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Mondays Dark celebrates its most significant year yet at the Joint


Mark Shunock By Brock Radke( contact)

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017|2 a.m.

Mark Shunock has actually produced rather the engaging circle of Las Vegas life. (And the pun is meant as he when played Timon in the touring production of “The Lion King.”)

Shunock and his group founded Mondays Dark a little less than 5 years earlier, a regular monthly program event regional performers from on and off the Strip to have a good time, sing some songs, and raise some loan for regional charities. Needless to state, it took off, and Shunock harnessed its growing power to take control of a storage facility simply west of the Strip and change it into the Space, a neighborhood performance center where local and nationwide acts have actually discovered a safe place to explore theater, comedy, music and just about everything else.

But the circle keeps circling around: Because Mondays Dark relocated to the Space, Shunock was able to double the number of fundraising shows in 2017 to two times a month. Home entertainment serves philanthropy, philanthropy serves home entertainment, and around we go. The outcome: Mondays Dark raised $220,000 for 22 regional charities this year.

“Opening the Space was vibrant. It was a much larger task than prepared for,” states Shunock, who astonishingly finds time to carry out as a cast member in “Magic Mike Live” at the Hard Rock Hotel and host in-game entertainment throughout all Vegas Golden Knights house hockey video games at T-Mobile Arena. “The little team that worked nearly daily with me was instrumental in keeping things on track. By having a home for Mondays Dark, we were able to double our give economically, however more notably, we created a true community center that is budget friendly for charities trying to find a house for events.”

That’s a great deal of reasons to commemorate, which’s the prepare for Dec. 18 when the Mondays Dark four-year anniversary reveal returns to the Joint at the Acid Rock Hotel. The home entertainment lineup includes Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter AJ Lambert, the Golden Knights’ Drumbots group, Skye Dee Miles, Travis Cloer, Rockie Brown, Noybel Gorgoy, Cheryl Daro, Christina Shaw, entertainers from “Magic Mike,” the Bronx Wanderers and much more. And the 21 charities that will benefit from Mondays Dark in 2018 will be revealed, too; the event is skipping the first Monday after the brand-new year.

“The Acid rock is my home,” Shunock states of the resort that originally hosted the occasion at Vinyl. “Practically five months after moving to Vegas, my partner and I started Mondays Dark and the Hard Rock has actually constantly been so giving and welcoming to all our events and concepts. Having the opportunity to move into the Joint, such an iconic place, for our anniversary [once again] is really special for our entire Mondays Dark family.”

The anniversary program is constantly a huge deal, however it’s also simply another beginning. “The goal for the next year is to continue to construct awareness for Mondays Dark and the Space in the neighborhood. Even though we have raised over $600,000 for Vegas-based charities, there is still room to improve on our brand name,” Shunock states. “2017 was a great year for us, however what remains in shop for 2018 is going to really move us into a new instructions of shows and development.”

For tickets to the show and information, see mondaysdark.com.

Five thoughts: Kelly Clarkson at the Joint (December 3).

1. Headlining Mix 94.1’s yearly holiday performance, Clarkson only got to play for an hour, even with simply two openers playing short sets, which meant that she excluded both big hits and new songs, plus the diverse covers she’s understood for including in her live shows. But she and her five-piece band (plus three back-up vocalists) maximized the short time, going through 14 tunes, including 4 from R&B-heavy brand-new album Meaning of Life.

2. Clarkson added a three-piece horn area for the Life songs, consisting of transmittable new single “Love So Soft” and set closer “Whole Lotta Lady,” a brash empowerment anthem that Clarkson declared was “my favorite tune to carry out, ever.” She also gushed about almost each song in the setlist, however it was clear she enjoyed to let loose on something new, and if pop radio figures out what to do with this song, it might end up among her signature numbers.

3. The soul impact reached older favorites, with the horn section augmenting “Stronger (What Does Not Kill You)” and “Since U Been Gone,” while both “Leave” and “Miss Independent” got full-on soul makeovers, which assisted breathe some brand-new life into tunes that Clarkson has been playing live for more than a decade now.

4. If she needed to include a Christmas tune, at least Clarkson selected her current single “Christmas Eve,” an energetic original that was released in conjunction with her newest kids’s book, rather than a vacation seasonal that’s been performed to death. (She did note, nevertheless, that anyone who does not delight in Christmas music need to be “evil,” so her viewpoint may somewhat vary on that point.)

