* Monti's Blog - February 2014
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MONTI –LICIOUS - 02/26/2014
Opening of the week was The Jackson Brothers at Planet Hollywood. It was a star-studded event with Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon singing, dancing, and telling Jackson family anecdotes. Adam Steck and his Spi Entertainment have brought us yet another hit. unfortunately, I had to leave early as I was notified of the death of my good friend, Carl Gervich, in NYC. However, word is that small glitches during opening weekend added more spontaneity to this cast moving entertaining show. The Jackson Brothers still have IT.
The Olympics closing was spectacular with the Russians outdoing themselves. This was the most costly Olympics to date, with the United States and Canada doing their countries proud. The Tanya Harding documentary was too long and boring, but considering the uncooperative weather it was, all in all, a great spectacle.
Looks like big changes are in store for Dancing With The Stars. Longtime co-host, Brooke Burke-Charvet, was let go suddenly. TV sportscaster and former DWTS contestant Erin Andrews has been signed as the new partner for Tom Bergeron . In another startling change, Harold Wheeler, and his 28-piece orchestra, was also eliminated, to be replaced by electronic music and a DJ. I guess that DWTS is one more show looking to increase the number of younger viewers.
Another surprise was the cancellation of the Piers Morgan show on CNN. Piers, a British tabloid editor, has not endeared himself to American audiences with his nightly condescending rants on our American way of life and American politicians. If everything is better in Great Britain, why is he living and working here? Neither a final date nor a replacement has been decided as yet.
Morgan's canning came within days of the firing by MSNBC of Alec Baldwin. Morgan has been rather quiet about his situation. But Baldwin wrote a 5,200-word rant in New York magazine, charging something he calls the Gay Mafia for his cancellation. I think this falls under who gives a darn. Alec always finds a way to get his name out, I think that deep down he really craves the notoriety - but he is right about the paparazzi, and his family. Hey guys, stalk him, not his family.
The Smith Center has some interesting shows in its new lineup. Las Vegas favorite Tony Sacca performs there on March 2 accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra and a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be there from April 5-13. Included in this production is magic by Teller (of Penn and Teller), and music by Tom Wait. Teller worked with the great Johnny Thompson on many of these magical illusions. Johnny also worked on "Play Dead", an off-Broadway production for which he was nominated for an award.
The new and updated Jubilee is set to reopen later this month, There is new choreography, some new music, and new costumes for the male performers. These fabulous showgirl costumes are being retained. The Samson and Delilah and Titanic features will still be there---you don't fix what's not broken. The new director and the new choreographer are keeping the Donn Arden touch alive. Tickets are now available.
For some reason, Jodie Rocco's comments were cut from the telecast of Oprah's "Where Are They Now" last week. Jodie was the one who blew the whistle on the Milli Vanilli fraud. She and her sister were the real singers on the bogus band's hit records. It seems that the group wanted out of the clutches of Frank Farian (real name Franz Reuther), a powerful presence in the music world, and it ended up in a scandal that rocked the music world.
Victor Drai moves back to the Strip on Memorial Day Weekend. He will have three venues at the new Cromwell Hotel/Casino. This classy boutique hotel is the perfect place for the talented Mr. Drai, who is a master of creating an exciting ambiance. Victor has the Midas touch abroad and I think that today he is one of the masters of nightlife Vegas. My hat is off to him. He DOES have a magical touch. We wish him continued success in this new venture.
Splitsville keeps rolling along with Paula Patton, reportedly wants to divorce Robin Thicke, and he is, supposedly, trying desperately to save the marriage. And, how about, the “on and off,” Katy Perry and John Mayer relationship. These two can't seem to live with, and/or without each other. This time it's Katy who wants out. Let's hope that they all reconcile and go on with their lives.
We are all praying for Kerry Simon. This fine gentleman, and superior chef, is suffering from a very rare MSA; a debilitating disease that is also very aggressive. His friends and fans are there to support him in any way they can and they ran a successful benefit show headed by his old friend Bill Murray.
