The pre-weekend gets off to a strong start with three solid options to get your weekend going. Ludacris is at the Palms pool as part of the Cruzan Campfire concert series (at the Palms, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $30), Tokyo Police Club is at Beauty Bar with the Freelance Whales and the Arkells (517 E. Fremont St., doors at 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door) and we celebrate the best of the best (and the very publication that you’re reading right now!) at Seven’s Best of the City issue release party at Haze. At Aria, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 for men, $20 for women, free for locals with supporting ID.
“Someone has called me a bitch to my face every single day of my life since I was 11 years old.” So says former Little House on the Prairie actress Alison Arngrim, who played the nefarious role of Nellie. Her new book tour and one-woman show—both of the same name, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch—now comes to the Onyx Theatre. Vanity Fair’s No. 1 TV Bitch of all time gives three searing shows this weekend, so there’s no excuse to not catch the actress/AIDS activist/stand-up comedian. 953 E. Sahara Ave., 8 p.m. Aug. 6-7, $25, 732-7225, onyxtheatre.com.
The Chrome showroom welcomes its newest resident, Rock Sugar, as the cover band moves into Santa Fe Station. The group’s once-a-month gig features lots of metal-inspired mash-ups (Metallica + Journey = “Don’t Stop the Sandman”), which allow 34 anthems to be squeezed into a 13-song set. Lead singer Jess Harnell moonlights as a voiceover actor, with such well-known characters as Wakko Warner (Animaniacs) and Captain Hero (Drawn Together) to his name. Hmm, considering his history, perhaps he should be described as a voice actor who moonlights as the lead singer in a mash-up metal band, instead of the other way around. Either way, the show is free; doors open at 10 p.m., and the show starts at 10:30.
Take your Sunday afternoon pool party to a higher level, and head to the rooftop pool deck at Tao Beach, where Kid Sister performs. (At the Venetian, doors at 10 a.m., $10 for out-of-state men, free for everyone else.) Later, channel your inner lady as Closet Sundays at Revolution hosts Gaga Wars. The contest is gay-friendly (but being gay is not mandatory) and awards $1,500 to the best Lady Gaga costume. The party also gives away tickets for the pop icon’s upcoming concert at MGM Grand. (At The Mirage, doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, locals free.) Finally, if going Gaga isn’t your thing, head to The Bank for industry night. At Bellagio, $40 cover, free for locals.
The Light Group makes all your midsummer night’s dreams come true—or at least shows you a good time at their venues at The Mirage—as the nightlife powerhouse presents the MidSummer Mirage-a-Trois. Things start at Bare, then move to Stack before ultimately finishing the night at Jet. Well, they are giving away 50 hotel rooms that night, so perhaps the night won’t end at Jet. (And if you want to make your hot midsummer dreams come true, you can call 693-8300 and take advantage of discounted Mirage-a-Trois room rates.) Bare doors at 11 a.m., $20 for men, free for women; no cover at Stack, which opens at 5 p.m.; Jet doors at 10 p.m., $30 for guys, $20 for girls, locals and industry free.
Head to Caesars Palace and check out Pure’s industry night, where DJ Shift spins (doors at 10 p.m., $20 for ladies, $30 for gentlemen, free for locals), or try your luck at Mandalay Bay, where House of Blues hosts Alternative Tuesdays. Doors at 8 p.m., free.
Sure, you could check out industry night at Eve (At Crystals, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 for men, $20 for women, free for locals), but we’re opting to ditch the Strip and enjoy a lower-key night with Acoustic Soul at Roadrunner, where there’s no line, dress code or cover. The four-piece cover band has been known to play for four hours straight, and the living, breathing jukebox takes requests! 2430 E. Pebble Road at Eastern Avenue, show starts at 8 p.m.