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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Talking With Charles Fleischer – January 17, 2019

Talking With Charles Fleischer – January 17, 2019

 

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.

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Talking With Tom Warden – January 10, 2019

Talking With Tom Warden – January 10, 2019

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.

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Talking With Dee Dee Bridgewater – January 3, 2019

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.

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Talking With Alan Snel – December 27, 2018

Talking With Alan Snel – December 27, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with Alan Snel. To listen to the interview click below.

Journalist Alan Snell, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com reports the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry, is author of “Long Road Back to Las Vegas: How Las Vegas and the Golden Knights healed a journalist’s wounds.”

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snel talks his dramatic and life-changing bicycle accident in Florida; his decision to return to journalism and to Las Vegas to cope with and overcome his trauma; his timely launch of LVSportsBiz.com, which reports on the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry; his connection to Red Rock; and why he sees biking as a metaphor for life.

Snel is a veteran journalist, with decades of sports-business reporting experience. He covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, he launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com.

After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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Talking With Clint Holmes – December 20, 2018

Talking With Clint Holmes – December 20, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with Clint Holmes. To listen to the interview click below.

Two-time Grammy® nominee Clint Holmes will be performing “Holmes for the Holiday” in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center December 21-22 and then a special New Year’s Eve performance in Sam Town’s Live at Sam’s Town.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Holmes talks about performing in the moment; honoring the song no matter the size of the audience; the influence of Larry Moss, his director and acting teacher; growing as an artist; what he learned from his parents; and the impact of Las Vegas on his career.

The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically-trained British opera singer, Clint was raised with the best of two musical worlds. His 40-plus year career has taken him to the top of the charts, to concert halls, on TV screens, and also cemented his legacy as a veritable Las Vegas institution.

His big break came in 1972 when he released “Playground In My Mind,” a song that stayed for 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1986 to 1988, he served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on FOX’s “The Late Show.” He was also a musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” and as the host of his own Emmy Award-winning talk/variety show.

Since his move to Las Vegas, Clint has become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as a major star in the entertainment arena.

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Talking With K-Von – December 13, 2018

Talking With K-Von – December 13, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with K-Von. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian K-Von is headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas December 17-24, with showtimes at 8:30pm & 10:30pm.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, K-Von talks about his humorous perspective from being raised in a half-Persian family (the other half is American) that brought him to Las Vegas at age 10; discovering the Persian New Year; selling medical devices by day and performing stand-up comedy by night; being bumped off stage by Chris Rock; and taking the non-Hollywood approach to developing his career.

K-Von has starred in MTV’s hit show “Disaster Date,” and his comedy has received rave reviews on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” NETFLIX, SHOWTIME, “Good Morning America,” BBC, and NPR.

He has garnered millions of views online with sketches, standup comedy clips, and a viral “TED Talk.” He also produced an award-winning documentary about Persian New Year, and is currently working on a book that details his unique upbringing and journey into comedy.

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