The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California on July 7, 1984 · 44
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The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California · 44

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D12 - THE DESERT SUN Piln Spriigs Cilif— Sitirday July 7 1984 Streets off j ’ t Lgds Wgjis By Lamont Pattersoa t S i t I y ' 4 4 i 1 i I T ' r I 4 I t I I y 15 Hi I n Many visitors coming to Las Vegas have discovered or rediscovered "Glitter Gulch" That’s where the action is today When it comes to dining downtown is more than just a string of snack bars serving 49-cent shrimp cocktails Those who take their victuals with utmost seriousness have also discovered one of the best-kept secrets — The Great Moments Gourmet Room in the Las Vegas Club (not a private club) where Fremont Street meets Main This intimate 100-seat room is serenely tucked away from the decibels of the slot machine past a winding hall adorned with the autographed photos representing "great moments' in the world of sports Notables like Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth having breakfast in their rubes Jesse Owens Alice Marble Joe Louis Gene Tunney Bill Shoemaker Eddie Arcaro Rogers Hornsby Joe DiMaggio Ted Williams Damon Runyan and others Even the baseball shoes of Maury Wills A gallery of true greats Trying to compare restaurants in Las Vegas is like trying to judge tulips in Holland Mel Exber president of the Las Vegas dub recently changed the name from the Stadium Club to The Great Moments because he felt that it better depicted the actual dining experience He said it this way "When people come to our restaurant they enjoy great moments in dining We wanted to capture their experience in the name of the room” This scribe having spent many pleasurable moments dining in some of the great restaurants in Europe South America and New York City would rank Great Moments with Las Vegas’ best — the look the food and the service are in high-level harmony I’m always impressed when the Chef de Cuisine comes out of his cuisinary lab in clinical whites and inquires if the serious epicures are enjoying their gastronomical delights From talking with Belgian-born Ben Jacobs I concluded that he not only enjoys his profession but from his not too slender physique must also enjoy his own cooking Not a bad recommendation Jacobs’ culinary career is brim Princess Anne to attend ‘Turandot’ at Music Center By JACKIE HYMAN AmdatcS Pmi Writer IDS ANGELES (AP) — For its first production to premiere outside England and its first visit to the United States the Royal Opera is staging a dramatically different interpretation of Puccini’s “Turandot” says director Andrei Serban “Turandot” set in Peking tells the story of a vengeful princess and the exiled prince who seeks to win her hand by solving three riddles It will premiere Monday night with Princess Anne in attendance at the Los Angeles Music Center as part of the Olympic Arts Festival “The way to approach Turandot’ an opera that is usually done on a long staircase is not to do that” the Romanian-born producer-director said at a press conference “The (new) treatment is highly stylized and it’s much more related to the visual techniques in the Kabuki theater of Japan than to the western psychological techniques” The opera stars Placido Domingo and Gwyneth Jones Joining the visit is legendary soprano Dame Eva Turner who sang “Turandot” for more than 50 years Miss Turner 92 is coaching Miss Jones who sings the role for the first time Domingo who has played in other productions of “Turandot” praised Serban’s approach saying it involves “a lot of warmth and human contact between Turandot and all the characters” The Royal Opera will also present “Peter Grimes” starring Jon Vickers and Heather Harper and “Die Zauberflote” (‘The Magic Flute”) starring Helen Donath and Stuart Burrows for which some tickets are still available Princess Anne has arrived in Los Angeles The princess a horsewoman who competed at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal is president of the British Olympic Association Her schedule calls for an off-the-record media reception Sunday morning followed by a lunch given by arts festival director Robert Fitzpatrick On Sunday afternoon Princess Anne will visit Para Los Ninos a nonprofit agency that aids neglected and abused children In the evening she will attend a reception and dinner hosted by the Music Crater Opera Association and American Friends of Covent Garden She will tour Capital Records in Hollywood Monday morning watching a pop group rehearse and record After a visit to the French Impressionist art exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art