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The Stevens brothers, Derek and Craig, owners of the D have now purchased the very old (it opened in 1930) hotel/casino Las Vegas Club on Fremont and Main. They are in the process of evaluating the future of the guru The D, in addition to some restaurants has four shows running, the latest being “Aussie Hunks.” Defending The Caveman, Marriage Can Be Murder and Adam London are the other three shows.

First there was the Mob Museum and now we have the new restaurant Siegel’s 1941. This is an upscale 24/7 establishment designed to bring back the days when Las Vegas was a flourishing mob town.Monti Millicent Siegel, daughter of the late Bugsy, says this is not the Fremont St. that her father would have liked as it's now very corporate and surrounded by new high-rises.

Many of Bugsy’s artifacts will be on display thanks to Millicent, who has been very protective of her father’s name. This should be a good addition to the reinvention of Downtown Vegas. Poker tournaments at the Plaza and Golden Nugget will also be bringing in nice revenue to Downtown businesses.

The Westgate has signed Las Vegas veteran illusionist Dirk Arthur (with his cats) to star in the Westgate Theater, once the home of such stars as Elvis, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow. Let’s hope they have the proper marketing so as to avoid the fate of Suzanne Somers. Red Mercury is now handling the bookings at the Westgate as David Siegel will retain control over all other hotel activities. He has made one change after another trying to bring this iconic venue back up to where it was in its heyday.

He, grieving the loss of his daughter, is reportedly selling his Las Vegas mansion but retaining his home in Beverly Hills.
Melinda, "the First Lady of Magic,” was starring in her own show and she took the time to make me feel at home here when I returned to Las Vegas about 17 years ago. She soon retired to be with her family. Now she’s back after doing a stint in brother David Saxe’s V-The Ultimate Variety Show at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood. It’s definitely time for her to star in her own show again, this time with more visuals and a change in staging. My advice to her was not to change her act , just her surroundings. Establish your brand and stay with it-that’s what made you a star. Do what you do best and keep doing it.

Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner is the perfect target for all types of scams and people looking for their own 15 minutes of fame. Now he is being sued for negligence as a result of a motor vehicle accident in which he was hit from behind and pushed into the car in front of him. She should have taken care of some things on the spot but did not. The best thing she has done is to make the public aware of the problems of those who are different and to try and understand the difficulties they endure.

It seems like there are a few (so far) people trying to capitalize on the success of the hit TV show “Empire”. Both Jon Astor- White and Marvin Gaye lll claim that they each submitted similar story-lines to the networks prior the Lee Daniels’ inspired version.

There is a woman who has sued claiming she is the real “Cookie” and some others claiming this and that. It seems that success carries a lot of luggage with it. I personally don’t take all this seriously, other than, that I am a big fan of the show.

Mat Franco, the newest magician on the block, had a very quiet opening at The Linq last week. Like Terry Fator before him, he is an America’s Got Talent winner and has some TV exposure coming up, but the way to succeed in a show here is to properly publicize and market it. The local media is behind the entertainers here but they can only report on what they see and hear. The biggest stars know that part of their success lies in the press that supports them.

Had a very interesting lunch with Ira Sternberg and Tom Crangle at the Silk Road Noodle Café in the Westgate last week. Tom once thought of managing me but said that I had too much debris to handle. After a rather long estrangement we made peace and will go on from here. This is all part of the process of my making peace with many people I have made contact with over the past few years.

I was more than ready to participate in the Celine Dion Q & A media event this week. She has graciously taken the time to let the press know what to expect from her new show. Back to what I said earlier in this column, even the biggest stars know how important the press is. She was pure heaven in her return to The Colosseum. I will have a full review of her new show in my next blog.

Shania T has reportedly sent out the word that she is ready and willing to sign a new residency contract for her show in Las Vegas beginning in late 2016 or early 2017 after completing her current tour and firsts new album in many years. Her show which closed at years’ end at the Colosseum was a huge hit. Shania loves Las Vegas and Las Vegas loves Shania.

