Jeff Civillico | Comedy in Action @ Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Jeff Civillico
Jeff Civillico Comedy in Action

Comedy, Action & Wit – a Brilliant Combination Indeed!

Las Vegas has always been depicted to be a hub for adult entertainment starting from strip shows and lap dances to comedy performances with risqué humor. But the scenario has undergone a drastic change these days with numerous performers developing acts suitable for both kids and adults. Jeff Civillico, performing at Bugsy’s Cabaret at The Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas falls under that category.

Jeff Civillico at his best!
His show contains all-round entertainment involving physical comedy, power-packed stunts, and mind-blowing juggling acts. For instance, you will get to see the juggling of an unusual collection of objects at once, such as a heavy bowling ball, knife, and apple, or riding a unicycle while balancing a 12-foot ladder! There is plenty of audience interaction and participation, which will appeal to kids big time! It is a treat to be up on-stage with him, as you get to be a part of his incredible, one-of-a-kind tricks. Jeff’s witty banter and friendly personality provides the perfect foil to the mind-boggling on-stage movements – it makes the experience even more fun and exciting. There is a nightclub-themed segment as well, which is ideal for those who want to hit the clubs, pubs, and bars at night. Regardless of whatever mood you are in, he promises that you will leave with a happier and more pleasant temperament.

A true visionary…
His comedy is inspired by stars like Steve Martin and Jim Carrey and he incorporates a blend of improvisation, physical stunts and wit. Jeff is a versatile performer, having put on shows at several places including Disney resorts and the White House. He takes his craft seriously by maintaining discipline and strong work ethics – he constantly pushes boundaries to come up with new techniques of recreation for his beloved audience.

His charitable side…
Amidst the entire hullabaloo, Jeff has started a non-profit in Las Vegas known as Win-Win Entertainment, through which, professional entertainers perform for charities, orphanages, hospitals, schools etc. without charging any fee. With his lucrative network, he recommends and refers performers every time there is a request for a show. He plans to expand his reach nationally and is working hard to collect funds for the same purpose.

Why not attend his show, get a good dose of entertainment, and contribute to a noble cause in your own way? Moreover, it is held in the afternoon, making it extremely convenient for children. There is a never-ending demand for tickets, especially during peak seasons, so make sure you get the tickets booked in advance to avoid disappoint.

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Aladdin’s World – the Musical on tour

AladdinEmbark on a Journey to Aladdin’s World

Even though we hear the story of Aladdin during childhood, it remains fresh even after growing up, because this simple, yet fascinating tale of a street boy, princess, and Genie creates a permanent impression in our minds. And why not? We never really stop dreaming about the Magic Lamp that could make our troubles disappear in a jiffy thanks to the ever-friendly Genie! These alluring characters and the vivid representations were largely response for making 1992 movie of the same name a huge success.

Why audiences love it
The Middle-Eastern theme of Aladdin has greatly appealed to audiences and has been aptly presented by using vibrant colors and distinctive choreography styles, which is the outcome of the hard work by Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw. He has also included certain songs and characters in this production that didn’t make it to the final cut in the movie. The music and lyrics by Alan Menken, and the late Howard Ashman & Tim Rice respectively, is excellent for lack of a better word.

The two-act production has been touted to be fresh and exciting, which takes the audience through Aladdin’s journey and allows them to experience adventure and romance with some comedy thrown in. The musical is quite popular, so it is best to book tickets now without further delay!

Click here to purchase tickets to Aladdin.

 

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The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)

The Oddities of Family Dynamics

If you love theater, chances are you have already seen a rendition of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. However, it is always a pleasure to see this four-character memory play that first opened way back in 1944. In case you haven’t seen it, you are missing out on a great play and need to get tickets right away.

The foundation of the play…

The Glass Menagerie opens in a Wingfield apartment in St. Louis, where the mother Amanda lives with her crippled daughter, Laura, and working son, Tom. It is the 1940s, and Tom is explaining to us that the play is his memory (1930s) being re-told and is full of quirky memory elements such as strange lighting and music. The father is absent, as he “happily” abandoned them years ago. A large screen is also brought in front of the audience that is used to project images and pictures as the play unfolds.

…and the plot thickens!

Tom is having dinner with his family, when Amanda asks Laura to look nice and pretty for her “gentlemen callers” but her daughter doesn’t have callers and neither does she expect any. It is implied that Amanda had callers when she lived in the South, so she wishes the same for Laura. Her daughter describes a boy named Jim she used to have a thing for in high school, and it is here that we see her glass menagerie obsession. Amanda seems annoyed at Laura due to her overly shy nature, due to which she dropped out of a typing class. Things aren’t much better between mother and son too as he is forced into doing a job he hates and wants to leave, but he can’t do so because of his obligation to support his family financially. The ever-dominating matriarch calls him selfish for constant reading, dancing, drinking, and escaping to the movies.

