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Greg London a one-man show; Fergie finally here here

by Sam Bauman

Greg London, “direct from Britain,” as he is billed, is about as energetic a performer as the Acrobats of China when they play Reno. He sings, he mimics, he plays the trumpet, he dons wigs and costumes. He is helped by a quartet of musicians along with two very attractive ladies who have almost as many costume changes as he has.

Among those into which he morphs are Sammy Davis Jr., Willie Nelson and of course for the finale: Elvis in a splendid one-piece glittery suit. He leaves some spectators a little bit breathless, but some of his impressions are right on.

He’s the kind of one-man show that seems to have gone out of existence, and it’s a pleasure to see such a show for a change. He certainly thrilled the audience at Friday’s show, wandering around the room and schmoozing with one and all.

He’s appearing in Sammy’s Showroom at Harrah’s Reno nightly, except Mondays. If you enjoy variety well done and want to see a fun show in Reno, London may be your best bet.

FERGIE (FINALLY) IS IN TOWN

Harveys Lake Tahoe announces that Fergie appears at Harveys Outdoor Arena 7 :30 p.m. Friday. Three years ago, Stacy Ferguson recorded “Shut Up” with the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas and quickly made a name for herself in the music industry – Fergie.

Fergie’s debut solo album, “The Dutchess,” is perfect pop for musically diverse people. The hit single from the album “Fergalicious” is being played worldwide and has hit the top of many charts. Tickets are $75 and $45 at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Martina McBride with guest Little Big Town plays the Outdoor Stage 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Little Big Town opens the concert and specializes in rock-infused power vocals. Tickets are $59.50, $69.50 and $125.

CHRIS KENNEDY SINGS

Folk singer Chris Kennedy appears at the Nevada State Railway Museum 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a railroad-themed performance. This is a free show and if you’re going to drop by, bring beach chairs as seating is limited. Get there a little early and you can ride the last steam-up of the day.

MUSIC EVERYWHERE

Enjoy an evening of Broadway favorites and Lake Tahoe views with Franc D’Ambrosio as part of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival at Homewood Mountain Resort 7 p.m. Saturday. D’Ambrosio is best known for playing the Phantom in the San Francisco Opera’s “Phantom of the Opera.” See http://www.tahoemusic.org.

“VivaVivaldi” will be presented by Toccata 7:30 tonight at the Valhalla Boathouse in South Lake Tahoe. Tickets are $25 at the door. Seniors and students under 14 are $15. The concert will be repeated 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village. The final performance of “VivaVivaldi” will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno. Tickets at the door are $7 to $40 (seniors and youth half-price). See http://www.toccatatahoe.com or call 267-1720.

The festival’s “Season of Classics” continues tonight at 7:30 with “Mozart in the Mountains” at Homewood Mountain Resort. Tickets to the Lake Tahoe Music Festival are at http://www.TahoeMusic.org or at (530) 581-1184.

THE MAN WILL BURN

The annual Burning Man event (it’s not a festival, organizers say) is just about a month away. If you plan to go, you best buy your tickets now as they go up as the week of “alternative lifestyle” nears. Cheapies already sold out. See Burning Man on the Web.

A CLARIFICATION, SORT OF

Our Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire wrote a not very favorable review of the film “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” last week, but she didn’t warn of the more dire aspects of the film. Christian media expert Ted Baehr warns in a press release that the movie is “the most blatantly politically correct, anti-Christian, obscene movie of the year.” Well, Christy didn’t go that far, but she did warn that it was “a one-joke movie.”

• Contact Sam Bauman at 881-1236 or Sbauman@nevadaappeal.com