We went to see Michael Jackson One for the umpteenth time, this go-around with Dave (English Garden Florist) and his wife Diane. This is the sort of show that seems to get better and better. It is definitely the best of what Cirque du Soleil has to offer in that it's in an original rather then the typical Cirque show. Las Vegas need more shows of this caliber especially since we are the entertainment capital of the world.

The Cirque owned show at Mandalay Bay’s Light, “Baz “is closing and looking for a new venue.. This is one of the shows that is Cirque inspired and original in its concept. It seems the room is not right for this production. The new management of Cirque is reportedly looking to get out the the nightclub business and concentrate on its big productions and to gain more success in New York City.

Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles show us that the “old pros” still have that certain something. Jerry has a role in the upcoming “Dead Serious” film and reportedly will have a 90th birthday show on CBS. Don is still performing in top venues across the country and will be back at the Orleans in October. He has been working in Vegas for 56 consecutive years and we hope he keep on going. There is nobody like these pros, they are national treasures.

For those who want to become big-time celebrities, just ask Donald Trump questions that he doesn’t want to deal with. News anchors Megyn Kelly (Fox News) and Jorge Ramos (Univision) are his latest targets. Their names are now seen in all the media and their popularity has skyrocketed. Trump’s stance on immigration , especially Latin immigrants, has caused him to lose a large portion of the Latin voters in the U.S.A. Just ask him a question that he doesn’t like-you’re on his hit-list. He really hit the bottom with his choice of words to describe Megyn Kelly.

Donald, it’s time for you to grow up and it is also time to get out of politics, an arena which you are definitely not qualified. to be in.

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The Teen Choice Icon award was accepted by the lovely Britney Spears.Spears has been a tremendous hit at Planet Hollywood and surprised us all with the news that she reportedly might not extend her residency. She supposedly wants to go further with her career and maybe go into acting. She has worked hard to get her life in order and enjoy what has become a fabulous career.

CNN recently did a piece on the disco era of the 1970’s. Bob Crewe, Wes Farrell, and Kenny Nolan decided to embark on a brand-new sound, which was a sort of pop, rock, and soul mixture. This sound was immediately adopted by the dance crowd and made Disco Tex (the young Monti Rock), won of the leaders of this disco era. Young Monti went from recording star to acting and a pivotal role in Saturday Night Fever. This ionic film will celebrate its 40th anniversary in September.

Mariah Carey just can’t stay out of the news these days.The Colosseum resident is currently on James Packer’s yacht in the Mediterranean. He has an estate in Israel along with many ties there. Mariah in addition her music has the acting bug. She has signed for a role in Empire next season. Rumor has it that a Mariah concert in Israel may happen in the near future. Mariah has come along way since her marriages to Tony Ramone and Nick Cannon (from whom she is not yet divorce. Marrying James Packer would be quite and upgrade. They can thank movie producer/director Brett Ratner for introducing them.

I had a great phone conversation with David Saxe, producer of numerous shows in Las Vegas such as Vegas The Show, V-The Ultimate Variety Show, Evil Dead the Musical 4D and many more. His mother, dancer/show producer Bonnie Saxe, is one of the originators of what is today known as four wall deals. His sister, Melinda, is billed as Melinda, The First Lady of Magic. Melinda, had a short-lived marriage to Lance Burton then married Mark Evansvold with whom she had 2 children. After a 10 year retirement she resumed her career and is now featured in her brother’s production, V-The Ultimate Variety show.

My entourage and I went to “test the waters” at the refurbished buffet, simply renamed “The Buffet” at the Westgate. What a difference since the days of the Hilton and the LVH. Tastefully decorated serving really good food along with great service. The selection is relatively small but as the saying goes it’s quality, not quantity that counts..

This definitely applies to “The Buffet” In general; they are doing something right, because the hotel and casino were packed, something that has not been seen at this location for a long time. With Dirk Arthur coming into the big showroom and “Purple Rain” and “Sexxy” doing well in the Shimmer Theater, they will have what we hope is the beginning of successful entertainment at this venue. Shows can and will succeed with the proper marketing, especially at this location, which is by itself off of the Strip.

