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WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

MR. AND MRS. ANTHONY, or is that Mrs. and Mr. Lopez? Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony kick off their first co-tour with 14 concerts including a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Oct. 26. The show is done in three sets, two individual performances and a duet by the dynamic duo. Top ticket is $200 and scalpers will be getting 20 times that by show time.

IF YOU CAN’T wait that long for your Vegas fix, how about Beyonce’s B’day Tour Aug. 25 at the MGM Grand Arena? The show features an all-girl band and has been to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Austria, Italy France, Ireland, Spain, the UK and just about every other country.

CHEFS Eric Klein (Spago’s), Mark Andelbrandt (Tao), Jeanie Turcato (MGM Grand), Carlton Shinsato (Mirage), Tony Marinas (Paris Las Vegas), Branden Konishi (Roy’s of Summerlin), Percy Oani (Roy’s, Flamingo Road), Luis Alvarez (Osaka of Summerlin), Katherine Brockshire (Rio) and Hiro Nakano (Sen of Japan) have signed up for the Chef’s Challenge at Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois Sept. 15. This year’s secret ingredient - shoyu. The winner will come to Hawaii for the national finals later this year.


DAVID COPPERFIELD’S “An Evening of Grand Illusion"returns to the MGM‘s Hollywood Theater through Sept. 19. If it throws a pickle at you it’s a good thing ... remember when he used to perform at the C’est Si Bon?

SPEAKING OF MAGIC ... 100,000 people are expected to attend the bi-annual Fashion Convention Aug. 27-30.

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: Join the slot club at the Wynn, collect 100 points on your first day and get two free buffets ($38 each). The king of all Vegas buffets (and the food’s good too) features 17 “live action” stations where chefs create made-to-order dishes. Get more Vegas tips at

MAGNUM TAKEOVER? Larry Manetti (Orville Wilbur Richard “Rick"Wright) and Roger Mosley (Theodore “T.C.” Calvin) just finished filming an episode of Las Vegas with new Montecito big guy Tom Selleck (Thomas Magnum). “Selleck calls it The Magnum guys are taking over,” said Manetti. It’s the first time the three have performed together since Magnum PI.


IT’S OFFICIAL ... ground breaking for the new Echelon Place happened last week. The successor to the Stardust is expected to open in 2010, and the price tag jumped from $4 billion to $4.8 billion. Bring along your GPS and comfortable rubbah slippahs to navigate the 140,000-square-foot casino.

STEP INTO the cockpit of a jet fighter in Top Gun. Not for the faint at heart, the Flyby, Engage Enemy Targets, Bonus Extender and Return to Base bonus rounds shake the screen and vibrate your okole, creating a multidimensional slot experience. Sorry ladies, one of the few things the machine will not do is have Tom Cruise give you a goodbye kiss when you’re done.

Stephen Belafonte and Melanie Brown (Scary Spice)
Stephen Belafonte and Melanie Brown (Scary Spice)

SPICE GIRL Mel B (Scary Spice and mama to Eddie Murphy’s baby) did the Vegas quickie wedding thing with film producer Stephen Belafonte (Harry’s son). The drive-thru at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel did the honors.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ... More people go to Vegas than Heaven. According to the Las Vegas Visitor & Convention Authority, 40 million people visited Las Vegas last year.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas online at,, in both issues of “MidWeek” and with Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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