New club is thing of Beauty

May 16, 2005 3:43 AM

In my youth just a few decades ago, I spent many a night in the original Studio 54. Well, the local version at the MGM Grand continues to lead the nightlife evolution. I just stopped by to check out the club’s newest options and they are red hot, loaded with the latest fashions that would spark the interest of any straight male. Check out the Voyeur, Hot and Steel bars for some fun that I predict will continue through the morning.

Another new spot in town reminiscent of my younger, wilder days is the Beauty Bar downtown at 517 Fremont. It’s a themed retro 1950s beauty parlor serving drinks called Miss Clairol, Prell, the French Twist, etc. Being a former hair expert, remember Montila was the hair stylist to the stars, I hosted the opening. I even brought my gloves and apron, but nobody was willing to test my old color techniques. The Beauty Bar, I’m predicting, will lead the way in bringing people downtown. Tell them Monti sent you. It may not get you anything, but it’ll make me seem important and I love that!

One of the city’s greatest annual events — my White Party — is rapidly approaching. This year’s bash will be the best ever as I will debut the captivating film about my life. Stay tuned!

Likeable magician Dirk Arthur, and his beautiful exotic pussy cats, has brought his "Extreme Magic" show to the Tropicana as the afternoon attraction replacing Rick Thomas, who moved north to the Stardust. Arthur has made the rounds locally, but this is his best yet. His magic execution is flawless, the cats are magnificent, his four female assistants are sensational and Arthur, himself, has developed a personality and warmth that was lacking in his previous shows. It’s rapid-fire, fly-by hour that’s a must-see for the entire family.

In addition to the 50 Regional Transportation Department’s double-decker busses servicing the Strip, beginning in July the London Transport Corporation (LTC) will be offering Strip tours utilizing five classic red English double-decker busses. LTC chief Rai Capel, who came up with the idea during his first Las Vegas visit five years ago for a trade show, said that the scenic Strip tour will run from downtown to the south end of the Strip and that rideers can purchase a fully-day ticket for $25. The ticket allows entry and exit anywhere along the route. Various live guided tours have been scheduled from an hour to two-and-a-half hours. The busses cost $100,000 each and seat 80.

The cost of visiting Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage continues to rise including a charge for children for the first time. Effective June 1 the adult ticket price is $15 and there is a $10 fee for children ages 4 — 12. Children three and under are admitted at no charge when accompanied by an adult. Previously, children under 10 were free.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas will partner again with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) to present an exhibition of 34 paintings by the masters of 19th-century French painting. The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to Van Gogh will showcase some of the MFA’s renowned European paintings beginning with Barbizon School painters Camille Corot and Théodore Rousseau and continuing through to the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists with Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The exhibition opens June 10. Tickets are available now at $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents, and seniors 65 and over.

Like most of you, I listened to and read the hoopla and hype about Wynn Las Vegas. I assumed as a legit member of the local working press that I would be invited to experience some of the festivities surrounding the opening of the hotel.

I guess the PR folks were too busy with the Today show to respond to Monti, so I decided to go as a regular ticket-purchasing patron to view their new production, Le Reve.

I think it would be safe to say the show is a "work in progress" and that improvements are currently being made. Let’s hope so. Enough said.

News And Notes: Close-up and cabaret magicians will be featured at the Las Vegas Magic Invitational conference at Palace Station June 12—14”¦ King of Vegas, a national competition to select the world’s greatest gambler created by Wayne Allyn Root and Michael Yudin, will be part of Spike TV’s fall primetime lineup”¦ The initial announcement of the Rolling Stones world tour did not include a Los Angeles or local date, but figure them to be between Nov. 5—11 or Nov. 14—19”¦ MGM MIRAGE, for the second consecutive year, has been named "Corporation of the Year" by the Nevada Minority Business Council (NMBC).