This week I'll be busy with my upcoming Florida trip. Costume fittings, rehearsals and getting a hair makeover by my fabulous hairdresser, Theresa Graves at Viva Salon. I wish all of my dear readers could fly to Miami to see my fabulous show.
As Always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all the best.
THE FULL MONTI - 02/24/2014
Well, the Olympics have the Americans and the Russians tied as of this writing. Norway and the Netherlands are just slightly behind. The games, for the most part, are exciting although there are some sports that are boring - curling anyone? Glad Bob Costas is back since he is the best at covering these events.
Remember Clay Aikin? He was on the American Idol; he has announced his intention of running for Congress (as a Democrat) in North Carolina. He just might succeed as his scandals are now behind him, he is a father and has a tremendous female following.Speaking of American Idol; the show's ratings are down even with the return of Jennifer Lopez. The Simon Cowell influence is definitely missed. Bottom line - AI has become a real yawn.
Beatles Week came and went. The reunion of Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney was a hot ticket. Another hot ticket will be my Disco Tex return to the disco scene in the new Disco Mania show, which opens in South Florida next month. We hope to bring the show to Las Vegas in the not too-distant future.
Jodie Rocco is the voice you hear during song breaks on Highway Radio. She and her twin sister, Linda, made headlines in the '90s when it became known that they were the real voices of Milli Vanilli, Grammy winning new artists of 1990.The group was stripped of the Grammy when the news broke. Jodie and Linda's story was the subject of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now” TV show last Friday.
The BAFTA awards were given last week and shown on the BBC-America channel. BAFTA is a good sign of what to expect in the Oscar race as so many BAFTA winners also claimed Oscar. This British awards show is quite serious and gets right down to the business of presenting the awards without any of the showstopper musical numbers for which the Oscars are known. Cate Blanchett won best actress for her starring role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, and the gracious lady's acceptance speech included a thank you to her director, whose personal problems with his children have been in the news lately. English performer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, received the best actor award for “12 Years A Slave.” Both of these stars are leading contenders for this year's Oscars.
Criss Angel, well on his way to a complete recovery after shoulder surgery, is hosting his Magic Jam show at the Luxor for another month or so until he returns to his hit “Believe.”
I will be going to the opening of The Jacksons at Planet Hollywood. It remains to be seen how well they will do without Michael. Don't forget that "Michael Jackson One" is a mega-hit at Mandalay Bay and it will be hard to compete with their late brother's giant shadow. You get my take on this next week.
What's going on with the Boy George July concert at the House Of Blues, scheduled for July? It has been reported that there is a visa problem, and his visit may be denied.
Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of The Tonight Show garnered good reviews by most of the critics. Jimmy paid homage to former hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Conan, and Jay Leno. Johnny, of course, was in a class by himself, and I will always remember that he was the one who brought Monti Rock to TV. Jimmy has lots of big shoes to fill, and last night he showed how well and versatile he is. The clever opening was directed by, Spike Lee, and the first guests, Will Smith, and U2, were terrific. He definitely will draw a new and younger audience as well as keep most of the Tonight Show stalwarts. Well wishing cameo guests included Joan Rivers, Mike Tyson, Mariah Carey and others. The return to a New York City studio after 42 years in Burbank, California, also delighted a lot of fans. David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel had better watch out for this new kid in the late night arena!
Don Rickles, (The Energizer Battery) returns to The Orleans Showroom in March and again in October. This is his 55th consecutive year, performing in Las Vegas. Let's hope this is just the beginning for this comedic giant.
Jason Alexander brings his one-man show to Harrah's on weekends for the month, beginning April 11. His big claim to fame was his "George Costanza" character on the long running Jerry Seinfeld show. The multi-talented Jason can sing, dance, act and stand-up comedy as well as anyone currently in the business.
