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November 24, 2014

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Congratulations to Steve Wynn, ‘Rock of Ages,’ Las Vegas Weekly and MGM Grand

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Members of Chippendales at the Rio perform during “Mondays Dark” with Mark Shunock, a monthly charitable event, at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday, Dec. 16, 2103. Proceeds from the event benefited Aid for Aids of Nevada.

‘Mondays Dark’ Benefits AFAN

Members of Chippendales at the Rio perform during “Mondays Dark” with Mark Shunock, a monthly charitable event, at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday, Dec. 16, 2103. Proceeds from the event benefited Aid for Aids of Nevada. Launch slideshow »

Grand applause for Steve Wynn and his Wynn Las Vegas staff recognized today by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as the top Nevada resort on its 2014 Gold List. Additionally, Steve’s hotel was included in the prestigious Platinum Circle awarded only to those on the Gold List for five consecutive years.

‘Rock of Ages’

The Las Vegas cast of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” celebrates its first anniversary at the Venetian tonight, with an after-party at Insert Coin(s) downtown. Proof to “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Mark Shunock, who plays the show’s narrator and hosts the monthly fundraiser “Mondays Dark” at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel, told me: “Ticket sales are solid and strong and keep growing every week. We have had some fans return as many as five times to see the show.”

Mark changed the format of “Mondays Dark” this week in the second fundraiser (the first last month was for Opportunity Village). The talk show set and couch format is gone, but the number of volunteer entertainers for Monday’s Aid for AIDS of Nevada fundraiser was doubled for performances.

Mark also has created a unique element to add to the next 10 charity shows in his bid to raise $120,000 over 12 months: Strip and VIP rival competitors will read excerpts from the play “Love Letters.”

Las Vegas Weekly

Our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly celebrate their 15th anniversary tonight at the Tropicana. Editor at Large John Katsilometes and I are hosting a party, with roving mics at the Havana Room, to benefit the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians.

Among the Strip stars lined up to join our publisher Brian Greenspun, Las Vegas Weekly Publisher Travis Keys and Editor Sarah Feldberg for the night of comedy, music and surprises: Stratosphere headliners Claire Sinclair and Frankie Moreno; singers Felice Garcia (“Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s) and Pia Zadora; “Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Graham Fenton; singer-actor Joey Fatone; Smith Center headliner Clint Holmes and his wife, Kelly Clinton Holmes; Chippendales at the Rio dancers Jaymes Vaughan, James Davis, Ryan Stuart and Gavin McHale; and more.

MGM Grand

And today marks the 20th anniversary of MGM Grand, and return guests over the years to the giant green building have checked in to celebrate. There are no official parties or events because in Las Vegas, we never look back; we always look forward. When MGM Grand opened 20 years ago, it was a busy time, as Luxor and Treasure Island had opened mere months earlier in October 1993.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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