Sunday, November 21, 2004
Went to the bond concert last night, after interviewing them in the studio. wow. picture to be uploaded soon.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Have some friends in from Dallas and should have a blast! They’re at the MGM and know that we’ll work in drinks, cigars and babes.
Had a nice interview with Steven Mercurio and yesterday’s talk with Olga Kern was just plain fun. I’ll get a link up for the interview soon; both will air next week.
[note the article below is set to be printed 11-18-04, so it refers to concerts that actually haven’t taken place.]
Vienna or Vixens?
Just last weekend Andrea Bocelli performed at Mandalay Bay with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and on the same night Pianist Olga Kern played with the touring Warsaw Philharmonic in Hamm Hall. This weekend another double dose of concert dilemma occurs when the Las Vegas Philharmonic plays their second subscription concert, "Memoirs From Vienna" and Bond, a string quartet of “beautiful babes…sex appeal and sensational music” [from their press release] are playing at House of Blues.
How do you decide which to attend? John Clare* compiled this list of factors:
1. Memories of Vienna
2. Take your loved one
3. 85 Local musicians
4. Beverages in the lobby
5. Tickets $25-$66
6. Classical music
7. Unplugged (Acoustic)
8. Hunks (Conductor Weller, Soloists Caplan, Bernatis and Foster)
11. House of Blue hairs
2. Take the gang
3. 4 Visiting musicians
4. Beverages during the concert
5. Tickets $20-$27
7. Electric & acoustic
9. Mo’ zart
10. Beat often?
11. House of Blues
Who said there’s nothing classical or cultural to do in Sin City? (or culturally sinful at the same time?!)
*John Clare is president of the LV Chamber Music Society and Classical Program Manager at Nevada Public Radio. He recently won two EMAs for Best Radio Show and On-air Talent.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
I’ll interview Olga Kern this morning before her LV appearance next weekend and waiting on hearing back from Steven Mercurio before he comes to conduct the Bocelli concert - also next weekend. I’ll catch the dress rehearsal of Olga with the Warsaw Phil as there is a Paella party planned at a friend’s house in CanyonGate.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Oddly enough, same night as the next LV Philharmonic concert. Decisions, decisions…
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
We went there after the fundraiser for the Nevada School of the Arts annual “feast” (one of the best meals, I enjoy it completely – and they have great entertainment to boot!) all on Saturday October 23rd. I also ended up winning a silent auction item, a basket with all sorts of great Chinese picnic items – very fun (and hopefully useful in the future!) One of the odd events that evening was a mysterious flu at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, where the event always takes place.
I enjoyed a La Gloria Cubana Cuban cigar out on the patio of Ra Sushi and talked with several young ladies in the “smoking” section before we started dancing. Then their boyfriends came over. They asked if I wanted to come with them to the Venetian for more drinking but as it was the day after our pledge drive, I passed (plus, hey they had boyfriends! Sheesh!)
No lines today voting at my precinct. I thanked the volunteers – just like the radio station, it’s always a good thing to tell people that you appreciate them – that just doesn’t happen often enough! It was a pretty day, I ended up walking the four blocks to the school from the station (just around the corner) and had lunch with a friend at “Triple Play” – one of the cheapest, grooviest sports bars that I know.