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Purple Reign-The Prince Tribute Show in Las Vegas

Written & Photography by Nikki Artale

Jason Tenner delivers a non-stop high energy show in the International Theater at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas NV, to the delight of Prince’s many fans. The show is terrific and amazing and a great tribute to the late Prince. www.jasontenner.com



The Prince Tribute show started over 18 years ago and has continued on until this day as Jason Tenner keeps Prince’s music and legacy alive. His looks and mannerisms are spot on and the audience responds to his electrifying performance. Jason is loved and respected by his many friends and fans who attend his shows.
                                                   Chris Gardner & Jason Tenner

Every Friday night after the show, invited guests go up to The Crown Room for a VIP after party for Purple Reign after Dark and Jason delights his friends and fans with his performance and original songs.
Jason Tenner

T-Fox  Nikki Artale  Chris Gardner

You can see the Purple Reign Show Wednesday-Saturday at 9:00 pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road. Call for tickets 702 732-5111 


Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.
Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.
Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.
NikkiArtale@cox.net 702-279-7001

If you are Buying or Selling, go to my real estate site to search the MLS for listingslasvegasnvhomes.net 
Vegas Food Expo Food Convention in Las Vegas

Written & Photographs by Nikki Artale

On March 30-31, 2017 the Vegas Food Expo with over 100 food producers in the nation met at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. This expo was for small innovative companies, retailers, distributors and restaurants from across the country. This wonderful food expo was created by Brett Ottolenghi, proprietor of Artisanal Foods. www.artisanalfoods.com
The attendees met with over 120 of the food producers, tasting and interacting with them and gaining knowledge about their products. The food was excellent and I enjoyed meeting many of them and talking about their products.  There were many scheduled speakers and one of my favorite speakers there was Karen Caplan. Karen is President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce and a fruit and vegetable Guru in Los Almitos, CA. She has introduced over 200 specialty fruits and vegetables and has brought one of a kind products to the marketplace. In 2015 an independent film document was made “Fear No Fruit” which shows the rise of the Frieda Family in the food industry.  www.friedas.com 


                                                               Karen Kaplan

Another outstanding booth display was from Samuels Seafood Co. that showed a large display of seafood which I really appreciated because my favorite food is the “Monk Fish”, which incidentally is hard to find here in Las Vegas. Samuels Seafood Co. is in the process of opening a new warehouse here in Las Vegas which will allow it to expand its customer base and product base in the valley within the next 45 days. Samuels and Son Seafood has a 100 year tradition of bringing excellent seafood to the market.  www.samuelsandsonseafood.com   


Uncle Dan’s seasonings and salad dressings can be mixed in with your favorite ingredients and customized in dips. They are delicious and I came home with sample packets that I love using in my salads and vegetables. Products are gluten free and no added MSG. Uncle Dan’s son was an added plus in his booth. www.uncledans.com   

                                                                   Uncle Dans

If you have a sweet tooth then the booths to go to would be Macaron Paris for their refined French Macarons. These delicious French macarons can be found in cafes, restaurants and specialty shops across North America. www.macroncafe.com   



Another fabulous treat was the gourmet caramel apples I found in the Sinfully Sweet Apple Co. located in Upland, CA. They have over 150 different apples and every day they are creating more delicacies. They say the caramel will not stick to your teeth and they are a work of art. Sounds good to me. www.sinfullysweetgourmettreats.com  

Las Vegas Herbs are grown in a 5,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and they are delivered live to restaurants, chefs and are available at the Farmers Market every Saturday at Tivoli Village.  


The Food Expo teamed up with Three Square Food Bank to donate any excess food from the Expo to feed the hungry in Las Vegas. Many thanks to everyone for creating this wonderful Food Expo and we all look forward to attending next year.
I Am Heath Ledger a Special Cinema Event

Written by Nikki Artale

I am Heath Ledger is an intimate look at the life of Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera. It is a love letter to him from his family and friends.  The film features archival footage, interviews, his life, his work and the gifted actor that he was.


Keith Ledger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Dark Knight in 2008 and also won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie is a thrilling crime saga and Heath plays the role of The Joker and is makeup is both ghoulish and scary. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards.  


One of my favorite movies was Brokeback Mountain, the story of two young men, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar who get a job on Brokeback Mountain as sheep herders. It is a story of unforbidden love and years of struggle in their relationship until tragedy strikes. This is a must see movie.



The film will be released by Fathom Events in Las Vegas on May 3, 2017 at the Village Square 18, Century 16 South Point Hotel and Century16 Santa Fe Station at 7:30 pm. Following the documentary there will be an exclusive segment featuring interviews with Heath Ledgers family and friends. www.fathomevents.com   


Fathom Events launched in 2002 and emerged as the leader in the event Cinema Industry as the 15th largest US distributor in 2015. They have brought live and pre-recorded events to more than 800 movie theaters, including AMC Regal Theaters, Cinemark and performing arts centers.

I highly encourage everyone to go see this special film.

Tribute Artists Convention Features Artists From Around the World
 
Written & Photos by Nikki Artale
The Reel Awards brought many tribute artists from around the world, for their 23rd production on February 20, 2017 to the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino downtown Las Vegas NV. Producers for the show were Janna Joos from California and Bernhard Kurz, Producer “Stars in Concert” in Germany. The Reel Award was started in 1989 by Janna Joos of International Celebrities Images and Alana Joos of Entertainment Express to acknowledge the Celebrity Impersonator, the Look a Likes and Tribute Artist. Instead of an Oscar they receive a film reel can which is known as “The Can” for the category they have been honored in. www.reelawards.com
Bernard Kurz & Janna Joos
Lana Joos & Janna Joos
 
The event started at 5:00 pm with a Red Carpet hosted by Dee De Hanson as Joan Rivers interviewing the celebrity Impersonators, much to the delight of many tourists, locals and camera crews and media reporters.
 
