Curtain Up: Lefty’s Magician of the 12 months award, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and more Vegas showbiz news

Curtain Up: Lefty’s Magician of the 12 months award, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and more Vegas showbiz news

Denise Truscello

Rod Stewart just added new tumble dates at the Colosseum.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 2 a.m.

Again before he grow to be “Lefty,” a nickname and character identifying a talented and knowledgeable performer, director and designer, Douglas Leferovich was pretty a great deal into magic and especially into the Culture of American Magicians Mum or dad Assembly #1 of New York Metropolis. It’s the oldest and major magic club in the region, established in 1902 and the producers of a famous once-a-year Salute to Magic show because 1909.

Leferovich has been a member for 31 several years, but back when he was much too youthful to join, his mothers and fathers would take him to the display and he and his brother would explore the Roosevelt Resort even though the magicians experienced their mysterious meetings.

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Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich

“Back then, ahead of the online, there were 3 methods to study magic — from a reserve, from a magic shop, or an older, wiser magician could move on his awareness,” suggests Leferovich. “A ton of my early magic I acquired from these older members who would acquire the time immediately after the demonstrate to teach us new methods and definitely assist us. Now it’s so easy to form one thing into the web and get the clarification. Back then it was far more of a guarded top secret.”

This year’s Salute to Magic is established for Tuesday, June 22, and it will be the first time in 112 decades the display won’t be held in New York Town. It’ll be digital, executed dwell from Exhibit Creators Studios on Sunset Highway listed here in Las Vegas. Leferovich will be accomplishing and hosting, but also honored as the 2021 Magician of the Calendar year.

Leferovich has been living and doing work in Las Vegas for just about two decades. For the final 7 months he’s resumed his role as “Lefty” in Murray Sawchuck’s “Murray the Magician” demonstrate at the Chortle Factory at the Tropicana, and for the final six months his individual “Late Evening Magic” has been operating for 3 evenings a 7 days at the Alexis Park Vacation resort.

“I really feel extremely lucky to be doing work mainly because I still have so a lot of buddies who have not been in a position to get back again to work, onstage or guiding the phase,” he claims. “I also think there has been a wonderful opportunity in the last 6 months or so for men and women to concentrate on and see the smaller sized displays in city. Occasionally people today get blinded by the big names and there was a when when there were being only 12 reveals in town, and it was awesome for them to get a shine.”

The 112th annual Salute to Magic present will be livestreamed for totally free at 5 p.m. June 22 at and it will include things like performances by Lefty, Sawchuck, and “Late Night Magic” artists Bizzaro, John Shaw, Mondre and AnnaRose. It will also a consist of a welcome from Wayne Newton, a presentation of the Magician of the Year award from the society’s vice president Sterling Lee, and video messages of congratulations from Jonathan and Drew Scott, Alice Cooper, Rick Harrison, Frank Marino, Neil Sedaka, Carrot Top rated and several magician buddies these as Tommy Wind, Jen Kramer, Santiago Michel, David Goldrake and Steve Wyrick. Couldn’t come about to a nicer magician.

As described this 7 days in Las Vegas Weekly, the iHeartRadio Audio Festival has introduced the lineup for its two times of live performance programming at T-Cell Arena on September 17 and 18 as effectively as the daytime stage at Location15 on September 18. The all-star roster at T-Cell features Billie Eilish, Affordable Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line, Journey, Khalid, Lil Infant, Maroon 5, Nelly, Weezer and far more, when Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, All Time Low, Russell Dickerson, Yungblud, Addison Rae and other folks will complete from Place15. The celebration will be held the very same weekend as downtown’s Existence Is Beautiful fest, which will also function Eilish as a headliner.

Talking of LIB, a handful of up-and-coming new artists were introduced this week for the songs festival’s celebrated return this slide — Willow Smith, Alaina Castillo, Keys N Krates, Chiiild, Hook N Sling, Jacques Greene, Tom the Mail Guy, Kornel Kovacs, Sa-Roc and Papichuloteej.

This week’s new present announcements consist of: Colosseum at Caesars Palace resident headliner Rod Stewart returning to duty for 9 demonstrates this drop beginning on Oct 6 OneRepublic is set for a distinctive two-evening engagement at Zappos Theater at Earth Hollywood on September 4-5 comic Anthony Rodia is undertaking at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian on November 27 and Van Morrison is returning to the Colosseum on February 18-20, 2022.

Much more Vegas entertainers announced more dates for their forthcoming gigs this week. Lionel Richie will get begun previously at Wynn’s Encore Theater with reveals on September 10-11, though Bruno Mars will increase to his 6 marketed-out demonstrates at Park Theater with new dates on July 30-31 and August 13-14.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Reside” verified its earlier claimed reopening day at the Flamingo Showroom this 7 days. The substantial-energy, Television set-encouraged drag amazing will be back again on the Strip on August 5, executing Thursday by way of Monday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start out at $49 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Launched in January 2020, the present will anchor stay enjoyment selections at the Flamingo, which now has “Piff the Magic Dragon” also running in that home and “X Burlesque” in the scaled-down cabaret place.

The Jabbawockeez will wrap up their pandemic-era operate at MGM Grand Backyard garden Arena with a specific version of their “Timeless” exhibit now through June 30, performing at 7 and 9:30 p.m. nightly apart from Tuesdays. All seating capability limitations have been lifted and the demonstrate is bringing back again audience interactions as very well as a pre-show DJ established by the Bangerz. As formerly documented correct listed here in Curtain Up, Jabbawockeez will return to their standard house at MGM Grand at the Jabbawockeez Theater on July 8.