This spring marks the opening of the Cromwell Hotel/Casino. Victor Drai brings back his “Drai's After Hours” back to the Strip this May. Giada DeLaurentis, of Food Channel fame, opens her first restaurant Memorial Day Weekend. This six million dollar venture is said to feature an Italian Menu with a lighter California influence.
How was your Valentine's Day? Mine was especially wonderful with lots of chocolates, and lots of well-wishers, while rehearsing for Disco Mania. All that, plus, writing my column for you, my dear readers.
As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you only the best.
MONT–LICIOUS - FEB 14, 2014
Mamma Mia producers held a press conference last week covering the new production coming to The Tropicana this spring.The show, a success wherever it runs, is a mega-hit and will, hopefully, be a huge success once again; this time at the Tropicana. It had a good run at The Mandalay Bay a few years back, as well as a recent production at The Smith Center. The Tropicana Theater has been refurbished and is ready to house a long run show. The last big hit at The Tropicana was the live production of Dancing With the Stars, but there were too many complications to continue running the show. Reportedly, prior commitments would keep many of the star dancers from appearing and would require constant cast changes.
Criss Angel has assembled a group of local magicians to perform in his "Magic Jam" show at the Luxor. Criss has been recovering from shoulder surgery and is hosting this special show until later this spring when he returns to star in his hit, Believe.There is no holding this great star back, and his hit TV show is currently running on Spike TV.
It's hard to believe that 50 years have past since the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV show.That was the night that started the British invasion of the music scene and changed the landscape of rock and roll. After seeing the record crowd at Shea Stadium in 1965 promoters’ eyes opened up to the potential of holding concerts in major sports complexes. In the past several weeks Paul McCartney and Ringo Star reunited on stage and wowed their audiences once again.
“Pawn Shop Live!” at the Golden Nugget is getting better and better. The show is really tight now and they may be moving to a slightly later time slot. Its entertainment at its best no matter what time it is. Rumor has it there is a big shake-up at the Golden Nugget, but thankfully, Ron O'Neal is still there in the entertainment division.
Tony, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominee, Laine Kazan will be appearing at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz, Feb 28 and March 1. This singer/actress who was Barbra Streisand's understudy in Funny Girl went on to become a top TV, film and nightclub star. Cabaret Jazz resident star, Clint Holmes, brought the house down with “Stop This Train" show here on Vegas and at NYC's Hotel Carlyle. Clint is working hard to get this show to Broadway.
Katie Couric's TV talk show has been cancelled even though it garnered awards and critical acclaim while Bethany Frankel's show just celebrated it 100th show. Katie's show was reportedly the most expensive daytime syndicated talk show. The popular and talented Katie has signed to be the global anchor of Yahoo news
What's with the Real Housewives shows? - divorces, battered wives, and criminal investigations. Next thing you know, Honey Boo-Boo will be investigated. Still can't believe that the American public still watches this insane attempt at entertainment.
Coming soon-Holly Madison has reportedly struck a deal to appear in a new show room at Mandalay Bay. Bruno Mars, a smash at the Super Bowl, has a 10 week deal with the Cosmopolitan and singer Adele may be the next diva to appear on the Strip. The Jackson Brothers have a 40-show contract at Planet Hollywood and Meatloaf is back at Planet Hollywood
Britney Spears has become the hottest ticket in Vegas, possibly outselling all the other entertainers on the strip. She is the new "pop princess" of Las Vegas.
There is great piece in Strip Magazine about yours truly written by publisher, Scott Santos. It captures the essence Monti Rock lll, who, incidentally, will be in South Florida in March in the new Disco Mania show. By the way, my favorite holiday is Valentine's Day, when I officiate at many weddings.
Jay Leno's closing show featured the brilliant Billy Crystal leading a celebrity ensemble that included Carol Burnett among others. The late night talk shows are now being taken over by younger performers, like Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. Next to go will probably be David Letterman. Who might CBS bring in for their late nighttime slot?
