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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock Benefits “His Love Street” Charity

The August edition of “Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock”  took place on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The evening titled “Soul Funkdafied”, featured singers Earl Turner, Clint Holmes, Chadwick Johnson, Skye Dee Miles, former “Supreme” Mary Wilson, LV Tenors, Lisa Mack, (Gladys Knight's brother and lead “Pip”, Bubba Knight,  former America's Got Talent winner Michael Grim,  and others.  Following the success of last month’s CLASSIC VEGAS night, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the August show will benefit the local charity, HIS LOVE STREET.

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Mark Shunock
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Mark Shunock and wife Cheryl Daro
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Skye Dee Miles
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Bubba Knight
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Carmen Shortino Paul Shortino Mondays Dark 10 55531
Carmen and Paul Shortino
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Chadwick Johnson
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Earl and Christine Turner
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Eric Jordan Young
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Las Vegas Tenors Lou Gazzara Bobby Black Shai Yammanee Mondays Dark 10 55492
The Las Vegas Tenors - Lou Gazzara, Bobby Black, and Shia Yammanee
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Lisa Mack
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Phillip Drennin, Naybel Gorgoy, and Jassen Allen Cropp
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Second Wind
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2 of a Kind - Tymara Walker and Dani Corley
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Red carpet arrivals included: Stephanie Vehon, Morea Reveen, Anthony Cools, Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel of Zowie Bowie, John Katsilometes, Jerry Jones, Maren Wade, Cheryl Daro, Maxine Gaines, Marc Love Chemerys, Jennifer Romas, Liz Clark, Lorraine Fidler, Jeff Civillico, Jenny Tolen, Janit Paige, Brittany Nance Gazzara, Amanda Avila, among others.

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Stephanie Vehon
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Morea Reveen and Anthony Cools
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Lydia Ansel and Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie with Jennifer Romas and Amanda Avila
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John Katsilometes, Amanda Avila, Jerry Jones and Maren Wade
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Marc Love Chemerys
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Lydia Ansel Jennifer Romas Liz Clark Mondays Dark 10 55576
Lydia Ansel, Jennifer Romas and Liz Clark
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Lorraine Fidler Chadwick Johnson Mondays Dark 10 55551
Lorraine Fidler and Chadwick Johnson
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Jeff Civillico
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Chris Phillips Lydia Ansel Mark Shunock Mondays Dark 10 55570
Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel of Zowie Bowie with Mark Shunock
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Brittany Nance Gazzara Lou Gazzara Mondays Dark 10 55495
Brittany and Lou Gazzara
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Every month Shunock gathers an eclectic cast of guests including stars from Hollywood, the Strip, musical acts, athletes and celebrity chefs for 90 minutes of chat, entertainment - and a lot of laughs. “Mondays Dark” partners with a different Las Vegas-based charity to raise money each month for that charity, between ticket sales and silent auction items. Previous charities to benefit from Mondays Dark include Opportunity Village and AFAN (AID FOR AID of NEVADA), Nevada SPCA and the St. Therese Center HIV Outreach, The Shine Family Foundation, and The Miracle League of LV.

The theme for the next edition of Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock is “Gone Country” to benefit the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation.


The Venue Las Vegas Breaks Ground in Downtown Las Vegas

The Venues Group, a premier special event and entertainment facility group, celebrated the development of its downtown Las Vegas location with a ceremonial ground-breaking event on August 7. Executives from The Venue Scottsdale including Owner and Founder Victor Perrillo and Vice President David Twigger, along with Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, commemorated The Venue Las Vegas with a brief press conference and VIP event to reveal information about the space and showcase architectural renderings of its future location, scheduled to open in February of 2015.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, welcomes the crowd to the groundbreaking of The Venue Las Vegas – a multifaceted events facility set to open in February 2015 at 760 Fremont Street on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

