This week, Ira spoke with Charles Fleischer. To listen to the interview click below.
Stand-up comedian and voice artist Charles Fleischer (best known as the voice of Roger Rabbit), is headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas January 17-20, with show times at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Fleischer talks about his multiple interests as an actor, comedian, artist, musician and scientist; the correlation between science and comedy; his need as an artist to express himself visually; the concept of making it in Hollywood; his comedic inspiration from Groucho Marx and Jonathan Winters; the pop culture impact of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”; and his paper on the nature of gamma ray bursts for Cornell University.
His multi-decade career includes work on stage and on screen. He has appeared in many classic films including, “Back to The Future II,” “ Zodiac,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Night Shift.” Fleischer has built a prolific career of roles in cartoons and feature films in the decades since.
This week, Ira spoke with Tom Warden. To listen to the interview click below.
Tom is senior vice president of community and government relations for Summerlin, the master planned community under development by The Howard Hughes Corporation. He manages media relations as well as government affairs at the local, state and federal levels.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Warden talks about the unique legacy of Howard Hughes; the land swap that protected Red Rock Canyon from development; the urban core of Downtown Summerlin and the impact of the Vegas Golden Knights and the Triple A baseball stadium on it; and the expansion of additional transportation options to the area.
Prior to joining Hughes, Warden served for three years as director of public communications for Clark County. Before that, he was a reporter and news anchor with KLAS-TV, Channel 8 in Las Vegas, earning an Emmy Award for investigative journalism while at the CBS affiliate.
Over the years, Warden has worked with numerous non-profit community organizations and currently serves as vice president of the Vegas PBS board, Chairman of the Get Outdoors Nevada board, Trustee on The Nature Conservancy board, and a member of the Clark County School Community Partnership Council.
Talking With Dee Dee Bridgewater – January 3, 2019
This week, Ira spoke with Dee Dee Bridgewater. To listen to the interview click below.
Grammy and Tony Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater is performing at Aliante Casino and Hotel January 12.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Bridgewater talks about her life in music; how she never made any career decisions because her life just happened; touring as a financial reality if you are a jazz artist; emotion in jazz; why music can unite; and the influence of her father, getting her involved in music as a child when she expressed interest; and why she doesn’t do anything if it doesn’t bring her joy.
Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz.
Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her role as “Glinda” in The Wiz in 1975. Having completed a run as the lead role of Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway production of Lady Day, her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the Off-Broadway and West End Productions of Lady Day, for which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
She was the recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors bestowed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.