It’s rodeo time: squeeze into those jeans!

Dec 11, 2001 2:41 AM

Yeehaw! The rodeo’s in town! Besides, the best calf roping, bronc busting and barrel racing in the world, the 10-day event features some of the best hip-huggin’ jeans you’ll ever want to see! Yeehaw!

Fifty years ago the man who became the epitome of Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra, debuted at the Desert Inn. To pay tribute, Mayor Oscar Goodman has declared December 12 “Sinatra Day,” which coincides with Mr. Sinatra’s birthday.

At the MGM Grand on Tuesday, December 11, there will be a Frank Sinatra, Jr. tribute concert. There’s a possibility Nancy will be there, but it would an unannounced impromptu appearance.

As a part of “Sinatra Day” on December 12, the brand new Sinatra Slots with a half-million dollar top jackpot will be unveiled. The slots will feature “Ol’ Blue Eyes” crooning some of his classics, such as “My Way” and “My Kind of Town.”

Lets not forget December 25-26 at the MGM, David Copperfield, my number one pick for magician of the year. Conjure up some tickets for a great holiday gift for someone special.

My favorite new chef in town, who left DiMartino’s in Summerlin, Calvin Shislet, is now the grand chef of the new Mama Jo’s Italian bistro in Summerlin. Mama Jo’s has two locations, one on Lake Mead up north and one on South Durango. This is sure to be one of the great eateries in Las Vegas.

Those of you who go to the Aladdin will soon be able to see the legendary Ann Margaret in the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the Who’s “Tommy” (do you remember the 60s, I think I do), the Broadway hit musical “Rent,” and let’s not forget “Guys & Dolls” (what a great movie role, Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit).

And for those aficionados who haven’t heard, the Blue Note is becoming a topless show. The Blue Note has gone through many inventions, from a jazz club, to a hip hop club, and now they are putting in la tease, a topless show. The question is, will it attract the crowds? As I said before, Las Vegas is going through a great change. I, for one, welcome the change.

Don’t forget at Bally’s we have one of the best production shows you will ever see in Jubilee! At the Tropicana, we have the Folies Bergere, both of these are mainstay shows.

Is there a big shake-up at the Rio? It seems that Blair Barrington is no longer doing his Masquerade show and Dick Foster will be taking his place. Is it rumor or fact? Blair had a good run at the Rio. He’s the one who brought in the Scintas.

As we approach a new year, it’s time to reflect a little bit. So, here’s Monti’s Top 10 picks this year:

At the Bellagio we have O, the water spectacular. It’s enough to make me want to learn to swim.

We have Siegfried & Roy, the magicians of the century at the Mirage. Don’t those tigers ever scratch them?

For a visual feast, there’s Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere at Treasure Island.

You have to admire Lord of the Dance at New York-New York, which has been held over and held over. It’s a family show and is doing spectacular business.

The voice of Las Vegas is now Clint Holmes, who has become a mainstay at Harrah’s.

We must give it to Sheena Easton who is going back into the small room at the Hilton in January.

And still the best drag show in town, for my money, is An Evening at La Cage at the Riviera. For 15 years, Frank Marino has been doing Joan Rivers better than Joan does herself. Plus he’s sexier!

The show beyond description is the Blue Man Group at the Luxor. How do they get that make-up off? Or is it a permanent pigmentation? If so, think soft mauve is available?

In my estimation, the greatest magician and show this year is David Copperfield, who truly believes in magic the way I do. This is a do-not-miss event!

I want to wish you all a happy holiday and happy rodeo. You might even see Monti boot scootin’ somewhere!