Friday, August 22, 2014
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Weekend wrap

It's definitely not the most star-studded weekend in AyCee--partly because the Borgata Poker Open i still camped out in the casino's Event Center. But there is still a few shows of interest scheduled.

Weekend wrap

It's definitely not the most star-studded weekend in AyCee--partly because the Borgata Poker Open is still camped out in the casino's Event Center. But there are a few shows of interest scheduled.

LYNDA SYNGS: "Wonder Woman," a.k.a Lynda Carter, continues her run at Harrah's Resort. Backed by a quintet of big-time players who've worked with everyone from Toto to Cher to Elton John, the still-fabulous-looking Carter, 57, serves up a mixed bag of jazz-flavored tunes that covers a lot of territory, including Motown and pre-rock pop standards.

Carter's voice won't blow you away, but it's sultry and expressive enough to put across the material. The problem with her set is that the overwhelming majority of tunes are ballads; a few more up-tempo numbers would definitely make for a more sonically interesting 60 minutes.

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd.. 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 8 p.m. Sunday, $40, (800) 735-1420, www.ticketmaster.com.

A MUSICAL MARRIAGE: Way across town at the Atlantic City Hilton, the husband-wife team of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are recalling the glory days of their '60s hit machine, The 5th Dimension, as well as performing material--including "One Less Bell to Answer" and "You Don't Have to Be A Star (To Be in My Show")--from their collective and solo post-5D careers.

Atlantic City Hilton, Boardwalk at Boston Avenue, 9 tonight, $35. (800) 736-1420, www.ticketmaster.com.

NAS ATTACK: For something a little more contemporary, you can hit House of Blues tonight, where rapper  Nas makes with the rhymes. The hip-hop vet--born Nasir Jones--has just released his ninth CD, "Untitled." It was originally called "N----r," but protests from various and diverse quarters, including Rev. Al Sharpton on the left, and various Fox News jabbering heads on the right, succeeded in getting Nas to reconsider.

Showboat, Boardwalk at Delaware Avenue, 9 p.m., $76 and $48,50, (800) 736-1420, www.ticketmaster.com.

About this blog
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.”

You can reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com. Reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com.

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