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The Big Blues Bender leads this week’s best bets in Las Vegas

The four-day endurance test kicks off Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel

Big Blues Bender leads this week’s best bets in Las Vegas

MUSIC

Big Blues Bender

The acts onstage will be singing the blues. The crowd? Not so much, as the Big Blues Bender is nirvana for genre enthusiasts. Moving to the Hard Rock Hotel from the Plaza this year, the four-day free-for-all/endurance test goes nearly around the clock with bands playing until pancake time. Gov’t Mule, Robert Cray, Tab Benoit and dozens more soundtrack the festivities from 2 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 8. Single-day tickets are $125 for Thursday, $165 for each other day (bigbluesbender.com).

Jason Bracelin

Gov't Mule performs at The Hangout Festival on Saturday May 18, 2013 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. ( ...
Gov't Mule performs at The Hangout Festival on Saturday May 18, 2013 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

ARTS & LEISURE

Labor Day Luau

Celebrate Hawaiian culture with entertainment, food and fun Monday at Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas. The water park’s Labor Day Luau features hula dancers, Polynesian singers, sliding, swimming and more, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A DJ will spin reggae music, and Aloha Kitchen offers a barbecue buffet from noon to 2 p.m. (while supplies last). The event is included with admission to the park at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road. Tickets start at $29.99 ($9.99 for ages 60 and older) at wetnwildlasvegas.com.

Madelon Hynes

(Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas)
(Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas)

MOVIES

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

In the surest sign yet that summer as we know it is screeching to a halt, Monday marks the final installment of Dive-In Movies at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. See “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on the massive digital marquee while swimming or lounging beside the Boulevard Pool. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 8. Admission is $7, but it’s free for hotel guests and children younger than 5.

Christopher Lawrence

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

FOOD & DRINK

Last Friday

A competition between on- and off-Strip chefs will be the focus of the Last Friday celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on Water Street in downtown Henderson. Chefs Lanny Chin of Slanted Door, Antonio Nunez of The Stove, Harold Norris of Cafe Americano and Nelson Berrios of Mercato Della Pescheria will square off. The event also features food and farmers market vendors, a petting zoo, a photo booth and live music.

Heidi Knapp Rinella

People walk around the event plaza on Water Street in Henderson for a Last Friday event on Frid ...
People walk around the event plaza on Water Street in Henderson for a Last Friday event on Friday, March 30, 2018. Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPie
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