Party with a purpose tonight at Double Down Saloon as the punk rock bar throws a First Friday benefit bash, auctioning off its infamous sticker-covered pony. Paintings by Jerry Misko and photos by Shane O’Neal will also be up for bid. (4640 Paradise Road, event 6-9 p.m. no cover.) Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton comes to spill his soul at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. (Doors 8 p.m., tickets $20 in advance at TicketWeb.com or $25 day of.) The Cosmopolitan will keep the music alive at Book & Stage, where almost-famous rock star Jared Lee will captivate the crowd with two free shows at 10 p.m. and midnight.
These days it’s all about the DJs, and tonight is no different. Girls will be falling all over the place when Haze launches I’m With the DJ, a new weekly Friday party, kicked off by mash-up master Z-Trip. (In Aria, doors 10:30 p.m., men $40, women $20.) If you’re looking for some imported electro-house goods, Swedish producer Avicii returns to Marquee. (In the Cosmopolitan, doors 9:30 p.m., men $40, women $20.) The marriage we’ve all been keeping tabs on is finally here! Raise your glass at Queen Victoria’s British Pub where it hosts a viewing of the Royal Wedding. The party includes a wedding breakfast, cake and champagne. (At the Riviera, 2-6 a.m., $25, RSVP to Ukladylv@gmail.com.)
Electronic dance music icon Paul Oakenfold is debuting his cooking skills with a Perfecto Cooking Class at Nove Italiano alongside executive chef Geno Bernardo in the Palms. The two will lead the class in making a five-course meal while sipping complementary spring cocktails. (In the Palms, noon, $75 per person, call 942-6800 for reservations.) Hit the Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage where L.A. band 100 Monkeys play for just one night. While rocking out, catch a glimpse of guitarist and back up vocalist Jackson Rathbone, whom you might recognize from Twilight. (Shows at 10 p.m. and midnight, no cover.) Show off your tiger blood as the newly touring comedian and Hollywood hot mess Charlie Sheen brings his winning attitude where else but to Chateau Nightclub. Duh! (In Paris, doors 10 p.m., men $40, women $10, local ladies free.)
Celebrate Sunday Funday with a festive kickoff fiesta to Cinco de Mayo week. Beginning today, T&T Tacos and Tequila hosts a Red Hot Mariachi Brunch every week with two-for-one margaritas and Bloody Marias. (In Luxor, brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., no cover.) Then, pick your pool party: English phenomenon Chris Lake and legendary lady Sandra Collins at Tao Beach for Beatport Sundays (In the Venetian, doors 11 a.m., $20 cover, locals free) or extravagant event planner Eduardo Corvdova’s LGBT weekly fete, Sunkissed, a Sunday pool and brunch party at Gossip, the pool at Rumor. (Doors 11 a.m., men $20, ladies $10.)
Rock and roll all night and party all day, beginning with Monday Night Rocks at Crown where Adema shakes up the floor. (In the Rio, doors 10:30 p.m., $25 cover, free tickets at VegasHotSpots.com.) At Jet’s industry night, local boys HardNox, whose anthem “Fist Pump” is played at baseball fields everywhere, perform their danceable jams. (In The Mirage, doors 10:30 p.m., $30 cover, locals free until midnight.) For some heavier beats, hit XS, where dubstep DJ Feed Me will satisfy all musical and mental cravings with his ear candy. (In Encore, doors 10 p.m., men $40, women $20, locals free.)
Double-up tonight for Two-fer-Tuesdays at Rockhouse, where every patron can indulge in double-shot cocktails and two-for-one beers at this ultra-dive bar in front of Imperial Palace. (Doors 9 a.m., no cover until 10 p.m., $10 men, $5 ladies.) Let’s hear it for the kids! Brand Steakhouse partners with the March of Dimes for Sing for the Kids where guests can add to the donation bucket. Donations benefit the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. (In the Monte Carlo, doors 10 p.m., no cover.)
Beauty Bar’s Beer Garden officially opens, also marking the kickoff to its new weekly Wednesday movie night. Each week food trucks will feed to the party on the patio (Sloppi Jo’s will take over Wednesdays) and offer reduced prices on its own drinks, specialty beers and pitchers. (517 E. Fremont St., truck 6-9 p.m., no cover.) If old-school beats are more your thing, head to Lavo for Old School Wednesday, featuring Rob Base, known for “It Takes Two,” his ’90s classic with DJ E-Z Rock. (In the Palazzo, doors 10 p.m., men $20, women $10, local ladies free.)