Shaun White still has the golden touch at the Olympics
February 20, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
What a week, it was snowing Gold! As of Monday morning Team USA has earned 5 Gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze and figure to collect more in figure skating and on the snow. Shaun White was fantastic! I watched his award winning performance and would have given him a 100.00.
He now has three gold medals and has made Olympic history in snowboarding. His halfpipe was not a pipe dream – it was REAL! Way to go, Shaun!
Paris fired up
From snow and ice to fire – Inferno: The Fire Spectacular, which uses many pyrotechnic effects, opened recently at the Paris Theater.
Joseph Labero, a winner of the coveted Merlin Award, is the fiery magician who stars in this production but the Fuel Girls are fiery hot, too! They are reminiscent of the showgirls of production shows from earlier Las Vegas eras. I hope this flame continues to burn for a long time.
A Westgate hit
Soundtrack: Your Songs. Our Stories., opened last week at the Westgate and is sure to be a smashing success. The show features two great talents – Grammy-nominated Las Vegas Singer of the Year Clint Holmes and Las Vegas Male Vocalist of the year Earl Turner.
Earl and Clint combine their unique talents and amazing voices to give their interpretation to the music that makes up the soundtracks of our lives.
We hear it’s a very high energy show that pays tribute to Vegas legends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. along with musical greats like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Prince.
I miss you Marty
We lost another great legend – Marty Allen, who was 95 years old and still slamming homers! His recent bout with pneumonia made the way for his decline. A great man and unparalleled comic, Marty was a friend since the 1960’s.
My sympathy and personal condolences go out to his wife Karon Kate Blackwell, and his family and friends. Goodbye, dere, we will miss your Hello, dere’s very much.
A special Vic
Another legend also passed last week – Vic Damone, the fabulous baritone who came out of Brooklyn’s Lafayette High School. (My friend Lu went there as did her aunt, who was a classmate of Vic’s.)
He worked at the Paramount Theater as an usher and elevator operator. Once when he had Perry Como in an elevator, he stopped it between floors and sang. Then he asked Como if he had a future in the business.
Thanks to Como’s advice, a great singer was given a chance and the name of a bandleader. That was the era of the big bands.
His ex-wife, Diahann Carroll, who I saw several years back at the Suncoast, and Vic were both dear friends from NYC. Rest in peace, Vic.
Ferraro’s steps up
It was Mardi Gras last Tuesday and Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. Both were well celebrated throughout the valley. I love happy, sparkly holidays and celebrated with dinner at Ferraro’s with two of the loveliest ladies in town, friends Lu and Roxie. We all enjoyed as Ferraro’s has superb cuisine and ambiance.
At the cinema
I saw “Fifty Shades Freed.” Please, don’t go. Thankfully, this was the end of the 50 Shades trilogy. It was boring and predictable.
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” is the one to see. It has Annette Benning as the Oscar winning actress Gloria Grahame in her final years after her scandalous life choices made her “poison” in Hollywood. This film shows you those days when Hollywood’s studio system ruled and stars could be cast off like worms on a fishing pole.
Benning was fabulous and I think, if this was released earlier, it would have been an Oscar contender.
Odds and ends
The Golden Knights, our very own, first year ice hockey team, are in first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. There is still a ways to go but I think they will hang onto their No. 1 spot. As for the Stanley Cup, we’ll see.
The Westminster Kennel Club found its new star – a Bichon Frisé named Flynn who is five years old. Do you remember J.R. from 2001? That was the last time a Bichon won. I remember J.R. clapping! Zozo now wants to become a show dog. I told him it would be hard work and he’d have to travel in a crate. That put an end to it.
I wish my readers a happy Presidents’ Day Weekend. Remember, February is officially the Heart Association’s heart health month, so go and get that check-up.