‘Theatre’ Category

Bennington and Shuck fall in LOVE

July 8th, 2008

Bennington and Shuck
Photo by Ana Dobrijevic

Looks like Chester Bennington from Linkin Park was kicking it with Ryan Shuck from Orgy at last night’s 10 p.m. performance of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil over at the Mirage. As per usual, the rock stars got VIP treatment, ducking backstage after the show to meet the cast and smile for the camera.

But then it occurred to me: What the hell ever happened to Orgy? Is it even accurate to say “Ryan Shuck from Orgy” if the band no longer exists? Well, I did the ol’ WikiPedia dig and sure enough, the band is not finished, but rather “taking some time off to do independent projects.” Apparently, 2008 might be the year that the death rockers return to the limelight. Oh, and Shuck’s connection to Bennington? The Orgy guitarist — along with fellow Orgy six-stringer Amir Derakh — are working with the Linkin Park singer on a side project, Dead by Sunrise.*

Just for old time’s sake, here’s a little late-’90s love from Orgy:

*Special thanks to reader Lisa for clarifying the status of Bennington’s solo/side project.

Vagina lovers unite … at Bugsy’s

February 27th, 2008

The 2004 V-Day production of The Vagina Monologues at UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall. (Photo by Craig Gauthier)

Valentine’s Day may have passed already, but a different kind of V-Day is still being celebrated, one that merely requires you either have a vagina or love vaginas. And I’m pretty sure that covers most of us — and for some lucky folks, both apply.

Yes, it’s time once again for the Las Vegas community production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. This benefit production offers only two performances, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, at Bugsy’s Supper Club (6145 W. Sahara Ave.).

It’s the 10th anniversary of V-Day, the movement founded to raise awareness of violence against women and raise funds to support organizations fighting to end that violence. This year’s national recipient of aid is the Katrina Warriors of Gulf South, and as always, the local beneficiary is the Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada.

Tickets for the show are $10 each and can be purchased at either Bugsy’s or the Rape Crisis Center (on the campus of CSN, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., building B, office 149). All proceeds go to the aforementioned charities, but the warm fuzzies go straight to your heart.