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Hot Spots: Stone Domination at Aces & Ales, a Billboard afterparty and more

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Hello Hollywood: Steve Castro slides from the Playboy Mansion to Marquee Dayclub.

TV Party Tonight at Double Down Movie theaters that also serve booze are all the rage, but why settle for beer and wine with Hollywood pap when you can have Ass Juice with time-tested classics? The Double Down shows both its bar and film-exhibitor competitors how it’s done by projecting a punk-themed flick—this week: 1984’s Repo Man—on two screens painted to look like TVs, with free popcorn. More punk follows the film thanks to DJs Atomic and Fish. But until then—shut up and watch. May 14, 9 p.m., free entry.

Steve Castro at Marquee Dayclub The LA-based beatmeister supplies sound regularly at Hollywood electronic dance music hot-spot Avalon, and also has a residency at the iconic Playboy Mansion. Find out why Friday afternoon, when the veteran DJ takes the tables at the Cosmopolitan pool club. May 15, doors at 11 a.m., $20 men, $10 women.

One-Year Anniversary at Blend: The DJ Institute It’s already been a year that Blend DJ school has been churning out turntablists—and we mean real turntablists, as it starts its students out on the traditional wheels of steel. That’s excuse enough for a party—a parking lot party, in fact, with food trucks, a car show and performing DJs Earwaxxx, J-Krazy, Spair and Mr. Vibe. May 16, 2-10 p.m., free.

Stone Domination at Aces & Ales Ask any beer geek in Las Vegas to name his five favorite breweries and you’d be hard-pressed to find one who doesn’t mention the San Diego County-based operation, which has been churning out hop-heavy delights since 1996. We’re pretty spoiled with Stone’s distribution in the Valley, but true enthusiasts would be remiss to skip this draft domination. Not only will 50 Stone varieties be on tap, but brewmaster Mitch Steele will be on hand for boozy conversation—and hopefully a beer recommendation or two. May 16, noon, free entry.

Tops Off at Artisan Evolve Beach Club Topless-friendly pools abound in Sin City, but there’s only one that caters to couples who like to admire the female form in a less pervy atmosphere. Enter Evolve Beach Club at Artisan, which discourages unaccompanied men and offers an intimate, private setting with ShadowRed on DJ duty. May 16, doors at noon, $25 couple, free with Nevada ID.

Wild Life at Light After the March debut of Wild Life with Disclosure—which DJs for the local edition of the international party—and the announcement of the next installment, two things became clear. 1. Light was serious about having legit house music events. 2. The headliner isn’t even the most exciting part of the night. For the follow-up party, Disclosure will be supported by Claude VonStroke, Pomo and Maya Jane Coles—and we’re pretty sure that the latter two are making their Strip debut on Saturday. (Disclosure also plays Light’s daylife complement Daylight on Sunday, with local DJs Brett Rubin and Spacebyrdz.) May 16, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.

Billboard Music Awards Afterparty at Life American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson, Brit-pop sensation Ed Sheeran and “All About That Bass” songstress Meghan Trainor are just a few of the acts to appear at the annual honors this weekend. Didn’t score tix? Settle for Billboard’s official awards-show afterparty, featuring a set by rising house DJ MakJ—and possibly a pop-star sighting or two. May 17, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Temptation Sunday at Luxor Better order those Andrew Christian briefs, and don’t forget to hit the gym for leg day! That’s right, the Strip’s first gay pool party is back this weekend, and we’re expecting some serious man-candy to be lounging poolside. If visual temptation isn’t enough to lure you to the Luxor oasis, maybe musical enticement will? West Hollywood gay bar the Abbey’s resident beatmeister Casey Alva supplies the soundtrack for Temptation’s Sunday afternoon season opener. May 17, doors at 1 p.m., $20, $10 locals, text VEGAS to 77948 for free guest list between 1 & 2 p.m.

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