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It's in to be 'Out' in AyCee this weekend

It's time again to go "Out" in Atlantic City.
Tomorrow, Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s fourth annual "Out in AC Weekend" kicks off at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.

It's in to be 'Out' in AyCee this weekend

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It’s time again to go “Out” in Atlantic City.

Tomorrow, Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s fourth annual “Out in AC Weekend” kicks off at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. 

Although it’s a smaller-scale event than in the past (when all four Atlantic City CEI properties were involved), the alternative-lifestyle program still offers a full slate of activities for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) crowd.

The fun kicks off at the Pool at Harrah’s, where the free pre-party for tomorrow night’s Miss’d America drag pageant will take place between 2 and 6 p.m. Then it’s off to Boardwalk Hall where the women are men competing for the coveted title of “Miss’d America 2012.” As he has in the past, TV’s Carson Kressley will be the ringmaster of the naughty, bawdy and gaudy circus that begins at 8 p.m.

After a good night’s (morning’s?) sleep, revelers can cap the weekend at Harrah’s where, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they’ll be staging the “Out of Control Brunch and Bingo” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($40 admission).

For more information about “Out in AC Weekend, go tohttp://www.caesars.com/getoutinac. To order tickets to any of the paid events, go to www.ticketmaster.com. For more info on “Miss’d America,” go to http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/missd-america.aspx.

"Miss'd" bashes at Resorts

They're not official "Out in AC" event (because they're not at a Caesars property), but the official pre-and post-"Miss'd America" bachanals are set for Resorts Casino Hotel.

The pregame festivities begin at 8 tonight at Night Fever  (formerly Boogie Nights). Tomorrow's after-party takes place at Pro Bar, the gay disco on Resorts' 13th floor. 

Admission for each of the soirees is $10 (free with VIP passes to "Miss'd America"). 

Pulling out?

Speaking of Caesars Entertainment Corp., is the union-driven high cost of promoting concerts and other major events at Boardwalk Hall too much for the company’s AyCee empire?

Perhaps.

In an interview with David Spatz of Atlantic City WeeklyDon Marrandino--who, as Eastern Region President of CEI, presides over the Vegas-based company’s local fiefdom (which includes Harrah’s Chester)--vented his spleen about the economics of doing business at the iconic, 83-year-old auditorium.

“The only way you can fix it is not to book shows [at Boardwalk Hall], and I’m getting close to that point,” Marrandino told Spatz. “I get on my soap box every time I talk about ... the union contracts and how unreasonable they are there. If they were reasonable, we would be able to afford to do more shows there.”

In addition to bringing such musical giants as Barbra Streisand andPaul McCartney to the hall, the four CEI casinos have also sponsored such events as boxing matches, tennis exhibitions and minor-league hockey games. The company's next scheduled Boardwalk Hall attraction is the Jan. 30 American Hockey League  All-Star Game.

Although Caesars picks up the tab for these programs, virtually all of Atlantic City’s casinos benefit from them, especially Trump Plaza, which is connected by a corridor to the arena.

Everlast-in’ gig

The free series of concerts at Showboat Atlantic City continues tonight as the Grammy-copping rapper known as Everlast (real name: Erik Francis Schrody) rips it up and throws it down in the Backstage area of the House of Blues casino beginning at 9. Also on the bill is DJ B Lee.

You must, of course, be 21 to par-tay with the Artist Formerly Known as Whitey Ford. And it is advised that those wishing to avail themselves of Backstage’s sofa seating get there well before the 9 p.m. tipoff.

 

 

 

 

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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