5. Since Clarkson carried out a stripped-down variation of “Piece by Piece” on American Idol in 2016, that’s been the variation of the song that individuals most wish to hear, and she delivered on the song’s feeling accompanied just by keyboardist Jason Halbert. It was a raw and susceptible moment from a vocalist who’s always personalized and relatable in show.

Five ideas: Patton Oswalt at the Joint (December 2).

1. The early part of the politically mindful comic’s set was mostly devoted to the president. The 48-year-old Oswalt took the stance that while the majority of think it’s simple to compose Trump jokes, it’s in fact quite difficult. He said, “You can’t do Trump jokes on a weekend since he’s simply going to something crazier on Monday.” Oswalt first compared this concern to going to a Chinese restaurant and receiving 23 egg rolls. (“I only want one!”) He then went further, explaining that it resembles an insane person defecating on the street and yelling about Hitler– then, when the comic composes the greatest joke about that circumstance, the insane guy turns his feces into a “sh * t sombrero,” rendering the joke unimportant.

2. On going from Obama to Trump and exactly what it implies for future elections, Oswalt summed it up this way: “We had 8 years of a cool black man. And after that the options were this really certified woman and a racist scrotum dipped in Cheeto dust. And the country resembled, ‘Let’s see exactly what the scrotum needs to say.’ It was too much of a dive to go from black person to lady. Trump is our racist palate-cleanser … We will get a female president, but keep in mind when her term is over, the options will very most likely be a really certified gay guy then a KKK man with the ass eliminated of his pants. And the country will go, ‘Let’s see what the KKK guy understands. The ass cut-out thing is type of cool.'”

3. Oswalt, who has a brand-new Netflix special titled Annihilation out, went into the crowd 3 times to talk to different audience members. While each instance produced amusing results, it wasn’t the organic kind of crowd work that fits effortlessly into a set. In fact, 2 of the 3 times it slowed down the momentum of the program.

4. Some may have anticipated Oswalt to dig deep into his personal life due to the sudden death of his first better half last year and his recent remarriage, but he kept things mostly light. He had the ability to mine a lot of laughs out of thinking he could fit into John Varvatos trousers. “John Varvatos makes incredible clothes if you are a heroin addict who eats one rice cake a year.” It readies to see a jolly Oswalt doing what he loves: telling jokes with a smile on his face.

5. Congratulations to opener Brad Wenzel. The even-keel comic resembles a more approachable Steven Wright, with jokes like, “A great deal of individuals think the middle finger is the most offending hand gesture– and those people have never given someone’s infant a thumbs down.”

3 reasons to capture Kelly Clarkson at the Joint

1. On new album Significance of Life, Clarkson chooses a more R&B/ soul-oriented style than the pop-rock she’s been understood for, and it revitalizes a noise that was getting a little stale. Her vocals are by turns livelier and sultrier, and the one-off Vegas show will be among the first opportunities to hear tunes like playful lead single “Love So Soft” and brassy empowerment anthem “Whole Lotta Lady” performed live.

2. Unlike a lot of pop stars, Clarkson does not rely on choreographed dance regimens or sophisticated stage setups for her concerts, which means that she’s free to change up her setlists as she pleases. On previous tours, she has thrown in a range of covers, frequently various ones each night, varying from pop requirements to gritty rockers to existing hits to traditional nation, always putting her own excellent spin on other artists’ material.

3. Maybe it’s apparent to say that Clarkson has a powerhouse voice, however hearing her belt out hits like “Due to the fact that of You” or “Piece by Piece” face to face is still awe-inspiring. And 15 years after she won American Idol, she’s still making an impression on TELEVISION audiences; her duet with Pink on a cover of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Harms” was an emphasize of recently’s American Music Awards, evidence that she needs to mesmerize is a fantastic song and the space to sing it.

KELLY CLARKSON with Perpetuity Low, Secondhand Serenade. December 3, 8 p.m., $60-$256. The Joint, 702-693-5000.

Five thoughts: Nine Inch Nails at the Joint (October 20).

