Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 3:55 p.m.
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.
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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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.