Take a deep breath, spring is in the air

Mar 5, 2002 7:07 AM

Spring is in the air (Irish Spring?) as we traipse into March. That means we’re about to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or as some of us call it, St. Pachuko’s Day, en Espanol. No matter what you call it, be sure to wear green, preferably greenbacks, and take in the celebration throughout the city, starting with the Sons of Erin Parade downtown.

Speaking of the Irish (how’s that for a segue?), Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance at New York-New York is ending its run after four fabulously successful years. The announcement came from the top Lord himself, Felix Rappaport, at a spectacular press conference last week.

Replacing the Irish dance extravaganza will be a new, custom-made production from Cirque du Soleil, the French-Canadian folks who brought us the magnificent Mystère (Treasure Island) and O (Bellagio).  It will be about a year before this new show hits the spotlight, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it.

Speaking of the spotlight, did you see the Grammy Awards show on TV last week? I wish I had missed it! This show has become the most vile display of the year. Where do these so-called artists get their ghastly outfits? Are there that many sequins and rhinestones left over from Hell Night? Watching the parade of fashion-violators reinforces my belief that musicians should be HEARD and not SEEN. Musicians? More like cartoon characters.

One high point of the show was Gladys Knight receiving her Grammy. What a lovely and talented woman! I’m proud to share the same town as she.

The Rat Pack at the Sahara has a new Sinatra making his debut. And word is that Rodney Dangerfield has cancelled at the MGM.

The Greg Thompson review at the Rio is about ready to fold. Also at the Rio, the Scintas continue to do a bang up business. Birthday greetings go out to Frank Scinta as well as Bernie Allen who just celebrated his 87th birthday at the Bootlegger. And speaking of celebrations, let’s not forget the insatiable Joan Collins’ wedding to a much younger man, Percy Gesbo. You go, girl!

For Survivor enthusiasts, CBS Television City at Studio Walk inside the MGM Grand hosted Survivor Australia winner Tina Wesson and Survivor Africa winner Ethan Zohn, to sign autographs Friday. Now there’s a couple of collector’s items, an autograph from these hapless celebrity wanna be’s.

Latin bombshell Charo is on a short break from her hot salsa gig at The Venetian, but if you happen to be in Alberta City, check out her show there (I haven’t a clue where that is). Also, congratulations to Charo on her pending induction into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame.

Other inductees include Trini Lopez (ole!), Vicki Carr (ole!), Oscar (Mayor) Goodman and The Characters.

Good news and bad news from the MGM Grand. David Copperfield brings his stellar show to town, March 21 to April 4. The problem is they’re all sold out! If you’re a casino customer, get your host to get you in! (Come to think of it, try and get ME in!)