APRIL 19-JUNE 7
“BB Forever - Brigitte Bardot, The Legend’’: There is nothing I find more relaxing than hanging out at a hotel lobby bar with a glass of prosecco and St. Germain in hand (heavy on the St. Germain, please). Perhaps the only thing that could improve upon the situation is if there happens to be a photo exhibit of 1960s French bombshell Brigitte Bardot in the vicinity. Random, but not entirely unlikely. Witness Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ new traveling photo exhibition, which shows 30 photos of Bardot’s rise to fame curated by French journalist Henry-Jean Servat. If you miss the Chicago show, you can see the Bardot exhibition at Sofitel properties in Washington from June to September, and in New York from September to December. 20 East Chestnut St., 877-813-7700, www.sofitel.com
Encore Beach Club grand opening: The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Resort opens its posh new adult pool (sorry, kiddies) with a party featuring some of the country’s best known DJs. On Saturday you can splash dance to sets from Size Matters, Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, and AN21. The festivities continue Sunday with bigger-than-life DJ Tiësto. Through the spring, the Encore Beach Club will feature headlining performances from Deadmau5, Afrojack, and Calvin Harris. The club features three tiered pools, which are surrounded by 26 cabanas that have refrigerators, flat screen TVs, and daybeds. Sure beats the plastic chair and concrete surrounding of my childhood pool. Admission to the grand opening is $50 for women, $100 for men per day. 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-770-7300, www.encorebeachclub.com
Mayday: The more astute among you may be wondering why the Germans would be celebrating May Day on April 30. According to organizers, Dortmund’s Mayday festival is inspired by an ancient German tradition to begin the night before. You’ll hear no complaints here about additional parties, especially pertaining to this long-running electronic music fete. German DJs Sven Vath, Paul van Dyk, and Chris Liebing headline. There are also sets from legendary vinyl jockeys such as Carl Cox, Ferry Corsten, ATB, and WestBam. Tickets are $78. Westfalenhallen, Rheinlanddamm 200, www.mayday.de (in German)
MARCH 30-APRIL 1
SnowMont Music Festival: Perhaps this ski season was not one of the best in recent (or distant) memory, but Killington is doing its best to extend it by bringing nationally acclaimed rock, pop, and rap to its slopes. The festival features performances from Kaskade, Snoop Dogg, the Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Diplo, Big Boi, and Ozomatli. Packages range from concert tickets only ($125) to VIP concert tickets and lift tickets ($350). Killington Ramshead Lodge, 3880 Killington Road, 888-512-7469, snowmontmusicfestival.com
Pinkpop: Stalwarts such as Bruce Springsteen, the Cure, the Specials, and some salty old blues performer named Seasick Steve are joined by a flock of whippersnappers like Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Mumford & Sons. There’s no apparent reason why this 40-year-old music festival is pink, but there is also no reason to question it when it sounds so incredibly appealing. A three-day festival pass is $210. www.pinkpop.nl.