Technicolor Brightens Up Tao Beach, Hot 100 Concludes

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DJ Technicolor/Photo by Zack W

Thursday, August 21

Add some philanthropy to your agenda and support the Rape Crisis Center. The organization’s annual A Night Out benefit at Lavo boasts drinks and appetizers—included in the $20 ticket price—plus sounds by the talented DJ 88. Your attendance helps the center provide assistance and advocacy for victims of sexual assault in Southern Nevada. (In the Palazzo, 6 p.m.,

Friday, August 22

Las Vegans can’t rely on weather to indicate changing seasons, but the grand finale of SpyOnVegas’ Hot 100 competition makes it certain: Summer is ending. Be there as the top bikini-clad beauty is crowned with cash, prizes and bragging rights good till next year. RSVP by 9 a.m. at, and get to Wet Republic by 2 p.m. for complimentary entry. (At MGM Grand, noon, Beauty Bar welcomes L.A.-based quartet DWNTWN, whose brand of breezy, synth-peppered pop is well suited to transport you out of a sweltering August night. (517 Fremont St., 9 p.m., Local hip-hop-meets-dubstep group Splitbreed celebrates the release of their latest album, Mile High Club, at Body English. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 10:30 p.m.,

Saturday, August 23

D.O.P.E. Promotions presents an 18-and-over soiree that will transform the Las Vegas Indoor Sports Center into a Rhythmic Jungle. How so? With snake charmers, live body painting, sounds by local spinners Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf, and a $20 open Jungle Juice bar for those 21 and over. (3055 S. Valley View Blvd., 9 p.m., On the Strip, SLS Las Vegas finally opens its doors, as does the roughly 20,000-square-foot Life nightclub, where venerable house mix master Erick Morillo will inaugurate the wheels of steel. Let’s never forget that Morillo and his production crew Reel 2 Real gave us the guaranteed floor-filler “I Like to Move It” way back in 1993. We may, however, forget the image of zoo animals dancing to the track, which was thrust upon us by Madagascar in 2005. (10 p.m.,

Sunday, August 24

This summer, you can’t bump a radio dial without hearing Billboard chart-topper “Latch,” by Disclosure with Sam Smith. DJ Technicolor—a.k.a. native Las Vegan Morgan Gould—was already keen on the song last October, as he shared in an interview with Vegas Seven. He also said then that “The Weeknd’s gonna go more into the forefront,” and the R&B singer has booked Hakkasan’s main room and Life Is Beautiful in 2014. Keep your ears open for what’s next when tastemaker Technicolor commands the decks at Tao Beach. (At the Venetian, 11 a.m.,

Monday, August 25

Since it shuttered last summer, we’ve anxiously awaited the reopening of the recently refreshed Bunkhouse Saloon. Tonight’s the night as indie rock veterans Built to Spill shake the new sound system with support from Slam Dunk, The Warm Hair and locals Rusty Maples. Be there for the sake of nostalgia, a glimpse of the future, and a cold brew at a reasonable price. (124 S. 11th St., 7 p.m.,

Tuesday, August 26

Now we’re gonna suggest you go back to Bunkhouse Saloon for good reasons: a “sad clown with the golden voice” and Absinthe’s mischievous puppeteer. The evening begins with Internet sensation Puddles the Clown and his Pity Party (songs, comedy, audience participation, etc.). Then the kitsch continues with the CD release party for Penny Pibbets’ band Koochiekoo. Events are ticketed separately; both are worth your while. (124 S. 11th St., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.,

Wednesday, August 27

If two former BFFs reunite in Ibiza and no one tweets about, did it really happen? We know Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are cool again (thanks, Time), but now it’s your chance to blast your own island adventure on social media. The largest industry group that shows up at Light wins a two-person trip to Ibiza; Clockwork provides the tunes. (In Mandalay Bay, 10:30 p.m.,

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