Party leaves mess after The Act ends


Surveillance cameras may be the key to what happened in the final wild hours of The Act, which was shut down over the weekend.

Photographs suggested the controversial venue was a mess from “one last crazy party,” in the words of an eyewitness who viewed the aftermath.

Broken glass and debris covered the floors and tables were overturned.

Some 100-plus staffers and performers were informed before the doors opened late Saturday that The Act was closing effective at the end of night.

The year-old nightclub has been under scrutiny for alleged violations of obscenity laws.

The Act’s in-house photographer Shane O’Neal said normal partying was going on when he left about 3:30 a.m.

When he returned about 4 p.m., “the room was tossed,” in shambles, he said. Several performers were packing their costumes, said O’Neal.

One of the final night revelers, Mark Shunock, a lead singer in the “Rock of Ages” show at The Palazzo, said he checked out the venue late Monday when he found the main door unlocked.

A cleanup crew had begun working, he said, but he insisted “it definitely wasn’t ransacked. Trashed is too heavy a word. There was debris but it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned from a night of one last crazy party.”

Shunock had gone to The Act after performing in “Rock of Ages” to “offer condolences.” He left the club about 2 a.m. Sunday then returned with his parents about 11 p.m. Monday.

Shunock had planned to launch a fundraising series called “Mondays Dark” next Monday at The Act. He said the event will be postponed to Nov. 18 at a venue to be determined.

After meeting with Venetian and Palazzo executives on Tuesday he said, “Ideally I’d like to stay in-house. It’s where I live and work.

A spokesman for The Palazzo said they would have no official statement, noting The Act is part of Grand Canal Shoppes, which is owned and managed by General Growth Properties. A request for comment from GGP was not received by deadline.

AN ELVIS MYSTERY

It’s still a mind-bending mystery to Uri Geller.

While performing in Las Vegas in the 1970s, Elvis Presley wanted to meet Geller to see him perform his psychic spoon-bending trick.

Elvis set up a meeting in the desert outside Las Vegas, said Geller.

“I was so excited because I was, you know, I was dazzled by him. I wanted to be the Elvis Presley of the psychic world.”

The meeting took place seven or eight miles out of town, with Elvis arriving in a caravan.

After the spoon trick “freaked him out,” Elvis wanted to talk about UFO’s, Geller told Ira David Sternberg in an interview.

Geller said he’s never figured out why Elvis didn’t want to just meet him in Elvis’ suite.

SIGHTINGS

Pro golfer Vijay Singh, dining at Spiedini (Marriott) on Tuesday with his wife and friends. Josh Groban, at the late show of “Zarkana” (Aria) on Monday.

THE PUNCH LINE

“The Giants lost to the Bears, making them 0 and 6, their worst record in over 30 years. It’s gotten so bad, even Tim Tebow was like, “If they call, I am not here.”

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.