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MONTI–LICIOUS - September 22, 2015

This week marked the passing of several celebrities - namely rock 'n' roll chef Kerry Simon, actress/comedian Judy Carne, actor Martin Milner and former child star Dickie guru
Kerry  Simon went from a Chicago Pizza restaurant to positions in Europe and the Far East, Miami and finally Las Vegas. He was known for his long, shaggy dark hair which, along with his great food, all of which drew a large musical clientele. He cut his hair when he found out he had multiple system atrophy. In spite of that, he continued to raise support for other diseases.  His friends surrounded him to the end and that says a lot as to what kind of person Kerry was. He left us much too soon at only 60 years of age.

Judy Carne, the 'Sock it to me' girl on Rowan  & Martin's Laugh In, died in England at age 76. Monti She had a tumultuous  marriage to Burt Reynolds, a one-night stand with Steve McQueen, and several  drug-related brushes with the law. A failed marriage to Robert Bergmann ended after a serious car accident in which she was seriously injured. She sued him for medical expenses and won a rather small settlement. Her later years were not happy  ones.

Baby-faced Martin Milner was best known for his roles as a motorcycle cop on TV's Adam-12 and co-star on Route 66. He was 83.

Dickie Moore, one of Hollywood’s first child stars, died at age 89. Dickie went from Our Gang comedies in the '30s to costar with Shirley Temple and to star in Oliver Twist.  He then became a publicity agent and later married Jane Powell.

Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe have decided to call it quits after 3 1/2 years of marriage. Chloe was, until very recently, one of Anita Mann's Fantasy Girls and Murray's on-stage assistant.  She is working on becoming a top magician in her own right. The divorce is amicable and they hope to stay good friends.

Britney Spears has extended her contract  for another two years at Planet Hollywood. Her show has been a hit since it opened and Britney is one of the highest paid entertainers in Las Vegas. A few European performances are reportedly on the horizon during her time off. She is also, reportedly, slated for the half-time show at the Superbowl.

Beginning in January J Lo will be sharing the Axis Theater with Britney in her own show, which is said to be spectacular - exactly what we always get from this multi-talented superstar. We will also have Janet Jackson and Lionel Ritchie as semi-resident performers this season. What a lineup!

What was billed as Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s final fight turned out be a disappointment at the box office. Ticket sales lagged and two tickets were offered as part of a room package at MGM properties. Receipts of  $13,395 were well below the usual turnout. Floyd stepped down as he retained his champion status.

The premiere of the Lance Burton film "Billy Topit Master Magician" will be held here in Las Vegas on Sept 24.  Lance's Las Vegas career began as a featured performer in "The Folies Bergère" for nine years. He went on with his own show at the Hacienda for five years and then on to the Monte Carlo for 14 years in the Lance Burton Theater the first Strip theater named for a performer .  He then retired and has resurfaced as a filmmaker. He is involved in all aspects of the project including the funding of the film. All funds from the films premiere and limited run will go to three of Lance's favorite charities.

Sigfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is still going strong. Four tiger cubs born at the Secret Garden to parents Svengali and Indira were the first to be introduced  at the Mirage in 5 years. One of them. Liberty, is a pure white female. Siegfried & Roy’s love for the big cats is as strong as ever.

More “Nunsense” is coming to Las Vegas again, as the hit musical returns next month. Arthur Karsarjian is bringing us the Jay Harvey production of the show to the Westgate beginning Oct. 19th. This show has kept audiences in stitches whenever and wherever it has been seen. The Westgate should prove to be a good venue for this production.

Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah finally opened to the public last week. The tours range in admission prices ranging from $35.00-$95.00 depending on which of the several tours available. More to come about this next week.

A reminder for this important event:  Hosted by Kelly Clinton Holmes. Starring Bob Anderson, the Scintas, Clint Holmes, and Chadwick Johnson ~is a benefit for Cathy L.MacLellan and  her battle against Rheumatoid Arthritis .It will be held on Sunday September 27th, 2015 from 6-9pm at the Italian American Club
To purchase tickets or donate, please use one of the following options:
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Go in or call your local Nevada State Bank: Cathy L. MacLellan donation account (routing # 122400779 / account# 5792375155)
Mail a check to Cathy MacLellan: c/o Cathy MacLellan donation account, 324 Wild Plum Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Email or call Patricia Dockswell or stop by the Italian American Club

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MONTI–LICIOUS September 7, 2015

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 property.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. 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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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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