Stars and Stripes Air Tours opening

Aug 5, 2008 7:00 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | With all the events in Las Vegas this week I ventured out of my fortress to the opening of Stars and Stripes Air Tours, the only off-airport heliport facility in town.

Unlike the usual suspects in attendance (aka the frequent freeloaders) it was nice to see the Hilton Hotel’s Ira Sternberg and Rick White along with their wives. At my table were Lance and Ava Posner, their son Mark Anthony, Bill Acosta and his wife Jeanne along with Blair Farrington.

The evening helicopter ride over Las Vegas is a new business venture, although the owners have a combined 75 years of experience in helicopters and heliports. A small wedding chapel is also located on the premises. Hey guys, Rev. Monti is available! Stars and Stripes Air Tours is located at 500 N. 5th Street and can be reached at 877-779-0800.

Hollywood is going to call.

Justin Timberlake and friends will perform at a special concert, benefiting the Shriners Hospital on Oct. 17 at Planet Hollywood’s Theater for Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Aug. 20.

Steve Lawrence is at the Orleans on Aug 15, while Carrot Top continues to do fine at the Luxor.

How about our one and only Jerry Lewis being stopped at McCarran Airport with a concealed weapon? We all know the annual MDA Telethon is coming up so we can only add, "Leave Jerry alone"!

On July 30, Anita Mann Productions in Santa Monica, California unveiled their latest musical, "Imagine This." Expectations are high for this latest creation. I’ve been told the music will be memorable. Beth Trachtenberg is producing the show and taking it to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group Theatres in their new London Theatre for opening on Nov. 19.

Webber’s "Phantom of the Opera" continues to do well at the Venetian and of course Mann has "Fantasy" at the Luxor, which also has become a Las Vegas mainstay. Maybe the latest, "Imagine This," will follow in the footsteps of other successful shows.

As a local, if you’ve never taken the time or been adventurous enough to see "Jubilee" at Bally’s, don’t miss this opportunity. Bally’s is offering $27 tickets for Las Vegas residents.

"Jubilee" is one of Don Arden’s best known productions and really shouldn’t be missed. In fact, if you haven’t seen it recently, now is your chance because a good show is worth seeing more than once. "Jubilee" is glitzy, glamorous, gorgeous and considered part of the Las Vegas fabric.

Las Vegas locals may remember William Fuller who was Sandy Murphy’s benefactor during those trying times following the mysterious death of Benny Binion. Fuller recently passed away so let’s all hope Sandy’s trying times are over.

 Rumors are still flying about Michael Jackson going into a new theater at the Hilton in the space soon to be vacated by the "Star Trek Experience." We’re curious.

 The floundering economy is beginning to hit the casinos hard. Boyd has suspended further construction on the Echelon until further notice and MGM MIRAGE is allegedly having additional funding problems on the gigantic City Center complex.

 For all you loyal fans of Monti Rock III (aka Disc-O-Tex), he will be performing in "Disco Ball" at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday, Oct. 25.