Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 | 5:03 p.m.
A slew of Strip stars are supporting this year’s 27th Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 24. It’s one of the biggest social events in Las Vegas and AFAN’s largest annual fundraiser.
TV anchor Chris Saldana hosts with radio personality Lauren Michaels and “The Amazing Race” and Chippendales at the Rio stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis. This year’s festivities include vocal impressionist Veronic DiCaire, who is headlining at Bally’s; “The D*Word: A Musical” cast members; and Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry of “Divas Las Vegas” at the Quad.
Also, the topless temptresses of “Fantasy” at Luxor; singer Maren Wade; Mark Shunock of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian; the Quad headliners Recycled Percussion; the Skating Aratas from “V — The Ultimate Variety Show”; and acts from “Vegas! The Show.”
Additionally, there will be live painting, roaming characters, sword swallowers, hand magicians and impromptu performances by Nevada Ballet Theater. Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller, who are sponsoring this year’s party and are longtime supporters of AFAN, also are expected to attend.
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.