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    Man, it’s gonna be awkward when they have to take back one Barbie rung up in the middle of that receipt. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    XS and Tryst did their annual Walmart run to benefit the Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive on Wednesday and they went full-on North Pole. Club staff hauled in more than 12,500 toys and 567 bikes to the tune of $195,468. It took 12 semis to haul the loot over to Buchanan. See, people, you’re not just buying overpriced vodka for yourself all year round. You’re doing it for the children.


    The giant toy receipt is as much an annual nightlife tradition as sexy Santa parties. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    The staffs of XS and Tryst actually went out in the sun yesterday morning to round up $190,698 worth of toys for donation at the KLUC Morning Zoo toy drive. This is the eighth year of donating, and the largest haul they’ve ever brought in–up from $172,000 last year–with money raised from staff contributions and tips. Over eight years, they’ve donated more than $700,000 in toys.

    It was basically a reverse-Grinch at the Rainbow & Spring Mountain Wal-Mart, with employees emptying shelves and buying up all 250 bikes in the store. The total haul needed six semis to bring it to the donation site.

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    Whatever you do, don’t pitch him on a pirate-themed bar.

    Jon Taffer, the head of Nightclub & Bar Media Group and quick-tempered mastermind behind Bar Rescue, is signing copies of his new book Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions at Tryst tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. And then once you’re there you may as well stick around for DJ Spider, because who wants to spend their Friday nights reading? Except Burgess Meredith in that one Twilight Zone episode, we guess, but his glasses are busted anyway. (more…)


    We really just want to go because it’ll give us our best shot at stealing Robert Redford’s Sting suit.

    The nice thing about Park City being so close is that it makes Sundance attainable for all of us. Including the clubs, who maintain a presence during the film festival to impress their fancy movie star friends. The Wynn clubs will be showing their collective face up there starting tomorrow at Park City Live with Nero DJing the Powder Awards afterparty. On Saturday, Avicii takes center stage, while Afrojack does Sunday night and Cedric Gervais closes things out on Monday with 2 Chainz. The rest of us will be down here with our own makeshift Sundance of Redbox rentals and trying to ski by screwing roller skates to two-by-fours and trying to slide down Seven Hills side-streets.


    Every day he’s shufflin’ to a new residency. (Photo by Jason Morgan)

    The Wynn clubs — XS, Surrender, Tryst and Encore Beach Club — just announced its 2013 residents, and it’s interesting not because of who’s on the roster, but more of who’s not. The new lineup confirms our earlier report of Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki no longer in Wynn’s 2013 fold. $35 million can take you a long way, apparently.

    Departing: Tiesto and Deadmau5 pack them in and that’s got to be a blow, but Sebastian Ingrosso leaving now leaves the club with just one member of Swedish House Mafia on the roster. Gone are Alesso, Bobby Burns, Calvin Harris, Dada Life, Deadmau5, Funkagenda, Nervo, Quintino, R3hab, Robbie Rivera, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Thomas Gold and Tiesto.

    Newcomers: In a populist coup, the clubs did snag Redfoo from Marquee, plus locked up who seems to be everyone’s new favorite DJ, Eric Prydz. Coming in are Above & Beyond, Adrian Lux, Bassnectar, Cazzette, Cedric Gervais, Deniz Koyu, Dillon Francis, Dirty South, Eric Prydz, Fedde LeGrand, Hard Rock Sofa, Knife Party, LA Riots, Loco Dice, Madeon, Martin Solveig, Michael Woods, Redfoo, Rusko, Swanky Tunes, Will.i.am, Wolfgang Gartner and Zed’s Dead.

    Staying put: We can only hope that Lil Jon can pick up any goofball slack that may be lacking from the departure of Aoki. Plus, they still have Afrojack, Avicii, Chris Lake, David Guetta, Diplo, DJ Spider, Jermaine Dupri, John Dahlback, Lil Jon, Manufactured Superstars, Max Vangeli, Morgan Page, Nero, Norman Doray, Porter Robinson, Sidney Samson, Skrillex, Steve Angello and Sultan & Ned Shepard.


    Even the Toys R Us giraffe was exhausted by the end of this. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    XS and Tryst took their turns playing elf yesterday when they hit their annual toy jackpot at Wal-Mart. More than 100 workers at the clubs hauled in $172,000 worth of gear for the KLUC Morning Zoo’s toy drive.

    Mayor Carolyn Goodman busted out her proclamation book to name it XS and Tryst Day — adjust your feast calendar accordingly. All told, there were more than 10,000 toys and 192 bikes in the score, which was enough to fill four semis with a 10-cop-car escort. It also eclipsed last year’s $171,000 donation mark. Inflation is a bitch, we guess.


    Packing up and moving south? (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    The Wynn clubs have had more or less every DJ on the planet on lockdown for 2012, but now there’s a rumor from the Post that Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris are itching to get back on the open market and into, say, the arms of AMG’s new MGM venue, Hakkasan.

    They are trying to get out of their contracts because they don’t want the restrictions,” said one club insider. We also hear that other venues “are trying to make plays for these artists, and they might be successful in getting them.” Sources told us execs at Angel Management Group … have offered big money to Harris and Deadmau5 to perform there.

    If it’s true, this could spell the beginning of the end for the big-name resident. If these guys are bristling under exclusivity deals, you’d think they’d be looking at going back to just booking one-offs to the highest bidder. Which would boost nightly rates past Deadmau5′s rumored $100,000-plus fees — as long as he continues to be a big draw. If the EDM bubble bursts suddenly, it could break bad. But it’s probably a safe bet for the moment.


    OK, fine. We want a lightsaber mic stand. You win, Kelis. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    Kelis ducked into Tryst Friday night dressed like it was New Year’s on a Carnival Cruise ship. As sparkly as she was, that’s cool, because Nas is totally over her and there’s nothing at all loaded about him hanging out with her wedding dress on the cover of his new album.

    She sat in on drums for one track and, inevitably, she busted out “Milkshake,” for a turbo-charged, disco-tinged version (infused with bits of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”). Sadly, there was no “Got Your Money” to be had. If we were her we’d never stop doing that track everywhere we went.


    We’re kind of disappointed McLovin isn’t photobombing this picture. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    Our Wolfmanniest Academy Award-winner (sorry, Jack Nicholson), Benicio del Toro, was among those packing into Tryst Saturday night to check out Skrillex.

    Del Toro kept a low profile, chilling by the bar. The opposite of low profile was Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who was taking pictures with fans on the dance floor, just doing what he has to do to keep his McLovin brand alive.

    Skrillex hit a specially-built floating DJ booth in the lagoon around 3 a.m., with girlfriend Ellie Goulding by his side. Joining him on stage were Paris and Nicky Hilton, plus Brandon Davis; runaway Hef-bride Crystal Harris; the surprisingly hot Paulina Gretzky; and the tragically un-moustached Hannah Selleck. Skrillex only played uintil 5 a.m., which is a power move catching dawn like that, but Erick Morillo shakes his head in shame at only spending two hours to get there.