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Hot Spots: Harvard Bass at After, National Margarita Day and more

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Early funk: Harvard Bass’ take on house will be welcome at After at Body English.

LAX Relaunch The Luxor nightclub has been quietly renovating this winter, and while it has remained open, it will nonetheless officially celebrate its relaunch and face-lift with a Mardi Gras-themed party. What will you do to earn your beads? February 19, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women, free on guest list.

Jayceeoh at Light Props! The LA-based beatmeister rose above fellow Vegas residents and regulars Loczi, Lisa Pittman and Tina T to take the title on VH1’s Master of the Mix DJ-focused reality competition in 2013. Find out what’s behind that hype when the trap/electro DJ takes the tables at the Mandalay Bay danceteria Thursday night. February 19, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Apocalypto at Hard Rock Live Hardstyle music—imagine a booming, hardcore version of trance, or a less playful form of gabber—doesn’t get much play in Las Vegas, save maybe the Basscon stage at EDC. Local promoter Ravealation is bringing it to the Strip on Friday, however, courtesy of Dutch hardstyle favorite the Pitcher, LA hard-dance queen Lady Faith and the American death metal/industrial-influenced Darksiderz. Finally—something that will drown out the arguing costumed panhandlers on the sidewalk below. February 20, doors at 8 p.m., $35+.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Official Season 7 Premiere Party at Chateau Las Vegas gets a little more fabulous Friday night, when the queens from the seventh year of Logo’s drag-queen reality competition gather for a season-launching bash. The lovely ladies will serve up their signature “eleganza” and undoubtedly sip on some (Absolut product-placement-sponsored) cocktails. One question: Where’s the Scruff-sponsored pit crew?! February 20, 8 p.m., $40.

Mardi Gras Party at Distill (Southern Highlands) Fat Tuesday might’ve been February 17, but the Hurricane-slinging, King Cake-eating fun of the Mardi Gras season is far from over. The Southern Highlands drinkery transforms into a Bourbon Street lounge Saturday night, encouraging revelers to wear celebratory masks and offering live jazz courtesy of the Outside Inn Trio and food and drink specials themed to the gluttonous holiday of overindulgence. February 21, 7 p.m., free entry.

DJ Skratchy at Tryst Being from the Los Feliz part of LA’s Eastside, the young hip-hop/open-format turntablist was destined for notoriety given his ’hood’s proximity to Echo Park and Silverlake’s dive bars and the Hollywood house-party and club scenes. Two decades later, he’s still a fixture in Hollywood, but he’s conquered eastward—including the Strip. He headlines Tryst on Saturday (and if you miss him there, he’ll be at Drai’s Nightclub the following night). February 21, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

After with Harvard Bass at Body English The afterhours experiment at the Hard Rock Hotel’s longtime dance space continues late Saturday night with the choice booking of San Diego producer/DJ Harvard Bass, best known for his “Lazer Beams” collaboration with Green Velvet. His offerings—a funkier, sleazier take on tech house—haven’t been heard in these parts for over two years, and make for an ideal 4 a.m. soundtrack. February 22, 2 a.m., $20, $10 women and locals.

National Margarita Day at Diablo’s Cantina One tequila … two tequila … three tequila … (dance)floor! Cinco de Mayo isn’t the only day in the sun for the classic cocktail, so consider celebrating at the Monte Carlo cantina with an all-you-can-drink margarita bar from 7 to 11 p.m. Did we mention the drink tastings and salt-rim contests? February 22, 5 p.m., free entry.

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