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October 24, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Justin Timberlake

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

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE raised more than $1 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children with his three-hour Planet Hollywood concert with buddies the Jonas Brothers, 50 Cent, Lionel Richie, Rihanna, Leona Lewis and (Black Eyed Peas).

YEAH, BUT CAN she dance? Club Paradise,a Las Vegas strip club, is having a Sarah Palin look-alike contest. The winner will be determined by the club’s patrons after a debate and swimsuit competition. Get chance ... Tina Fey has said she’s too busy to write a book (for a $6 million advance) so she’ll probably be passing on the $10,000 contest.

IF IT’S GOOD enough for Celine ... Taking a few days off from her tour to chill in Vegas,she checked out Criss Angel’s Believe and Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On. She was in good company - in the audience were music executive Clive Davis (director/creator of Saltimbanco, Mystere, Le Reve and Celine’s A New Day) Franco Dragone and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

THE DIVINE MS. M and Elton John are booked solid at the Caesars Palace Colosseum now through the end of December ... What happened to Cher?

Celine Dion

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you ... This month the Bellagio is 10 years old.

TO BOLDLY GO where no one wants to be ... It’s no secret that Neonopolis has had a difficult time attracting visitors, but it hopes to reverse that trend if it can become the new home of Star Trek: The Experience.

HIT A 7-7-7 on the blackjack tables, get a three-of-a-kind in three-card poker, a royal flush on the video poker machines or hit $1,000-plus and win a free fleece pullover at the Las Vegas Hilton ... It never hurts to check what the current promotions are at the players club booth.

CAN I GET fries with that? ... Last week gasless cars raced from California to Las Vegas. The Escape from Berkeley race was created to demonstrate the possibilities of non-petroleum-based transportation and featured a vegetable oil-powered Mercedes, a wood-burning Dodge Dakota and the winning entrant: a home-built sports car. With a top speed of 72 mph,it made the 600-mile voyage on only 12 gallons of canola oil.

VEGAS TV ... The Travel Channel is shootingVegas Revolution featuring Wolfgang Puck in three of the show’s six episodes (CUT in the Palazzo,Chinois at Caesars Palace and Postrio at the Venetian). Also look for Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars,Paul Bartolotta’s Ristorante di Mare at the Wynn and Kerry Simon’s Simon in the Palms Place Tower when the mouthwatering series airs starting Nov. 13.

A gasless car in the Escape from Berkeley race

NEW ON THE Chinois menu: a 15-layer mocha cake. It’s a flourless piece of chocolate heaven with candied walnuts served with a side of vanilla ice cream ... No foget say howzit to local boy Chef Terence Fong while you’re there.

GET OUTTA the casino and into the kitchen! The first Saturday of every month, $40 gets you into the VOX Wine Lounge,where Executive Chef David Nayfield opens his recipe book and shows you how to create some of his tasty dishes. Call (702) 407-7780 to schedule a class (lunch included).

CHEF EMERIL LAGASSE says he’s putting a sports bar back into Jay-Z’s old 40/40 Club in the Palazzo: “We’re going to have a lot of fun with it and do the ultimate sports bar - killer food and great fun.” He plans to have it opened before the end of the football season and may name it E.J.‘s Sports Bar & Grille after his son, Emeril John.

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