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Best Bets: Las Vegas 51s, Steely Dan, Kool & The Gang and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Las Vegas 51s runner Gavin Cecchini (2) dives back towards first base before it gets to Fresno Grizzlies first baseman A.J. Reed (18) during their home opener at Cashman Field on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Springtime is truly here, bringing fresh entertainment offerings to the Las Vegas Valley — this week’s Best Bets includes mighty music, sensations onstage and — wait for it — baseball!

LAS VEGAS 51S BASEBALL The home team already had opened its season by going 2-3 at the El Paso Chihuahuas, then won its home opener Tuesday against the Fresno Grizzlies, 21-6. Head down to Cashman to catch the final game of the Fresno series today before the 51s welcome the Sacramento River Cats Saturday through Monday. April 14-17, tickets at milb.com.

ALICE RIPLEY The Space continues to line up incredible programming with this two-night-only musical engagement with Tony Award-winning Broadway star Alice Ripley, who just wrapped the first season of Netflix comedy Girlboss. April 14-15, tickets at thespacelv.com.

STEELY DAN: REELIN’ IN THE CHIPS If Wednesday’s opening performance is any indication, this unlikely extended run with Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and their bang-up band — inside an unlikely venue, the Venetian’s Opaline Theatre, located near the Sands Expo convention space — will be thick with bluesy grooves all the way through to April 29. April 14-15, tickets at ticketmaster.com.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 2015 Tony-winning director Christopher Wheeldon brings a spark to his version of the George and Ira Gershwin classic, called “pure joy” by the New York Times. Its first national tour lands onstage at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall this weekend, with the bonus of two shows Saturday and Sunday. April 14-16, tickets at thesmithcenter.com.

KOOL & THE GANG Pop, soul, funk … celebrate all those good times at the rejuvenated Tropicana Theater Saturday night with Kool & the Gang. April 15, tickets at troplv.com.

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