1. Over the last few years, 9 Inch Nails shows have actually been as significant for their complex visual discussion as for their music, however at this one-off show, the most elaborate phase element was streamers hanging from numerous instruments and microphone stands. Without the light show, the focus was completely on the music, and the band maximized it.

2. Although there have been 2 NIN EPs (Not the Actual Occasions and Include Violence) released in the previous year, the set was mostly focused on popular hits, drawing just 2 songs from each of the EPs and rather showcasing long time favorites like “Terrible Lie,” “Closer,” “Desire,” “March of the Pigs” and more, to the audience’s passionate reaction.

3. NIN’s 2017 shows are the very first with Atticus Ross, a longtime partner of NIN mastermind Trent Reznor, as a live entertainer, and the very first given that Reznor revealed Ross as the only other irreversible band member considering that NIN’s creation. Despite his apparent significant impact, Ross fit in flawlessly with the other veteran live NIN players, chilling behind his keyboard rig and most significantly including some loud intensity to the prolonged coda of “The Great Destroyer.”

4. When Reznor revealed that the band will cover a David Bowie tune and he hoped they would do it justice, they could have quickly launched into any of the frequently covered Bowie classics that have actually become much more prevalent since the singer’s death. Rather they broke out a moody variation of “I Cannot Provide Whatever Away,” from Bowie’s 2016 farewell album Blackstar.

5. “We value you coming out eleventh hour,” Reznor stated to the crowd that might have been somewhat larger had actually the program been revealed more than a few weeks in advance. However the program never ever felt hurried, and the band never sounded anything however polished, whether on brand-new songs or somewhat fine-tuned variations of old favorites.

Convicted rapist gets joint custody of victim'' s 8-year-old child

Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was recently awarded joint custody of a child he conceived with a woman he allegedly raped when she was 12-years-old. (Michigan Department of Corrections)< img src=" /wp-content/uploads/2017/10/15109599_G.png" alt=" Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was recently awarded joint custody of a child he conceived with a woman he apparently raped when she was 12-years-old. (Michigan Department of Corrections)"

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he developed with a lady he presumably raped when she was 12-years-old. (Michigan Department of Corrections).( Meredith )– A Michigan male who apparently raped a female when she was just 12-years-old was just recently granted joint custody of her kid, The Detroit News reports. Christopher Mirasolo, a now 27-year-old sex transgressor, was granted parental rights of the victim’s 8-year-old son after a DNA test concluded he was the daddy, according to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling. He supposedly held the victim, her

sister and a pal” slave” for 2 days in 2008– threatening to eliminate them if they informed anyone what happened, Kiessling told The Detroit News. Mirasolo was 18 at the time. Cops jailed him a month later when the victim discovered she was pregnant. A conviction carries a prison sentence of at least 25 years, however he was given a plea offer for tried third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Mirasolo was then sentenced to one year in prison however only served six and a half months prior to early release so he might take care of his sick mom, inning accordance with Kiessling. In 2010, he supposedly served an extra four years for sexual attack against another victim in between the ages of 13 and 15.

Kiessling stated her client’s custody case started after Sanilac County, about two hours north of Detroit, looked into child assistance she had actually gotten this past year.

A judge likewise bought Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate without the mom’s authorization, inning accordance with The Detroit News.

Mirasolo’s attorney told the paper he did not start court procedures and said he’s uncertain if he will pursue a relationship with the victim’s child.

Kiessling stated she is currently looking for security for her client, now 21, under the federal Rape Survivor Kid Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

Details from: http://www.detroitnews.com/ Copyright 2017 Meredith Corporation

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Jim Rees on Hash Residence a Go Go: What is it– a Las Vegas strip joint or latest dispensary?


Guest writer Jim Rees of Hash Residence a Go Go. The Tractor Driver Combo is envisioned right here.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015|11:04 p.m.

Guest Columnist Jim Rees
Guest columnist Jim Rees, right, of Hash House a Go Go with Adam Richman.Introduce slideshow “

Hash Home a Go Go at the M Resort
Patrons filled many of the tables and booths on Thursday when Hash House A Go Go debuted its new location at the M Resort and Casino.Introduce slideshow “

Hash House a Go Go @Imperial Palace
The dealertainers of Hash House A Go Go at the restaurant's new Imperial Palace location.Introduce slideshow “

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach returns to Las Vegas after holiday time in Italy and family time in La Jolla, Calif., we cover our visitor columns in his absence.