Julia Roberts is devastated by the suicide of her stepsister, Nancy. She left a very unflattering letter blaming Julia for many things. Julia had been trying, unsuccessfully, to get Nancy into rehab, but the addiction won out in the end. Meanwhile Julia reportedly has cancelled many upcoming events due to this tragedy.
Johnny Thompson, the magicians magician has been nominated for an LA Drama Critics Award as Illusion/Magic designer for Todd Robbins and Teller's "Play Dead." Penn and Teller will be Grand Marshals for the 2014 AFAN, Aids Walk on May 4th. Once again our local entertainers are there, working hard for worthy charities
Shirley Temple, arguably, the greatest child star of all time, died last week at the age of 85. Her films in the 1930's saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy, and Shirley was one of the highest paid stars of her time. There was a 3 year period when she was more popular than Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. Her films with Bill Robinson broke the Hollywood interracial "ban" on blacks and whites touching one another. Their dance sequences were the first of their kind not cut out of films shown in the South. Shirley eventually went into the public service arena, and later became our Ambassador to Ghana as well as working for the United Nations. Today’s child stars and their parents can learn a lot by following in her footsteps instead of resorting to drugs and alcohol to relieve the pressures of super-stardom.
Sid Caesar, age 91, has passed away. The legendary comedian was the leading comic in the "Golden Age of Television". His “Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” were the best that TV has ever offered. He worked with stars like Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris, in some of the funniest sketches ever. In addition to TV, Sid also did several films and stage appearances. He was considered the comedian's comedian. Our condolences go out to his wife, children, family and friends. His death leaves a big void in the world of comedy.
The Rev. Monti hopes you had a Happy Valentine's Day and once again wishes you a great week.
MONTI –LICIOUS - FEB 8, 2014
Super Bowl! Super Bowl! Super Bowl! What can we say about the Broncos losing the most one-sided game in memory? And what about Manning?Is it time for him to leave????? But the boring game was great for Vegas sports books, which had one of the best weekends ever with all those people betting on the Broncos. Bruno Mars was a smash at halftime, singing, dancing and drumming. The Cosmopolitan was smart enough to sign him as a resident. The Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't belong there and were one of the least successful halftime acts I've ever seen. Even most of the commercials fell flat! Other than Bruno, this was the worst Super Bowl broadcast in years.
I must report on Philip Seymour Hoffman who died from a heroin overdose at the age of 46. He was arguably our greatest actor. For some reason, he went back to heroin after 20+ years of being sober. A May 2013 stay at a rehab center obviously failed. Portraying Truman Capote won Hoffman an Oscar. His other memorable screen performances were all Oscar worthy. He also was a star on the Broadway stage, most notably his searingportrayal of Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was one of the few actors who could play any role, whether comedy or tragedy. He leaves behind three young children and his long-time partner.
What drives so many celebrities into the world of drugs and/or alcohol addiction. Money to burn and "down-time" must be a factor. Friends and family must intervene at the first signs of a problem, before it's too late. I, for one, know since I was an addict for nearly 30 years and luckily beat the habit. Therapy, AA, and some good friends were instrumental in my recovery. It was not easy, but I made it. Let this be a lesson to people like David Cassidy and Justin Bieber, who both got arrested on suspicion of DUI. Just in is news that 4 arrests have been made regarding the suppliers of the heroin that killed MR Hoffman.
Another great loss to the acting world was the passing of Maximilian Schell, 83, the great Austrian-born actor. He and his family left Austria to escape Adolf Hitler's reign. Ironically, decades later Schell played a Nazi commander opposite Marlon Brando in “The Young Lions.” Who could forget his Oscar-winning performance as a defense lawyer in the classic film Judgement at Nuremberg. Additional Oscar nominations were for supporting rolls in “The Man in the Glass Booth,” and Julia, his sister was the great actress, Maria Schell.
Some of the new shows scheduled are Mama Mia opening May 8th at the Tropicana , The Jackson Brothers, (now open) at Planet Hollywood, and Olivia Newton-John at the Flamingo. Mama Mia was a hit at Mandalay Bay a few seasons back, recently at Smith Center, and a successful hit film. They have an open end contract, and will, hopefully, be the long-running hit that The Tropicana needs.