Brothers Derek and Gregg Stevens, owners of the D have purchased the 84-year-old Las Vegas Club. They are now in the process of evaluating what will be the best use of the property. The 400-room hotel had been closed for some time while the casino was still operating. They are taking another step in the renovation of downtown. We need more first rate attractions, attractions that will bring people downtown to see them.

One of the new shows that opened at the D is “Aussie Hunks” a sexy and entertaining male stripper show. What makes this show different is that the 6 performers happen to be trained dancers. Their routines are very well choreographed to fit the small stage in the D Showroom. The show is held together by the very personable host, who incidentally, resembles Hugh Jackman. Ladies, get ready for some interesting and provocative lap dancing.

Terry Fator is now officially engaged to his new girlfriend, Angie Fiore. He proposed to her onstage at his mega-hit show at the Mirage. Sadly, Debbie, Terry’s sister who introduced Angie to Terry, died 2 weeks ago and never got to share in the festivities. Terry, as you most likely know, is the most successful “America’s Got Talent” winner.

The big “Yellow Carpet” event for the 1,740th Gordie Brown performance on Aug 20th was cancelled for undisclosed reasons. We wonder what really happened as this event was heavily publicized for the past several weeks. This was the 2nd cancellation by a big star, the first was Aretha Franklin cancelling her appearance at the Colosseum.

In her case she claimed exhaustion due to traveling 2100 miles on her bus. Aretha does not like to fly and she has too much equipment, etc., to transport from city to city by plane.

Legendary comedian/impressionist, RIch Little has just had his show at the Tropicana extended for another 12 weeks. The show features a compilation of impersonations, sketches and inter-active videos in which he highlights the many celebrities he has worked with over the years.

The official grand opening of Bootlegger’s Copa Room was held last week. This beautifully decorated club attached to the restaurant gives us a taste of “old Las Vegas” along with its multiple booths and tables for comfortable seating . There is even a place for us “old” folks to dance to the wonderful sounds of the 40’s and 50”s.

This is also the perfect setting for special events, especially weddings. The opening was filled with local business people, celebs, and more. The food gave us a sample of the fabulous award winning cuisine for which the Bootlegger is famous.

In other words we have a new spot to be proud of in Las Vegas. Kudos to Loraine-Hunt Bono and family for adding this club to its legendary restaurant.

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 The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.



