Nope, don’t get down to the Strip much any more.
Of course, I’m not talking about the casinos—I practically live in them. But those cement expanses between casinos, construction sites and Next Big Things? No, I don’t actually walk on the sidewalk much. I’d rather keep the economy afloat one well-tipped valet attendant at a time. But by staying off those well-trodden ways, I can, for the most part, successfully steer clear of one of Vegas’ most laughable and pervasive character stereotypes: the Flier Guys.
Tap tap give, tap tap give …
Sorry man, but I am neither in the market for an in-room visit by Vikki (“Live!”), nor do I want a massage from transgendered Kelli.
So imagine my shock last Thursday after drinks at the Downtown Cocktail Room when I arrived at my car to find my windshield bombarded with not just the usual one or two, not even three or four, but over 15 fliers! The wiper was actually bulging out from this hulking display. Some of them were even tucked into a nifty plastic bag against the chance rain storm. Well, it has been rather sprinkly hasn’t it? That’s one resourceful “flier bitch.”
Fine, so now that you have my windshield’s undivided attention, what is so damned important that my poor Honda must become the target of some anonymous ‘tweener’s über-ambitious promotional campaign?
And events I apparently missed: February 18: Beauty Bar: Murder By Death with The Builders and The Butchers and Fake Problems. 9 p.m., $12, 21+; Cheyenne Saloon: Unhappy Virgin, Nervous Gerbil, Joe Strings and more, 9 p.m.
What would a flier fiesta be without a word from G-d: “The statistics say that 10 out of 10 people die.” (lvoutreach.com)
But the lion’s share is given over to live music and DJ events. I figure I would be remiss in my duties as Nightlife Editor if I did not share with you these critical missives. So behold, Xania’s Hot Spots, the Guerilla Promoter Edition, from my windshield to your computer screen:
Beauty Bar: Scarlet Symphony with Van Nuys, Close to Modern and The Ku plus DJ Starr and guests spinning until 3 a.m. Doors 9p.m., $5, 21+. No cover with military ID.
Wasted Space: Punk Rock Karaoke featuring Erik Melvin of NOFX, Derek O’Brien of Social Distortion, Greg Hetson of Bad Religion and Steve Soto of The Adolescents.
Beauty Bar: Say What?! Vs. Binary, the Magic edition with Nightwaves, Neon Façade, Seth Grabel, Picture Pilot, Alta Revere, and DJ Knowell outside for $5 plus Keenhouse, Roccanova, ZO, and Gimehaus inside for free. 100 free magic tricks; 10 p.m.
Black Label (3550 S. Decatur): Konkrete Jungle Las Vegas, 10:30-4 a.m. with drum and bass, jungle and dubstep by DJs Deacon, Ketek, Madame Filth, Mantis Convulsion and Agez Specialist. Myspace.com/konkretejunglelasvegas for more info.
Four Aces (5866 Boulder Hwy): Mortrum of the Gods, 7th Son, Sangre and Malus Rex, live. Info at myspace.com/vegasbookings
Wasted Space: Every Sunday it’s Mommy’s Little Monster indie dance party with DJs Troublemaker and Klaw. Half-price bottles, 2-for1 PBRs, no dress code and no cover.
Wasted Space: Slow To Surface CD release party with Left Standing and Magna Fi.
The Bunkhouse: Hip-hop Roots hosted by Lore with live hip-hop, reggae and R&B all night. Open mic after midnight. 9 p.m., $5.
Four Aces (5866 Boulder Hwy): Masters of Disaster with Avenger of Blood, Bonded Blood, Exmortus and Witchhaven. Info at myspace.com/salemrosemusic.
Wasted Space: Electric Valentine with Ministry of Love.
The Box Office (1129 S. Casino Center Blvd): The Number 12 Looks Like You, Our Last Night, I See Stars, We Came As Romans, Vannacutt and This Romantic Tragedy, live. 6 p.m., $12, all ages.
The Box Office (1129 S. Casino Center Blvd): Eyes Set to Kill, Destruction of a Rose, Ministry of Love, No Bragging Rights, Katsumoto and Joshua Judges Ruth, live. 6 p.m., $12, all ages.
Beauty Bar: Neon Reverb presents The Start, The Action Design, Roxy Epoxy and The Rebound, Ministry of Love and Van Nuys at Beauty Bar, 10 p.m., $10, 21+.
The Cheyenne Saloon: Agent Orange with Zerofingers, Guilty By Association, The Latest Rumor and The Woolly Bandits
The Box Office (1129 S. Casino Center Blvd): Greeley Estates, I Wrestled a Bear Once, Memphis May Fire, Fact, Burning Through Bridgeport and Take me to Montauk, live. 6 p.m., $12, all ages.
Desert Breeze Skate Park: Extreme Thing ’09 sports and music festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with performances by Bad Religion, Silverstein, The Vandals, Framing Hanley and more plus a roller derby tournament and a Pro BMX dirt jump challenge. Info at extremething.com.