The Jackson Brothers have begun a 40 performance run and will feature them singing and dancing along with stories and anecdotes about Michael. Where would they be without Michael??? Olivia Newton-John' s Summer Nights begins its run on April 8. This multi-talented star will take audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music. A portion of Olivia's tickets will benefit the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Center.
Join the fight against childhood cancer at New York-New York Hotel and Casino's Fifth Annual St. Baldrick's extravaganza head-shaving event on Sat March 1st. This event supports the St. Baldrick's Foundation which funds research for childhood cancer. For more information call 1-888-899BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org
Shania Twain has announced additional performances for May, June and July. This talented lady is one of the more successful acts to perform at the Colosseum. Tickets are now on sale for Mama Mia, Shania Twain and Oilivia Newton-John.
Criss Angel's magic show opened at the Luxor with Criss hosting a show that features many of the local magicians. Criss is recovering from shoulder surgery and will hopefully be back to his Believe show in late March or early April
X Burlesque celebrated its 12th anniversary, and Feb 7 was designated as X Burlesque Day in Las Vegas. This provocative show performs nightly at 10:00 p.m. in the X Burlesque Showroom at the Flamingo and is produced by the husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile
British born Chloe Louise Crawford, wife of headliner Murray Sawchuck has been selected to be Playboy's February "Cyber Girl of the Month." She is lead assistant and choreographer in Murray’s show and also can be seen in Fantasy at the Luxor. Yours truly (The Rev. Monti), officiated at their wedding.
Valentine's Day is upon us, so tell someone, you love them with flowers. My friend David Filter and his English Garden Florist create breathtaking floral arrangements, and if you mention my name you get a 10 percent discount.
Back in the late '60s and early '70s, a young man named Rudy Guarino had a nightclub in Boston called the Sugar Shack. Rudy had the knack of booking acts that his patrons wanted and the Sugar Shack became the place to go for jazz, blues, rock, and pop. Later on, Rudy moved to the Miami area, where he booked the talent for the Bird Room at The Monte Carlo Hotel. Rudy booked me into the Bird Room, where I had a most successful run, ( He knew talent when he saw it!) Rudy Guarino is alive and well and now living here in Las Vegas. Thanks for being my friend over the years.
The Rev. Monti, as always, wishes you a great week.
MONTI – LICIOUS - FEB 3, 2014
Did we all watch the Grammys? Las Vegas was well represented by a local group, Imagine Dragons, and the big winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Lorde, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk also triumphed.The show began with a knockout performance by Beyonce and Jay Z and went on to a gigantic closing with Queen Latifah officiating at the nuptials of 30-plus couples and including a song by Madonna on live TV. This wedding brought tears to the eyes of many, including viewers as well as participants. Local magician Seth Grabel and Las Vegas Magazine publisher Tammy Shaw were part of the group wedding.
Micheal Politz,a food and beverage magazine publisher an ex of Tamy, reportedly tried his best(to no avail), to talk her out of the wedding. Macklemore showed some class by writing an apologetic note to Kendrick Lamar for having won over him in several categories. Macklemore stated he felt that Lamar should have been a winner.
Taylor Swift easily led the best dressed list with her gold metallic gown, followed by Katy Perry in her "musical" gown designed by Valentino. Cyndi Lauper got my vote for worst dressed. Ah, poor Cyndi has yet to grow up fashion-wise. Madonna first appeared with her youngest son in a man-tailored, black pants suit and then in a white pants suit, making a statement once again. Good or bad, she IS Madonna. Another star of the Grammy show was the hat worn by Pharrell Williams. That started a run on every hat store in the USA. Lorde, the 17-year-old singer/songwriter from New Zealand won two Grammys and become one of the most talked about performers of the evening.
