Talking With Randall Cannon – February 28, 2019

Talking With Randall Cannon – February 28, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Randall Cannon. To listen to the interview click below.

Randall Cannon is author of “Stardust International Raceway, Motorsports Meets the Mob in Vegas, 1965-1971,” a look at a unique intersection of historic forces, the biggest racing names of the era and a venue that remains but a memory for many.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Cannon talks about his childhood connection to the raceway; the untold story that took three years to research; his exclusive interview with Irwin Molasky, one of the key people involved with the project; and his first interview, after starting the book, with Mario Andretti.

Cannon is a former motocross racer and a lifelong motorsports enthusiast. He grew up in rustic 1960’s Las Vegas and attended numerous professional and local race events at the long-shuttered Stardust International Raceway.

Returning to the Las Vegas Valley in 2010, Cannon pondered the history of the raceway, and the void of readily available information. He began to put together the pieces of the first authoritative study of Stardust International Raceway, published by McFarland Books.

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Talking With Steve Bornfeld – February 21, 2019

Talking With Steve Bornfeld – February 21, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Steve Bornfeld. To listen to the interview click below.

Steve Bornfeld is managing editor of the new Las Vegas Newswire, a website that showcases people and institutions active in tourism in Southern Nevada, and how they contribute to the area itself.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Bornfeld talks about his decision to move here; the launch of Las Vegas Newswire, a website that showcases people and institutions active in tourism in Southern Nevada; the contributions they make to the area itself; how stories are developed and covered; and the uniqueness of Las Vegas in terms of entertainment, gaming, and sports.

Originally from The Bronx, N.Y., Steve Bornfeld is a veteran journalist, having spent 35 years in daily newspapers and magazines in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and, for the past 22 years, in Las Vegas.

As an entertainment/feature writer, editor and columnist, his work has appeared in the New York Post, the Boston Herald, the Hollywood Reporter and the Gannett and Hearst newswires, as well as locally in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven, Las Vegas Life, Desert Companion and Showbiz Weekly.

He has been honored with multiple state, regional and national journalism awards from the Nevada Press Association, Best of the West journalism contest and the Society for Features Journalism.
Beginning his career in 1983 as an education and general assignment reporter, Bornfeld went on to write on a vast array of topics from television and radio to stage and film to music and the Las Vegas Strip, interviewing hundreds of actors, musicians and artists along the way.

As a Bronx boy at heart, his only complaint about Las Vegas is that he can’t take the subway to work.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LVNewswire

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Talking With Danny Seraphine – February 14, 2019

Talking With Danny Seraphine – February 14, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Danny Seraphine. To listen to the interview click below.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and pioneering jazz-rock drummer Danny Seraphine, a founding member of the legendary band Chicago, brings his “DANNY SERAPHINE & CTA TAKE ME BACK TO CHICAGO” show to The Suncoast Showroom February 16.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Seraphine talks about Bob Tillis, the man who gave him his musical foundation at an early age; his belief that work is as important as talent; developing his natural tendencies and talents as a drummer; working at a high level with bands that were very demanding; and why he continues to perform and tour.

Chicago initially gained fame opening for music legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and the Beach Boys, hitting its stride almost immediately after their debut effort, Chicago Transit Authority, a double album, came out in 1969.

The iconic group earned 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. They have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. On April 8, 2016 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclay’s Center in New York.

From the beginning, Seraphine, as the drummer, was always the backbone of the operation. It was his job to keep everyone in time and on balance. Critically acclaimed as an instrumentalist and a composer, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked “the father of jazz rock” as one of the top 100 drummers of all time.

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Talking With Oscar Goodman – February 7, 2019

Talking With Oscar Goodman – February 7, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Oscar Goodman. To listen to the interview click below.

Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas for 12 years, is chairman of the host committee for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Goodman talks about the functions of the host committee and why it pays tribute to the organizations, conventions and events that come here; the challenges for this city’s tourism; the great characters of Las Vegas who he worked with when he was an attorney; why gaming, while still important, is only part of the unique appeal of the city; and most important, why he chose to ignore the stealing of cherry Tootsie Roll Pops from his desk.

During his tenure as mayor, he had many accomplishments in the heart of downtown, including Symphony Park, a phenomenal 61-acre planned development which includes the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The park also includes The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum.

Goodman was born and raised in Philadelphia; he graduated from Haverford College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America.”

In addition to his work as the No. 1 ambassador of Las Vegas, he has taken up acting, playing himself in the movie “Casino” and also starring on an episode of the prime-time hit series “CSI: Las Vegas.”

Goodman is the author of the highly acclaimed “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas,” published by Weinstein Publishing in May 2013.

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Talking With Patrick Kilpatrick – January 31, 2019

Talking With Patrick Kilpatrick – January 31, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Patrick Kilpatrick. To listen to the interview click below.

Actor, writer, director and producer Patrick Kilpatrick is author of the new book, “DYING FOR LIVING – Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot.”

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Kilpatrick talks about his new book; why writing is liberating because collaboration is not a part of the process; why he writes to pay homage to the gods of literature; the challenges of being a father and pursuing an acting career; and fascinating people he has worked with in the film industry, including Sean Connery and cinematographer and film director Janusz Kamiński

Kilpatrick’s entertainment career has spanned more than 170 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director, and global entertainment teacher– from “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise to “Dark Angel” with Jessica Alba, from the largest production in Public Broadcasting history to the Los Angeles Theater Center with John Goodman and Academy Award winning British director Tony Richardson in Shakespeare’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”. He has appeared in over 75 hit TV shows such as “24,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and all “CSI.”

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Talking With John LaBonney – January 24, 2019

Talking With John LaBonney – January 24, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with John LaBonney. To listen to the interview click below.

John LaBonney is festival director of the 15th annual Dam Short Film Festival, February 7-10, at the historic Boulder Theatre in Boulder City.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, LaBonney talks about the importance of the festival; the history of the Boulder Theater; the unique feature of the short film, which features a running time of 40 minutes or less; the ability to feature six different directors with six different stories and points of view; the technology that allows anyone to make a movie; and how films are selected for the festival.

LaBonney is an award-winning filmmaker and has a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. His work has appeared on television in North and South America and his film Barn Dance was an Official Selection at The Dam Short Film Festival in 2009. LaBonney was appointed Director of the Festival in 2011, and oversees all festival operations.

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