Talking With Shep Gordon – March 28, 2019

Talking With Shep Gordon – March 28, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Shep Gordon. To listen to the interview click below.

Shep Gordon, in addition to managing many of the top artists who have headlined in Las Vegas, was named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine; was the subject of the Mike Myers 2013 documentary, “Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon” ; and is the author of “They Call Me SuperMensch, A backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food, and Rock ’n’ Roll.”

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Gordon talks about the balance between living in Hawaii and his frantic career; how he got the title “Super Mensch”; the start of celebrity chefs in Las Vegas, working with Elizabeth Blau (who he credits with fusing the fame of chefs with a winnable business model; working with Raquel Welch on her act for Las Vegas; cooking for the Dalai Lama; and learning to be of service to others.

Gordon is known in the entertainment industry as having an eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find entertaining.  After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, he moved to Los Angeles and in 1969 co-founded Alive Enterprises. Over the years, he has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, and countless others.

He’s also credited as creating the celebrity chef,  which revolutionized the food industry and turned the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.  His clients included culinary legends Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many more.

http://www.shepgordon.com

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Talking With Cindy Williams – March 21, 2019

Talking With Cindy Williams – March 21, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Cindy Williams. To listen to the interview click below.

Cindy Williams will be performing in the world premiere of MIDDLETOWN, a play about love, life, and friendship, debuting at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center March 31-April 1 for four performances.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Williams talks about the origins of her sense of humor, starting with her family dynamic; her decision to become a nurse (which didn’t happen); her entry into show business; the impact of “Laverne and Shirley” on her career and its enduring appeal; and the importance of the audience to a play (she considers the audience the other “character” in the play).

MIDDLETOWN is launched by GFour Productions, producers of Menopause The Musical and Tony-nominated Fiddler On The Roof in partnership with Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Delaware Theatre Company of Wilmington, Deleware. In addition to Cindy Williams, the cast includes Didi Conn (Frenchy the beauty school dropout in “Grease”); Donny Most, known for his role as Ralph Malph in the hit TV show “Happy Days”; and Adrian Zmed, best known for his starring roles in the “Bachelor Party” and TV’s “T.J. Hooker.”

Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the television series “Laverne and Shirley,” which recently won the TV Land award for “Fan Favorite.” She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2004) and won Best Actress at the LA Comedy Film Festival for the indy film “Stealing Roses.” She recently completed the first national tour of Nunset Boulevard a sequel to Nunsense,where she reprised her role as Reverend Mother.

http://www.thesmithcenter.com
http://www.thisiscindywilliams.com

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Talking With John L. Smith – March 14, 2019

Talking With John L. Smith – March 14, 2019

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

John L. Smith is author of “Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social Justice,” which presents the story of civil rights in Las Vegas and Nevada through the eyes and experience of Joe Neal, a history-making state lawmaker. The book is published by University of Nevada Press

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Smith talks about Senator Neal’s experience as a young man, which forged in him a determination for taking strong stands on unpopular (at the time) political and civil rights issues; his tenacity in promoting ideas and laws that were challenging to the status quo; his decision to enter politics; and the impact he left on both the political process and Nevada itself.

Nevada native Smith is a freelance writer, journalist, and author of more than a dozen books. He writes an award-winning weekly column for The Nevada Independent, offers weekly commentary on National Public Radio station KNPR, is a stringer for Reuters and a contributor to The Daily Beast and other publications.

Smith spent three decades as a daily columnist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, and garnered many state and national awards for his work. In 2016, he was part of a group of the Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers to receive the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics from the University of Oregon, the Society of Professional Journalists award for Ethics, and the Medill Medal for Courage from Northwestern University.

Smith was featured in the 2017 Brian Knappenberger documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” available on Netflix. He splits his time living in Las Vegas, NV and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

http://www.jlnevadasmith.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlnevadasmith

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Talking With Kenny Lattimore – March 7, 2019

Talking With Kenny Lattimore – March 7, 2019

This week, Ira spoke with Kenny Lattimore. To listen to the interview click below.

Grammy Award nominated singer songwriter Kenny Lattimore will be performing in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino on March 9th at 8 p.m.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lattimore talks about his love of music; the influence of his mother on his career; singing with a band at age 15; knowing he was in it for the long haul; the catharsis of being on stage; his commitment to maintaining success, which is harder than achieving it; and how his foundation helps introduce young students to the wonders of music.

Lattimore’s career spans more than two decades, highlighted by his 1996 breakthrough single “Never Too Busy,” followed by the wedding staple “For You,” Grammy recognition, several top-10 singles and Top 20 R&B albums.

Other stand-out projects by Lattimore include the critically-acclaimed albums, From The Soul Of Man, Timeless and Anatomy of a Love Song, which produced the Top 10 single “Love Me Back.” A Kenny Lattimore Christmas was nominated for a Stellar Award for “Event CD of the Year.”

Lattimore’s ninth studio album, Vulnerable, produced yet another Top 10 hit single, “Stay on Your Mind,” which climbed the charts to #7 on UAC Billboard, while holding top radio positions in multiple U.S. markets.

http://www.santafestation.sclv.com
http://www.kennylattimore.com

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