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September 15, 2014

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Hot Spots: Memorial Day Weekend edition

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Help former Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair celebrate finally being old enough to drink and gamble in Las Vegas Saturday at Playground.

Friday

Matt & Kim at Hard Rock Pool The indie-popsters stripped to their skivvies in Times Square for their “Lessons Learned” video—and scored MTV’s Breakthrough Video VMA for it. They take the stage to start the holiday weekend at Summer Camp Fridays, complete with water balloon fights and squirt gun battles! Doors at 11 a.m., $20 men, $10 women, locals free.

Cherry’s Summer Kickoff It’s baaaaaaaaaaaack! The Red Rock Resort’s “naughty little secret” opens for its Summer Affair, just in time for MDW. DJ Loczi spins, and clubgoers with table reservations have a shot at winning a Fiat 500 Sport. Who said the suburbs were boring? Doors at 10 p.m., $10 men, ladies free.

Mark Foster at Moon With his bandmates, the Foster the People frontman is practically a Vegas regular. He goes solo this weekend and trades the mic for the turntables, DJing at the top-of-the-Palms nightspot. If you haven’t heard it already (and who hasn’t?), check out his band’s smash radio hit, “Pumped Up Kicks,” before you head out. Doors at 10 p.m., $40+, includes Playboy Club entry.

Gabe Saporta at Pure Remember when that chick from Gossip Girl teamed up with a dance-y pop group to churn out radio favorite “Good Girls Go Bad”? Well, the group was Cobra Starship, and its lead vocalist is Saporta. He performs at the Caesars nightspot, with resident DJs D-Lux, Cyberkid, Justin Baule also supplying their sounds. Doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.

Holly Madison at Chateau The Peepshow and Holly’s World star serves as the evening’s very special guest. Bringing the noise: renowned house and electro producer DJ Felix da Housecat. Doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Saturday

Claire Sinclair at Playground The former Playboy Playmate of the Year is no stranger to Vegas; she appeared as a guest in both MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris and E!’s Holly’s World. And both happened before she could legally sit at a blackjack table. Help celebrate her 21st birthday at Playground’s boutique nightclub. Doors at 11 p.m., locals free, out-of-towners $30.

Hair Wars at Revolution Head to the Mirage to watch salons go head-to-head—literally. The stylist competition is complemented by product giveaways, beats by DJ G-Minor and a ladies’ open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight. Doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Kaskade at the Chelsea The Marquee resident does like Deadmau5 in 2011, taking the booth in the Cosmo’s ballroom. This is no ordinary set, as Kaskade is bringing his Freaks of Nature tour (his biggest production to date), with DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and DJ Fareoh opening. Doors at 10 p.m., $70.

Skrillex at Tryst Not only was the dubstep producer the first DJ to be nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, but he picked up four more nods to boot and took three golden gramophones home. Experience the real thing at the Wynn nightclub. Doors at 10:30 p.m., $200 men, $100 women.

Sunday

Calvin Harris at Surrender The Scottish DJ struck gold this year, with “Feel So Close” and “We Found Love” killing it across the airwaves. He returns for another installation of his Wynn/Encore residency. Doors at 10:30 p.m., $100 men, $40 women.

Paul Van Dyk at Tao Beach The acclaimed EDM producer recently released his latest album, Evolution, then launched a North American tour to promote it. He brings his beats to the Venetian dayclub as part of its weekly BPM Sundays bash. Doors at 10 a.m., $50 men, $20 women.

David Guetta at Encore Beach Club The famed producer knocked Armin van Buuren off the top of DJ Mag’s Top 100 list this year, after releasing his Grammy-nominated Nothing but the Beat album. Chances are you’ve heard a few of the singles— “Where Them Girls At,” “Turn Me On,” and “Without You” all made it onto the disc. DJ duo Sultan and Ned open for the French beatmeister. Doors at 11 a.m., $100 men, $50 women.

Temptation Sundays at the Luxor Pool The Strip-side gay pool party celebrates its grand opening this weekend, inviting all to unleash their inner child with water gun fights and inflatable pool toys. Beats by DJ Matt Lucio and a red-swimsuit cutting ceremony complete the poolside revelry. Doors at 1 p.m., $20, $10 locals & hotel guests, free entry w/guest list (VegasGayPoolParty.com) before 2 p.m.

Pandora Boxx at Drink & Drag The RuPaul’s Drag Race alum performs at the Downtown lounge’s Super Gay Sunday, which comes with all-day-long Super Happy Hour. Sip on $1 draft beers and $2 wells, wine and bottled beer while you partake in free billiards and games, $1 bowling and, of course, lip syncs by the venue’s lovely ladies. Open at 4 p.m., free.

Deadmau5 at XS The man of many mau5 heads maintained his No. 4 position on DJ Mag’s Top 100 this year, but remember, he’s not a DJ. The house producer returns to the Wynn club for its nighttime pool party. Doors at 10 p.m., $150 men, $50 women.

Akon at Haze Although the reggae-influenced hip-hop artist releases his next album in September, the lead single has been out since 2010. Check it out before experiencing the performer live at the Aria club. Also supplying sounds: resident DJ E-Rock. Doors at 10:30 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.

Monday

Summer Sessions: Aquatic Vanguard at Vanguard Lounge The Fremont East watering hole launches its Summer Sessions series with an aquatic theme, becoming an impromptu “beach club” for a day. Wear your beachy best and enjoy drink specials while you wonder why the party’s kiddie pool goes unused. 2 p.m., free.

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