Columnists take gossip to new depths

Sep 28, 2004 9:25 AM

The gossip columnist war of our two local daily newspapers ended with the same lack of professionalism it has maintained the past two years. Vegasbeat has departed the Las Vegas Sun for greener (meaning money) pastures. His final e-mail to everyone praised himself for bringing gossip to a new level in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the Review-Journal writer broke with a story questioning the ethics of the departing columnist. Isn’t junior high journalism great? Keep up the shoddy work, guys!

One of the most exciting and diverse weekends of fun and fascination is headed our way, Saturday night, when three major events will have our dynamic city gasping for air.

First up is the Open Wheel Extavaganza and other races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which I know nothing about except that some of the guys in those tight suits are very appealing. Something I do know about is the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation 9th Grand Slam for Children at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The star-studded event (tickets are still available) features Josh Groban, Faith Hill, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Ray Romano and Robin Williams. The event will raise more than $5 million for Agassi’s foundation.

I’m an expert when it comes to Saturday’s final event, the gala opening of Krave, the first alternative lifestyle nightclub on the Strip and the largest omni-sexual club in the city. It’s located at Desert Passage at Las Vegas Blvd. and Harmon. Of course I’ll be holding court at this one with about 2,000 of my best friends from around the country. If you’re homophobic, stay away! It will be interesting to see if the club can survive. I hope so.

The weekend ends Sunday night at The Mirage with Roy Horn’s 60th birthday bash to which I was not invited. I’m hearing it’ll be a packed ballroom with Roy’s friends from around the world coming to see him. Highlight of the evening will be a Myron Martin and Clint Holmes-produced show and Roy’s celebrity friends that make an appearance. I’ve heard that The Mirage is not picking up the tab for the evening and that a Siegfried & Roy representative caused The Mirage catering manager to go home crying following a meeting.

Blue Moon Group is moving to the heart of the Strip. The innovative troupe departs the Luxor Sept. 15, 2005 following a five-plus year run for new digs at the Venetian. Blue Man will debut in its new custom-built, 1,750-seat theatre in October 2005 with a "retooled show to accommodate the new space, incorporate the latest technology, and toss in a few surprises," according to group co-founder Chris Wink. Certainly the intimacy Blue Man originally had in its New York engagements will be gone.

Still using the Aladdin name, the Planet Hollywood marketing crew unveiled its initial billboard on Flamingo touting the hotel’s restaurants as "Atkins Unfriendly." The billboard named Crustacean and Commander’s Palace as being in the hotel when we all know both are in Desert Passage. Maybe the new team should check a hotel map.

There’s some rumblings being heard downtown and they don’t involve his honor the mayor. The Golden Nugget’s headliner Gordie Brown is starting to draw capacity crowds to see his terrific impersonations.

"Ovation," a strong, solid show has opened at the Lady Luck, and Larry Manetti — of Magnum PI fame — and Barrick Gaming are holding continuous events to spark a resurgence. Manetti hosts a great Sunday brunch at the Plaza and Barrick is presenting First Friday this Friday (Oct. 1) at the Las Vegas Arts District at Colorado and Main.

Matt Dusk, the lounge performer who stood up to the nasty entertainment director of the reality TV series "The Casino," opens at the Hilton on Nov. 1. I love this kid’s voice and personality and I call him the little me because he really has a point of view and the talent to back it up.

Congratulations to the cast of "Zumanity" on its first anniversary. I honestly had doubts if you would make, but you proved me wrong and have become a beautiful and sexy show that adds a little spice of life to anyone that sees it.

The World’ Greatest Magic Show at the Greek Isles is offering locals a bargain that’s worth taking advantage of as the show is good. The producers are offering free tickets for kids under 12 and half price tickets for adults through Sunday’s (Oct. 3) performances. Call 737-5540 for ticket information and tell them Monti sent you.