His music has been featured on everything from So You Think You Can Dance to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now Ryan Calhoun brings his pop-flavored stylings to Acoustic Strip at House of Blues. The L.A. Music Award-winner for best male pop vocalist plays the courtyard at 8 p.m., and admission is free. The far more metal-ly eNVy Showcase goes on inside HOB proper, featuring Face Down, Double Barrell Diplomacy, DIM, Winter Will Follow, For The Fight and In Shadows Embrace. (At Mandalay Bay, doors 8 p.m., show 8:30 p.m., $10, ages 18-plus.) Meanwhile, the gallery set gets its groove on at Caramel, where Expose showcases the art of James Mulligan (MulliganPictorial.com). At Bellagio, 7- 10 p.m., no cover.
Forget making it rain in the club; the folks at Tao Beach will make it snow as Blizzard on the Beach transforms the sun-drenched pool into a winter wonderland complete with Bacardi snow cones. (At the Venetian, doors 10 a.m., $20 out-of-town men; locals and all ladies free.) Later, socialite/reality TV personality Brody Jenner celebrates his birthday, sans celebrity sisters, at Lavo. At the Palazzo, doors 10 p.m., $20, local ladies free.
It’s a bittersweet night at Perfecto as ATB plays the final night of his monthlong stint at Rain. (At the Palms, doors 10 p.m., $30 cover, local ladies free.) Earlier in the day, Ja Rule does double-duty, first hosting the pool party at Venus, then performing at Pure. (Both at Caesars Palace; Venus doors 10 a.m., $40 men, $20 women; Pure doors 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 women.) Or take a break from the pool and club scene and check out the Las Vegas Comedy Homecoming at Beauty Bar. Funnymen Bryan Bruner, John Hilder, Nathan Lund, Maddog Mattern and Sam Tripoli are all in town for the event, and it’s just $15 to get in. (517 E. Fremont St., 9 p.m.) Sure, the fight is in Boston, but you can watch BJ Penn face Frankie Edgar in UFC 118 at viewing parties at Crown (at the Rio, 6 p.m., $20, $35 all-you-can-drink), Deuce (at Aria, $50 cover), Caramel (at Bellagio, $40 cover) or Lagasse’s Stadium (at the Palazzo, no cover, F&B minimums start at $50 to sit.)
Michael Jackson would have turned 52 today if not for his untimely death last year. Remember MJ and celebrate his birthday at Lavo, which hosts a moonwalk competition in his honor. The guy or girl with the best moon shoes and moves goes home with $1,000, and DJ Vice will be in the booth. At the Palazzo, doors 11 p.m., $20 men, $10 women, local ladies free.
Quench your thirst as Bombay Sapphire crowns the “Most Inspired Bartender” at Eve in Crystals at CityCenter. (Doors 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.) Or, if you’re hungry and thirsty, head to MGM Grand, where Wet Republic kicks off Restaurant Week with Wet Your Appetite. Chef-cum-DJ Hubert Keller entertains, along with the dancers of Studio 54. The event supports the Three Square food bank and features an array of restaurants, including Joël Robuchon, Craftsteak, Sage and Circo. Purchase your tickets ($33) ahead of time and go for practically free: Advance passes come with a Restaurant Week dining voucher worth $30, redeemable at MGM Grand fine dining outlets. 8-11 p.m., 891-7800 for details.
Spy On Vegas photographers help us remember the best parties (and regret our most obnoxious drunken antics), and tonight the snap-happy crew toasts their MVPs—the 30 party people whose picture-perfect poses consistently rank among the website’s Most Viewed Photographs—during a party at Blush. (At Wynn, doors 9 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.) And high atop the Fantasy Tower, the Captains of Industry, a.k.a. DJs Graham Funke and StoneRokk, take turns at the 1s and 2s during this week’s installment of Bang! At the Palms, doors 11 p.m., $30 cover, local ladies free.
Wednesdays are always celebrated in style at Encore, as Surrender hosts its industry-friendly midweek fete, set to the sounds of DJ Mighty Mi. (Doors 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women, locals free.) Alternatively, M!keattack joins DJ88 at Ghostbar’s smaller-but-still-solid party, Snitch. At the Palms, doors 8 p.m., $20 cover, local ladies free.