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David Twigger, Vice President of The Venue of Las Vegas, conducts a television interview at a press conference and groundbreaking celebration announcing The Venue Las Vegas at 760 Fremont Street on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Since 2006, The Venue Scottsdale has been known as one of the most upscale and high-profile locations in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area to host special events, including music concerts, entertainment shows, charity galas, wedding ceremonies and receptions, meeting conventions and tradeshows, as well as social events such as proms, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Expanding on its success in Scottsdale, The Venue Las Vegas will offer the same capabilities as the original location at its new property in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in the Fremont East District.
The Venue Las Vegas will feature 36,000 square feet of unique and versatile special event and meeting space with two full stories and a rooftop patio, including six indoor and outdoor event spaces for parties that can accommodate as little as 30 or up to 2,000 guests. Featuring exterior stone work and interior urban chic décor, the state-of-the-art event space will also include a built-in stage and entertainment hall with full audio and lighting production, on-site gourmet catering with limitless culinary options, private rooms, outdoor patios, a VIP and billiards area, and V2 = Virtue & Vice Lounge, an upscale bar and lounge featuring specialty drinks and small plates. V2 = Virtue & Vice Lounge will be open to the public on a nightly basis unless occupied for a special event buyout. Primed with a highly experienced in-house event design team, The Venue Las Vegas can customize and execute creatively themed special events of any size.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman; David Twigger, Vice President of The Venue Las Vegas and Victor Perrillo, CEO and Founder of The Venue Las Vegas and Ricki Y. Barlow, Councilman of Ward 5; break ground at the future site of The Venue Las Vegas, located at 760 Fremont Street on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Founded by Owner and visionary Victor Perrillo, The Venue Las Vegas will add 200 jobs to the burgeoning downtown area, at a time when it is experiencing tremendous growth and economic upturn. “I’ve wanted to expand to Las Vegas for many years, and purchased this land eight years ago,” said Perrillo. “I waited to build our second location until the time was right. With recent investments the community has made to revitalize downtown, we felt that this year was the perfect time to develop The Venue Las Vegas.”
“We’ve noticed there was a real need for this type of mixed use special event facility in downtown Las Vegas,” added David Twigger, Vice President of The Venue Las Vegas and The Venue Scottsdale. “We began to feel a strong sense of community pride and a commitment to make downtown a success, and we wanted to be a part of it.”

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

On August 5, one lucky man hit the $1.2 MILLION JACKPOT on Bally Technologies’ Millionaire Sevens Progressive Link at Downtown Grand Las Vegas. The Texas man, who asked to remain anonymous, hit the life-changing jackpot while playing the one-cent denomination 1,000,000 Degrees game Triple Blazing 7s Wild Jackpot. The jackpot, which hit at about 9 p.m., paid a total of $1,212,863.16.

Vocal impressionist VERONIC DICAIRE met with “Lend Your Voice” charity Olive Crest, Friday, August 15, 2014 to donate funds raised during her June campaign. Throughout the month, Véronic raised $1,936 for Olive Crest by encouraging audience donations during her show, VÉRONIC Voices at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family. By working tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 60,000 children and families.

Veronic Decaire (second from left)

Coinciding with MAGIC, the renowned fashion event that takes place in Las Vegas twice a year, FASHION WEEK LAS VEGAS, an independent entity, created by founder Milka Von Rhedey,  was held August 18-21, 2014 in Studio B,  adjacent to the Palms Casino Hotel, featuring a full four nights of runway shows where more than 30 established international designers and emerging designers were given a platform to show their creations to buyers from all over the world.  Fashion Week Las Vegas (FWLV) Season 5 also featured a runway model competition organized by FWLV Runway Director Russell Frank, showcasing an amazing group of new young talent that strutted their stuff on the runway each night.

Meeting popular demand, the first-ever Chinese show to take up a Las Vegas residency PANDA!,  combining high-flying acrobatics, mystifying martial arts, music, and dance, has announced additional performance dates at The Palazzo Las Vegas through December 28, 2014.  PANDA! performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the new performance dates are now on sale at any Box Office at The Venetian and The Palazzo.