Today, words of wisdom from Jim Rees of Hash House a Go Go and the legendary ambassador of rum, the one and only Sailor Jerry, aka Paul Monahan. Here, Jim, who purchases 800,000 pounds of potatoes and 7 tons of bacon a year, serves a delicious dish as large as his restaurant menu products.

When Hash House a Go Go first pulled into town in 2005, few residents had actually heard of, much less tried, this extra Las Vegas dining establishment transplanted from San Diego. As a matter of reality, a lot of didn’t know what it was.

I guess the name “twisted farm food” didn’t truly assist, and few discovered the breakfast, lunch and supper in small print. But it had not been long prior to word went out that something was different about this free-standing dining establishment in exactly what was left of one of the early restaurant corners on the west side of town.

There is absolutely nothing more gratifying than a pleased visitor, and it’s usually a good sign when one of the first things a guest does is take a picture of his food when it shows up.

Little did we know 10 years ago that social networks would be the driving force that it is today, and it is often said– particularly when it come to our food– that a photo is worth a thousand words.

Flash forward 10 years, and the story is similar– the only difference is that we now have five Las Vegas Valley locations and 10 dining establishments across the country. Food is still the focus, and the portions are still generous.

Would you think 800,000 pounds of potatoes, 7 lots of bacon, 2 million eggs and 3 lots of rosemary are being served every year? Contribute to that 240,000 pounds of Certified Angus Beef, 350,000 pounds of chicken breast and 550,000 pounds of biscuit and pancake flour, and you can see how many hungry guests have had their cravings pleased.

Made from scratch like Mommy used making and served in charitable portions– so much so that leftovers are a sure thing– are the hallmarks of Hash Residence a Go Go.

So where did the name come from, and why call it twisted farm food? It’s really straightforward: “Hash Home” is a common name for a breakfast joint, and “a Go Go” is enjoyment of the food. Fundamental, identifiable home cooking served with style in charitable parts– much better referred to as twisted farm food.

Las Vegas was the best location for us to broaden our roots and really grow. After all, what better city for a terrific breakfast after a long night than Sin City? With a restricted marketing budget, the best method to spread the word was word of mouth.

Oh, the mornings I invested up at 5 a.m. delivering our food to radio and TELEVISION stations– and how welcoming the media was to the principle. We rapidly ended up being involved in as numerous local occasions as possible and stepped forward with charities to offer contributions and supply complimentary food at every possible event.

The community fasted to return the favor, voting us Best Breakfast, Finest Brunch, Best Burger, Best Restaurant and a lot more awards, which enabled us to grow and broaden.

However breakfast was not enough, and one of the amazing elements of the principle was that lunch and supper were simply as much enjoyable as breakfast. It’s constantly difficult to encourage individuals that you can have a fantastic breakfast and dinner restaurant.

With trademark items like fried chicken and waffles, packed meatloaf, hand-hammered pork tenderloin and fried green tomato stack, it was always a treat to hear a supper visitor ask the concern, “Are you open for breakfast?”

Hospitality is as important as the food, and I want our staff to enjoy their job so that they convey that feeling to their visitors. Relaxed, enjoyable and never knowing quite what to expect is something we work hard at attaining.

Maybe it’s a Saturday DJ breakfast, huge Bloody Mary with bacon, tomato and lettuce or a kids dish that can be delivered in a toy tractor (which likewise works as a giant beverage vessel for grownups).

We want visitors to feel at home and comfy, yet shock them with always-changing choices. When your dining establishment is the location where your visitors wish to bring their buddies to flaunt your dining establishment, it could not make a person prouder.

Thank you, Las Vegas!

