Andre Agassi's Grand Slam for Children's huge success

Oct 21, 2008 5:05 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children was the biggest event of the week in Las Vegas. Even in current economic times it was a huge success.

This was the 13th annual Slam, but the first time it was held at Wynn Las Vegas. Well done to Andre, his fellow tennis legend wife Steffi Graf and all who participated. The event drew celebrities from all genres including the likes of Sheryl Crow and Rod Stewart who were spotted on the red carpet.

The era of gangsters has long been part of Las Vegas history and historians would have to agree that Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal would be a part of that history. Frank passed away last week in Florida at the age of 79. His many acquaintances will long remember the changes he brought to Las Vegas and the gambling scene, especially sports betting.

Frank was immortalized in the movie "Casino" and was portrayed by Robert De Niro. Mob or no mob it was an era that included a lot of baby gangsters. As for me, I was part of the lollipop mafia. With Lefty’s passing it’s an end of an era and an incredible story.

I’d like to let my readers know that the old Las Vegas had personality and characters. When I first arrived to perform at Caesars, I was amazed by the handshake deals, the comps, the shows, the showgirls. In those days the ladies dressed in gowns or cocktail dresses and the gentlemen wore suits for their night on the town.

It was a different time, that’s for sure.

Sounds as if Madonna and her hubby Guy Richie will reach a brand new high with their upcoming divorce. At stake is $500 million and according to those who know, no pre-nuptials. No doubt Madonna will come out of this unscathed. Is A-Rod on the horizon again?

For the television fans of "America’s Got Talent," the show was featured at the MGM Grand last Friday and included the 2008 winner Neal E. Boyd. He’s probably scouting out the Las Vegas scene to find the right place for his opera. Terry Fator, last year’s big winner, was there to cheer them on.

Changes on the entertainment scene around town include the addition of dates for the entire month of January 2009 for Bette Midler at the Colosseum. The January dates are in addition to her October, November and December schedule at Caesars. Your best "Bette, the Showgirl Must Go On," is to call (877) 7-BETTEM for tickets and dates.

While no one was looking, another change took place on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Seems the Fab Four made a quiet move to the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. This may turn out to be a better fit. Their recreation of the music of that era and the Ed Sullivan look-a-like brought back many memories of old time show business.

A sad note-another show business great, Edie Adams has passed away. A star of Broadway, Hollywood, and TV, this award winning widow of the late Ernie Kovacs will surely be missed. I had the privilege of doing her hair during my hairdressing days, and appearing with her in the film "Racquet" (as her hairdresser, of course).

Kudos to Golden Gaming for partnering with Spread the World-Kids to Kids to distribute books to schools in Southern Nevada in order to promote literacy. Used books and donations can be donated this month at any of the Sierra Gold and PT’s tavern locations. These will be distributed on Make A Difference Day this Saturday.

Innovations frequently are the result of challenging times and so it must be with Fame Farm marketing agency. Michael and Karan Feder of Fame Farm have recently joined forces with Robert Cione, who is the developer of Canyon Edge in Henderson. This new endeavor will include art in the settings of model homes.

While Michael and Karan represent artists of various styles, Thomas Burger of Zen Interiors finds the addition to be an excellent way of enhancing these beautiful homes while offering the public an opportunity to see the artists’ work. Blah, blah, blah!

Here’s more confirmation that salsa has become the favorite condiment of America. My friend Mark DiMartino just opened Camino de Morelia, a new restaurant at 3713 West Sahara. Not only does the restaurant offer traditional Mexican dishes but live music on the weekends.

Many readers will remember this location on West Sahara was previously the home of the Tillerman, which was also owned by Mark. Before the Tillerman, it was a well-known Italian restaurant that catered to the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and friends back in the day. If a little salsa is on your mind, stop by Camino de Morelia and offer Mark greetings from yours truly.

For pizza lovers, definitely try New York Pizza & Pasta on Jones and Sahara. The New York style pizza and the garlic knots are the best in town. Take it from an ex-New Yorker.