she will visit Bullocks Wilshire for the department store’s “Grand Great Britain” promotion That night she will attend the opening of “Turandot" LEFTY MULDOONS Dining — Live Entertainment — Dancing FEATURING WILLIE RESTUM JERRY HARRISON DON PARKS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR LUNCH & DINNER FEATURING OUR WORLD FAMOUS BABY BACK RIBS 320-951 1 RESERVATIONS ADVISED 327-1 141 1111 E PALM CANYON DR PALM SPRINGS IN THE 0C0TILL0 LODGE ming with great moments He is no stranger to the Los Angeles area For li years he satisfied the chic movie crowd at Romanoffs Before becoming chef for John Wayne’s film-making enterprise Batjack Productions he was banquet chef at the then-new Dorothy Chandler ' Pavilion He also demonstrated his art on the gourmet horse-racing circuit Wherever he has donned his white toque he has excelled The warm graceful greeting by lovely brunette Pat Biancone who handles her duties of maitre-d’ with ease and efficiency blends in beautifully with the cheerful comfortable ambience of paintings gold-edged china beige linen tufted banquettes and hurricane lamps used a sconces pleasantly illuminating the lovely colonial decor Now we come to the inventive ambitious variety of dishes that distinguish Chef Jacobs For openers I selected Shrimp Scampi Savoy ($795) swimming in a boldly flavored sauce with diced mushrooms and hot cheese-garlic bread Next was potage creme de cerfeuil with the pure parsley aroma and flavor ($150) The hot spinach salad for two was well worth $750 with a sprinkle of brown sugar to give it an exquisite caramelized touch For my main entree I selected fork-tender veal scallopini marsala ami couldn’t have made a better choice ($1295) My only meal of the day Other specialties a cause for celebration include coq au vin frog legs steak lamb and surf and turf All tempting The strawberries romanoff followed by a steaming robust cappuccino topped off the 90 minutes at The Great Moments making it a momentous occasion A simple equation — prices moderate — standards high — service impeccable — ambience distinctive As sportscaster Mel Allen used to say "How about that'” A grand slam for Exber Dinner nightly 5:30 to 11 pm All major credit cards accepted Telephone 702-385-1664 iririt Coming: Count Basie Orchestra with Joe Williams at the Union Plaza July 24 Artie Shaw in person Aug 4 at the Showboat ‘South Pacific’ one of several revivals planned for new season ByENIDNEMY NY Time Newt Scnice NEW YORK - Can it be 35 years since Ezio Pinza had an enchanted evening and Mary Martin had the cleanest hair on Broadway? It can be and is and with such an obvious clue it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that a revival of “South Pacific” the Rodgers and Hammers tein musical adaptation of James A Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific" is in the works It will be produced by Don Gre- IJrofterttcaoirammeirafl gory who was also responsible Jane” written with PG Wode-for the reincarnation of “My Fair house and Guy Bolton had its last Lady” and “Camelot” with AJ New York production in 1959 Antoon (of “The Rink") directing “Music in the Air” and “Sweet and Rita Ryack (of “My One and Adeline” were written with Only") doing the costumes The Oscar Hammerstein “Sweet Ade-$15 million show is scheduled to line” being the musical that intro-open in San Antonio on Nov 5 and duced “Why Was I Born” a line to crisscross the country before arriving in New York late next summer Richard Kiley best remembered for “Man of La Mancha” will play Emile de Becque but for f 0 1 — -f — — wwBvwaaawr — W CCVWI several reasons (could publicity can’t believe that she’s doing what be one?) nationwide auditions will she’s doing which is stopping be held for the Nellie For bush mothers on the street admiring role Potential Mary Martins will their babies and asking how old be flown to New York late next they are It’s a far cry from the month for the final selection young woman who was “never Gregory has signed Andrew really fascinated by babies” until Jackness for the sets which he six months ago That’s when her says will have a fresh approach own child Molly Schrader was In this case that means the see- born — in Japan where her hus-nery will be symbolic rather than band Paul Schrader is directing literal a movie The show will be choreo- The mothers who are graphed rather than staged approached seldom recognize because Gregory said “we’re Miss Hurt as the actress who US's Tffae (Daxofl" IPflsice To E3®E Meet friends and make friends Ice Skating Celebrate after the Game — Celebrate any occassnn — with your group at special low rates! 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