No, I don’t know who Cobra Starship is but their “#1Nite” (yes, that’s how they spell it) is the sort of bubble-gum pop that ought to stick to the top of the charts. It’s another entry in that can’t-fail music-video genre, “Wacky Weekend in Vegas.” What sets this one somewhat apart is the use of the Neon Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame among its locations, which also include nightlife’s version of a pilgrimage to Lourdes: Pure.
Bet you didn’t know that it’s possible to simultaneously drive past Binion’s Gambling Hall and Harrah’s Las Vegas, only to pull into the Gold Strike, down in Jean (Cobra Starship is livin’ large!), which turns out to have a totally rockin’ sports book. Maybe I’ve just gone crazy from the heat but, if you live here, the “creative geography” routinely on display in, say, CSI is pretty droll.
When Cobra Starship heads home to Los Angeles after their palatial Gold Strike stay, they could stop over in Newberry, Calif., to see a house that sits atop an extinct (we hope) volcano and enjoys a fascinating backstory. Since the domicile has just been donated by owner and TV personality Huell Howser to Chapman University and will become student living quarters, Cobra Starship should feel in the right millieu.
Victorville and bust. What keeps Sig “The Fixer” Rogich’s Choo-Choo to Nowhere on track? At one end, there’s the juice of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). At the other is the utter desperation of the City of Victorville, which is under SEC scrutiny for the apparent misappropriation of civic funds. Behaving like a bunch of Caesars Entertainment executives, city fathers have blown public money on such things as $103 million worth of private-sector airplane hangars.
Now, Victorville is so destitute and its unemployment so high (14%) that vulture capitalist WalMart is swooping for the kill, preparing to build a pair of ultra-low-wage super stores in the high desert. Given the thirst for jobs, Victorville citizenry presumably isn’t in the mood to ask questions about the viability of building a big-ass park-and-ride for commuter rail between their city and Las Vegas … and both Siggy and Old Sixty Votes are probably very aware of that.
Food Network has been all over Vegas like a cheap suit lately. Guy Fieri has been helping put Cajun eatery Lola’s and the Eurasian cuisine of Forte on the map. Now, having exhausted the possibilities of Phoenix, evidently, Food Network’s Mystery Diners series is reportedly headed for Sin City, too.
Finally … nothing says “I love you” like giving that special someone a ring that doubles as dice. Just imagine all the arguments you’ll settle just by seeing who rolls the higher number.