X-Men: First Class

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Call it Muppet Babies for the ComiCon set: X-Men: First Class goes back in time to tell the tale of how Professor X, Mystique, Magneto and the rest of the Marvel mutant supergroup met cute, grew up and became heroes … and villains. For the fifth movie in its franchise, this prequel feels surprisingly fresh—mostly thanks to the dynamic young cast, headed up by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.

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Hot Salsa

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Hot Salsa

By Jarret Keene

If you haven’t treated yourself to the evening view of the Strip from Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar, do it now, because there is serious (and free) live music going on. Four nights a week, the top jazz and salsa artists in Las Vegas are performing in this posh, secluded and acoustically first-rate hot spot. On Wednesdays, you get to hear drummer Brian Czach’s razor-sharp trio; Thursdays, you can catch trumpeter Chandler Judkins’ punchy quartet; on Fridays, there’s nothing better than hearing the suave jazz stylings of The Definitives. All of these bands are great.

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