 
 
 
 
Some of the featured performers were Andrea Tyler as Adele, who won the Rising Star Award, Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe, Bill Pantazis as George Michael, Sherie Rae Parker as Bette Midler, Kathy Shelby and Connie Crawford as The Judds, Heidi Thompson as Cher and Gene Sironen as Elton  John.
Bill Pantazis as George Michael
Kathy Shelby & Connie
Crawford as the Judds
Gene Sironen as Elton John
Heidi Thompson as Cher
Bobbie Winslow as Fran Drescher
Dee Dee Hanson as Joan Rivers
Show Emcees
 

Celebrity Impersonators gave out the awards to the recipients to honor their work. The 2017 Winners of THE REEL AWARDS
Awards Winners of the 23rd Production of THE REEL AWARDS
Monday, February 20, 2017, Showroom, Golden Nugget – Las Vegas


·         Best Actor:  David Born as “Robin Williams” (Texas)

·         Best Actress:  Suzie Kennedy as “Marilyn Monroe” (United Kingdom)

·         Bea Fogelman Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dee Dee Hanson as “Joan Rivers” (California)

·         Comedy: David Born as “Robin Williams” (Texas)

·         Newshound Award:  Marcel Forestieri as “Donald Trump” (Nevada)

·         Peter Banks Humanitarian Award:  Camille Terry as “Marilyn Monroe” (Florida)

·         Tribute Band:  David Brighton Space Oddity Tribute to “David Bowie” (California)

·         Rising Star:  Andrea Tyler as “Adele” (Florida)

·         Country’s Hottest Hitter:  CJ Morgan as “Dolly Parton” (Tennessee)

·         Pop N’ Rock for Reel Award:  Keith George as “Boy George” (United Kingdom & Tenerife)
 
·         R & B Feelin’ Good Award:  Tony McKay as “Prince” (California)

·         Classic Crooner:  Gary Anthony as “Frank Sinatra” (Nevada)

·         Impersonator You Love to Work With:  Matt Kay as “Johnny Depp” (Florida)

·         Gene Greytak Most Professional Impersonator Award: Sherie Rae Parker as “Bette Midler” (Nevada)

·         Director/Producer: Kurt Brown, Brown Productions for “All Shook Up”, “The Man in Black,” “Man In The Mirror,” and “Superstars on Stage” (Nevada)
Kurt Brown & Melani Michaud
 
Marcel Forestieri
Mycki Manning as Melania Trump
Marcel Forestieri as President Donald Trump


I was moved by Sheri Rae Parkers performance when she sang a song dedicated to her mother Bea Fogelman. Sheri Rae was honored as Gene Greytak Most Professional Impersonator and she truly is a professional.
 
 

Another high light of the evening was meeting Michael Bush who was the designer for all the clothes Michael Jackson wore on stage. Bush worked with him for 25 years and he wrote a book “The King of Style, Dressing Michael Jackson”. The book is fabulous and wonderful and I loved it just as I have loved Michael Jackson my whole life. I will be featuring Michael Bush in an upcoming story.
Michael Bush
 
Nikki Artale & Michael Bush
 
We appreciate all the Celebrity Impersonators and the tribute artist and look forward to seeing them again next year and also special thanks to Janna & Lana Joos and Bernard Kurz for another great convention and show.




 

 

 

 

 

 

King Errisson It’s Good to Be King
 
Nikki Artale &King Errisson

Written by Nikki Artale
King Errisson has written a book about his life from childhood in the Bahamas and his climb to fame as a world know percussionist. His book “My Life My Loves” tells the story of his early years of growing up in the beautiful Bahama Islands and knowing that one day he would be somebody. His grandmother knew he was special and she called him “King”. King is known worldwide as an illustrious percussionist, composer and actor.
King Errisson

King Errisson appeared in the documentary “Sample This” about the song Apache by the Incredible Bongo Band in which he was a featured artist. The song defines hip-hop culture and is called the national anthem of Hip Hop.  Filming the James Bond movie “Thunderball” with Sean Connery and the remake of the Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond was one of many films he did. Shortly after the Thunderball movie King released his first solo Album “Drums of Nassau”. www.kingerrisson
 
He worked with artists as a session musician and was called the unsung hero behind Motown’s fabulous, famous artists such as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond and Lou Rawles were more of the famous artists he worked with.

King and his twin sister Aries was born on October 29, 1941 in Nassau to Josephine Brice Johnson & Pallaman Stevie Johnson. King said he always felt loved and protected by his parents who encouraged him in his love for music, singing and playing drums. He practiced drumming on wood and boxes and any flat surface until he made his first bongo drums from two coffee cans. His book “My Life My Loves” is a beautiful story of how his dreams have come true and having the love of so many people. It is the first of many other books that document his start in life as a jockey, a bongo master, actor, singer and his first world tour with Neil Diamond in 1976.
 
 
On April 21, 2016 Steve Tatone produced the “Diamondfest” show and King Errisson was honored with a fan tribute award and other members of the Neil Diamond Band were there to celebrate.
 
 
Neil Diamond Band Members


King Errisson has a passionate loving soul and he brings his love of music everywhere he goes. As you read his book you will see his private life that he wants his fans to read because in all his face to face with them, they always ask him to tell them about his life, starting with his childhood. This is just the first book and he said he will continue the story in the next book he writes. He will continue living his dreams and always be ready for whatever comes next.