I had a very interesting conversation with Frank Scinta of The Scintas. I have been a fan of the Scintas ever since I first saw them perform. They were resident performers at the HIlton, the Rio, the Sahara and the D -Las Vegas.Their recent one-night show at The M Resort was a sellout in the 1600 seat showroom. They have gone back to their original name for the act-The Scintas. Sister Crissy had to leave the show because of a throat problem and has been replaced by another great vocalist, Janine Valentine. The new show will incorporate some of todays music including that of Bruno Mars. We look forward to seeing them back on the Las Vegas scene as soon as possible.  A
Magic and magicians are to be seen everywhere. Darren Romeo “The Singing Magician” protégé of Siegfried and Roy has brought a multi-year multi-million dollar magic show, “Magic Beyond Belief” to, of all places, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Steve Wyrick, a long-time Las Vegas magician now has a theater in Branson, Mo. His brand of magic should be back here in Las Vegas. We still have Criss Angel and David Copperfeld leading the pack that includes Penn& Teller, Dirk Arthur, Jan Rouven, Nathan Burton, Murray Sawchuck , Tommy Wind and Mac King to name a few. The latest to enter the Las Vegas arena is Mat Franco, another America’s Got Talent winner. He officially opens on Aug 21 at The Linq Hotel/Casino. Will the Terry Fator “AGT” good luck rub off on Mat, who knows?. He does have the good fortune of having Johnny Thompson helping him with his illusions. “Magic Live” a show abound with magicians who performed to huge crowds at the Orleans last week. Then again, how many magicians does one need to change a lightbulb? In addition, how many Michael Jackson or Elvis look-a-likes do we need parading around the streets?
Las Vegas is getting ready to place restrictions on street performers. Many of them tend to annoy tourists rather than entertain them so they will be relegated to special areas where they will not interfere with the legitimate businesses, namely the Fremont Street Experience.
More Frank Sinatra news. Steve Lawrence, one of Sinatra’s favorite singers, reportedly will come out of retirement and perform at this very special tribute. Steve has not performed publicly since his late wife, the fabulous Eydie Gorme passed away in 2013. He has been kept busy working on new albums featuring Eydie. One will be an album of Eydie’s favorites, one will be Steve’s favorite Eydie songs and the third will consist of recorded Eydie songs that were never released. We obviously have some great music coming our way (with sensible lyrics). Tony Bennett will also appear at this event, which is being televised.
I’m still waiting for a new show with that special something that makes Las Vegas the experience that it should be. There is talk about bringing in Cuban Show featuring what Cubans do best- sing, dance, a give us great music. The stalwarts like Celine, Donny and Marie, Gordie Brown, and Paige O’Hara (Menopause, The Musical) are thankfully here to stay but a little new competition stimulates them all to refresh.
Yes, I have my problems with Cirque du Soleil giving us too much of the same thing except for the Michael Jackson -One, Love and Criss Angel’s Believe. The rest of them seem to copy and repeat themselves so that if seen one of them, you’ve seen them all.
Suzanne Somers has canceled her upcoming appearance in “Conversations with Norm”. Since her show at the Westgate has been canceled she doesn’t feel that it’s necessary . The Las Vegas entertainment scene (and I) already miss her vivacious personality, showmanship, talent and her good looks.
Caesars Colosseum has Celine as it’s major resident followed by Mariah, Reba and Rod Stewart, (like the Energizer Battery that keeps going on and on), who just had his residency extended for another year. Britney Spears continues to bring in near sell-out crowds to her show at Planet Hollywood. She, reportedly, is most likely to extend her residency.
A big wedding is coming to Caesars on Aug 22. Frank Pellegrino Jr, owner of Rao’s fabulous restaurant at the Caesars Forum Shops, will marry his long-time fiancé Caroline Potterat in the Forum Tower Villa. We wish them nothing but the best.
There are also many things happening on the TV/Radio scene. John Stewart bid a fond farewell to his 16 year run as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central TV. He is said to have been thinking about this for some time. Nicole Wallace suddenly left the View after she was offered a lesser position by ABC and Rosie Petez left the show for a big position with ESPN as a boxing commentator. Sherri Shepard will be returning to The View as a special correspondent and will appear on about 50 shows. Josh Elliott, former GMA news correspondent is reportedly in talks with ABC about his possible return to GMA. He is currently at NBC sports., where he has had relatively little exposure. His would be a very welcome return. Best wishes to him and his new bride, Nancy Cho. THe KXTE-FM morning team of Dave Farra, Jason Mahoney and Daena Kramer are moving to Houston after their Aug 21st live show. Long time talk-show host Alan Stock is no longer with KDWN. His next stop is not yet known. Good luck to all these people in their new ventures.
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 The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.


This week the news is full of good news/ bad news items. The bad is the murdering (in the name of hunting) of so many animals in Africa.Hopefully these “hunters” will get what they deserve as hunting in an animal protected area is a criminal offense. Bad news is that Suzanne Somers will not be returning to the Westgate. Great show, great performer, but poor box office. Hopefully she will be back soon in a venue more suitable to her many talents.

Bad news is that Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson dynasty, was hospitalized while in Brazil celebrating his 87th birthday. He was said to have suffered a stroke brought on by chronic heart conditions anddiabetes. Daughter Janet rushed to be at his side. Luckily he responded to treatment and is now back home. He has been estranged from is wife and some sons for some time now. Some of his family problems were his poor relationship with Michael and LaToya. He was almost always portrayed as a mean and controlling father.

Donny Osmond suffering from vocal cord problems has undergone throat surgery to correct the condition. He has been out of the Donny and Marie Show but plans to return by next month. His nephew has been performing duets with Marie during his absence. The Olivia Newton John and Legends in Concert shows share the showroom at the Flamingo.

