Talk About Las Vegas with Ira

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By: Ira David Sternberg

Each week, Ira David Sternberg talks with the celebrities, entertainers, writers, and personalities who make Las Vegas the most exciting city in the world.

Talking With Michelle Johnson – September 20, 2021
Last Monday at 4:50 AM

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Michelle_Johnson_092021.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Michelle Johnson, “Las Vegas’ First Lady of Jazz,” performing in “Home! – A Return to Broadway” in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, September 26 at 6 p.m. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Johnson talks about decision to become a performer full time and the deal she made with her parents; her move to Las Vegas, which started out as temporary and is now permanent (and the reasons why); the challenge of performing in the midst of COVID; and her decision to not o...


Talking With Diana Brier – September 13, 2021
09/13/2021

Photo by Kyle [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Diana_Brier_091321.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Diana Brier, owner and director of cheese for Valley Cheese and Wine (and one of only 45 certified cheese sensory evaluators in the United States). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brier talks about her journey to cheese; moving to Las Vegas and making her dream come true; why she is also studying to be a sommelier; how chocolate pairs nicely with cheese; why she pays homage to old world cheese while also touting new world cheese; how a di...


Talking With Mark Shunock – September 6, 2021
09/06/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mark_Shunock_090621.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Mark Shunock, founder of The Space, Vegas’ community driven, charity-based arts complex. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Shunock talks about The Space’s new event, Wine Wednesdays, featuring a variety of programming complete with wine tastings (sommelier-led tasting experiences) from Foley Family Wines; the 8th anniversary of Mondays Dark,Vegas’ premiere variety show for a cause (twice a month a local non-profit benefits from an eclectic cast of performing guests, including musical acts and stars from Hollywood and The Strip); how the...


Talking With Art Alexakis – August 30, 2021
08/30/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Art_Alexakis_083021.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Art Alexakis, singer/songwriter and front-man for Everclear, performing at the M Resort Pavilion, September 4 at 8 p.m. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Alexakis talks about why the Beatles (and Ed Sullivan) were responsible his decision to make music his career; the challenges (and opportunities) of dealing with MS; why he is retraining his mind; his most memorable experiences in Las Vegas; why he is grateful to still be performing rock & roll with Everclear and living his dream at age 59; the...


Talking With Alan Snel – March 23, 2021
08/23/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Alan_Snel_082321.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Alan Snel, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com, reports the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snel talks about the effect of requiring vaccinations for fans attending Raiders games at Allegiant Stadium; why the first fans to see a sports event at Allegiant Stadium were not Raiders fans; how a major soccer team could conceivably happen in Las Vegas; why parking at Allegiant Stadium is a work in progress; the mystery behind Marc Badain, the...


Talking With Michael Mack – August 16, 2021
08/16/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Michael_Mack_081621.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Michael Mack, a fourth generation pawnbroker and owner of Max Pawn, a pawn & jewelry store specializing in luxury designer goods. He was recognized in July as “Pawnbroker of the Year” by the National Pawnbrokers Association. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Mack talks about challenging the old image and “stigma of pawn”; how he considers his business “the people’s bank”; why he specializes in luxury goods; where he stores his large items, such as automobiles; what is the most expensive item he has sold...


Talking With Brian Newman – August 9, 2021
08/09/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Brian_Newman_080921.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Trumpeter and singer Brian Newman, back with his late-night Vegas residency, “Brian Newman: AFTER DARK, “ at the NoMAD Library (August 12-14 and August 19-21). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brian talks about his passion for live performing; having a good time in life and music; opening jazz to the world; why he loves the late-night hang; how he met his wife Angie Pontani, the Italian Stallionette, dancer and burlesque sensation; why he surrounds himself with people who are better than himsel...


Talking With Neal Portnoy – August 2, 2021
08/02/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Neal_Portnoy_080221.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with caricature artist Neal Portnoy. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Portnoy talks about his move (along with his wife, Dorothy) to Las Vegas, working for the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a cartoonist; his decision to go full time as an artist, including portrait illustration; his acceptance by the Las Vegas entertainment community; how “Portnoyed” became a verb; his unique style of drawing caricatures of local and national celebrities using only felt-tip magic markers; his involvement with the Las Vegas Raiders and workin...


Talking With Bill Blagg – July 26, 2021
07/26/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bill_Blagg_072621.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Illusionist Bill Blagg, performing “The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!” at the South Point Casino, July 30 - August 1. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Blagg talks about his early interest in magic; his breakthrough, winning the Abbott Magic Get Together as the youngest contestant to enter the competition; his approach to magic; why this is his first time performing in Las Vegas; and why his dad is his secret weapon.


