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Gambling on Joe ...
The public may get a glimpse of "Joe Millionaire" star Evan Marriott when he shows up at Oakes Gardens near the Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont., from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday to meet the press for a casino dinner-with-Joe sweepstakes.

"We wanted to do something fun to kickoff the summer tourist season in Niagara Falls," said Jay Meilstrup, casino general manager, in a statement. The casino is offering dinner at its Twenty One restaurant with Marriott, star of this winter's hit Fox reality show, for one casino patron and six friends. Marriott posed as a millionaire on the show in hopes of winning over a lady who would stick by him even when she found out he was broke. (Marriott and finalist Zora Andrich split a surprise $1 million check on the last episode and reportedly have since parted company.)

The casino is offering better odds to steady gamblers. A Player's Advantage Club card can be presented to obtain a ballot once a day at the casino's electronic kiosks through Monday. Gamblers then have to place their ballot (or ballots) in a secure drum on Monday between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., when Marriott will pick the winner.

Honoring theater ...
The Buffalo theater community celebrated its own version of the Tony Awards and contributed to a worthy cause at Artvoice's 13th annual "Artie" Awards Monday at the Tralf.

"Mrs. Warren's Profession" from Irish Classical Theatre and "My Fair Lady" from the Kavinoky won several awards. Proceeds from a four-week sale of AIDS awareness ribbons at area theaters were presented to Benedict House, an assisted living center for AIDS patients.

And the envelope please...:

Outstanding Production of a Play: "Mrs. Warren's Profession."

Musical Production, "Gunmetal Blues," MusicalFare Theatre.

Musical direction, Paul Todaro, "My Fair Lady."

Play direction, Derek Campbell, "Mrs. Warren's Profession."

Ensemble of a Musical, "Avenue X" MusicalFare

Ensemble of a play, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Kavinoky.

Actor in a Play, Norm Sham, "Marty," Buffalo Ensemble Theatre;

Actress in a Play, Dava Jones, "Dirty Blond," Buffalo United Artists;

Actress in a Musical, Susan Biesinger, "My Fair Lady"

Actor in a Musical, Chris Kelly, "Godspell," Buffalo United Artists

Supporting Actor and Actress in a Play, Tim Newell and Josephine Hogan, "Mrs. Warren's Profession."

Supporting Actress in a Musical, Kathleen Betsko Yale, "My Fair Lady;"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Tom Owen, "Eat-TV," MusicalFare.

Michele Gigante won the choreographer award for "My Fair Lady." "Stories of Life" from MusicalFare won the Emanuel Fried Award for best new play.

-- Nicole Schuman
Time to settle down ...
Nicole Kidman says she'll give up acting and settle down when she falls in love again, reports

"I probably won't do this for the rest of my life -- there's other things that interest me," the Oscar winner told a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival where she was promoting "Dogville," her new film from Danish director Lars Von Trier. Kidman, 35, said she plans to slowly ease out of the business. "This life is a burnout life in a way," she said. "You give so much of yourself and you've got to step away from it at some stage. You can't do it forever and ever."

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