Tourists and locals alike will continue to have Tuesday nights to look forward to at The LINQ BLOQ Party. Live entertainment and music continue to drive the energy of the Tuesday night BLOQ Party celebrations with DJs, break dancers, taiko drum performances and live art beginning at 8 p.m. at F.A.M.E., the new Asian night market. Silent Disco takes place just across the way at The LINQ Fountains from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and is open to all ages and free to the public. Artists will continue to actively showcase their work throughout the promenade during The LINQ Mural Project from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at BLOQ PARTY Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday, locals with a Nevada ID receive 30% off High Roller tickets, plus a complimentary drink at the Sky Lounge.  The LINQ, located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller.

Female country music singer/songwriter duo and faces behind the hit “Girl in a Country Song,” MADDIE & TAE will perform for one night only on Monday, August 25 at 9 Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, located inside Treasure Island. There is no cover charge to attend the performance.

RICK HARRISON, star of HISTORY’s “Pawn Stars,” and headlining comedian GEORGE WALLACE join ADAM CAROLLA as he brings his popular live podcast, “The Adam Carolla Show,” to Treasure Island Theatre for one night only on Friday, August 29 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available from $37.40, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at the TI Box Office.

PRIMM VALLEY CASINO RESORTS  will celebrate Labor Day with a SECOND ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY that will start at dusk on Sunday, Aug. 31 and could last an astounding 18 minutes.  Guest are encouraged to arrive early to secure a viewing location and to enjoy the fun.The best viewing location is located in the Star of the Desert Arena parking lot behind Buffalo Bill’s.  The famous Desperado roller coaster and other family-friendly rides and attractions will be open.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE AT THE LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY will offer complimentary round-trip transportation from the famed Las Vegas Strip.  Guests who purchase any Richard Petty driving experience, including the American Muscle Car Challenge, will receive transportation to and from their choice of five casino resort destinations situated on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the HOT VEGAS NITES CAR SHOW, scheduled for Saturday, September 6 at the Orleans Arena has been CANCELLED.

HOFBRAUHAUS Las Vegas celebrates is biggest OKTOBERFEST ever beginning with the magicians of the century SIEGFRIED & ROY striking the first mallet on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The Bavarian festivities run every day until Oct. 31 and feature celebrity keg tappers every Friday and Saturday along with live entertainment, traditional fare and, of course, plenty of Oktoberfestbier imported from Munich, Germany.

The city of Henderson teams up with the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club to present the 24th ANNUAL PRINCE JONAH KUHIO HO'OLAULE'A FESTIVAL. The event, which celebrates the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, is Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m-10 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., and the Water Street District. Admission is FREE. This year’s event infuses some of Hawaii’s unexpected heritage, the paniolo or cowboy. Their contributions to island culture will be celebrated with pony rides, a paniolo outfit and lei contest, ukulele music and a special performance by Melveen Leed, an award-winning Hawaiian and country singer who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to the cowboy tribute, the event also features traditional island food and entertainment, demonstrations and specialty vendors. New attractions include a career and health fair and an 808 car and truck show.   Proceeds from this year’s Ho’olaule’a Festival benefit the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club’s Founders Scholarship Fund.
The 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival just announced that SEETHER will join GODSMACK to headline the Vegas show. Also performing will be Skillet, Pop Evil, and Escape The Fate.  The tour makes a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, September 17. Tickets starting at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees), are on sale now at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE (NBT) will launch its 43nd (2014-2015) main stage performance season and its third year as Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ACT 1 and SEASONS on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm.  Tickets from $29 (plus fees) may be purchased by calling The Smith Center Box Office.

Singer, songwriter, CHADWICK JOHNSON will bring his hip vibe and fresh spin on vintage and modern classics to the Suncoast Showroom on September 20 and 21 with the premiere of his production show, "Golden."Johnson’s “Golden” is a multimedia spectacular that will showcase today’s new hits alongside some of the greatest songs from the vintage era. He performs the songs we all love like we’ve never heard them before, making them his own with his unique musical arrangements visually accented by a sizzling 4-piece dance troupe. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office.

