Doo Wop and Forever Motor City shows at the classic Riviera Hotel & Casino are both big hits.

I wanted to catch these shows when they first opened last spring. Recently, Donna Rose and I got the opportunity. During its short tenure, I kept reading and hearing good things about the shows. How they really capture the moment. And we were not disappointed one bit. The shows hit home runs on all fronts.

Veteran Broadway Director Gary Kupper brings together a brilliant and talented cast of former members of legendary Motown musical groups including The Spinners, The Main Ingredient and The Marvelettes.

The eight-member cast include Early Clover, who performed for 25 years as the lead singer of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. He is joined by Grammy-nominated singer Jerome Jackson. Tonja Foster, Serena Henry, Terrence D. Forsythe, Gwendolyn Moore Forsythe, and Willie Greene, Jr. bring talent, looks and energy to the ensemble.

Both shows are produced by Red Mercury Entertainment, a live entertainment company that produces and manages shows and showrooms in Las Vegas.

Forever Motor City at 9pm offers a non-stop, high-energy trip down memory lane. The iconic Motown sound, featuring the hit songs we grew up on, is recreated so well it puts everyone into the moment. Songs include such American icons as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and the rest of the renowned Motown roster.

Motown songs performed by the stellar cast include: “For Once in My Life,” “My Girl,” “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Pride and Joy,” and “Stop In The Name of Love,” along with many others.

Both shows really engage the audience. Most of us know these songs and have sang them all a hundred times, and the cast invites everyone to join in, which we thought was great doo wop fun and a finger poppin’ time!

It’s a joy to get together with a crowd of mostly older folks who lived this music and join together to celebrate the greatness of the era. If you have family and friends visiting from out of town this summer, the Forever shows are a guaranteed good time at a modest price.

But don’t wait for company. Get together a group of friends and go some night soon. You’ll feel like a kid again.

That’s because there’s lots of dancing, both onstage and in the crowd. The Forever Do Wop show at 7pm features a trivia contest to keep everybody guessing, and the songs performed throughout the show are true American classics, including: “In the Still of the Night,” “Earth Angel,” “My Prayer,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Maybe,” “Duke of Earl,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” and many more Doo Wop hits.

Donna & I like going to the Riviera because it’s so easy to get there and park. We go to Paradise Road and turn west. Valet and self-parking are back there, and it’s just a short walk into the casino. Your party can get into a Strip property without having to drive on Las Vegas Blvd. Tickets for Forever Doo Wop and Forever Motor City are $39 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission and $59 plus tax and applicable fees for VIP seating. Both 70-minute shows are performed nightly at the Le Bistro Lounge inside the Riviera and tickets to each show are sold separately. Forever Doo Wop begins at 7:00 p.m., and Forever Motor City begins at 9:00 p.m.

All tickets can be purchased at the Riviera Box Office or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Children under 12 are free with adult ticket purchase.

There is a 25% off senior discount on VIP tickets. The code is SNR25.

For more information on the shows and available packages, please visit www.RivieraHotel.com.

 

Da Vinci The Exhibition

About Da Vinci The Exhibitition:

Developed by Aurea Exhibitions and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., Da Vinci The Exhibition is a hands-on examination of Da Vinci’s life, research and art. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-sized inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more.

Throughout the exhibition’s themed galleries, visitors will discover the breadth and scope of da Vinci’s incredibly advanced understanding of science, mathematics, nature, and the relationship between the three. The artist’s intricate designs and extraordinary early concepts are spotlighted, including his design for the helicopter, tank, SCUBA, crane, clock, submarine and his plan for a modern city. Additionally, various multimedia experiences and documentary presentations throughout the space will provide a multitude of supplementary information on da Vinci’s discoveries and creative process.

In addition to da Vinci’s role as an inventor, the exhibition investigates a collection of da Vinci’s most renowned paintings, including some controversial works traditionally attributed to him, but not yet authenticated. Guests will have the opportunity to thoroughly study the artistic mastery behind such works as “Mona Lisa,”“The Last Supper,”“Portrait of a Young Man,”“Virgin of the Rocks,”“St. John the Baptist” and more.

Now running through the end of the year.

 

This Saturday: Exclusive Philharmonic Discount!

The Las Vegas Philharmonic and The Smith Center invites SDLV readers to this Saturday’s performance of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Click on the link below to purchase exclusive $15 tickets!

