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Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:05 am

Paula Poundstone at Golden Nugget

WHO IS SHE: Paula Poundstone is a comedian who has maintained a long and successful career that resulted in her induction into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She's had several comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, has done all of the talk shows, released comedy CDs and authored the book, "There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say." Poundstone was the first woman ever to perform at the White House correspondent's dinner and was also the first woman to win a cable ACE award for Best Standup Comedy Performance. The comic is also well known for being a panelist on NPR's weekly quiz show, "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me" and is the national spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations.

WHAT TO EXPECT: One of Poundstone's gifts as a comedian is her ability to turn any situation into a comedic one, such as engaging random audience members at her shows. The results are often so hilarious that some people assume the innocent strangers are plants, but that's never the case. Poundstone brings a unique intellect and wit to the stage with every performance and is someone who delivers a brand of comedy that continues to be relevant and hysterical.

WHAT'S NEW: Poundstone's latest CD is titled "I Heart Jokes." It was recorded at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Maine.

WEBSITE: www.paulapoundstone.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.72 and $44.02, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City's Showroom.

Kozak the Magician at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly rose to become a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician, who performs at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Comedy Stop for an extended engagement. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak on his official website. "I bring these to the table along with a razor-sharp wit honed from years of improvisational experience in comedy clubs." Kozak is the type of performer who is always looking to exceed people's expectations. "I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised," Kozak adds. "My greatest joy is performing the magic I love so much and bringing people laughter."

WEBSITE: www.kozakthemagician.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 for the show only and $35 for show and dinner. The shows begin 6:15 p.m. Mondays to Sundays at the Tropicana's Comedy Stop.

Chevelle at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Chevelle is a hard rock band from Chicago that released its Steve Albini-produced debut album, "Point #1," in 1999. The band didn't hit the big time, however, until 2002, when its sophomore album, "Wonder What's Next," was released and achieved platinum sales status. "Wonder What's Next" featured the singles "The Red," "Closure" and "Send the Pain Below." In 2004, Chevelle released "This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)," which featured the hit singles "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)," "The Clincher" and "Panic Prone." "Vena Sera" was released in 2007, with "Sci-Fi Crimes" following two years later.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Chevelle rose to prominence in the wake of the success of hard rock bands such as Tool and Helmet and came with an aggressive, deep, guitar-driven sound. The band's major label debut, "Wonder What's Next," put them on the map in 2002 in the midst of post-grunge dominance, and the band has maintained a respectable album career ever since. This is of no consequence, however, to fans of the band that delight in experiencing the trio's hard-hitting brand of rock music. Fans can expect to hear classic Chevelle tracks such as "The Red," "Send the Pain Below," "Closure," "The Clincher" and "Panic Prone," "Well Enough Alone," "I Get It," "Jars," "Letters From a Thief" and tracks from their latest album, "Hats off to the Bull," such as "Face to the Floor" and the title track.

WHAT'S NEW: Chevelle's new album, "Hats off to the Bull," was released in December.

WEBSITE: www.chevelleinc.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $40, and the show begins 8:50 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.

Allen Edwards at Resorts Casino Hotel

WHO IS HE: Allen Edwards, the man known as "The Voice of Branson," began singing in public at church at age 6. By the time he was in college at Purdue University, he was performing regularly in clubs and restaurants throughout northwest Indiana. After graduating, Edwards maintained dual careers as a singer and policemen, eventually moving to Houston, where he scored local hits with the songs "Walk Out Backward" and "Houston Just Ain't Big Enough." The success of the song, "Could We Please Stay in Love for a While," led to an engagement in Branson, Mo., where Edwards wound up being a hit. He was able to open at the Roy Clark Celebrity Theater. A year later, he was opening his own breakfast show at a local hotel. Fifteen years later, Edwards headlines his own breakfast, lunch and dinner shows at the Allen Edwards Dining Showroom.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Edwards comes to Resorts Casino Hotel for an engagement where he will get to display the singing pipes that have made him "The Voice of Branson." A performer with a conservative approach, the former police officer is proud to acknowledge his love of God, family and country. "I am so glad I had both careers," says Edwards on his official website. "The law-enforcement career gave me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to know the truth about our county. It instilled in me the desire to always help people and give them a beacon of hope, and that's what I strive to do at each and every show." Edwards' vocal style is reminiscent of greats like Perry Como, Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond and Engelbert Humperdinck. Fans can look forward to hearing Edwards favorites such as "Walk Out Backward," "Houston Just Ain't Big Enough" and "Could We Please Stay in Love For a While."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show will run through March 29, at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.

'Believe. Divas in a Man's World' at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade which features seven talented celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers. In addition to Andrade, the cast includes Frank Moore, Phyl Craig, Jimmy Electra, Eddie Summers, Jay Sanchez and Gary Dee.

WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Steven Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally - so too has the rest of the cast," says Andrade. "Our show through song, dance and dazzling costumes is a homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades."

WEBSITE: www.divasinamansworld.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows, held inside Resorts' Screening Room, begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Legends in Concert at Bally's

WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been oneof the most successful and longest-running tribute shows around. With an enormous revolving cast, Legends has offered tributes to just about every major entertainer you can think of. Everyone from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen to Cher to Madonna have been represented. The show has always included top-notch musicians, costumes and theatrics.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Following a successful six-month run at Bally's Atlantic City and Harrah's Resort, Legends in Concert returns for what will now be a year-round schedule at Bally's Palace Theater with eight performances each week. Throughout the course of the year, there will be five different lineups of performers, including several new acts. "We are honored to be invited to bring our show back to Atlantic City and begin our 21st season in the market with an unprecedented array of unique commitments from Bally's to improve and extend our fan's experience," says Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for On Stage Entertainment, which produces the show. "There is no better venue for our production in Atlantic City than Bally's intimate Palace Theater." The first cast will feature tributes to Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.

WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert will be featured at Bally's on an ongoing basis throughout the entire year.

WEBSITE: www.legendsinconcert.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Bally's Palace Theater.

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