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January 27, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Bette Midler and Pink

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

ONE OF THE things we have in common with Las Vegas is you never know what’s gonna happen on stage, like Prince jamming with Willie K on Maui or Pink singing The Rose with Bette Midler ...

AND SPEAKING OF the local girl with a heart the size of the Big Island, Midler continues to match Haitian donations that are collected from patrons at The Showgirl Must Go On. ... To date, the Divine One is outta pocket more than $18,000. Not going to see Bette by the close of her last show? There are many ways to show your support, including sending the American Red Cross $10 by texting “Haiti” to 90999.

LAS VEGAS Review Journal columnist (and Hurricane Iwa survivor) Norm Clarke reports that infamous White House dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi were greeted with boos and traditional silent display of disgust, known as the thumbs-down salute, when they were introduced at Pure in Caesars Palace last week.

THE EMPEROR has launched a new iPhone app that has continuously updated info on everything in the Palace, including 24/7 booking capability. And if you opt in, you’ll know how Tom Cruise felt in Minority Report because Caesar will use the phone’s GPS to offer you deals based on your location in the Empire.

The CityCenter: a subtle, very un-Vegas-like design

THE 43RD RICHEST American, billionaire financier, corporate raider and private equity investor Carl Ichan, is buying the bankrupt Fountainview, Las Vegas project. The guy whose life was partially portrayed by Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street is real and as serious as a heart attack, and knows the landscape intimately ... He sold the Stratosphere for a reported $1 billion profit in 2007.

THE HIGH-STAKES game of Vegasopoly that’s played with real money and real people continues at Planet Hollywood, where Harrah’s has taken over management of the hotel/casino.

THE MISS AMERICA contestants arrived Thursday for the pageant at Planet Hollywood ... The primping and posing will continue well beyond the Jan. 30 telecast on The Learning Channel. Keep your fingers crossed and rub your lucky charms on the TV (just like you do with the slot machines) for Miss Hawaii Raeceen Anuenue Woolford (she’s on the cover of last week’s MidWeek) to win.

THE LAS VEGAS monorail has seven’d out and filed for bankruptcy protection. To increase revenue, they oughta put slot machines in every car ... After all, the only other public place you won’t see any is in the stalls of the restrooms.

THE NEXT TIME you’re crusin’ the Strip and get the ono’s for something from home ... On the menu at Café Vettro in the CityCenter’s Aria: Portuguese sausage!


AND THE NEXT TIME you’re casino hoppin’, check out the CityCenter. Unlike anything else you’ll see in Vegas, it has its own identity - designed from the ground up not to be a desert imitation of someplace else, it’s like being in a modern art museum that also has a casino and hotel rooms. There are design elements on every surface, yet it’s very subtle (not an adjective usually used to describe anything in Vegas). Could this be tomorrow’s Vegas today?

AND THE BEST WAY to get around CityCenter is on the tram - it’s fast, frequent and best of all free.


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