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The Superbowl of Pole Dancing Arrives, Kaki King Performs at Historic Fifth Street School

Here's where to play when the sun goes down and the night is young.

Thursday 7

HEAR: It’s a blues invasion at Plaza Hotel & Casino as the Big Blues Bender brings more than 50 artists to the property for four nights of live performances, music panels and more. 5 p.m., ticket prices vary, bigbluesbender.com

TASTE: Lagasse’s Stadium at The Venetian is crafting team-centric menus for Thursday Night Football. The season’s kickoff game features fried pork wings tossed in smoky BBQ sauce (for the Kansas City Chiefs) versus a lobster po’boy “fully dressed” with Creole seasoned fries (for the New England Patriots). 5:30 p.m., venetian.com

DANCE: Work off that meal by dancing the night away to Marshmello at Wynn Las Vegas’ Intrigue Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $35–$45, intriguevegas.com

Friday 8

TASTE: Dominate a season’s worth of tailgating parties with the Hands-On Cooking Class: Tailgate Divine at the Springs Preserve. You’ll learn to master a menu that includes fruit kabobs, Buffalo wings, shishito peppers and more. 6:30 p.m., $89, 333 Valley View Blvd., springspreserve.org

HEAR: Brooklyn-based guitarist Kaki King performs an all-ages, multimedia show at the Historic Fifth Street School in Downtown Las Vegas. 7:30 p.m., $13–$25, 401 S. Fourth St., artslasvegas.org

EXPERIENCE: Downtown Grand invites gamers to compete in a Tekken 7 tournament at the hotel’s esports venue. There’s a $500 pot bonus and happy hour to boot! 7 p.m., downtowngrand.com

And Pole Expo 2017 is in Las Vegas this week, so, naturally, there are tie-in events. On Friday, Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues hosts the “Super Bowl of Pole Dancing,” Pole Show LA. Get ready. 7 p.m., tickets start at $45, poleshowla.com

DANCE: Calvin Harris will be at Caesars Palace’s Omnia Nightclub every Friday night through the end of September. Surely you’ve got time to see him. 10:30 p.m., $50–$125, omnianightclub.com

And Steve Aoki is back at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Las Vegas. 10:30 p.m., $25–$40, hakkasanlv.com

Bebe Rexha

Saturday 9

SPLASH: The competition has lasted all summer long. At last, a winner will be crowned at the Bikini Invitational Finale at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Rehab Beach Club. 11 a.m., $20–$40, rehablv.com

And it’s all your fault if you miss Bebe Rexha at Flamingo Las Vegas’ GO Pool. 9 a.m., $15, gopoolvegas.com

HEAR: Mandalay Bay’s 2017 Concerts at the Beach series wraps with the Lost ’80s Live tour starring Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, Wang Chung, Berlin, the Flirts, Animotion, Dramarama (yes!), Cutting Crew and Missing Persons. That’s a helluva lineup. 9 p.m., $37, mandalaybay.com

Meanwhile, Melissa Etheridge performs at Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort. 8 p.m., $42–$141, palms.com

And R&B legends Ohio Players ride the “Love Rollercoaster” into the Railhead at Boulder Station. 8 p.m., $29–$64, stationcasinosevents.com

EXPERIENCE: If you’re looking for a good seat to watch people get their faces smashed in, there are UFC 215 viewing parties at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid and Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. 5 p.m., stationcasinosevents.com

Mandalay Bay’s Light Nightclub hosts the Pole Olympia pole–dancing competition, with $10,000 in cash and prizes. 10:30 p.m., $26–$38, thelightvegas.com

DANCE: David Guetta returns to the XS Nightclub booth. 10 p.m., $30–$50, inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas,
xslasvegas.com

Sunday 10

SPLASH: Celebrate the return of the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff at Rehab Beach Club. 11 a.m., $20–$40,
rehablv.com

And it will feel like summer never ends when you’re enveloped in the sounds of Nora En Pure at Marquee Dayclub. 11 a.m., $23–$33, at The Cosmopolitan, marqueelasvegas.com

SING: Forget television talent shows: the 17th Annual Talent Quest National Karaoke Singing Contest is where you can prove you’ve got award-worthy pipes. Tropicana Laughlin Hotel and Casino is hosting the event through September 17. 7 p.m., qualifying and semifinal rounds free, visitlaughlin.com

Monday 11

SEE: South Point Hotel and Casino holds its first Monday Nite Pigskin Party of the season in its showroom, with bottomless Bud and Bud Light drafts for $15, $1 food specials and a quarterly cash giveaway. The matchups are Saints vs. Vikings at 4:10 p.m. and Chargers vs. Broncos at 7:20 p.m. southpointcasino.com

Aluna George

Tuesday 12

EXPERIENCE: The stars of WWE are rolling into town for Smackdown Live at the Thomas & Mack Center. Make a sign, grab a seat and see which of your favorite wrestlers doth layeth the smackdown. 4:45 p.m., tickets start at $34, at UNLV, unlvtickets.com

MGM Resorts International kicks off its Mexican Independence Day weekend event, Fiestas Patrias 2017, with the return of Ricky Martin at Monte Carlo’s Park Theater. Go “Shake Your Bon-Bon.” 8 p.m., tickets start at $55, montecarlo.com

HEAR: The Reverend Horton Heat hits House of Blues with opening acts Strung Out and Fishbone. 7:30 p.m., $23, inside Mandalay Bay, houseofblues.com

DANCE: Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival alum AlunaGeorge wants to see you in your bathing suit for the last Swim Night of the season at Drai’s Beachclub. 11 a.m., $20–$30, at The Cromwell, draisbeachclub.com

Wednesday 13

DANCE: We’re crossing our fingers and hoping TV’s Diplo, James Van Der Beek, shows up alongside the real thing at Surrender’s Nightswim party. 10:30 p.m., $25–$35, at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, surrendernightclub.com 

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