When Pigs Fly at Beacher's Madhouse Local HIV support group Aids for AIDS of Nevada takes over the debauched MGM Grand spot with its latest Every Piggy Counts event. Attendees not too distracted by flying little people can adopt a piggy bank, which is to be filled with spare change throughout the year, then eventually donated to AFAN and its efforts to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. Fashion will figure into the event, but those wearing red to support AFAN will be setting a better example than any model’s summer couture. April 24, doors at 10 p.m., $20.
Deadmau5 at XS He’s baaaaack. Well, sort of. That last-minute surprise set last November notwithstanding, the prog producer born Joel Zimmerman hasn’t had a headlining gig on the Strip since July back at Hakkasan, but he breaks his absentee streak with his official return to Wynn, supported by resident Kris Nilsson. Bonus: He plays again at Encore Beach Club the next day. April 25, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Fashion Premiere at Artifice Re-live the glam outrageousness of the clothing, hair and makeup of the ’70s at Artifice’s new monthly club night. If the live presentations and runway competition don’t get you in the mood, the era’s defining tunes, courtesy of DJ Slade, surely will. And to put the evening completely over the top: special guest DJ David J (of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame, of course). April 25, 10 p.m., $10.
Thriftworks at Beauty Bar Local outfit Headspace Collective has been blanketing the greater Downtown area with gigs recently, and its latest brings a notable electronic music artist to Las Vegas: Thriftworks (née Jake Atlas), a Bay Area producer/DJ whose unique, emotive and sample-friendly take on low-end/bass music defies classification. Also notable: Local producer Zia will perform tracks from her new album, Magdala. April 25, doors at 9 p.m., free.
Great Vegas Festival of Beer at Fremont East Entertainment District The weather’s never going to be nicer than it is right now, and that means there’s never going to be a better time to have a cold one outside with friends. When your options include Nevada’s craft breweries and heavy hitters like Epic, Ballast Point, Uinta and Hangar 24, it’s not difficult to decide where you should be this weekend. April 26, 4-8 p.m., $35-$45.
Taboo at Rehab Missed seeing Taboo behind the booth at Chateau a few weeks back? The Black Eyed Peas MC will headline the April 26 version of Hard Rock Hotel’s signature pool bash (a few hours before he similarly reigns over the nearby Body English). Any guesses on what he’ll play? I gotta feeling it’ll sound very familiar. April 26, doors at 10 a.m., $40 men, $20 women.
Enter the Void at Velveteen Rabbit Vegas nightlife can always rely on three things: no last call, style-challenged men (says the writer whose club duds were bought before the president’s re-election) and Goth nights. DJs Fish and Athenas launch their new night devoted to post-punk, darkwave, industrial and sinister ’80s flashbacks at Velveteen Rabbit in the Arts District. April 26, doors at 10 p.m., free.
Nas at 1 Oak “N.Y. State of Mind”? “The World is Yours”? “Life’s a Bitch”? Stone-cold classics all, and all off the rapper’s landmark album, Illmatic, which turns 20 this month. Expect to hear a few of them during his live performance. DJ Que spins. April 26, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 women, $40 men.