STUTTGART, Germany First Saturday of every month
Once the couples with strollers and video-camera-toting tourists with an early bedtime have cleared out, a museum can become a very tranquil space. The State Gallery in Stuttgart stays open until midnight the first Saturday of each month so you can experience its large collection of European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries with a minimum of distraction, and there's still plenty of time to hit the clubs after taking in the culture. Long Art Night starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $19.
30-32 Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse. 011-49-711-470-400. www.staatsgalerie.de.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland March 3-12
Crans-Montana ski resort hosts an extended week of music that offers a slightly more sophisticated take on the winter sports-music festival hybrid. This year's concerts feature Lou Reed (March 11), Robert Plant (with world music superstars Amadou et Mariam on March 10), and Brit-pop ensemble Starsailor (March 4). There's also an emphasis on club culture with DJ sets from Coldcut, Groove Armada's Andy
Avenue de la Gare. 011-41-900-325-325. www.capricesfestival.ch.
The tri-level, 10,000-square-foot club opens with several high-profile DJs, plus a white party tonight with Randy Bettis and Michael Wilson. Originally a bank, the building was Jasper Johns's studio in the 1970s and has since had several lives as different clubs. In its new incarnation, the space has a large main dance room, and more intimate spaces on the first level that designer Robert Stettner has decorated for an elegant club-going crowd. On the second weekend of each month, Element hosts a night called Filthy Fridays, which attempts to mix several genres in a single night, or, as organizers call it, ''Nasty music for the dirty generation." Ewan Pearson, who has remixed records for Chemical Brothers and Depeche Mode, DJs the first edition of Filthy on March 10. Doors are opened at 10 p.m.
225 East Houston St. 212-254-2200. www.elementny.com.
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard. www.sfbeerfest.com.
Contact Christopher Muther at email@example.com.