Casino Entertainment

Diana Ross at Thunder Valley on July 9

Diana Ross, shown performing in 2012 in Beverly Hills, will sing Saturday evening at Thunder Valley Resort.
Diana Ross, shown performing in 2012 in Beverly Hills, will sing Saturday evening at Thunder Valley Resort. Associated Press file

Ignore her voice and stylings for a moment and just consider the stats.

Diana Ross’ 70-plus hits, both with the Supremes and solo, make her one of the most successful female artists in history.

She also can boast more than 100 million records sold.

Ross, who plays Thunder Valley on Saturday, July 9, is one of the few who can truly be called a diva, a overused term that’s too often assigned to the latest pop sensation.

It takes more than talent and a sexy dress. A true diva inspires adoration.

After all, the word means “goddess.” And being a little temperamental doesn’t hurt, either.

Over the years, Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammys, never winning but receiving a lifetime achievement award in 2012.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with fellow Supremes Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard) in 1988, and she received a Kennedy Center honor in 2007.

Ross’ live shows can be thrilling. Certain memories stand out, such as the time she unfurled a dress she was wearing and used it as a screen to show the video that accompanied her song.

And she has never been shy about leaving the stage and wandering into the audience to sing.

Ultimately, however, the biggest thrill is her radiant voice, and the best shows are the ones where she lets her personality match her music. (8 p.m.; $49.75-$189.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

Magic Mike

The “De-Nutter,” which miraculously removes nuts from candy, is just one of the many illusions Michael Carbonaro has pulled off in both TruTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect” and on “The Tonight Show.”

The engaging magician uses his charm to its fullest while fooling people “Candid Camera” style. His magic is so slick that even the least gullible just might believe it is possible to milk an almond.

He has his Reno debut Friday, July 8, at the Grand Sierra. (9 p.m.; $20-$28; grandsierraresort.com)

Jackson Rancheria is hosting a viewing party Saturday, July 9, of the Ultimate Fighting Championship 200, a mixed-martial arts evening presented on many large screens.

The big match is expected to be between two champions, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. (6 p.m.; $10-$15; jacksoncasino.com)

South Lake Tahoe’s newest entertainment venue, the Loft Theatre in Heavenly Village, is going full bore this summer. Its “Magic Fusion” shows continue to draw audiences.

And on July 14-16, the a cappella satirical drag troupe The Kinsey Sicks, will appear with their all-new tour “Chicks with Schticks” (9 p.m.; $25; thelofttahoe.com).

  Comments