CineVegas rolls into town

Jun 7, 2005 2:25 AM

CineVegas begins Friday with some great films and some big name stars. The biggest news, however, is the showing of "The Aristocrats," a film by Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) and comedian Paul Provenza, which received raves at Sundance. It will bow at the film festival on Monday. "The Aristocrats" is a famous joke told many ways for years. Provenza and Penn decided to make a documentary about the joke in 2000. Penn considers it "the dirtiest movie ever made in terms of language." The movie features 101 superstar comics — George Carlin, Bob Saget, Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Drew Carey.

Last week I had the great fortune to go to the cast party at Buddy and Leslie Greco’s home. We all know that Buddy and Leslie are moving to Palm Springs and opening a nightclub there. Their ranch is finally sold. They are still trying to get rid of some of the pigs and wildlife. At this event, Frankie Randall, Linda and Artie Shreck, Tony Sacca and more stars than you can count in heaven — and I mean heaven — were in a partying mood. The surprise of the evening was that Sonny King, looking frail, made an appearance (he’s fighting cancer). King was the roommate of Dean Martin and a member of the original Rat Pack. He is one of the true legends of Las Vegas. The cast organization does a great job in assisting down and out entertainers.

Gay Pride Week has come and gone. I couldn’t make my own float, but the alternative lifestyle is alive and well in Las Vegas with Krave, the nightclub, giving us two delicious shows.

Over at the Riviera, "Splash" is getting overhauled. Creator Jeff Kutash has been here retooling, refining and modernizing this Las Vegas tradition.

Jeff Beacher’s Madhouse is back on Saturday nights at the Hard Rock for the summer. I repeat myself that this is Ed Sullivan on steroids. It is one of the best variety concept shows Las Vegas has seen in a long time. Very unique performers, kind of like Barnum and Bailey gone mad.

To better serve local patrons, the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has initiated Compliments of the Chef, whereby locals get priority seating at all five Wolfgang Puck restaurants. When customers inform the restaurant host they are locals, they now receive priority reservations, preferred seating and either a complimentary appetizer or dessert. The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group consists of Trattoria del Lupo, Chinois, Postrio, the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and Spago. The MGM Grand-located Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is celebrating its first anniversary this month. I’m wondering if the offer will be in effect next week when the newest Puck eatery opens at the Venetian pool. It’ll serve breakfast and lunch only.

Stardust headliner Joan Rivers, a connoisseur of face-lifts, recently told the publication Wales that a nip and tuck sometimes makes men look worse, and added: "Robert Redford had such a bad job. God, whoever did him should be ashamed — or maybe he left it too long so it’s much more obvious." Regarding plastic surgery on male celebs, she also said that "of course, Michael Douglas has had it done."

An hour drama set in a full-service Las Vegas wedding chapel entitled Hitched, didn’t make the cut for the upcoming FOX television season. The projected series starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tara Reid. An ABC pilot with local regular Don Rickles as part of the ensemble cast also failed to make the network’s final schedule.

With a $15 per-person minimum (food or beverage), The Bootlegger Bistro has added Sunday performances to its already busy entertainment schedule. "The Three Tenors of Las Vegas" — Bill Fayne, Mark Giovi and Bobby Black — return Sunday for an encore performance. Their debut was SRO and brought rave reviews. Father’s Day (June 19) will feature Caz Solomon, known as the Barry White of Las Vegas, followed by the "Shades of Sinatra" on June 26. The Sinatra tribute features Carmine Mandia, Ryan Baker and Larry Liso, all local Sinatra impersonators, plus Kelly Clinton as Nancy Sinatra. Clinton created and produces the show. Also, Lena Prima, daughter of Louis Prima, performs on Wednesday beginning June 22.

News & Notes: Construction on the first Loews hotel in Nevada is anticipated to start next year at Lake Las Vegas with completion in early 2008”¦ Rumors persist that "We Will Rock You" will depart Paris in August”¦ Frankie Valli is working on a new album featuring jazz and classics”¦ Playboy has opened its first boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace”¦ Don’t look for the Planet Hollywood television studio to be ready until October 2006”¦ "Forever Plaid" members Bruce Ewing and Greg Davis own and operate the reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge on east Flamingo Road.