Lion Fight 13 a Rough-and-Tumble Olympics Alternative

Muay thai fighters Caley Reece and Tiffany Van Soest

Muay thai fighters Caley Reece and Tiffany Van Soest

Thursday, Feb. 6

You don’t need an excuse to visit Velveteen Rabbit—the Arts District’s gem of a cocktail bar—but hearing live local music while you imbibe is as good as any. Tonight, your serenade comes from bluesy trio the Unwieldies, who’ll be playing delightfully kooky selections from their debut album, Let’s Grow Old and Strange Together. (1218 S. Main St., 10 p.m.,

Friday, Feb. 7

A few things to do if you’re not bound for the couch to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics: First, take in some muay thai during Lion Fight 13 at The Joint. The mixed martial art is the national sport of Thailand, and because it requires combat beyond the hands and feet, it is also referred to as “the art of eight limbs.” Now that’s something you have to see to believe. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 5 p.m., If you’d rather employ fewer limbs this evening, just put your hands in the air for Benny Benassi, who’s spinning at Marquee. It’s been more than 10 years since he unleashed “Satisfaction,” and he’s kept fans satisfied with pounding club bangers ever since. (In the Cosmopolitan, 10 p.m.,

Saturday, Feb. 8

We won’t hold it against you if you missed your chance to see crooner/producer/musician Mayer Hawthorne for free at Vegas StrEATS in 2012. We’ll simply suggest you cough up 20 bucks to see him perform at Vinyl. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 9 p.m.) After his live show, Hawthorne shows off his DJ skills in the booth at Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Club. (In MGM Grand, 10:30 p.m., Also going on within the walls of the megaclub: Richard Melville Hall—better known as dance-music legend Moby—makes his return to the decks in Hakkasan’s main room. (10:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 9

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” So goes the tagline for the Host Awards at The Bank. Support your local nightlife know-it-alls as superlatives are bestowed for categories including Easy on the Eyes, Most Charismatic and Best Dressed. You can vote now for your favorites at (In Bellagio, 10:30 p.m.,

Monday, Feb. 10

We can’t count the number of tries it took us to correctly spell D4n13l, the moniker used by the Swedish DJ manning the turntables at XS tonight. But it’s the music that matters most, r1ght? Get there early for an opening set by resident house head Kris Nilsson. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Even classic tales need refreshing every once in awhile, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is no exception. The story gets a sexy Steampunk makeover as Alice at Tuscany Casino. Backed by a nine-piece band, vocal group BBR (Two Blondes and a Revolution, made up of members from Vegas! The Show and Dancing Queen) strut their stuff while dressed in corsets that would make the white rabbit turn pink. (255 E. Flamingo Rd., 10 p.m.,

Wednesday, Feb. 12

What a tease! In November, Australian DJ/producer Hook N Sling dropped a preview of his remix of “Celebrate” by fellow Aussies Empire of the Sun. More recently, he’s been promoting the upcoming “Tokyo by Night,” a collaboration with Swedish spinner Axwell. Yet as of now, he’s hasn’t officially released either track in full. Our best hope for hearing these soon-to-be club anthems is to swing in for his set at Light. (In Mandalay Bay, 10:30 p.m.,