Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.
Marty Allen and Steve Rossi
Marty Allen and Steve Rossi
Three comedy and music superstars and Las Vegas veterans are getting well-deserved salutes for their birthday and career-milestone celebrations.
Legendary actor, comedian and Las Vegas resident Jerry Lewis will be honored with a Hollywood Boulevard hand-and-footprint concrete ceremony as part of the fifth year of the Classic Film Festival marking Turner Classic Movies’ 20th anniversary on April 12.
Director Quentin Tarantino will be one of the stars taking the podium for the ceremony. After the “cementing,” Jerry will screen his comedy hit “The Nutty Professor” and take part in a Q+A with audience participation.
Jerry turned 88 on Sunday, and producer John Simpson is planning a Las Vegas salute with Strip stars to mark the comedian’s 50-year career. Jerry is performing at South Point from May 30-June 1.
The TCM Classic Film Festival also will pay tribute to Quincy Jones on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker,” which marked his debut as a movie composer. Our Keep Memory Alive fundraiser feted Quincy here last April at MGM Grand Garden Arena on his 80th birthday.
MARTY ALLEN TURNS 92
This Sunday, comedy veteran Marty Allen celebrates his 92nd birthday, and he’s still going strong appearing at the downtown Plaza for three nights with his lovely wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell, starting March 27.
Celebrations have begun early with members of the Italian-American Club hosting a brunch at Bagel Delicatessen honoring the wild brillo pad-haired comic who has to now be the world’s oldest touring standup.
Club President Nelson Sardelli presented him with a smoked whitefish complete with candle, and restaurant patrons sang him “Happy Birthday.” Nelson told me: “He’s enriched our lives with love and humor.”
Check out the two YouTube videos of Marty with Las Vegas entertainment partner Steve Rossi from the former’s 70-year-plus showbiz career with a record-breaking 40 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” including the night of The Beatles’ U.S. debut in 1964.
Marty told me a week ago that he has absolutely no intention of retiring and will be carried offstage when he performs his final show. “I’ve still got energy, so I’m not letting go yet,” he said.
We’ll have the full interview with Marty next week.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.
Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.
The Plaza, renovated in 2011, has a lobby that features marble and inlaid mosaic tiles, chandeliers and a plush front desk that matches the classic Las Vegas feel with a contemporary look.
The hotel has 1,003 rooms and suites that showcase views of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Amenities include world-class entertainment, a casino floor that offers an array of classic gaming choice, which include 600 slot machines, a 400-seat bingo room, 18 table games and 57,120 square feet of casino space.
Among the dining options is Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads, a steakhouse opened by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, which is located in the glittery dome enclosure above the hotel's main entrance.
The Plaza sits at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience on the site of the first train depot and auction site in Las Vegas, dating back to the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905. The railroad was sold to Union Pacific in 1921 and the depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel, built in 1971.
The hotel has been featured or is visible in several movies, including the 1971 James Bond film, "Diamonds are Forever;" the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II;" the 1995 move "Casino," and the 2000 movie "Pay it Forward."