Celebrity Sightings:

Tuesday night, August 19...

At Marquee Nightclub, hip hop group Migos hosted the official PROJECT party presented by Diesel. After arriving on the red carpet, the trio made their way inside where they took over the stage to perform a roster of club anthems to a packed house. After the performance closed, Fred Matters returned to the DJ booth to keep the party going all night. Downstairs in the venue’s Boom Box Room, hip hop and R&B starlet Teyana Taylor hosted the official MVMNT party. The singer treated the crowd to a performance of her new single “Maybe” and partied to the sounds of Lisa Pittman from a VIP table.

Reality star Scott Disick was spotted enjoying Migos performance with a group of friends.

Migos at Marquee Nightclub
Photo credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

Tenaya Taylor at Marquee Nightclub
Tenaya Taylor
Photo credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

Monday night, August 18...

Rapper Common hosted the official Creative Recreation party at Marquee Nightclub.

Television personality and fashion designer Whitney Port dined at TAO Asian Bistro.

Rapper Common Performs at Marquee Nightclub
Photo credit: Al Powers, Powers Imagery

Sunday, August 17...

Actors and brothers Geoff and George Stults of “7th Heaven” fame were in Las Vegas celebrating George's 39th birthday at TAO Beach.

George and Geoff Stults at TAO Beach
Geoff and George Stults of “7th Heaven”

Actor, musician and film maker Adrian Grenier was spotted at Rí Rá Irish Pub, located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Actor Adrian Grenier spotted at Ri Ra Las Vegas Aug 17 2014
Adrian Grenier at Rí Rá Irish Pub

Saturday night, August 16...

Joe Jonas continued his 25th birthday celebration with 30 of his closest friends at XS nightclub for an all-out bash at the Wynn Las Vegas hot spot. Joe was first surrounded by brother Nick and his girlfriend, former Miss USA Olivia Culpo, before breaking off and spending time with several of his fellow bachelor buddies. Close to 1 am, the XS team brought out a four tier birthday cake with champagne and sparklers for the occasion.   Noticeably absent from the party was brother Kevin and sister-in-law Danielle. The new parents skipped the Vegas trip but both sent happy birthday tweets to Joe earlier in the day.    Close to 3 am, the party moved to the casino floor to test their luck on table games before calling it a night.

Following a dinner at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at The Forum Shops, “Entourage” heartthrob, Adrian Grenier, was spotted enjoying an evening at FIZZ, the lavish champagne lounge and bar at Caesars Palace.

Friday, Aug. 15...

American music pop star, Joe Jonas, celebrated his 25th birthday blowout at celebrity hotspot Beacher’s Madhouse  inside MGM Grand. The newly single birthday boy was joined by his closest friends, including brother Nick Jonas and girlfriend Olivia Culpo, as well as actor Alex Pettyfer and girlfriend, model Marloes Horst. Owner and legendary showman, Jeff Beacher pulled out all the stops for the party which included a lap dance by the world’s smallest stripper, Little Spinner, a mini Miley Cyrus stripper performance and a mini Jonas Brothers concert.  Before arriving at Beacher’s Madhouse, the group attended David Copperfield’s show where Joe was pulled up on stage by the illusionist.

Joe Jonas with Worlds Smallest Stripper and Mini Miley Stripper
Joe Jonas with Little Spinner and Mini Miley Cyrus

Mini Jonas Brothers
Mini Jonas Brothers

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Joe Jonas

XS - Joe Jonas birthday - Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas

XS - Joe Jonas birthday - Nick Jonas Olivia Culpo
Olivia Culpo and Nick Jonas

Actor and former country music singer John Schneider,  best known for his roles as “Bo Duke” on the television series The Dukes of Hazard and “Jonathan Kent” on Smallville, was spotted attending Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Schneider met with The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets following the performance to share his enthusiasm for the show and pose for photos with the outlandish duo.

John Schneider with The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets
John Schneider with the Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets
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