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Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

Thursday, Sept. 5

L.A.’s soul-heavy indie darlings Fitz and the Tantrums start the weekend early with a happy-hour performance and $4 Coronas at the Boulevard Pool. (At the Cosmopolitan, 7 p.m., It’s Las Vegas Pride Week, and that means the return of Shedonism. The annual women’s event hosted by Lisa Pittman and Pandora Events has grown so much that they’re taking over the entire Fantasy Tower of the Palms. Start with the LUST Kickoff Party at the View bar. (In the Palms, 10 p.m.,

Friday, Sept. 6

Leave work early and head to Park on Fremont for Friday Barbecues, where an outdoor grill fires up the spicy ale sauce-tossed wings, barbecue steak salad and baby-back ribs. (506 Fremont St., 3 p.m., Be fashionably punctual for the Forum Shops’ inaugural Festival of Fashion with rock-inspired fashion presentations, DJs, models and four $500 shopping spree giveaways. (In the Forum Shops at Caesars, 7-10 p.m. Friday, 1-3 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Moroccan-born, Bronx-reppin’ French Montana pops into Ditch Friday. The rapper and CEO of Cocaine City Records was in town last month slangin’ his Coke Boy clothing line at MAGIC, solidifying himself as an awesome role model. (At the Palms, noon) Unzip Them Jeans at The Act. The influential DJ, producer and former graffiti artist from L.A. has a massive underground following and spins eclectic genre-blind sets. (In the Shoppes at the Palazzo, 10:30 p.m.,

Saturday, Sept. 7

Backstreet’s back, all right! Only two weeks after ’NSYNC was resurrected at the VMAs, the Backstreet Boys resurface at Body English. And get this: Nick Carter DJs. This is either amazing or horrific, depending on who you ask. (In the Hard Rock Hotel, 10:30 p.m., You don’t have to be in school to head back to the University of Heraea for some college football. Watch games on the 12-by-16-foot screen while you play flip cup and beer pong and grub on Vegas Seven’s recently proclaimed “Best Sportsbook Food.” (In the Palms, 10 a.m., Swedish youngster Alesso sees the Light. The progressive-house prodigy recently teamed up with Calvin Harris featuring Theo Hutchcraft on “Under Control,” and it could prove epic. (In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m., Avicii spins at XS before dropping his True album later this month—and he’s been leaking more hits than a drug mule. With the bluegrassy “Wake Me Up” already hitting No. 1 in 63 countries, it’s safe to say there’s life after “LE7ELS.” And don’t sleep on “You Make Me” and “Wild Boy”; both are uniquely genre-bending and catchy. (In Encore, 10 p.m.,

Sunday, Sept. 8

French house legend Bob Sinclar brings his feel-good hits to Wet Republic. Feel the love and get Sinclar’s perspective on the history of house music at (At MGM Grand, noon, Nearby, Dada Life turns Hakkasan into Dada Land. Earlier this year the ever-provocative Swedish electro duo declared Dada Land a sovereign nation, prompting Sweden to temporarily revoke their passports amid fan protests. (In MGM Grand, 10 p.m., Nineteen-year-old Madeon brings his all-world energy to Encore Beach Club. Catch the French house star’s recent collaboration with Northern Irish indie-rock heroes Two Door Cinema Club, and look for his forthcoming production for superstar Lady Gaga. (At Encore, noon,

Monday, Sept. 9

Monday Night Football’s return merits a celebration. Kicking off tonight with back-to-back games (Eagles vs. Redskins and Texans vs. Chargers), Hyde Bellagio shows the action on a 20-by-10-foot screen and serves game-day faves such as spicy wings, hot dogs and Kobe beef sliders. (In Bellagio, 4:45 p.m., Wax on, wax off at Boulevard Pool for Dive-In Mondays. This week’s lineup features the kick-ass classics Karate Kid and Rocky. (At the Cosmopolitan, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. show times.)

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar launches its new weekly party, Shanghai Nights. Sip, nibble and listen to live jazz music with a vibe reminiscent of 1930s Shanghai, the apparent “Vegas of Asia.” (In Mandarin Oriental, 5 p.m., Diablo’s Cantina hosts its inaugural Gong Show, featuring the best, worst and funniest talents (or lack thereof) the industry has to offer. There’s $10,000 in cash prizes on the line and a hosted bar until 10 p.m. (In the Monte Carlo, 9 p.m.,

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Katherine Schneider and Tatiana Lewis host Kitty Bar, the recently rejuvenated lesbian night at Drink & Drag. Enjoy $5 drinks, free bowling and no cover for the first hour (cover is $5 thereafter). (In Neonopolis, 8 p.m.,