This has been an overwhelmingly full week for yours truly! I hosted, officiated and was the guiding light for Branden Powers’ third anniversary of the Golden Tiki on Spring Mountain.
It coincided with his re-taking of his marriage vows to his fabulous, gorgeous, enchanting wife! What an evening! The press was in full force and the attendees at this event were all in the glamour mode! The food was scrumptious, the libations flowed freely, and the entertainment and pulse of the crowd was incomparable. What a night.
Tributes fit for Queen
The tributes that flowed at Aretha Franklin’s funeral services were unsurpassed. She was a goddess of soul. The iconic woman who brought every audience down to their knees in praise was aptly laid down in a casket of gold.
There was a hidden meaning to Aretha’s red dress at her public viewing. Delta Sigma Theta, the honorary African-American sorority of which she became an honorary member a while back, has its color as crimson red. It held a special pause for those who knew of its origin. Rest in peace my darling.
Only one Robin
Sadly, another loss in the world occurred Aug. 24. Robin Leach, who began his journalistic career at the mere age of 15 in England, passed away.
The very first “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” covered the mansion belonging to Siegfried and Roy right here in Vegas. Farewell to champagne and caviar. RIP, Robin.
More Kutash please
Let’s get on a happier note. Jeff Kutash – creator of Splash, Las Vegas’ first water show – is now involved in the production of A Mob Story, the musical that will be opening at the Plaza downtown.
The exact opening date has not been confirmed as of this writing, and the show is still casting male and female dancers and choreographers.
I Love The 90’s – a new revue at the Paris – has now added the great dance/disco group En Vogue to its line-up. This is one show I am dying to see unfold.
The late David Cassidy’s son, Beau, is filling in currently for Vin A. of the Bronx Wanderers while Vin A is on vacation.
Barry Manilow has added more dates to his successful residency at the Westgate, including six in November and six more set for February, 2019.
Criss ending run
Criss Angel will be closing on Oct. 28 at the Luxor after a ten year run. A lot of people like to dis Criss, but I am a true fan and supporter of this amazing man.
Take it from the Rock, his next show will be another step up the ladder. See him at Planet Hollywood after his tour dates.
Meanwhile, Planet Hollywood had to let go all of its magic acts in a non-compete clause in Criss’ contract. There will be more magicians scattered along the Strip with announcements made shortly.
MJ Live is still bringing in the box office sell out at the Stratosphere.
Anita Baker wowed them at the Encore Theater! This is one of the great ladies of vocal jazz.
At the cinema
I have seen some incredible films this past week. Scotty Bowers’ documentary on “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” opened my eyes to what was always a known secret – he was the gas station owner who pumped more than fuel for many Hollywood stars.
This was incredible as Scotty himself led us through this documentary at the age of 91. This is a must see.
The next great goodie – “BlacKkKlansman,” directed by Spike Lee who had not had a release in a few years. This is classic Spike. It takes place in the 70’s when racism, rioting and white supremacy vied with each other in the world of news and reality. Great job, Spike!
And so, I say farewell for this week.