Max Vangeli at Encore Beach Club Though he has close ties to Swedish producers like Steve Angello (formerly of Wynn nightlife) and AN21 (currently with Wynn nightlife), big-roomer Max Vangeli is not a Swede himself. He was born in Moldova and came of age as a teenager in the States and, like local superstar Steve Aoki, as a DJ at one of the biggest party schools in the country, UCSB. All Vangeli needs to do to stir a Friday afternoon Encore Beach Club turnout is to channel the mojo he developed pumping up the student crowds of the festive Isla Vista scene. Boom—rager accomplished. September 5, doors at noon, $35 men, $25 women, locals free.
Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival at Red Rock Resort Booze hounds unite! The epicurean extravaganza returns to the Summerlin resort this weekend, with pours courtesy of vineyards from Napa to the East Coast (plus, spirits and beer from the likes of Patrón, Stolichnaya and Ellis Island Brewery). Bites by local restaurants (including Firefly, Scarpetta and Mastro’s Ocean Club) round out the decadent gourmet experience, with proceeds benefiting the James Beard Foundation. September 5-6, times vary, $100-$150.
Scarlet: Cure tribute night at Artifice On the Weekly’s Facebook feed, a reader recently complained there weren’t enough alternative ’80s dance options in local nightlife. Lo and behold, Downtown has the answer for all those seeking some post-punk throwback. Scarlet, a local Goth-themed party, will devote Saturday’s edition to The Cure, and if you doubt the rhythmic potential of Robert Smith’s music, you’ve never lost yourself on a dancefloor during “Just Like Heaven” or “The Walk.” September 6, 10 p.m., free.
Kraazy Party at House of Blues Break out that old Batman costume or your kandi-colored tutus for this unconventional EDM bash, where attendees are encouraged to get a little “kraazy” with their attire. And those with appropriate duds score comp access upstairs at HOB’s exclusive Foundation Room. We’re fully endorsing getting more mileage out of last year’s Halloween costume. September 6, 8:30 p.m., $25.
For the Love of House Picnic at Mountain Crest Park In Chicago, the birthplace of house music, people regularly gather to dance and listen to local DJs at parks during the daytime, which begat traditions like the Chosen Few House Music Picnic. Hopefully we’ll start one of our own with this Saturday’s family-friendly clambake, featuring Douglas Gibbs, Lenny Alfonzo, Roy Evans and other house DJ lifers. September 6, 1 p.m., free.
Bingo Players at Hakkasan Sadly, the Bingo Players are plural in name only since founding member Paul Bäumer passed away last year. However, his musical partner Maarten Hoogstraten has been representing the Bingo name in DJ booths worldwide for over a year. If you haven’t caught up with the boisterous Dutch act in awhile, a tourist-light Sunday night at Hakkasan is as good a time as any. September 7, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Pride Closing Party at Beatles Revolution Lounge The LGBT community’s weeklong celebration is packed with events at nightclubs and pools all over town, and culminates Sunday night with a special edition of the Mirage nightspot’s weekly, gay-themed Revo Sundays bash, featuring DJ Tracy Young and a live set from Flava. September 7, 10 p.m., $20, locals and industry free.
Henrix at Light The Miami-based producer touches down at the Mandalay Bay danceteria for its weekly Blow Out bash. Check out his latest “Acid, Rave, Sex” release, then do some of that second directive Wednesday night. September 10, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $27 women.