My favorite madman, the Amazing Jonathan, is closing at the Flamingo. Rumor has it the reason he is leaving is because all the promises of promotion, billboards, posters etc. weren’t fulfilled. I am a fan of this great crazy man. His success at the Golden Nugget was unbelievable. He was able to bring the crowds downtown. The Golden Nugget will have new owners early next year, and Andre Agassi, our favorite golden boy, is rumored to have put a sizeable amount of money into the purchase.
How big is Steve Wyrick’s new show in his self-named theater at the Aladdin? Well, all I can tell you is that a 4 by 15 foot piece of wall had to be cut out to get Wyrick’s new illusions into the room. Wyrick opens an indefinite run on Thursday with a 7 and 10 p.m. schedule. His lone off night is Tuesday with 4 o’clock matinees slated during Christmas week.
JOLON Productions launches its Starbright Theater season this week with Davis Gaines starring in "Scrooge." The Summerlin-based Starbright Theatre Company holiday classic presentation continues through Dec. 28. Local musical genius Pat Caddick is the show’s musical director. Call the theater box-office at 240-1333 for ticket sales and show times. By the way, if Gaines’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he starred in "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and on tour.
It’s no secret that I love men in uniforms, so I’m sure to be at the "It’s A Pirates Life for Me" reception benefiting Variety Tent 39 ”” The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at Art Encounter on Spring Mountain Road. Sponsored by Brenden Theatres at The Palms, the highlight of the event will be the auctioning off of a one-of-a-kind "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie poster signed by the cast including heartthrob Johnny Depp. Admission to the reception is a new unwrapped toy or child’s clothing.
The Rio’s holiday show, A Las Vegas Christmas Celebration starring soap opera star Jeff Trachta, opens Saturday in the Samba Showroom. Call the hotel for details.
If you want to attend Fox’ New Year’s Eve broadcast, the only way to obtain tickets is via Vegas.com. at $200 each. Ryan Seacrest is the host, with Metallica and a bunch of other acts I’ve never heard of before. It would be great if they included some Las Vegas headliners.
The Nevada Ballet Theater’s Woman of the Year 2004 is Celine Dion and I can’t wait to attend its Black & White Ball on Jan. 24 at Caesars Palace. I have the perfect outfit, now all I have to do is figure out how to get a ticket. Table prices range from $3,500 to $25,000, which is a tad out of my price range unless one of my loyal readers hits it big and wants to pop for my ticket.
Congratulations to Robert Goulet and Rick Little on their 70th and 65th birthdays, respectively.
Clint Holmes’ wife, Brenda, has been a sensational co-host on Vegas Live! And the bosses should consider having her as his steady partner.
Paul Sorvino, who does a sensational acting job in Mambo Italiano, shows off his serious sculptor work at the Fashion Show Mall on Dec. 18.
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. KLUC radio jock Trejo is broadcasting atop a 30-foot scaffold in front of Comp USA on Sahara for the station’s annual holiday toy drive for another week.
Opportunity Village opened its Magical Forest with all the proceeds going to worthy causes. Don’t forget the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Also please give generously to AFAM. AIDS is still a major killer. We can’t forget all our fallen celebrities and others who have succumbed to this terrible disease.
The Michael Jackson saga keeps twisting and turning with television people hogging and mugging the camera to get their 15 minutes of fame. The rumors that he may relocate to Las Vegas are just rumors but they keep moving, with Michael still shopping, and shopping without a break. He was in talks to create a show but I guess this whole media debacle has put that on hold for a while.
With the Spirit of the Dance taking a vacation, international singing sensation Martin Nievera will perform for two months starting New Year’s Eve.
Dave Hawks, producer of the film Trans-American Killer, a locally produced movie with both production company and actors from Las Vegas, has received financing for his next movie, in which I am being cast as a gay, flasher, killer. Sounds like it’s right up my alley.