Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Live Dangerously- Be a Paisan for a Week

Trash that McDonalds’ burger and head out today for some unsurpassed carbo loading, feast on healthy Italian sauces, and, at no extra up charge, experience an enlightened cultural Italian infusion to your life. italianfood

The San Gennaro Feast will celebrate 30 years of Italian food, music, and hospitality in the Las Vegas Valley on May 6 through 10.  The biannual feed and cultural event has more than 200 vendors and draws thousands of people.  

The feast is always packed, coming a long way from its fledging start in the parking lot of the Italian-American Supper Club with just a handful of vendors and people.  

The event’s namesake – the feast – will be provided by 80 food vendors, not just Las Vegas restaurants but some as distant as Boston and New York.  

The business brains behind the event are partners Hank Squartino and Vincent “Jimmy” Palmisano.   The business was started by Squarino and Palmisano’s great uncle to celebrate Italian food and culture. They now fly in from Florida to Las Vegas eight weeks before each San Gennaro Feast to prepare for what they refer to as a massive block party.  Even so, planning for the event is a nearly a year-round job.  They sample all the cuisine before it is booked and prepared for the feast.  Only the best, most authentic Italian cuisine is accepted through the gates. 

The five-day San Gennaro Feastwill kick off with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.  Hours are from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, near Flamingo road and the Las Vegas Beltway in Spring Valley.  General admission is $7; seniors are $6 and children less than 54 inches tall (with no spaghetti in belly) get in free.  For information, please visit www.SangennaroFeast.org


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The Shade Tree’s Pre-Mother’s Day Walk to Aid Las Vegas Homeless

Las Vegas is not known for its universal kind, caring and compassionate ways in dealing with its growing homeless population.  Quite the contrary.  So, anytime there is a local fundraising event that helps, Las Vegas Backstage Access likes to lend a helping hand.  

This Saturday, May 9, when The Shade Tree will host a pre-Mother’s Day Walk of Hope to raise funds for their downtown shelter for homeless women and children. 

Proceeds go to The Shade Tree, which provides shelter, food and clothing to more than 3,000 homeless women and 1,000 homeless children each year. 

The “family fun walk” will begin at 9 a.m. at Children’s Memorial Park, 6601 W. Gowan Road, near Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas. 

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12.  For more information and to register, please visit http://www.TheShadeTree.org

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Improv Theater in Las Vegas Packs ‘Em In

Whether you are a fan of watching improvisational theater or just maybe would like to try your hand at acting, there are some opportunities for you in Las Vegas.    improv

Although, Second City has closed up after eight years at the Flamingo, the Improv Vegas recently debuted their Sunday 7 p.m. show at the Bonkerz Comedy Club inside Palace Station.   For a $9.95 ticket you can have the time of your life. 

Improv Vegas also produces their SET show at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., 702-732-7725, at 8 p.m. on Mondays, $7 a ticket.  The show features improve plus standup comedy, juggling and other disciplines and is a showcase for students at the company’s training center, also at the Onyx. 

Improv Vegas classes are limited to 10 people and last six weeks, with six or seven classes going at any given time.

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