Feel the love on Valentine’s Day!

Feb 10, 2004 2:13 AM

Valentine’s Day ”” because I’m a lover and chocoholic ”” is my favorite commercial holiday. There are so many places to find "love" in our city, but I don’t know of anyone with a bigger heart on Saturday than Rita Rudner. The New York/New York star is performing a benefit for Madison Martin, a local lad who lost his entire family and belongings in a tragic January fire. Tickets are only $20 with every dollar raised going to Madison’s fund. If you can’t attend, you can show your love by dropping off a donation at Rita’s showroom. I expect a full house!

Of course, Valentine’s Day will be celebrated at every other hotel, casino and restaurant in town. Roses and chocolates will be a plenty, so make your reservations early. I wonder if the sale of Viagra increases?

What will be the biggest opening of the year ”” until the new $200 million Cirque show debuts in the summer at the MGM Grand ”” happens Friday night when Elton John does his first of 25 performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This set of "Red Piano" concerts are scheduled through Feb. 22. John and producer, David LaChappelle, is staging an all-new show that will only be performed in Las Vegas.

If the fantastic combination of the Beatles’ "Yellow Submarine" and Cirque du Soleil does become reality on stage at the Mirage as rumored, look for it to happen just prior to next year’s opening of Wynn Las Vegas.

Is it true that a regular at Dennis Bono’s weekly radio show from Sam’s Town is his lady friend, Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt? Yes, and I hear that she has a seat on stage (out-of-sight, of course), so she can watch his every move when she’s not co-hosting and singing duets with him as she did last week. Politics be damned”¦love wins out.

"Baby’s" at the Hard Rock has shuttered and work has begun on a new yet-to-be named nightclub. The new spot, scheduled for a spring opening teams owner Peter Morton with Hollywood nightclub guru Brent Bolthouse. "Baby’s" had a six-year run at the Hard Rock.

It must have been magical when David Copperfield and Penn (Penn and Teller) Jillete celebrated together after seeing Todd Robbins’ sideshow spectacle "Carnival Knowledge." The New York Daily News reported the trio partied till dawn with Robbins saying that he had "no idea what time it was when I got home."

Only 3,500 Mercedes Benz SLT McLarens will be manufactured with each selling for a "mere" $1 million. I’m wondering how many will be sold to the rich dudes here in Las Vegas for themselves or their second wives?

Former Riviera owner Meshulam Riklis and his divorced wife (whom he still lives with), actress Pia Zadora, have put up their Beverly Hills residence, Picfair, the honeymoon home of actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. According to the Los Angeles Times the asking price is $39.5 million. Even with all their renovations, its $32 million more than when they bought it in 1988!

Jay Leno will be making a quick return to the Danny Gans Theatre at The Mirage with his standup act on Feb. 27 — 28, which gives me another opportunity to embarrass him into having me on the Tonight Show when it originates here in mid-May.

Two scheduled closing dates of the C2K nightclub at the Venetian have passed with staff pink slips now scheduled April 30. I’ve been told that Mr. Adelson has finally bought the lease back from Mr. Heftel.

I found heaven on the west side when I was dined at Roy’s by English Garden florists to the stars, Diane and David Filter. Roy’s head chef, Ryan, prepared a sensational meal that was a true dining experience.

Aladdin headliner, magician Steve Wyrick, hosted an elegant press brunch at his Red Rock Estates home on Sunday. It was a brilliant idea by the Aladdin PR and marketing staff as you actually got to meet and talk with people without screaming over a large crowd at the usual after show parties. If you’re ever invited to Steve’s abode, you show go just to see the phenomenal, and priceless, collection of magic posters he has hanging all around the house.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler shares my former life with his readers in his book, "Walk This Way." "We got hooked up somehow with Monti Rock III and his campy friends. Monti was a hairdresser who dressed up in flashy pseudo-Mod clothes and went on The Tonight Show and sang a little, coming on as an outrageous hipster. We went up to his place, where he kept a chimp and a couple of mastiffs. So we’re partying, popping amyl nitrate, and I think some heavy downers. I came to about six hours later. My pants were off and our girlfriends were naked. Someone had their way with us!"

Yes, that was New York in 1965!