The Rock is back in action! On Wednesday, July 18, Monti Rock III appeared at Branden Powers’ Golden Tiki along with the Gazillionaire from Absinthe, who was receiving his “shrunken head” award. I actually received the same award, with my old ponytail, last year from Golden Tiki and it is on the famed wall of shrunken heads on display at this great, fun, mood altering lounge at 3939 Spring Mountain Road, just a hop from the Strip.
Branden also owns the Evel Pie in downtown and partners at this venue with Evel Knievel's son. Recently married, Branden is in great shape after losing about 50 pounds. Good for you, Branden! May your success in both venues continue to grow and may your marriage be a very happy and forever one.
It felt great to be in action, making appearances again, Thank you, Branden, for making it happen. My best friend, Lu, was there too, cheering me along. It truly is like not working when you are really having fun.
Sushi at Red Rock
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will be opening at Red Rock Resort late this year. The Japanese-style tavern will offer a nice variety of small plates, entrees, family-style platters and, of course, sushi. Bruce and Eric Bromberg – brothers, chefs and co-founders of New York-based Blue Ribbon Restaurants – are excited about this latest addition to their growing food empire and so am I as I can’t wait to order some of their famous award-winning fried chicken with wasabi honey.
And don’t forget all the other great dining options at Red Rock, including Scott Conant's Masso Osteria, T-bones Chophouse, 8 Noodle Bar, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Yardhouse, Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the Grand Café and the Feast Buffet.
Disco greats at Palace
KC and the Sunshine Band (KC was a great pal of mine in the disco era.) and The Village People – remember those fabulous men who wore uniforms of various professions and did those great dance numbers – will be at the Palace Station on Saturday, Sept. 15.
I can’t wait to hear “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Shake Your Booty” from KC. And everyone remembers “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man” and “In the Navy” from the Village People.
What a great night it will be! Tickets are on sale now and going fast.
Lionel Richie – a multi-platinum artist and four-time Grammy winner – will finish up his residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood this year. He will be here Aug. 15-28 for seven shows and again Oct. 3-20 for nine performances.
He was originally a member of the great group the Commodores back in the 1970's and wrote hits such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and “Easy (Like Sunday Morning).” Can't wait to see you again, Lionel!
At the cinema
“Leave No Trace” is a remarkable film about a father who is suffering from PTSD and takes his young daughter to live in the wild in Forest Park near Portland, Oregon.
When they are discovered by government authorities they are forced into social services. But that doesn’t work for them and they are soon heading on an amazing journey back to the wild and a place to call home.
This was a moving film with some top quality acting.
After the movie, my friend Lu and I headed to Tomo Noodles & Dumplings for the best fried rice, ramen and dumplings that make your tummy feel great. Plus it is health oriented. Inside the restaurant is the counter-service Enso Tea Bar which offers delicious teas and a “to die for” white peach slush.
I cannot give enough accolades to the vision of the owner, Daniel Schneider (who is a published author as well) and his continual hands-on approach to his patrons and his own kitchen work on orders.
If you have not been to Tomo at Village Square (Sahara and Fort Apache) yet you must go. This is one special noodle house!
Until next week, stay out of the heat… head to your nearest casino and have fun!
Monti and Zozo the wonder dog