Talking With Miljenko Matijevic– July 19, 2021
07/19/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Miljenko_Matijevic_071921.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Miljenko Matijevic, lead singer and founder of Steelheart. The band is on their 30th anniversary tour and will be performing this Friday, July 23 at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Miljenko talks about the fire inside of him and his work ethic; his new song for World Peace Day (with a chorus of 350 fans); his massive popularity in Asia; his hunt for a recording studio; the accident that sidelined him for months; re-recording some of the th...


Talking With Anthony DiMaria – July 12, 2021
07/12/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Anthony_DiMaria_071221.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Anthony DiMaria, producer of “Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth,” a feature-length documentary about his uncle, famed hair stylist Jay Sebring. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, DiMaria (born and raised in Las Vegas) talks about the the horrific murders of Sebring, Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Steven Parent and the subsequent diminishing of his uncle’s reputation by the media and the glorification of the killers by pop culture; his long journey in making the documentary; the surprising material...


Talking With Eve Golden – February 7, 2021
07/05/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Eve_Golden_070521.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Eve Golden, author of the new book, Jayne Mansfield, The Girl Couldn’t Help It, published by the University Press of Kentucky. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Golden talks about the unique life of Jayne Mansfield, the larger-than-life sex symbol and actress; her determination to succeed in films (using Broadway as a stepping stone; her starring role in “The Girl Can’t Help It ; her decision to take roles that her advisers warned her about accepting; her marriages; her relationship with Las...


Talking With Shin Lim – June 28, 2021
06/28/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Shin_Lim_062821.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Shin Lim, currently performing in “LIMITLESS” at The Mirage (Mondays & Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lim talks about his journey from music to magic; his challenges with carpal tunnel syndrome and dyslexia; his close family ties, both in his personal life and his career; his dream to perform in a residency on the Las Vegas Strip; how he developed his magic after first being shown an illusion by his older brother; and why he continues to learn...


Talking With Eric Gladstone – June 21, 2021
06/21/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Eric_Gladstone_062121-2.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Eric Gladstone, author of Anything But Nirvana: Other Heroes & Happenings From Rock's Last Great Era. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Gladstone talks about his former career as a music journalist, covering bands in the 90’s and writing about them on a national level; getting inside bands’ experiences and interviewing them on the road; his big story on Smashing Pumpkins; why he tried to interview bands he was genuinely interested in; why the project took six years to compile, organize and ed...


Talking With Oliver Lovat – June 14, 2021
06/14/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Oliver_Lovat_061421.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Oliver Lovat, a leading academic, researcher, writer and strategy consultant. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lovat talks about the challenges facing Las Vegas coming out of the COVID era; the study he and others put together about the future of Las Vegas (see below); why Downtown Las Vegas was able to cope better than the Strip when it came to operating during COVID; one of the biggest mistakes that Las Vegas resorts made prior to COVID; the importance of knowing you...


Talking With Jen Kramer – June 7, 2021
06/07/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Jen_Kramer_060721.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Magician Jen Kramer, performing “The Magic of Jen Kramer” at Westgate Las Vegas (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m.). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Kramer talks about how she began her magical journey at the age of 10 and knew she wanted to perform in Las Vegas; graduating Yale and negotiating with Las Vegas showrooms from her dorm room; interning with magician Nathan Burton and learning the ropes; how she feels she connects with people through magic; why every show is dif...


Talking With Ruta Lee – May 31, 2021
05/31/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Ruta_Lee_053121.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Hollywood legend Ruta Lee, who has written her memoir, “Consider Your Ass Kissed" (released through Briton Publishing). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lee talks about her first movie job (which she says she got either due to polka or her mother’s prayers; bringing her grandmother to America from the Soviet Union (and the lesson she learned about not being afraid to try the wildest thing in the world to achieve what you need; her strong work ethic; why she always...


Talking With Vicki Barbolak – May 24, 2021
05/24/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Vicki_Barbolak_052421.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Comedian Vicki Barbolak, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas May 27-30. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Vicki talks about her late start in comedy and why her act stems from her life experience; why she’s grateful to be in comedy; the best career advice she ever received (and it came from comedian Vinnie Favorito); why she enjoys performing on tour (in Hollywood they get nervous about your age); the amazing story of getting a hug from...


Talking With Jonathan Karrant – May 17, 2021
05/17/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Jonathan_Karrant_051721-1.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Jonathan Karrant, who along with Joshua White, will be performing in his “Shadows Fall” Album Release Show at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Theater, May 27-28. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Karrant talks about knowing his future in show business from age five or six; how his grandparents turned him on to the great American songbook; how he didn’t pick jazzjazz picked him; why he delights in bringing obscure songs to his audience; the advice he received that “it’s not a...


