Cotton Club Renaissance at Artifice The spirit of the famous Harlem jazz club comes to life every first Thursday at Artifice, as the Arts District venue puts on a night of hip-hop and jazz fusion, this month featuring violinists Gerona “G’Note” Godwin and Brandon Summers. Complimentary cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. offer some pre-Valentine’s social lubrication. Get those pick-up lines ready! February 7, 6 p.m., free entry.
David Guetta at XS You can’t go out these days without hearing one of the French DJ’s recent hit singles—or seven. Experience them live Friday, as Guetta launches his 2013 residency at the Encore nightclub. Also bringing the noise: Sultan & Ned Shepard. February 8, doors at 10 p.m., $75 men, $30 women.
Vegas StrEATs Festival at Jackie Gaughan Plaza Headed to Fremont East Saturday night? Work up an appetite bar-hopping, then hit the fleet of food trucks just a minute away. The monthly street-fare fest also features live music, DJs, fashion vendors, street art and a family-friendly locals vibe. February 9, 6 p.m., free entry.
Far East Movement at Pure Maybe best known for 2010’s “Like a G6” with Dev and The Cataracs, the hip-hop quartet released an album last year featuring Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Flo Rida, to name a few. They hit the Caesars club Saturday night for a live performance. February 9, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women, ladies free until midnight.
Glitter Masquerade Ball at Share The off-Strip gay nightspot starts the Fat Tuesday action a bit early with a Mardi Gras masquerade Saturday night. The club is transformed into New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street for the evening, with plenty of free beads—no flashing required! In the booth: DJs J. Diesel and Mikey Swift. February 9, doors at 10 p.m., free entry.
Hardwell at Marquee The Dutch DJ, currently holding No. 6 on DJ Mag’s Top 100, spent 2012 releasing music (check out “Spaceman”) and remixing for top talent, including Rihanna and British boys The Wanted. He spins at the Cosmo club for its weekly industry night bash on Monday. February 11, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women, locals free.
Eat Your Heart Out at Beauty Bar Are candy hearts and red roses making you want to punch babies? This might be the party for you. Tattoo artist collective I.S.I. Group and Nickel F***ing Beer Night present an undead Valentine’s party, with $75 going to the best zombie at midnight. Sip on nickel beers while jamming to The Horror Business and beats by resident DJs Biz:E! Mnstr!, TeenWolf and The Creeps. February 12, doors at 9 p.m., $5.
Love & Lust Sleepover at the Artisan CollectiveZoo takes over the off-Strip hotel’s third floor for a Valentine’s Day overnighter, complete with love- and lust-themed room packages for those coupled up or not. Single and looking to mingle? Hit the downstairs lounge, where a “Cupid feed” screen will be set up for partygoers to flirt with fellow attendees using #Love&Lust. JustIn Key provides beats upstairs, and Kid Conrad spins in the lounge. February 14, 9 p.m., $105-$109 room packages, free entry into the lounge.