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Weekend best bets: USA Basketball, Weezer and Las Vegas Film Festival

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Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan falls to the floor while holding his face after he was hit by Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson during a USA Basketball minicamp scrimmage Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas.

It’s a big weekend for film fans with the return of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and whether you’re a cinefile, a sports fan or just looking for a laugh, there’s plenty to do in town this weekend to kick off August in style.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Weezer at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Jan. 21, 2011.

      Friday: Weezer at the Cosmopolitan

      Pop-rock heavy-hitters Weezer return to Las Vegas for a set of career-spanning hits at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan. Fans can expect to hear ’90s indie classics such as “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Say It Ain’t So,” along with their more recent pop-flavored hits like “Beverly Hills” and tracks off their forthcoming album “Everything Will Be Alright in the End.” The show starts at 9 p.m. with openers Water and Saint Motel. Tickets are $52.

    • Russell Westbrook, left, covers Derrick Rose, right, during a USA Basketball men's national team exhibition game in Las Vegas, July 24, 2010.

      Friday: USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center

      It’s Blue vs. White as members of the USA Men’s National Team — including Kevin Durant and Steph Curry — go up against one another in the first exhibition game of the 2014 National Team tour. The game starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $500.

    • <em>Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West</em>, Jerry and Mike Thompson's second feature, makes its Las Vegas debut at this year's Las Vegas Film Festival.

      Tonight - Sunday: Las Vegas Film Festival at Inspire Theater

      The Las Vegas Film Festival returns for a seventh year showcasing 70 films over five days at a new location at downtown’s Inspire Theater. This year’s event features a variety of films ranging from full-length productions to shorts to documentaries to student films from UNLV, with star power from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Dakota Fanning and more. Showtimes vary. Individual screenings are $10, with full VIP festival passes going for $140.

    • Comedian Russell Peters performs at the We Are Family Honors Sting & Trudie Styler concert at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in New York.

      Saturday: Russell Peters at the Palms

      Celebrated comic and "Last Comic Standing" judge Russell Peters hits the Pearl at the Palms this weekend with a batch of new material after the success of last year’s “Notorious” tour. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 to $99.

    • Julie Andrews brings music to the hills of Austria in this scene from "The Sound of Music," the 1965 Oscar-winning film.

      Friday - Sunday: Singalong 'Sound of Music' at Las Vegas Little Theater

      Grab your lederhosen and head to Las Vegas Little Theater this weekend for a singalong screening of the classic movie musical “The Sound of Music.” Join your fellow audience members in belting classics like “My Favorite Things” and go head-to-head in a “Sound of Music” costume contest. Shows run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.

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