While spending much of the weekend with Tom Bicardi and wife Joan Brant discussing the upcoming “Two Kings” show , we had a few meals at the Rio’s All American Bar and Grill. Thanks to Jennifer Clough, Luigi Perez and especially Scott O’Gormon we enjoyed good food (great salmon), good service, and comfortable surroundings . We then went on to the Palazzo to see the fabulous Bob Anderson performing his Sinatra tribute show. Bob is hoping to bring this show to NYC after he completes his run in December.

News from Broadway is the success of the Penn & Teller show at the Marquis Theater. Both critics and patrons love this show. Penn & Teller will be returning to the Rio soon.

I’ve been watching the Kaitlyn Jenner show. She looks great, but in my opinion needs vocal training so as to soften her voice. One thing for sure is that she is bringing much needed attention to the plight of the transgender community.

Donald Trump continues on the road toward being a republican nominee for president. The Latin community vows not to support him due to his take on immigration and opinion of Latin immigrants already here in the USA. When will he learn to keep his big mouth shut!

The Gloria and Emilio Estefan show is receiving rave reviews in its tryout performances. Why not stop in Las Vegas for more tryouts? This is a perfect location with all our tourists and locals. The international audiences here could be very beneficial to increasing advance sales.
Gordie Brown celebrates his 1,740th performance at the Golden Nugget this month. he is definitely on his way to 2000. Gordie has been performing in Las Vegas for the past 27 years doing his im-personations and some singing. Definitely, a show to see.

Kelly Osbourne put her foot in it with her attempt to trash Donald Trump and then went on, with a, what I interpreted as a racist remark. You know the old story, one it has been said, it’s out there forever. She quickly apologized and the gals at the View immediately forgave her for making that “bloop”. Kelly is NOT a comedian and let’s face it, only comedians can get away with these tasteless remarks.

Giuliana Rancic, made a similar mistake regarding dreadlocks on a Fashion Police episode and had to take her knocks. She took the “high road” and had no comment. Kelly, your talents, whatever they may be are minimal, so how about trying to emulate the best of your mother rather than embarrassing her on national TV.

Celebrity divorces are very much in the news, as what seems to becoming, a bitter divorce, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and now Reba Macintyre and husband/manager Narvel Blackstock have split after 26 years of marriage, Matt and Amy Roloff, little people realty stars splitting after 27 years of marriage and last, but not least, Muppet stars Kermit and Miss Piggy separating after being together since the 1970s.

The late Bob Stupak, a Las Vegas legend, was the man who built ”Vegas World” and later the Stratosphere. He also had a much publicized on/off love affair with Phyllis McGuire of the famous McGuire sisters. A petition to name a street after Bob is in the works and I am completely in favor of it. He was one of the visionaries who helped make Las Vegas. Hopefully, enough people get behind this and make it happen.

We are still awaiting the opening of Wayne Newton’s Shenandoah. This “palace” deserves to be seen by all as Wayne has an unbelievable collection of artifacts, etc. Rumors are flying regarding the possible Steve and Edie story. This too would be something to see as they were one of THE show business couples.

Another “America’s Got Talent” winner, Mat Franco, is coming to headline at the Linq hotel showroom in Las Vegas. Mat Franco’s show will officially open on Aug 21st, after a series of preview shows. He also stars on an NBC special, “Mat Franco’s Got Magic” on Sept 17. Hopefully he will have the same type of good luck that made Terry Fator a huge success.

The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.


MONTI-LICIOUS - August 04, 2015

The death of Bobbi Kristina Brown at the age of 22 has saddened us all. The daughter of the late Whitney Houston had been in a coma since January.Our prayers go out to the family, which has had more than its share of tragedies. Bobbi, like her mother, died in a bathtub in what I consider to be suspicious circumstances. Her significant other was thought to be her husband but that proved to be untrue. He was, however, the “adopted” son of Whitney Houston and grew up in the same household as Bobbi. Fighting over the estate will probably begin shortly between her father Bobby Brown and Whitney’s family. The tabloids will feast on this sad situation.

