Nothing moves people like salsa music

Jun 7, 2011 3:00 AM

 "Politically Incorrect" comedian and noted political commentator Bill Maher will bring his trademark humor back to The Orleans showroom July 2-3 at 8 p.m.

Best known for his sharp political satire and sociopolitical commentary, HBO late-night talk-show host and comedian Maher began his stand-up career in 1979. For the last 18 years, Maher has pushed the boundaries of how far political humor and satire can go on American television.

First on "Politically Incorrect" (which first aired on Comedy Central before moving to ABC), and for the last seven years on HBO’s "Real Time" with Bill Maher. Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and scathing humor have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations.

Salsa came to Summerlin last Friday. Michito Sanchez and his orchestra began a series of Friday night dances namely called Salsero at the Suncoast. The band recently completed a successsful run at the South Point and often features icon percussionist Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez.

Let’s face it, nothing moves people like salsa music. Everybody gets up and moves to these tropical rhythms and the Michito Sanchez Orchestra shows us again why they are one of the best in the west.

There is no cover charge or minimum so get down to the Suncoast showroom to enjoy music for dancing or just plain listening (if you can keep your feet and your hips still).

Last week, I was told Rick Thomas was moving from the Sahara to the Riviera. Could it be? I was wrong! I am making a clarification on that bit of news. He is reportedly in negotiations at this time.

AFAN’s Golden Rainbow at the Palace did its annual fund raising event. Congratulations to Penn and Teller for giving so much of their time to AFAN and other charities. Mayor Oscar Goodman has awarded them, rightfully so, with the key to our city of Las Vegas.

Last Sunday yours truly, with entourage, descended upon the Aria Hotel, one of the classiest venues in town for the youth oriented and beyond. The buffet is to die for and the ambiance of the property incomparable.

I again want to thank Richard Sturm and his staff for the gracious invitation to me on my birthday with tickets to Viva Elvis, and dinner at Aria. He is a true gentleman and friend.

Mayor Goodman is on his way out (due to term limits) and his divine wife, the intelligent. gracious, diplomatic and successful Carolyn Goodman is running to take his place. She’s got my vote and support.

The Danville Tri-State Area Gang will come to the Orleans Arena for multiple performances Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 with a high-energy ride through their wildest invention yet in Disney’s "Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!"

Tickets went on sale last Saturday. The show brings Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet, Buford and friends to the stage as they make the most of the last day of summer by building an invention bigger, better and more amazing than ever.

What is happening with Dick Feeney and the The Rat Pack is Back show? Don’t get confused by the similar name of Sandy Hackett’s The Rat Pack is Back. Dick Feeney is now moving to the Crown Theater at the Rio. He is one of the best producers around town.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has the great diva Celine Dion returning to the arena-like stage, with Rod Stewart (who is going to be doing 50 dates) and the great Sir Elton John doing a number of performances. At different times, of course.

And let’s not forget the occasional Jerry Seinfeld and Chelsea Handler appearances.

This weekend I went over to the Flamingo to see the new, retooled, Donny and Marie Show. All I can say is you must not miss this show! It is simply entertaining and marvelous. By the way, Donny has a new radio show that started this week.

In other news, "America’s Got Talent" is back – with many Las Vegas acts on their roster. All these wannabees are looking to become headliners in Las Vegas – the entertainment capital of the world.

Alexander George with Atlantic Crossing is a Rod Stewart tribute band that will soon have its own venue here. Watch for more information on where, and when. I personally recommend seeing these great guys!

Ken Baker and his staff are in the process of creating a new digital slot machine featuring the legendary Las Vegas hold ’em guy – me. Baker is the guru of the new millennium of digital gambling machines.

David de Alba will be performing his one man show., Finocchio Club Backstage Memoirs at the Onyx Theater on E. Sahara Ave., in August. The show is full of songs and anecdotes that took place backstage at San Francisco’s Finocchio Club. His closing act is a fantastic interpretation of Liza Minnelli’s "New York, New York."

David still retains his remarkable vocal range and is another one of our must-see personalities. For more information contact the theater box office at 702-732-7225.

The Rev Monti again wishes you a great week.