Curtains it is…

The end moments culminate in a kaleidoscope of events – Amanda asks Tom to get a gentleman caller for Laura, who turns out to be her old crush, Jim. The women are excited, but Laura hides in the living room till Jim gets her to open up and talk freely. A kiss happens, but he is engaged and takes off, leaving Laura sad and Amanda seething with rage, as she feels her son played a trick on them. Tom follows in his father’s footsteps and leaves his family. The past merges with the present, as he says it has been 10 years, even though he is unable to forget his sister.

Please make sure you book tickets early to avoid disappointment!

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Italian American Singer-Songwriter Mike Borgia

Mike Borgia is an Italian American singer-songwriter with over two decades of experience as a professional musician and performer. Mike is in constant pursuit of musical sustainability.

Born in New York, Mike spent his teens playing clubs as guitarist and backup singer in a progressive metal band. His style slowly evolved to include other genres, notably punk and indie rock.  During the 1990s and into the early 2000s he fronted the popular indie rock band “Tread.”

In 2001 Mike embarked on a solo career and over the next decade performed several tours of the UK. During this time he released nine solo records. His UK tours garnered him a loyal fan-base which allowed him to maintain a steady career as a touring recording artist.

In 2011 he formed the band “The Problems”. He is now releasing albums with his band as well as solo endeavors.

A new record is in the works. It will be his 15th release to date. You will hear fresh new songs in line with the style of The Problems’ previous recordings. Check out his latest record “Who Cares”  now available on all major streaming services.

To date he has 11 albums collectively and over a decade as an active professional.

(i.e. *source http://theproblems.virb.com/about)

To see him in concert https://www.eventsfy.com/artist/mike-borgia

 

Mike Borgia
Mike Borgia

 

 

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An Interview with Jayashree Krishnan and Her Dramatic Life Change

Jayashree Krishnan
Jayashree Krishnan

 

Jayashree Krishnan – She left Math to pursue Her Art

Hi, can you introduce yourself to our community and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?  

Hi, I am Jayashree. I love playing with paint every day. Two years ago, I stumbled upon an absolutely addictive and amazing style of art called Fluid Painting. After many trials and experiments, I have come up with a way to teach anyone (with little or no background in painting) how to make absolutely beautiful pieces of art in three hours.

Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?

Ever since I can remember, I have sketched, doodled and painted. However, all through my college years and years afterward, I studied and later taught Mathematics. Not art. It is art that brings me joy. In a moment of epiphany, two years ago, I decided to pursue making art as a full-time job. Now, I rent a large studio space at a prime location, teach workshops to share my work, participate in 15 local juried shows, take on large commission pieces for clients and paint all the time. I truly enjoy every minute of it.

What does your passion mean to you?

It is the fuel that keeps me going every day.

What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?

My background in teaching has made it easy for me to share my work and the process in an effective manner with anyone that is interested. I have invested a lot of time in breaking down the steps to making a fabulous piece of artwork. It is really the most fun and rewarding experience for me to see someone else follow the steps and make it their own.

How would you describe the link between your classes and the community around you?

After starting these workshops, I held one at my studio for some youth in the community that is at risk of dropping out from school. Along with their mentors, 12 youth came over to create artwork. It was probably one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do when I get to share and be involved in giving back to the community.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about your passion?

Like what I told one of my Verlocal students who wants to pursue this form of art on her own, you have to keep at it. Learn from the mistakes, take the risks and keep making more art. Take what you have learned and make it your own.

How long have you been living in Seattle? What are some insider tips you’d like to recommend to someone who just moved to the city?

I have lived here for 25 years and have a lot to share. The Pacific Northwest is rich in natural beauty with hiking trails within driving distance and tons of other outdoor activities apart from fun things to do within the city.

What is your favorite piece of work and the story behind it?

I am getting ready with a series in preparation for a solo show on March 9th in Capitol Hill, Seattle. My favorite piece is one that was inspired by a hiking trail in North Bend. It is titled “Rattlesnake Reflections”.

Tell us about your favorite moment/ biggest achievement since you start teaching art.

One of my youngest students was a 12-year old that made a beautiful circular painting she wanted to turn into a clock. Her mother later told me that she redesigned her room around the colors of her painting.

What are your goals for the future?

To make art that starts conversations; to bring people from all walks of life together through art.