Another show business family's troubles are in the news. Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson suffered a stroke during has 87th birthday celebration in Brazil. The stroke has been attributed to his diabetes and heart arrhythmia conditions. Daughter Janet has put her upcoming tour rehearsals on hold and is now in Brazil at her father’s side. She plans to stay there until he is stable. Where are any of the Jackson boys? Hmm.

The fire at the 18th floor of the Cosmopolitan pool resulted in the evacuation of most of the guests at the hotel. The fire is said to have started in the cabana area where many of the guest’s lock boxes are located. The artificial turf and palm trees literally went up in smoke (thick black smoke) when consumed in the blaze.

Thanks to the immediate response of our firefighters and the poolside firefighting equipment, the blaze was quickly extinguished, with two minor injuries reported. Business as usual followed later that day with Willie Nelson performing as scheduled. This beautiful hotel/casino has yet to live up to expectations except for the A-list performers who appear there. A serious look at fire regulations regarding the use of plastic landscaping in public areas is sure to follow.

Mariah Carey will get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Movie mogul Brett Ratner, her close friend and director of her videos, will be on hand at the presentation. Mariah, in a recent show where she was showered with tons of roses and a diamond ring, dedicated a love song to her new beau, James Packer, the Australian billionaire.

Mr. Packer is in the process of building what is said to be the largest hotel/casino in Las Vegas. This is a match made in financial heaven with her $ millions and his $ billions. I saw her show for the fourth time and it gets better and better. She seems much more comfortable on that huge Colosseum stage and as I’ve said before - what a voice!

Donny Osmond will be out of his Flamingo show for a while due to throat surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp. Sister Marie continues to hold down the fort with the aid of nephew David to perform duets. Donny, age 57, will hopefully be back is September. Olivia Newton John is still packing them in at her show, which can be seen when Donny and Marie show is off. “Legends in Concert” also shares the showroom.

Summer TV is giving us two great shows, Ray Donovan on Showtime and True Detective on HBO. Stellar performances by John Voight and Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan and by Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in True Detective give us some of the best in TV viewing. One of the not so great TV shows is the new Ryan Seacrest hosted “Knock Knock Live.” Ryan has done much better with “American Idol” and his Heart Radio Show.

In New York my producer/director Andrew Rasmusssen is enjoying the great reviews for his show “Mrs. Smith.” Summer doldrums always results in small audiences and that is forcing the show to close. Too bad since this show is one that should have had a long run. Andrew will now concentrate on my Disco Tex show, which is the story about Bob Crewe and the making of Disco Tex (yours truly).

Chef Carla Pellegrino is back in Vegas after about a year in Miami. She has come a long way since leaving Rao, the fabulous eatery in Caesars, and opening a series of restaurants, featuring her unique take on traditional Italian recipes. We are looking forward to her opening a new spot here in Vegas.

The Crazy Girls statue is now in its new home on the casino floor of Planet Hollywood. This statue featured booties long before the booty craze became so popular. Norbert Aleman, the producer, reports that the show is doing well in its new venue, The Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.

Dirk Arthur, the animal illusionist, will soon be headlining in the main showroom at the Westgate. He brings us magic and illusions, featuring his big cats. This show along with Purple Reign, Sexy, and the fabulous Suzanne Somers show will be the entertainers performing here at the Westgate.

Gordie Brown will celebrate his 1,740 performances at the Golden Nugget on Aug 27. Gordie has been performing in Las Vegas for more than 27 years and toured with Celine Dion in 2008. For more information please visit or call 866-946-5336.

The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.





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.

When magician Murray Sawchuck and his beautiful stage assistant Chloe Louise Crawford tied the knot in a secret surprise wedding Friday night, it was truly a magical affair. The groom and bride have known each other for five years in traveling the world with his magic act and now as headliner at the new Tropicana.

“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.


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A Meal With Monti
By Monti Rock III



Siena Deli



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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