The appearance of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr marked 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan TV Show. And the fantastic Carol King singing with Sara Bareilles showcased the continuing genius of an iconic performer and the brilliance of a new talent just embarking on what is hoped to be a long career.
Other weekend events included the 30th anniversary of the NBT Black and White Ball, honoring Florence Henderson as Woman of the Year. The beloved Brady Bunch mom was in rare form as she told stories of her early days in Las Vegas. Good friend Mitzi Gaynor, who wowed the audience, and two Brady Bunch cast members were there to support this fabulous entertainer, who ended the evening with her beautiful rendition of "One" for the Tony Award winning show "A Chorus Line." The largest donation ($1 Million) of the evening came from The Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation.
Jeff Beacher's Madhouse troubles are now shifting blame to Miley Cyrus. Angel Management Group claims they dropped him, and Beacher claims he dropped them. AMG reportedly accused Beacher of allowing Miley to smoke weed on the premises, and they do not tolerate drug usage. Bottom line is that Miley is the perfect target since her twerking incident. MGM has since taken over the management of "Madhouse." I wouldn't be surprised if they try to blame Miley for Justin Bieber's problems. That would make good copy for the gossip hounds.
Olivia Newton John has reportedly signed a semi-residency contract to perform at the Flamingo. She will be appearing on the dates when Donny and Marie are out of town, etc. The shows are scheduled to start in April. Schedule will be available shortly.
Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq will begin presenting shows in March. Already set for March 15/16 is Evis Costello with The Roots. Three levels spanning 80,000 sq. ft. makes this one of the largest music venues in the USA. There will be entertainment from early in the day to late at night and on many days one ticket will allow you to see all the shows. Beer by local brewers and food will also be available.
Tony Sacca will appear at Cabaret Jazz on March 2nd. This show entitled "Listen To My Heart" will feature Tony as you've never seen him before. He will be backed by a 10 piece orchestra along with The Sacettes.
Golden Globe winner and Broadway favorite Pia Zadora became the 5th star to do a guest appearance with the "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrahs. Pia can also be seen weekends at Pia's Place located in Pieros famous Las Vegas restaurant.
Popular celebrity chef, Bobby Flay, opens his BBP (Bobby's Burger Palace) at Crystals in City Center. This will be the 18th BBP to open, and is noted for its fantastic cheese burgers. This is another venue for the talented young Bobby Flay, who also has the Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace.
Latest casualty at KSNV Channel 3 is McKenzie Warren, who was let go by the station last month. Who, reportedly, was given no reason for the termination and her non-compete contract will not allow her to work on local TV until 2015. McKenzie is the latest in a list of newscasters let go by the station, Dan Ball who recently was let go was escorted off the premises along with his belongings. Over the past 2 years there have been many changes at this station, some good, and some not so good.
We made another trip to The Golden Nugget to see "Pawn Shop - Live," which gets better and better. This parody really has a story to tell, and tells it well. Run; don't walk to see this gem.
Jay Leno, a casualty of the TV executives' obsession with garnering a younger audience, leaves The Tonight Show next week in the hands of genial 39-year-old Jimmy Fallon. Jay, 63, says he will concentrate on his stand-up comedy shows, and put even more time into his vast collection of classic cars. He spoke of all of that, along with Conan O'Brien and David Letterman. Johnny Carson, along with Jack Parr and Steve Allen, were by far the best hosts of the late-night TV talk shows. Let's face it, Johnny had the good sense to put yours truly on his roster of recurring guest stars. (Ha Ha.)
Scandal! Scandal! Rumor has it that Sharon Osbourne got into it with someone at the Grammys over a remark about her daughter, Kelly Osbourne, on the Red Carpet. Again I say that without Joan Rivers, there is no Red Carpet. The present hosts seem to be having a good time, but that is not transmitted to the audience.
The Rev. Monti, as always, wishes you a great week.
LUXE LIFE BLOG
ABRACADABRA! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: MURRAY SAWCHUCK WEDS CHLOE CRAWFOR
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford wed in Las Vegas on Friday, July 20, 2012. Monte Rock III officiated, Doug Leferovich served as best man, and Ashton Nicole was the bridesmaid.
