This Week’s Most Wanted Events: Local Bands Rock the Strip, Independence Day Block Party

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SNAPS TO THAT

Las Vegas Poets Organization marks 10 years of verse in 2014. You can celebrate by attending Pop-Up Poetry’s Preview Thursday edition on July 3. Featured poet  Sara Gabriella and Chris Cipollini will read their works at the Nevada Humanities Office at Art Square. Facebook.com/LasVegasPoets.

UP AND STRUMMING

Support the city’s rising musical stars when Goldboot, American Cream and Almost Normal play a Local Music Showcase on July 3 at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan. It brings a happy tear to our eyes seeing Las Vegas-raised talent grace the same stage as national headliners, and a good turnout means we could see more of it in the future. CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.

IT’S TECHNICALLY FIRST FRIDAY

It’s also America’s birthday. In the absence of an official First Friday festival, Downtown Spaces offers an Independence Day Block Party, promising galleries and sidewalks chock-full of artwork, live music and a prime second-floor viewing spot for Strip fireworks. We’ve heard rumors of free barbecue, too. Facebook.com/DowntownSpacesDTS.

MUST LOVE BOOKS

It’s tough enough finding love in Las Vegas, but doing so while struggling to keep a bookstore alive here, too? That’s near impossible, and it’s the subject of the romance novel Gaming for Love, written by local author Crystal Perkins. She’ll sign copies of her book on July 8 at the Barnes & Noble on 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. BarnesAndNoble.com.

CORRECTION: The print edition of The Hit List incorrectly lists Catharine Holm as the featured poet for Pop-Up Poetry. The correct names are Sara Gabriella and Chris Cipollini

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