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The art of Clint!

Jan 27, 2004 2:20 AM

Clint Holmes is the Chagall and Renoir of entertainment; a master artist whose canvas is his stage. His dynamic talent gives his "painting" texture; the unbelievable abilities and attitudes of his musicians and singer, and a terrific behind-the-scenes crew, adds the color with the final result being the best show on The Strip today.

If you’ve already seen Holmes perform at Harrah’s, go again as he just introduced a new dynamic and challenging musical presentation put together by musical director Bill Fayne and Holmes.

And, with my wealth of knowledge about show business, I wouldn’t call it a Las Vegas show. In my mind — no comments, please — it’s a universal show that could easily play in New York, Los Angeles or Memphis as there’s a little something for everyone.

I also believe that Holmes is our city’s best-kept secret. Knowing all the things that he does for our city — on and off stage — I’m wondering if the true Mr. Las Vegas these days isn’t, in fact, Clint Holmes!

A few days in Hollywood sure makes me appreciate home. It was all brainstorming, lunching, autograph-signing and not enough sleep. Well, three out of four aren’t bad.

I discovered that Las Vegas regular Debbie Reynolds was doing the play "Love Letters" with John Saxon, and Melba Moore (another name from the past) who was doing a one-woman show. Jody Russell Viali hosted a Mexican soiree where I learned that Lorna Luft was taking her "Songs My Mother Taught Me" show to London for six months, and that Liza Minnelli’s about-to-be-former-husband emptied out their apartment except for the Warhol painting of Liza.

When David Brenner takes a week off from his Westin Causarina show in April, Paul Reder and Richard Super are bringing in a new project.

If I were inclined to that sort of thing, Super Bowl Sunday would be spent with the Hawaiian Tropic models at the Aladdin or with the Las Vegas Gladiator Girls at New York-New York. But since I’m not, I’ll go anywhere that offers me cheap food.

The rumors persist, but my wonderful, reliable and beautiful Cirque ladies tell me that another production opening at The Mirage, right now, is just that. Rumors.

I wouldn’t pay $753 for a vintage mink stole, no less the top price of tickets to see the old age rocker Rod Stewart on March 20 at the Hard Rock.

Our terrific Sheriff Bill Young, following a golf game with former President George Bush, Mike Ensign and Steve Wynn, was spotted doing some last-minute dinner shopping at Costco.

A good friend to all entertainers, KLUC "Morning Zoo producer Wendy Jo Korol, recently passed away from an apparent asthma attack and a fund raiser for her three children is being held tomorrow night (Jan. 28) at 6 at the Joint. Minimum donation is $10 to see a slew of performers and celebrate Wendy Jo’s life.

Jerry Lewis, 50 pounds lighter, has checked out of rehab and will do a one-night-only performance at The Orleans on March 3. The big question now is how many tickets will be offered to the public since Lewis wants all his friends, medical people, etc., invited to the show.

How sad. No more "Bennifer." So Jennifer Lopez avoids being a three-time marriage loser and Ben Affleck keeps his never-been-hitched tag. I’m sure that Affleck’s final plea to stay together was similar to watching the television duck of the same name trying to sell an insurance policy.

Just in case: Mr. Affleck I’m from a Puerto Rican background and can be very understanding.

I’m wondering if my Rock mobile can pass for a Mercedes since all Mercedes owners have been invited to the new Fletcher Jones dealership on West Sahara on Jan. 31 to see Jim Belushi perform with his band at the grand-opening celebration.