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Weekend best bets: Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers and Gregory Popovich


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Keith Urban performs during Day 2 of the 2014 ACM Party for a Cause at the Linq on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Get out and celebrate the last days of summer with the locals this Labor Day Weekend, with events ranging from a celebration of a beloved Strip performer to a Hawaiian-themed fun run to an up-close-and-personal encounter with Las Vegas nightlife (and we don’t mean the kind inside a nightclub).

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • The Avett Brothers, who perform Thursday at the Silverton.

      Friday - Sunday: The Avett Brothers at Brooklyn Bowl

      Grammy-nominated quartet The Avett Brothers hit Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade for a three-night stand featuring their mesmerizing distillation of bluegrass, indie folk and pop. The North Carolina group, who have performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, bring captivating harmonies and raw energy to the stage for a live show not to be missed. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60.

    • Friday - Sunday: Vegas Night Life Animal Show at Springs Preserve

      Geckos and centipedes aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Las Vegas nightlife, but these nocturnal critters are more at home under the desert sky than any clubgoer. Come get to know the Mojave Desert’s nocturnal creatures at this interactive show that ends its summer run Monday. Shows are twice daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Attendance is free with general park admission.

    • Keith Urban performs during Day 2 of the 2014 ACM Party for a Cause at the Linq on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas.

      Sunday: Keith Urban at the Cosmopolitan

      Country king Keith Urban brings his pop-inflected hits to the Chelsea stage Sunday night, playing tracks off last year’s “Fuse” in addition to hits like “Somebody Like You” and “You’ll Think of Me.” Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge open. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75.

    • <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.

      Saturday - Sunday: Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West at Brenden Theaters at the Palms

      Local filmmakers Jerry and Mike Thompson bring Planet Hollywood headliner Gregory Popovich and his animal performers to the big screen in this quirky family-friendly comedy, which celebrates its local premiere this weekend. One dollar from every ticket sold will go to the Animal Foundation. Screenings are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $10.

    • Sunday: Aloha Hula Fun Run and Festival at the Village at Lake Las Vegas

      What’s the best way to end a 3K fun run? In a 150-foot Slip-N-Slide, of course! Come get “lei’d” this weekend at this fundraiser and celebration of Pacific Islander culture benefiting local nonprofit Fighting United. Look forward to Polynesian music, hula dancing, a fire knife show and plenty of tasty food. The event is 4 to 10 p.m. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.

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