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Hot Spots: Z-Trip at Brooklyn Bowl, AVN parties and more

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Jesse Jane at the 2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
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On the fly: Antonio Cuna, aka Sweater Beats, drops in at Beauty Bar.

Sweater Beats at Beauty Bar Antonio Cuna blurs the lines between DJ set and live set, his Ableton Live prowess enabling him to essentially remix tracks—by other producers and himself—while he’s playing them for audiences. And speaking of blurred lines: Cuna’s sound is a blissed-out, electro-infused take on modern R&B, chock full of melodic vocals and bedroom breakbeats. Locals Byra Tanks, King and Beast Fremont open. January 22, doors at 9 p.m., $12.

Havana Brown at Drai’s The Australian beat beauty, best known for her 2011 Pitbull collabo “We Run the Night,” released two new tunes in 2014—including “Whatever We Want,” a collabo with dance-music vet Richard Vission—so stream ’em online before she serves as headliner at the rooftop Cromwell club Thursday night. January 22, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Tommy Lee and DJ Aero at Vanity The hordes of millennials queuing up for porn-star pics at AVN Week this weekend probably won’t understand the significance of a Tommy Lee appearance at the adult-film trade show (hint: Google “Tommy and Pam”). Regardless, here’s hoping the Mötley Crüe drummer keeps his pants on when he joins his rap-metal group Methods of Mayhem’s beat-slinger DJ Aero at Vanity, open for this special event. January 23, doors at 10 p.m. for AVN passholders, 11:30 p.m. for general public, $50 men, $30 women, free for AVN passholders.

Jesse Jane at 1 OAK As an AVN Hall of Famer with multiple award wins and two years hosting the annual “Oscars of Porn” under her belt—not to mention Playboy TV hosting gigs and crossover work that includes a one-off role on HBO’s Entourage—the adult-film starlet probably has one of the most polished résumés in the adult entertainment industry. She joins fellow starlets Samantha Saint and Kaylani Lei for an AVN weekend bash at the Mirage club Friday night. Cold shower not included. January 23, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40+ men, $30+ women.

Michael Woods at Life You know the story: International DJ moves to Las Vegas, starts major club residency. Oh, that’s right, that’s only happened twice. Here’s a much more familiar story: International DJ moves residency from one club to another. The England-born, Henderson-dwelling Michael Woods officially moves up the Strip from Hakkasan to Life this Friday to kickstart his new Tequila Nites promo. Expect lots of trance- and electro-flavored EDM and, ultimately, lot of tequila. January 23, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Winterfest at Big Dog’s Draft House The local brewery’s annual winter seasonal sipping returns on Saturday, with cold-weather brews from the host brewery along with fellow locals like Crafthaus, Hop Nuts and Triple 7 on tap, not to mention varieties from regional titans Deschutes, Brooklyn Brewery and Ninkasi. Live music, Big Dog’s Wisconsin-inspired menu and raffles round out the brew-soaked bash (which is also sponsored by the Weekly). January 24, 3-9 p.m., free entry.

DJ Z-Trip arrives for the 16th annual Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love Gala" and 70th birthday celebration for Muhammad Ali at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, February 18, 2012. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

DJ Z-Trip at Brooklyn Bowl The Phoenix-born multigenre producer/turntablist played mashups before they were cool, and well enough to be voted America’s Best DJ by DJ Times readers. He also had a Vegas DJ residency—at the currently mothballed Rain inside the Palms—before it was cool, with his Revolution night in 2009 filling the programming hole left by DJ AM’s death. Which means the dude is honorary nightlife family, so welcome him back. Rhyme N Rhythm open. January 24, doors at 8 p.m., $15.

Miss Nine at XS Her roots are in modeling, but the woman born Kristin Schrot became so smitten with the club scene once she moved from Germany to Amsterdam that she became a DJ. Though she came up through the progressive house scene, her style skews toward commercial house and trance—though if her latest Nine Sessions radio show is any indication, she’s not another Beatport Top 20 regurgitator. January 24, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

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