“We finally decided to tie the knot,” the “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist told me exclusively. A small group of close friends, Las Vegas magicians and family, including her parents who flew over from England, witnessed the ceremony in the intimacy of the lush garden of hishome in the Lakes in Summerlin.
Monti Rock III, the 1970s icon, disco legend and licensed marriage minister, officiated the ceremony, which included the couple exchanging rings that had been selected by “Pawn Stars” stars at their Gold & Silver Pawn, where Murray serves as a regular expert on the top-rated History Channel show.
Also, a shout out to Mr. Criss Angel. You are a star and you made this columnist a fan! Your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten! Jersey Boys at Paris is wowing the crowds. Check out the Sugar Factory while you are there - a chocolate aroma world that's decadently divine.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
A Meal With Monti
As a gossip columnist, committed foodie and theater critic, I spend the better part of my work week covering all the fabulous shows, clubs, restaurant openings and special events on The Strip—’tis good to be Monti Rock.
Come Saturday and Sunday, what I enjoy most is kicking back in my own neighborhood...Yes, Vegas does have neighborhoods.
One of my favorite haunts has been a Las Vegas fixture for over a quarter century, Siena Italian. Owners Antonio Accornero and Giancarlo Bomparola have created a truly authentic Italian Trattoria experience and recently relocated it to a new, urban-chic site, which includes not only a restaurant, bar and lounge with indoor and al fresco seating, but soon, an Italian Marketplace complete with a bakery, deli and coffee bar.
Trained in Milan, Italy, Chef Giancarlo works the kitchen while Antonio, with his infinite Italian charm, works the front of the house. For starters, you must have the Tortino di Riso—rice cakes, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms in truffle oil—to die for!
Going on to salad, my favorite is Mele E Noci—baby greens, roasted walnuts, apple and Gorgonzola tossed with champagne vinaigrette—heavenly!
The main event, new to the menu this month, Misto Pesce Griglia—fresh scampi, calamari, tuna, jumbo scallops and salmon simmered in lemon juice and olive oil and served with fresh seasonal vegetables—died and gone to heaven for!
And for the encore (I'm sure you’ve had this before, but not this good), Tiramisu—Chef Giancarlo’s family recipe—certain to assure Giancarlo sainthood!
Siena also features live entertainment in the bar and lounge Wed. and Sat. with Sinatra-style crooner Larry Liso. Siena Authentic Italian
Trattoria | Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; half-price Happy Hour specials in the bar and lounge, daily, 3:30-7:30 p.m. | 9500 W. Sahara Ave. | 702-360-3358
Monti Rock III will be honored during entertainment consumers’ exchange inc’s spring 2012 awards luncheon
DATE OF EVENT: 1:00pm, March 31, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange will enshrine Monti Rock III into the Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame during their Spring 2012 Awards Luncheon Event. He will also be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Sweet Louie Living Legend Award. The event will take place staring 1:00 PM on March 31, 2012. at Double Play Restaurant, 9495 S Las Vegas Blvd, (Las Vegas Blvd & Richmar one/ block north of the South Point Resort Casino)
Several other outstanding entertainers will be honored with Excellence in Entertainment Awards. The Shades of Sinatra will be honored with the Tribute Show of the Year. Jim D’Arrigo will receive the Saxophonist of the Year Award and Pascale Elia is to be honored with the Horizon Award for new or emerging star of tomorrow. Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei will emcee the event.
About Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc is a 501c7 non-profit association for fans and their favorites in entertainment. The recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as an organization.
About Fans’ Entertainment Hall of Fame:
Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame is about giving the Fans, Audience, consumers those who pay to support their favorites in entertainment a chance to participate in the selection process of selecting who will be in this Hall of Fame. Last year t heir had their first extended display during the month of November at Studio 810 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zee Matulonis, President of Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
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