Talking With Gordie Brown – May 10, 2021
05/10/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Gordie_Brown_051021-3.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with impressionist/comedian Gordie Brown, starring in “Lasting Impressions” at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brown talks about his journey from from Canadian political cartoonist to Las Vegas impressionist-comedian; how the lightbulb went off as he performed as the lead in “West Sidc Story” and he knew he wanted a life as a performer; how the second lightbulb went off, confirming his choice due to a fortuitous...


Talking With Gordie Brown – May 10, 2021
05/10/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Gordie_Brown_051021.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with impressionist/comedian Gordie Brown, starring in “Lasting Impressions” at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brown talks about his journey from from Canadian political cartoonist to Las Vegas impressionist-comedian; how the lightbulb went off as he performed as the lead in “West Sidc Story” and he knew he wanted a life as a performer; how the second lightbulb went off, confirming his choice due to a fortuitous encounter...


Talking With MAGICIAN David Goldrake – May 3, 2021
05/03/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/David_Goldrake_050321.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with magician David Goldrake, “The International Man of Mystery,” currently performing a 65-minute magical spectacle at Notoriety Live, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Goldrake talks about discovering magic at age eight and using it to validate his existence as a child; why magic is a meritocracy; why he calls himself the “International Man of Mystery”; how he combines American show business with European flair; overcoming obstacles on the road to success; the factor of “staying...


Talking With Melinda Sheckells – April 26, 2021
04/26/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Melinda_Sheckells_042621-2.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Melinda Sheckels, editorial director of OnTheStrip com and OffTheStrip com. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Sheckells talks about her reporting and editing career in Las Vegas; switching her beat from housing to nightlife and entertainment; how the city is gearing up for the post COVID world; why she thrives on news and the fact that there’s no “off” switch in Las Vegas; how OnTheStrip com and OffTheStrip com became two of Las Vegas’ first all-digital news sources; the future suc...


Talking With Charles Calello – April 19, 2021
04/19/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Charles_Calello_041921.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with singer, composer, conductor, arranger, and record producer Charles Calello. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Calello talks about working with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons; why he first took direction when he began his career from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio; what keeps the creative process going; his long history of writing arrangements (starting when he was 16 and continuing into his 83rd year); his experience working with Sinatra; how recording styles have changed; why the creative process is both laborious and hea...


Talking With Ken Henderson – April 12, 2021
04/12/2021

[audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ken_Henderson_041221.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Ken Henderson, CEO of the Best Agency talent company and the man behind Notoriety Live at Fremont Street’s Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Henderson talks about concept of Notoriety Live, a long-time dream of his; how a past association made it all possible; how it is being marketed as a destination venue; the reaction of downtown Las Vegas casinos to the new kid on the block; why he was able to keep the venue open...


Talking With Chris Ruggiero – April 5, 2021
04/05/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/26232444/Chris_Ruggiero_040521.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Chris Ruggiero, performing at the Italian American Club April 18. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Ruggiero talks about growing up and falling in love with Doo-wop instead of the contemporary music of his time; his decision to perform music not of his generation because of the impact he has on an audience when performing music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s; his national PBS television appearance performing with The Duprees; meeting and working with Clint Holmes; and recording his new CD double


Talking With Kira Soltanovich – March 29, 2021
03/29/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/26193547/Kira_Soltanovich_032921.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with comedian Kira Soltanovich, who is headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas April 8-11. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Soltanovich talks about her unusual background; how parents know how to raise an artist; selling the naming of her baby as a fundraising idea (you won’t believe the name!); what a male comic would not be asked; the comedy condo experience; why there will be tears of joy when she comes to Las Vegas to perform; why...


Talking With Lance Burton & Fielding West about Siegfried & Roy – March 22, 2021
03/22/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/21163108/Lance_Fielding_032221.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Master Magician Lance Burton and comedy magician Fielding West about the legacy of Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, the two magicians talk about the first time they met Siegfried & Roy; how the famous duo opened the door for magic in Las Vegas; how Siegfried & Roy wrote the book on how to do a magic show and created the business model; when Siegfried knew they had something special; Lance’s favorite S&R act; Fielding’s fun...


Talking With Marta Soligo – March 15, 2021
03/15/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/10090323/Marta_Soligo_031521.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Marta Soligo, author of an original research article, “What Happens Here? Educating Las Vegas’s Guests During COVID-19,”  published in the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Soligo talks about the need to raise the consciousness of Las Vegas visitors about their impact on the community; why some people think Las Vegas is not authentic; the optimal relationship between tourists and communities; utilizing the unique Las Vegas private-public partnership to get the message out to tourists...


