Women of Intrigue: Michelle “Crykit” Kolnik

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After a decade on the San Francisco breakdancing scene, DJ, style icon and party curator Michelle Kolnik packed her bags and headed to Vegas, bringing her talent to clubs like Tao and Lavo. In 2016, Downtown bar Commonwealth caught wind of Kolnik’s savvy street style and brought her on for an eclectic fashion and music-based residency, and she’s been hosting her indie dance party, known as Crykit’s Playhouse, ever since.

“Crykit’s Playhouse is definitely my baby,” says Kolnik, better known as DJ Crykit (pronounced cricket). “I curate everything.” From designer showcases and fashion shows to art installations, DJs and performances, Kolnik oversees it all to make sure her party has the best and most original vibe in town. “It’s not about fitting in. It’s about being yourself. Within that, you can shine and create connections. The best compliment I receive is about the positive energy at the party, and that people can be themselves and not just blend in.”

Kolnik also works as a resident DJ at Skyfall at the top of Delano, and at Topgolf. Between her three main gigs, “you really get to play it all,” she says. Through her lucrative hustle playing corporate parties, she has also opened for artists like Anderson .Paak, Bruno Marks, Tove Lo and Disclosure—but her primary focus remains Crykit’s Playhouse—and getting Vegas’ underground scene on the map.

“I feel like that’s been the beauty of this party,” Kolnik says. “It’s not just for me and my creative self-expression, but for others in Vegas.”

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