Mona Shield Payne
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 2:33 p.m.
The 27th Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada Black & White Party was celebrated at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday night, and the benefit drew 3,500 attendees, 500 more than in 2012, and raised $130,000 for AFAN’s services for people suffering from AIDS and HIV in Southern Nevada.
Journalists Chris Saldana and Lauren Michaels and Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Chippendales at the Rio and “The Amazing Race” served as the evening’s hosts.
Entertainment included Veronic DiCaire, “Fantasy,” Recycled Percussion, Britney Spears impressionist Derrick Barry of “Divas Las Vegas,” “The D Word,” “Vegas! The Show,” Lily Arce, Maren Wade, Skating Aratas from “V — The Ultimate Variety Show,” “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” and Zodiac Dragon.
The Black & White Party is AFAN’s largest annual fundraiser. For more on the black-and-white-themed event, check out John Katsilometes’ column in the Kats Report posted on Monday.
And be sure to check out contributing photographer Mona Shield Payne’s fabulous photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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.