Talking With Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling – March 8, 2021
03/08/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/04150307/Jackie_Martling_030821.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling, who for 18 years (1983-2001) was a fixture of Howard Stern’s radio & television shows and for seven years had his own radio show, “Jackie’s Joke Hunt” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Martling talks about his early career and who was responsible for naming him “The Joke Man”; how he was influenced by Red Skelton; why he doesn’t consider himself a comic, but just tells jokes; why he views his life as a pinball ga...


Talking With Eric Jordan Young – March 1, 2021
03/01/2021

This week, Ira spoke with producer, director, choreographer, entertainer, playwright and songwriter Eric Jordan Young, who takes the stage in “In This Moment” at the Space in Las Vegas (with renowned pianist Philip Fortenberry) March 13 at 6 p.m. (and also streamed live). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Young talks about […]


Talking With Claytee White – February 22, 2021
02/22/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/20141838/Claytee_White_022221.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Claytee White, inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, White talks about famed architect Paul Revere Williams and his contributions to and impact on Las Vegas; his projects, including Carver Park, the La Concha Motel, the Guardian Angel Cathedral, and Berkley Square; why his designs were so different from anything else in Las Vegas; and why, despite Williams being highly successful, there was her bittersweet aw...


Talking With Adam Hunter – February 15, 2021
02/15/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/11215240/Adam_Hunter_021521.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with comedian Adam Hunter, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas February 18-21. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Hunter talks about how wrestling in school gave him a focus in life; how he began stand-up in New York (including performing in laundromats!); his experience as a finalist on season six of “Last Comic Standing”; why he likes old-school comics; his affinity with the MMA; his approach to comedy from the point of view of a Mexican boxer, as he...


Talking With David Perrico – February 8, 2021
02/08/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/07103101/David_Perrico_020821.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with award-winning “Best of Las Vegas” trumpeter, composer, producer, and conductor David Perrico, who fronts his Pop Strings Orchestra in a salute to Black History Month, February 26 at 6 p.m. in a live stream from The Space. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Perrico talks about what his ongoing (for the last seven years) commitment to paying tribute and honoring the excellence behind the music of black artists; his love of live music and the interaction it provides; the challenges of perfor...


Talking With Tsvetelina Stefanova – February 7, 2021
02/01/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/26215958/Tsvetelina_Stefanova_020121.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Tsvetelina Stefanova, executive director of the 17th Annual Dam Short Film Festival, which is going online as a virtual event beginning February 11. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Stefanova talks about the history of the festival and how they put it together each year; the unique aspects of presenting the festival online due to COVID; the entries that are based on genres and themes; the unique filmmakers lounge; and how films are submitted and reviewed for consideration.


Talking With John Krause – January 25, 2021
01/25/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/22180302/John_Krause_012521.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with John Krause, who will be performing in “Bit of Your Time,” a retrospective through the last eight years of his career, at The Space in Las Vegas January 29 at 6 p.m (and also streamed live). In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Krause talks about why he got a little late start in show business; how his high school drama teacher saw the spark for creativity in him; why Las Vegas was where he discovered that he could have a career, and a...


Talking With Deana Martin – January 18, 2021
01/18/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/16223844/Deana_Martin_011821.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Deana Martin, who has been performing during the pandemic in her Deana Martin LIVE! online shows for 45 consecutive weeks. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Martin talks about early memories of Las Vegas; adapting to performing during COVID; her global connection with fans online, including taking requests and, as a result, learning 50 new songs; recording one of her albums in the legendary Studio A at Capitol Records, the same studio where her dad, Dean Martin, performed; and her secret for su...


Talking With Al Mancini – January 11, 2021
01/11/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/09171336/Al_Mancini_011121.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Al Mancini, who has covered the Las Vegas dining scene for numerous publications since 2003. He currently writes for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Mancini talks about his journey to the culinary world in Las Vegas; why he believes the Vegas dining scene will bounce back after COVID; where the off-Strip restaurant action is heading; how the food and beverage industry impresses him with its innovation during the pandemic; why one of the messages that restaurants sh...


Talking With Bill Dawes – January 4, 2021
01/04/2021

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/03131830/Bill_Dawes_010421-1.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with actor, comic and writer Bill Dawes, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas, January 7-10. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Dawes talks about his early days and his decision to lead a creative life (capped by throwing his brief case in the Hudson River!); writing a successful play and receiving no credit; why comedy has been one of the keys to his success (and the serious side of comedy); how he started a podcast, “The Afte...


Talking With Ori Spado – December 28, 2020
12/28/2020

[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/25113800/Ori_Spado_122820.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Ori Spado, author of “The Accidental Gangster: From Insurance Salesman to Mob Boss of Hollywood.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Spado talks about his decision to live a life of crime; why, though he knew the top organized crime figures, he refused to become a “made man”; his reputation as a fixer in Hollywood; some of the famous people he met and befriended in the film business; his connection to Las Vegas; his decision to take a plea deal that sent...