What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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Revel Sold, Won’t Become a University for Geniuses

The dream of a university for geniuses at the failed Revel casino is gone.

At auction this morning, Brookfield Asset Management purchased Revel with a bid of $110 million — besting Florida developer Glenn Straub’s $95 million bid for the property. Brookfield, based in Toronto, describes itself by saying it focuses on “owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable energy, infrastructure and private equity.”

Brookfield, which manages almost $200 billion in assets, owns the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It plans to run Revel as a casino.

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This Weekend, Beach and Booze: Wine Promenade

winelogo_with DOAC MDDO AC’s Boardwalk Wine Promenade is back for the 2nd year this weekend. This year’s Promenade is from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday the 28th.

Enjoy the beach breeze for the weekend (highs in the mid 70s) as well as over 125 different wines, wine seminars, bourbon tastings, chocolate pairings and more down the beloved boardwalk in Atlantic City. Food samplings from Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City, Harry’s Oyster Bar, Fin Restaurant, Robert’s Steakhouse, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, The Iron Room and more will also be available to keep your stomach happy.

Live music, DJs and art displays will cover the entertainment. Tickets are $65 for Saturday, $55 for Sunday. VIP tickets are also available.

DO AC’s Boardwalk Wine Promenade [Official]

Revel Bidder: Auction Delay Makes It “Tainted”

An attorney for hopeful Revel bidder Glenn Straub, who has pledged $90 million to buy the shuttered Atlantic City casino, called the auction process “tainted” after it was delayed until Tuesday, September 30th.

“It just gives you a dirty feeling,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City, “like you want to … take a shower.” Straub also told the paper he bidded on the property because he was bored. If Revel is not sold to Straub, he gets $3 million. Yes, really.

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Revel Bidder: University Next to Casino Tower Would Have Students Who Are ‘Free, White and Over 21’

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

When Glenn Straub unexpectedly announced his plans to bid $90 million for Revel, we didn’t know much about him. But the Florida developer reveals something new every time he talks to the press about his plans for the $2.4 billion failed casino on the ocean.

Speaking to Reuters about his plans for a university “for geniuses” at the casino site, Straub said he planned to fund the initiative with a 2 percent wage garnish of anyone who’s hired away by a corporation. He also revealed the ideal student for his venture: “Free, white and over 21.” Reuters helpfully points out he was “using a politically incorrect way to describe someone with no financial obligations.” (It’s an archaic idiom that dates to at least the ’30s that means you’re beholden to no one. Still not the expression I’d choose!)

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Revel Bidder Wants to Put a University “for Geniuses” Next to the Casino

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

We told you last week about Florida builder Glenn Straub’s $90 million bid for Revel and his comment about blowing it up if it doesn’t work.

Now comes more word on his vision for the shuttered, $2.4 billion casino in Atlantic City. Straub plans to build a second, 30-25 story tower next to Revel that would host “some of the smartest people in the world.”

“The university’s going to go in,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City. “It’s going to be for geniuses.” Straub says his university will work on solving pressing global issues like nuclear waste disposal. He also told the Press of high-speed ferry and rail plans and an “underground passageway” for Atlantic City in the winter.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Atlantic City

EIP_640x640-gen-IGWe’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s co-headlining show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, September 26th.

The frequent collaborators just kicked off their fall co-headlining tour in support of their latest works, Sex and Love (Iglesias) and Globalization (Pitbull, release TBD). The tour started off with 15 dates, but later expanded to 24, including the one in Atlantic City. It will conclude on October 28th in Orlando, Florida.

To win tickets, sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below between now and Tuesday, September 23rd at 5 p.m. At that point we will draw two names randomly.

The Atlantic City show takes place on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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