Tony Bennett will appear at Palms’ Pearl

May 10, 2011 6:00 AM

Charlie Sheen reportedly has added Vancouver, British Columbia to his "bomb" list. Charlie started late and finished lame, according to the Vancouver Sun.

His nightclub hosting stint at Chateau in Paris Las Vegas was not exactly a hit either, as a very small crowd gathered to see him on the red carpet. He then proceeded to badmouth the hotel. Just another in the long list of Charlie’s no-nos.

Do we have too many comedy clubs in the valley? Big Al’s at The Orleans is one of the new comedy rooms in town. The Crown Comedy Jam at the Rio is another relatively new operation. These off-strip locations need something special to survive and I’m not sure if the current list of comics and comic wannabe’s can consistently draw enough to keep these clubs open.

Let’s hope they do. We all need a good laugh these days.

I had a long telephone conversation with Steve Wyrick, who was very candid about making a full comeback at a major property, possibly the Las Vegas Hilton. You have to hand it to Steve. He’s like the Energizer bunny. I marvel at this young artist and I am a fan.

For those of you keeping up with the travels of yours truly, we’ve chosen May 22 as the Annual 70th Monti Birthday Bash, the White Ball Party. I’ll be performing weddings and exorcisms for a gathering of friends, supporters and some of the people I love.

Spent most of the daylight hours this week shooting scenes for my docudrama "What’s The Point?"

This week my entourage went to Caesars Colosseum to see the Puerto Rican wonder boy, Ricky Martin. He didn’t disappoint and the audience loved the staging, the dancers and the videos. Even though the show was more than an hour late starting, the audience didn’t seem to mind and became part of their own show. Ricky is now off to New York City to make his Broadway debut.

The Senoras of Excellence and Senores of Distinction Awards Gala was held last week. Unfortunately, my schedule was such that I wasn’t able to attend but I was delighted to hear Mayor Oscar Goodman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the cocktail party, while the balance of awards were handed out at the Gala, which benefits the Latin Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.

At the Mirage, Steve Martin and his Steep Canyon music makers brought down the house. It’s great to see Steve on stage again. The full house at the Mirage laughed and the bluegrass music was embraced.

My friend Paige O’Hara has returned from Seattle where she was doing her Judy Garland tribute. She’ll return to the Luxor for her starring role in Menopause the Musical but hopes to bring the Garland show to Vegas in the future.

Another long time acquaintance and sometimes friend, Aretha Franklin, was on ABC’s The View. Sounded as though her voice was intact, and she looked good after losing more than 80 pounds.

Tickets went on sale May 7 for Tony Bennett’s appearance at Palms’ Pearl on July 24. Musicians and artists from all genres have nothing but praise for this gentleman. What a career! Contact the Pearl Box Office at (702) 944-3200 or www.ticketmaster.com. Tony Bennett tickets go fast.

The Palms also announced they have opened a Slot Emporium as part of their casino action in the gaming area. This section is dedicated to those who enjoy becoming mesmerized by the twirling slots and ringing bells and hopefully the sound of silver falling into their virtual pockets.

Special gift items for the players at Slot Emporium are part of the action. This may be a new trend since there are so many creative slot machines on the casino floors these days.

Congratulations to Whoopi Goldberg as well as Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. Whoopi’s Broadway production, "Sister Act," received five Tony nominations. Mariah and Nick welcomed the arrival of healthy twins.

Tiger Woods, in town for his "Tiger Jam" benefit, was also back at the tables – and tweeting about it. Some reports have it that he lost quite a bit while others claim he was a winner. Tiger needs to put a lid on it and get back to concentrating on golf.

Summerlin is the home of a new restaurant, Hotel California Restaurant and Cantina in Boca Park. This is a novel concept of indoor and outdoor dining. The cuisine being what I call Cal/Mex, and the food is tasty as well as spicy. Atmosphere and ambiance are great.

The management of this undertaking has been instrumental in the formation of "Create a Change Now," whose mission is to change the way families eat by educating and empowering children to participate in the process of making healthier food choices. Please visit www.createachangenow.org. Phone 702-303-5506 for more information about this worthy program.

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is hosting a stop on the National 9/11 Flag Tour on May 12 from 12-3 p.m. Southern Nevadans are invited to participate in this historic tour. For more information email [email protected], call 702-734-2273, or visit www.uwsn.org/Volunteer.

George Wallace is doing it again. Beginning this Tuesday and through the end of May, George is giving away free tickets for his show at the Flamingo to military personnel, dependents, and retirees upon presentation of military ID cards. This man is something else – he is always giving to worthy causes.

Military appreciation is so important. Our men and women need and deserve our support for the service they perform for our country.

The recent two royal weddings apparently took place without any mistakes. First, it was William and Kate who shared an extraordinary, peaceful and divine, yet pageantry-filled, union. Tourists flocked to London for the affair. Monarch watchers were in full force. Of course, the television crews picked up on the Beckhams and Elton John and his partner David Furnish. Can’t hold back. Really, Elton, lose a pound or two!

The second royal wedding was the three-day affair at the Wynn property for Steve and his beautiful bride Andrea. Hopefully, there was a pre-nuptial.

The beautiful people from all walks of life were invited and Clint Eastwood arrived to act as Steve’s best man. Garth Brooks was there with his wife Trisha Yearwood, and the wonderful Lionel Richie also attended. Just a thought, but maybe Richie could become an alternate star for those dates left open by Garth. Quite the lineup, I think.

The Rev. Monti wishes you all a great week and hopes you remembered your mother. She never forgets you.