Make certain to check out today’s other visitor column from Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum national brand ambassador Paul Monahan. On Monday, brand-new “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas star Daniel Robert Sullivan and Diane Fearon of Communities in Schools pen their ideas.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

Hash Residence A Go Go at The Quad Hash House A Go Go is popular for its creative menu providings, over-sized parts, special presentation and a custom of using just the freshest active ingredients. It’s been featured on TV’s “Guy V. Food,” where host Adam Richman sank his teeth into the Fried Chicken Farm Benedict at the Hash Residence A Go Go on West Sahara. Breakfast fare includes flapjacks that overflow the sides of the plate, breakfast scrambles, signature hashes and farm Benedicts. The lunch and supper menu features chicken and sage waffles, one-pound burgers packed with bacon and mashed potatoes, sandwiches like the Kokomo, stuffed with meatloaf and smoked mozzarella, and salads like the Big O Caesar. And you can wash it all down with a signature cocktail, like the BLT Bloody Mary.
3535 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hash Residence A Go Go 2008 Readers’ Choice: Best Breakfast – Artistically plated, obscenely large parts of “twisted farm food,” and a few of it’s fairly delicious. Homemade soups are tasty as are the 1-pound packed burgers and sage fried chicken with waffles, sprinkled with a caramel-maple decrease. Hash Home A Go Go is well-known for its imaginative menu providings, over-sized parts, special presentation and a tradition of utilizing only the freshest ingredients.
6800 W. Sahara Opportunity Las Vegas, NV 89146

Photos: Juanes rocks the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel


Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com

Juanes carries out at the Joint on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Acid rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 31, 2015|3:07 a.m.

Juanes Rocks the Joint
Juanes performs at the Joint on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.Introduce slideshow “

Colombian super star singer-songwriter, artist and rocker Juanes headlined at the Joint in the Acid rock Hotel on Thursday night, and Erik Kabik of Kabik Image Group was onsite for a photo gallery.

Juanes– sporting long hair (bangs), beard and Hawaiian print short-sleeve t-shirt with black jaguars at the Joint– has actually offered more than 15 million cds and won 20 Latin Grammy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards– in 2009 and 2013 for Best Latin Pop Cd.

Juanes, born Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez, lives with his spouse, Karen Martinez, and their three kids in Secret Biscayne, Fla. Juanes, 42, is of Basque descent and is a vegetarian.

Bobby Reynolds, vice president of reserving at AEG Live Las Vegas, sang the commends of the Joint, “the very best rock ‘n’ roll show venue in the world,” in his visitor column posted Thursday.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has actually been a journalist for nearly twenty years.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually spent the past 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.

Follow Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Hard Rock Hotel & & Gambling establishment

Perhaps one the coolest joints in the area, the Acid rock Hotel & & Casino houses some of Vegas’ best entertainment, dining establishments and night life.

At Hard Rock, it’s all about the music. From the lights constructed out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door manages to stage outfits and tools of the trade of famous artists showed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Acid rock’s Joint has actually hosted some the most significant names in music– from The Who to Bob Dylan to home town heroes, The Killers.

Aside from the music venues, the swimming pool at the Hard Rock is among its greatest tourist attractions. Expand over 4.7 acres, the pool area includes swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, personal cabanas, a bunch of remote nooks, a waterfall and a substantial live music venue with a dance floor. Throughout the summer, the swimming pool transforms into the Rehabilitation club on Sunday afternoons.

The resident nightclub Body English merges European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it commonly a location for seeing celebs and popular DJs. Classic rock souvenirs lines the walls at Wasted Area, Hard Rock’s anti-club.

Dining establishments at Hard Rock are just as hip as the remainder of the casino. Pink Taco provides Mexican dishes, in addition to a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, among five around the world Japanese-specialty dining establishments from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock food, Mr. Lucky’s 24/7, makes sure to reduce your cravings even after a Vegas-all-nighter.

4455 Paradise Roadway Las Vegas, NV 89169 702-693-5000 The Joint The Joint, which holds 4,000 people, functions seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, a modern stereo and a superior video system. It has actually gotten numerous distinctions consisting of “Finest Show Place” in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Finest of Las Vegas” awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012, “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Signboard Magazine in 2011, “Finest Brand-new Significant Show Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Finest Live Music Location” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards. The Joint has actually been the location for performances by Paul McCartney, Prince, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Game Fire, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Increase Versus, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue hosted Vegas’s very first rock n’ roll residency, “Supernatural Santana: A Journey through the Hits,” and in February 2012, Vegas’s first acid rock residency, “Mötley Crüe in Sin City.” In 2011, the location invited “Tiësto In Concert,” a groundbreaking live show developed solely for The Joint including the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and manufacturer Tiësto. See Entertainment schedule.
4455 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89169 702-693-5000