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Two Masterworks that we have not performed for 10 years feature in our RISING STAR concert on Sat March 8th – Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 to be performed by multi award-winning German pianist Alexander Schimpf & Sibelius’s Second Symphony. David Lockington returns to conduct.

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Exclusive SDLV Discount for “Casablanca” at the Smith Center!

Spend a romantic Saturday afternoon at The Smith Center with this dynamic new presentation of the timeless classic featuring the full-length film screened with Max Steiner’s lush orchestral score performed live by the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

SDLV is working together with the Las Vegas Phil to bring to exclusive $15 tickets to the Saturday, February 15th matinee. These tickets sell for between $46 and $64 normally–an over 50% discount! Simply click on the link below or call the Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 and give them the code “SDLV.”

 

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March 1st: The 3rd Annual Spotlight Spectacular

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CES Seeks Product Reviews from Boomer Panel

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an internationally renowned technology tradeshow that brings innovation and tourists flooding into Las Vegas each year. The latest in electronics—from high definition TVs to the smallest microcomputers—are on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center, giving convention goers an exclusive glimpse into the products of tomorrow.

Beyond the flash and glimmer of luxury goods, several companies exhibiting at CES have developed products specifically for consumers over the age of 55. These companies were highlightedat this years convention as a part of the 2014 Silvers Summit—a series of panels dedicating to informing the Baby Boomer generation about new technologies.

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“The 50+ IT List,” a panel at this year’s Silvers Summit, brought together local members of AARP and tech innovators for an opportunity to educate the public. In a fun “showdown” style format moderated by Jeff Makowka, Senior Strategic Advisor for AARP, the ten delegates heard presentations from four companies offering new products for both healthcare professionals and the older consumer. The delegates, who earlier in the day walked the convention floor for a hands-on experience with new products, asked questions of the company representatives before voting on which products they liked most.

Local members of AARP review the latest technology.

Local members of AARP review the latest technology.

AARP delegates heard presentations from the following companies

Kindoma – An iOS app that allows grandparents to read storybooks with grandchildren via video chat.

Panasonic – Offering a new app that allows caretakers and relatives to communicate with a loved one as well as displaying important information like a daily schedule.

GreatCall, Inc. – Jitterbug, a cellphone and monitoring system for older people. The phone sends notifications to a caretaker or relative for greater connectivity.

Breezie – A new tablet device for older people that simplifies the visual experience and device operation.

The panel asked several questions of the company representatives, ranging from which platforms the products were available on to security concerns. Of the four companies, Kindoma and Breezie received the most votes from the panel as well as receiving the most applause from the audience.

The votes are in!

The votes are in!

For this local, it was heartwarming to see the openness with which CES, AARP, and the technology companies received the aging community. We hope to see more Boomer/Senior-related events like “The 50+ IT List” not only at CES, but at all similar tradeshows. These products, as well as many more coming in the future, benefit from the advice and criticism of mature, experienced consumers.

Top Innovators to Pitch Tech-Savvy Boomers at CES

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Nevada AARP members to judge “The 50+ IT List” product showdown, explore latest technologies at the world’s top consumer tech trade show

Las Vegas, Nevada – What’s on the horizon for tech-savvy baby boomers? A group of Nevada AARP members will explore that question at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 7 as they embark on special tours of the convention floor and serve as judges for “The 50+ IT list” – a fun, interactive competition between developers pitching their tech innovations in front of a live audience.

Technology is shaping the way that baby boomers connect, conduct business and experience life.  Boomers are also spending more on technology than any other age group – exploring health and fitness innovations, home security and road safety applications, home entertainment and more.   Nevada is currently home to more than one million residents age 50 and over.

Dozens of technology companies exhibiting at CES – including Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, ADT, BMW Group Designworks USA, Qualcomm Life, Lively, GreatCall and Independa – will take part in the event’s Silvers Summit,  showcasing ways they are meeting the challenges to create products and services for the 50+ audience.   An associated product competition – “The 50+ IT List” – a live “showdown” challenging innovators to present their best pitches of hot new products – will be judged by a panel of local AARP members.  “The “50+ IT List” will take place at 1:55 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity for a great group of Nevadans to not only get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest technologies – but also to evaluate and share feedback on what’s going to be interesting – and most useful – to them,” said Carla Sloan, state director for AARP Nevada.  “The 50+ age group represents a tremendous market for tech innovators – and those innovators should be prepared to hear our members tell it like it is.”

November 9: Living Better Expo

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