Talking With Mike Weatherford – August 29, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Las Vegas Review-Journal entertainment writer Mike Weatherford . To listen to the interview click below.

Mike Weatherford is the entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which he joined in 1987. He reviews Las Vegas shows and headliners on Friday in the Neon section of the R-J, and his entertainment column appears Sunday and Thursday in the Living section of the paper. Mike is the author of “Cult Vegas,” a look at the mystique of the entertainment capital of the world. He is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter.

On Twitter: @Mikeweatherford



Talking With Billy Stritch – August 22, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Billy Stritch . To listen to the interview click below.

Grammy-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist Billy Stritch will be performing “Billy Stritch sings the Mel Tormé Songbook” at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 at 7 p.m.

Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. Although he hails from Sugar Land, Texas he has made New York his home for more than 29 years. His most recent Broadway credit was as musical supervisor and pianist for Liza Minnelli’s Tony Award winning show “Liza’s At The Palace” for which he also reconceived the vocal arrangements of the legendary Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers.

In addition to his 22-year association with Liza, Billy also accompanies and arranges for Linda Lavin, Marilyn Maye, and Paulo Szot. On stage, he originated the role of Oscar the rehearsal pianist in the 2001 Broadway revival of “42nd Street,” performing the role for 488 performances. He also performed in and created the arrangements for “The Best Is Yet To Come – The Music of Cy Coleman” at New York’s 59E59 Theater off-Broadway in 2011.

Recordings include “Jazz Live,” “Waters of March – the Brazilian Album,” “Sunday In New York” with Christine Ebersole, “Dreaming of a Song – the Music of Hoagy Carmichael” with Klea Blackhurst, and Linda Lavin’s debut CD release, “Possibilities.”

His latest solo release is “Billy Stritch Sings Mel Tormé,” a salute he will be performing at the Smith Center.



Talking With Maddog Mattern and Shuli Egar – August 15, 2013

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Photo by Jason Simms

This week, Ira spoke with comedians Maddog Mattern and Shuli Egar. To listen to the interview click below.

Shuli Egar and Maddog Mattern (right)  will be performing in Downtown Las Vegas at the Backstage Bar and Billiards, Saturday, August 24th at 9 p.m. See link below for ticket information.

Maddog, before he started headlining New York’s best comedy clubs, touring the country with the One Mic Comedy Tour and the Ronnie Mund Block Party, and appearing on a weekly sports argument show on MSG called “The Bracket,” was a young comedian trying to get Las Vegas barflies to listen to him.

Shuli, born and raised in the Los Angeles valley, made a minor pit stop in Arizona before packing his things and heading to Las Vegas to begin his comedy crash course.
It was his drive to learn performing and his joining the Howard Stern show, first as a caller, than as a staffer, that set Shuli on a comedy career course.



Talking With Valerie Miller – August 8, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Journalist Valerie Miller. To listen to the interview click below.

Valerie Miller is a journalist based in Southern Nevada, and writes for media outlets including Bloomberg News, the New York Daily News, the Henderson Press and BLVDS Magazine.

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate, she was previously also a reporter for the Las Vegas Business Press and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and contributed to the Agency French Press.

Miller was recently named the Small Business Administration Nevada’s Michael Graham Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner, and she has won journalism awards from the Nevada Press Association for her coverage of the local business community.

She was previously honored as the Outstanding Journalist for Nevada by the Nevada Press Association, as well as being named a “Leading Ladies of Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Woman Magazine.



Talking With Heidi Knapp Rinella – August 1, 2013

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(Heidi does not publish her picture so she can review restaurants without being identified)

This week, Ira spoke with Heidi Knapp Rinella . To listen to the interview click below.

Las Vegas Review-Journal restaurant critic Heidi Knapp Rinella reviews restaurants on Friday in the Neon section of the newspaper, and her column, “Taste of the Town,” appears on Wednesday in the Living/Taste section.

Rinella has worked for newspapers in Ohio, Florida and Nevada and has published a number of Las Vegas and Nevada travel books including “Personal Favorites: The Chefs of Las Vegas” and “The Stardust of Yesterday: Reflections On A Las Vegas Legend.”