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September 19, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Mayor Oscar Goodman and Binion’s owner Terry Caudill with Jack Daniel’s and Miller representatives

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

DAWN RICHARD OF Danity Kane celebrated her 25th birthday at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone last weekend ... You know you’re getting old when you’d rather see the new SW-1000 instead. The Orange County Choppers guys were on hand the same evening to present magician Steve Wyrick with their latest creation to commemorate his 1,000th show. See the bike for yourself in front of the Side-strip patio.

THIS WEEKEND the four-time Grammy-winning Boys II Men concertize at the Orleans Showroom.

JAPANESE SMOOTH JAZZ-new age pianist Keiko Matsui plays at the Green Valley Ranch Sept. 20.

BRITNEY SPEARS is releasing a new album by the end of the year, and is planning to kick off her new tour at the Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.

IMPRESSIONIST GORDIE BROWN is putting the “Downtown"back in his name ... He’s the headliner at the Golden Nugget’s new showroom starting Feb. 3, right after he finishes opening for Celine Dion’s tour.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS Mayor Oscar Goodman celebrated the opening of Benny’s Bullpen Sports Bar & Cigar Lounge at the legendary Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel. Play video poker as you enjoy a cigar and its locally brewed beers.

Blue Man Group

THE SHARE OUR STRENGTH Great American Dine Out presented by American Express is happening Sept. 21-28. Restaurants all over America are joining in to help end childhood hunger. According to Share Our Strength’s Billy Shore, “One in every six children in America suffers from uncertain access to the healthy, nutritious foods they need to avoid the lifelong and devastating consequences of hunger.“Endorsed by award-winning Vegas chefs including Thomas Keller, Mary Sue Milliken and Tom Collichio, restaurants will be contributing a portion of sales to ensure that no kid in America grows up hungry. To do your part (dine out), visit to find a participating Vegas eatery, or here at home go to Buca di Beppo or Formaggio Grill.

CRUISIN’ AROUND TOWN, you’ve probably driven by Dan Towbin’s Hummer dealership in Las Vegas. Or maybe you saw it on A&E’s King of Cars special. Soon it’ll make history again as the eighth Hummer dealership to close in the U.S. Blame it on the pump ... At current prices, it costs almost $100 to fill up the H3, the smallest Hummer.

THERE’S A NEW WAY to get Vegas show tickets ... is a subscription-based service. A two-month two-ticket sub is $49, it’s $89 for a year or $169 for four tickets a year, and you can sign up for as many shows as you wish. The catch? You never know what shows they’ll be offering. Don’t expect tickets to a Cirque show, but recent offering have been Blue Man Group, Penn & Teller, Sarah Silverman, Kansas, Peter Frampton and Barry Manilow.

CRAPPED OUT ... The only topless club on Fremont Street, Glitter Gulch, was denied a gaming license for 15 slot machines by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

NOW OPEN in Town Square, Texas de Brazil is a traditional Brazilian “Churrascaria,” (steak-house) where $44.99 gets you the gourmet salad bar (with more than 50 sides and salads) and unlimited portions of 15 grilled meats, including slow-roasted leg of lamb, herb-marinated pork loin, garlic-marinated picanha, filet mignon wrapped in smoked bacon, Brazilian sausage, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon.

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