Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 | 9 a.m.
Sapphire anniversary party Hooray boobies! One of the largest strip clubs in town celebrates eight years with an ’80s-themed night, complete with dozens of old-school video games throughout the club (win prizes for high scores!). The night will also feature a performance by The Spazmatics, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win a trip for two to Sapphire in New York for those in the best retro garb. December 9, 7-10 p.m., free for locals who arrive in their own vehicles, $30 for non-locals and those in cabs.
Nicki Minaj’s birthday at Tao Happy birthday to the hip-hop songstress … and her equally noteworthy booty. Be there, if only to see what Lady Gaga-rivaling getup the fast-rapping Grammy nominee might arrive in. December 9, doors at 10 p.m., $10 and up, local ladies free.
Criss Angel’s birthday at LAX At what age should you stop wearing black nail polish and Affliction shirts? The illusionist turns 43 on December 19, but celebrates Saturday in all his ringed and guylined glory. Watch clubbers get in on the magic by making drinks disappear. December 11, doors at 10 p.m., $20 and up.
BootyBar Holiday Ball “Naughty girls play, good girls stay away” for the last BootyBar of the year. Sexy Santas will be on hand for girls who like girls to listen to Christmas wish lists while DJs Sam I Am and Lisa Pittman provide the tunes to warm up the women of Vegas. December 11, doors at 10 p.m., 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (behind Bootlegger Bistro)
Ne-Yo at Haze We may not understand the concept behind his fourth album (something to do with three garbagemen who are offered super powers?), but we’ve got to support our hometown boy Shaffer Smith as he performs live Saturday night. It’s never too late to get a Las Vegas Academy yearbook signed, is it? December 11, doors at 10 p.m., $30 and up.
Deborah Cox at Secret Her sweet songs have been wooing R&B fans since 1998’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” but clubbers might be most familiar with her vocal stylings from the hit “Leave the World Behind.” The night also celebrates Crush’s third-annual Stocking Stuffer party (i.e., leave the pack of smokes at home) with fabulous giveaways including tickets to Disneyland, snazzy electronics, cash and more. December 11, doors at 10 p.m., free for locals.
GoGoGo at the Bank Ho, ho, ho—it’s time to watch sexy lady Santas go-go-go in a holiday dance-off. And since the Spearmint Rhino is also celebrating its holiday party on the same night, things could get … interesting. December 12, doors at 10 p.m., $30 and up, free for locals.
Technobar at Vanguard Lounge Spacebyrdz, aka Oscar Molina and Annexx plus Justin Baulé, bring the Technobar party Downtown. The new night launches Monday with 50 percent off cocktails all night for industry employees. December 13, lounge opens at 3 p.m., party starts at 9 p.m., no cover.