Entertaining options for a week of nonstop fun and excitement.
Lose yourself in translation as the corridor connecting the MGM Grand casino floor and the Grand Garden Arena is transformed into a busy Japanese street market for Shinkansen and Shibuya. The Asian-inspired night of sake and sushi channels Tokyo’s trendy NeoTokyo district and features food stalls, teppanyaki stations and plenty of sake to wash it all down. Shibuya opens its cellar for the Vegas UnCork’d event, and shares more than 200 varieties of sake while Japanese dancers, DJs and other performers entertain. Tickets aren’t cheap ($80), but admission includes all sushi and sake tastings, and access to Studio 54 afterward, where DJ Eric Forbes spins. 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., tickets at vegasuncorked.com. Meanwhile, Bad Boy Bill is at the Hard Rock Hotel to spin a guest set at Vanity during Godskitchen. Doors at 10 p.m., $40 for guys, $20 for girls, local ladies free.
Knock off early and enjoy an afternoon by the pool as Ditch Fridays returns to the Palms with host Sean Paul. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., $25 for guys, free for girls. Later, towel off and party for a good cause at the Hard Rock Ambassador Benefit featuring Mix Master Mike, DJ Barry and RH Factor. The concert at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip benefits breast-cancer battler Brenda Dugas. $10 in advance, $20 at the door, or $30 for a VIP meet-and-greet package, 733-7625, ticketweb.com.
Mix some laughter into Saturday night’s sex appeal with funnyman Nick Thune as he finishes his three-night stint headlining Playboy Comedy. The guitar-playing actor-comedian is known for his work on Comedy Central and the comedy video website Funny Or Die, and he released his debut album, Thick Noon, earlier this year. After the show, ascend to the Playboy Club, where ticketholders get in for free (though local ladies never pay cover). In the lounge at the Palms. 8 and 10 p.m., $40. Another arousing option awaits back on the Strip, where the Pussycat Dolls’ smokin’ lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger, hosts at Pure. While Caesars Palace’s flagship nightclub recently retired the PCD lounge, Scherzinger returns to the previously affiliated hot spot for a special performance. Doors at 10 p.m., $30 for guys, $20 for girls.
Mix the business of taking the family matriarch for Mother’s Day brunch with a little pleasure, and take her to High Society at Nove Italiano. The boozy brunch high atop the Fantasy Tower at the Palms delivers great food and a good crowd—and if you tell Mom you’re taking her to a “society event,” she’ll be even more impressed. (1-7 p.m., $30 for brunch, $25 for bottomless bellinis.) Alternatively, there’s always the scene next door, at Simon at Palms Place. $38 for brunch, $10 for bottomless Bloody Marys, $16 for unlimited champagne.
Dedicate the day to the best and brightest up-and-coming nightlife personalities as the Fresh Awards take over Bare and Jet at The Mirage. The power players of tomorrow start things early with a sun-drenched day at Bare before the trophies are handed out at Jet, where DJ Hollywood returns to the booth. Bare doors at 11 a.m., $20 for men, free for women. Jet doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 for guys, $20 for girls, locals and industry free.
Raise a cold one or two (or seven!) to your favorite bartender as Blush holds its annual Bartenders Ball. The ultra lounge at Wynn salutes the best bartenders in town with a Coors Light-sponsored open bar from 10 p.m.-midnight and gifts for the folks that ensure the rest of us never go thirsty. Doors at 9 p.m., $30 cover, locals free with Nevada I.D.
Sushi is widely considered an aphrodisiac, but Osaka ups the ante with Naked Sushi. Get your fill as the ancient art of Nyotaimori is presented at the first of what is planned to be a monthly series. Hand-made sushi is served on bare-naked models, and nothing but banana leaves separates the modern day Geishas from the main course. Careful with those chopsticks! 7511 W. Lake Mead Blvd. location only. 7-10 p.m., $25 per person.