Any recommendations for someone who might want to start exploring a new passion?

Yes. Just try it. Experiences are richer than any other way to spend your time. You can only grow from them. What is stopping you?

What does Verlocal mean to you?

It has been very easy to set up the workshops on my calendar and let Verlocal take on the rest. It frees up my time and lets me create more art. I love that so many different people sign up for workshops. It makes the experience a rich one.

Share one quote that resonates with you the most and what it means for you?

You will never know until you try it. I tell myself this whenever I want to try something new and there is some hesitation.

(to see one of Jayashree’s live Art Shows click here: https://www.eventsfy.com/artist/jayashree-krishnan

(i.e. *source http://stories.verlocal.com/2017/03/03/left-math-pursue-art-award-winning-artist/)

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EDM – music genre here to stay?

When I began in the arts industry 5 years ago I was amazed at the number of new artists popping up every day.  Our site receives event information from numerous websites on a daily basis.  What we also obtain is profile information on new artists.  Even more interesting, in my opinion, was and still is the number of new EDM (electronic dance music) artists.  If you are a generation ‘X’er like myself, the EDM scene may sound somewhat foreign or new.  But after doing some research I have discovered the DJ scene has been around for several decades.

Wikipedia states – EDM is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another.[2] EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert in what is sometimes called a live PA.

According to Google Trends, EDM today is the fastest growing music genre.  The genre is not exclusive to ‘rave culture’ as once forseen. Festivals are now dedicated to the popular genre that bring in thousands of fans.  A-list musicians across genres are collaborating with these so-called EDM artists.  David Guetta, who began as a DJ in Paris in the 80s recalls how it all began.

“There was a movement called ‘disco sucks’. It was a shame to like disco, but then there was no music to dance to, so some DJs started to use old disco records, but the B-sides and the acapellas, and we began producing beats with drum machines.” Guetta said.

“I remember buying those records and the label (vinyl sticker). DJs would use old records and print on top of it, melt it, and print on the top, very low quality, this was super, super underground.” So disco music is EDM’s predecessor.

“I started in ’88 to play House music, it was a huge revolution for me. I went to London and I saw a DJ on stage and that was crazy at the time. I was one of the really respected and famous DJs in Paris, but they would never show me. I was hidden. A DJ on stage and people dancing and facing the DJ, looking at him? I was like ‘wow!'” says Guetta.

“This is what happened – it was born in the U.S., but the U.K. made it trendy. And it became a massive movement in Europe, but never in the U.S., which is crazy. I think America is always creating the new movement and then the U.K. has this genius of taking this concept and making it accessible to the masses.”

“It’s an evolution. The thing is that, every musical genre starts from the underground, gets trendy, then it becomes popular, and then it dies or it is reinvented in a different way,” says Guetta.

It’s a genre here to stay and is making quite a prominent mark in music history.   To find EDM events near you visit

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Closer Look: Acid Tongue

Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock

The band is composed of Guy Keltner, Ian Cunningham, & Jacob Rose – perverted in their youth by adolescent exposure to mind-altering substances and strange, spiritually-driven parenting techniques.

After years of extensive traveling throughout the United States, as well as some experimental therapy in a Mexican yurt, the boys have united to produce their take on the music of their parents’ generation. Incorporating imagery of the afterlife, dream-states and drifter-culture, Acid Tongue seeks to enlighten listeners to their swingin, contemplative lifestyle.     Catch them at a live show – Acid Tongue Eventsfy.com/artist/acid-tongue

*source http://www.freakoutrec.com/acid-tongue/

Acid Tongue
Acid Tongue

Maiah Manser – an inspiring noir-pop prescence

Five years ago, Maiah Manser moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music. Since then, she has worked both as a solo artist, as well as with a variety of projects including: Mary Lambert (as a touring vocalist featured on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, Good Morning America, & VH-1’s You Oughta Know), The Esoterics, and Pollens.

Maiah began her solo career playing for EMPs Sound Off! 2013 competition.

In Sept 2014, her song ‘Hold Your Head Up’ was featured in City Arts Magazine’s Top 5 Most Attractive Singles.

Her debut EP, ‘Second Skin’ with producer Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean), will be coming out early 2017.

Often compared to female power houses like Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Björk & Adele, Maiah strives to fuse the digital and the organic in every aspect of her music.

You can catch her at Upstream Music Fest in Seattle this May.     https://www.eventsfy.com/artist/maiah-manser

Maiah Manser
Maiah Manser Debut EP ‘Second Skin’

(i.e. *source https://www.facebook.com/maiahmansermusic/about/)