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Hot Spots: Ruckus at Hakkasan, Avril Lavigne at the Bank and more

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Get ready, Hakkasan: With DJ Ruckus, you never know what you’ll get—and that’s what makes him so much fun.
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Arthur’s Day at Rí Rá Celebrate Guinness in all its silky, stouty glory Thursday night at the Irish pub, as it observes the anniversary of founder Arthur Guinness’ birthday with some serious drink specials. The first 100 guests (at 5:30 p.m.) get free pints of Guinness, and the first 50 to order the nitro goodness (at 8 p.m.) score commemorative Arthur’s Day glasses. Irish pub tunes from regulars Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones start at 8:45 p.m. Slainte! September 25, 5:30 p.m., free entry.

Ruckus at Hakkasan The globe-trotting open-format phenom usually lords over Hakkasan’s Ling Ling hip-hop space (and often with Rev. Run at his side), but on Thursday, he’ll be the lone king of the big room—and surely playing plenty of big-room hits from across the genre spectrum. September 25, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

DJ Kalendr at Marquee Marquee continues to cycle in new and different talent—and Friday’s lucky DJ gets double the pleasure. Chicago EDM staple Kalendr (aka Jason Callender) will first top the bill at the dayclub, and then resurface in the evening as support for headlining act Cosmic Gate. Dude makes regular appearances at revered Windy City hot spot Spybar—our own Brett Rubin recently played with him there—so naturally he belongs at one of our best dance clubs, too. September 26, dayclub: doors at 11 a.m, $20+ men, $10+ women; nightclub: doors at 10 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.

Desert Hops at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool The international beer festival returns to Cosmo’s rooftop space Saturday night—and with more than 150 beers from 25-plus countries, you might want to pace yourself with those imaginary passport stamps. The hotel’s restaurant partners provide pairings for the bevy of brews, which includes pours from Holland (La Trappe Quadrupel), Kenya (Tusker), Australia (Coopers Stout), Sweden (Rekorderlig Strawberry Lime Cider) and Scotland (Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA). September 27, 8 p.m., $45-$65.

Avril Lavigne at The Bank The Canadian pop princess won’t be able to “Keep Holding On” to her 20s come Saturday night when she holds her Dirty Thirty birthday bash at the Bellagio nightspot—and you know an impromptu performance of “Here’s to Never Growing Up” is inevitable. In the booth: DJs Five and G-Squared. September 27, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Pride Prom at Artifice Most queer kids had a less-than-ideal prom experience, given how high school remains a tenuous environment for LGBT youth. If you (or anyone you know) missed your chance to pin that corsage or slow dance under the mirror ball, Artifice’s first-ever Pride Prom is your better-late-than-never chance—complete with prom photo ops, DJ Lexy Pro (get it?), free Sweet House cupcakes, a fashion show and the all-important prom punch. More incentive: All proceeds go to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (aka the Center), and you can dress however you want—but do you really wanna be underdressed for a gay prom? September 27, 8 p.m., $20, $15 if purchased at the Center.

Drink Liquid Dry Closing Day Party at Liquid How’s this for a final pool party of the season? Liquid is waving the cover for all locals and instituting an open bar until every bottle on the premises is empty. Talent for the day includes DJs Que, Greg Lopez, E-Rock, Kid Konrad and Karma—who you won’t be able to tell apart by the 10th margarita. September 28, doors at 11 a.m., locals free.

Nickel F*cking Beer Night at Beauty Bar Beauty Bar’s weekly NFBN promo doubles as an unofficial “Tinder Prom” Tuesday night (with the requisite balloons and photo booth), as the promo is encouraging patrons to find prom dates on the popular dating application. And as if that weirdness isn’t enough to sell you on this hilarious nightlife alternative, cover band Franks and Deans will be playing its punk rock versions of Sinatra and Martin standards. September 30, doors at 9 p.m., $5+.

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