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Thursday, July 31, 2014 | 6 p.m.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.