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July 4, 2013


July 04--comedian Gaffigan to take casino stage

Seasoned comedian Jim Gaffigan is squeezing in a set at Casino del Sol's AVA Wednesday between book deals.

The "Hot Pockets" jokester released a collection of essays about fatherhood titled "Dad is Fat" in May.

A second book is in the works through the same publishing company, Crown Archetype. According to the website Laughspin, the new project also will be in essay form and will put most of its focus on Gaffigan's love of food.

Gaffigan takes the stage at the AVA at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$65 through

local country act to help raise funds

Listen to some live country music, grab some food-truck fare and donate to a good cause today at The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road.

The nightclub and venue is hosting a fundraiser for Food for Horses, an organization that donates food for horses whose owners can't provide it.

From 4-8 p.m. there will be face painting, a raffle and food trucks, including Sunset Gourmet Grill, Jackie's Food Court and Earth's Bounty.

The Jack Bishop Band will start performing at 8:30 p.m.

All proceeds from food and raffle sales go to Food for Horses.

So does the $5 entry fee to The Maverick after 8 p.m. Admission is free up to that point.

For more information, call 982-2645.

Iconic New Wave bands to rock casino del sol

The B-52s, the iconic New Wave band that produced hits such as "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster" will perform at the AVA next Thursday, minus one longtime collaborator.

Founding member and guitarist Keith Strickland announced in December that he would no longer tour with the band, though he would continue on as a member of the group.

The B-52s will be joined by fellow New Wave rockers the Go-Go's, who parted ways in March with bassist Kathy Valentine.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75 through

You are feeling sleepy, very sleepy ...

And you may feel like laughing, too, when "Pimpnotist," a comedy hypnosis show, comes to Laff's Comedy Cafe Wednesday.

Michael DeSchalit is the man who hopes you volunteer to let him hypnotize you during the show. If you do, you might find yourself forgetting your name, "speaking Martian and dancing like superstars," according to a press release.

DeSchalit has been doing this for about 20 years, plying his comedic trade and magic tricks on cruise ships, in Las Vegas and at Hollywood's Magic Castle.

The laughs begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Laff's, 2900 E. Broadway. Tickets are $10 at or 323-8669.

Gerald M. Gay Kathleen Allen


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