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September 4, 2014

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TrusT us Stuff you'll want to know about See AmericAn ninjA WArrior SeASon FinAle The over- the-top athletic competition reaches its finale, which once again takes place in Las Vegas on the obstacle course behemoth known as Mount Midoriyama. Who will win? And when will we get a permanent local Amer- ican Ninja Warrior attraction? Tune in for the answer to one of those questions. September 8, 9 p.m., NBC. Hear AvAlon lAnding & ekoh Avalon Landing's Josh Rabenold lent his pipes on Vegas rapper Ekoh's latest single, "Paint." Now see them perform it live on Cosmo's larger-than-life marquee. We advise getting there early for rising local R&B singer, Yaygos. September 4, 8 p.m., $5, Boulevard Pool. crAcker & cAmper vAn Beethoven Double down, David Lowery fans. The bands behind '80s college-rock anthem "Take the Skinheads Bowling" and '90s MTV staple "Low"—both of which happen to be fronted by the 53-year-old Lowery—team up for a night of alterna- rock revelry. Weird coincidence, huh? September 7, 7 p.m., $20-$25, Backstage Bar & Billiards. eat greAt vegAS gridiron grill-oFF BBQ FeStivAl This is the fifth year this Kansas City Barbecue Society-sponsored event has visited Las Vegas, but it's the first time at the brand-new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Sample barbecue while you check out grilling demonstrations and live music. September 6-7, noon-6 p.m., $20, CHeer northern colorAdo At Unlv For Rebel football fans looking for some way to forget last week's 45-point shellacking at Arizona, this oughta do it. At press time, UNLV was a 21-point favorite to win its home opener, which translates to a 66-point turnaround, if oddsmak- ers are to be believed. Go Rebels! September 6, 7 p.m., $14-$35, Sam Boyd Stadium. Go pole eXpo From the classic competi- tion to the star showcase, the Pole Expo's first day is about electric, ath- letic displays and promoting fitness. On a pole! Plus, the event raises funds to fight breast cancer and for at-risk kids. September 4, 7 p.m., $49, the Pearl. GeTTinG KinKy Broadway's bootsy musical steps into town There have been many toe- tapping Broadway hits, but none with footwear like Kinky Boots, which kicks off its national tour this week at the Smith Center. The show, which won the 2013 Tony for Best Musical, tells the story of a down- at-the-heels shoe company in the English hinterlands. Thanks to an unlikely partnership between Charlie, the shoe company owner, and Lola, a drag artist, the company begins offering sturdy shoes for cross- dressers, and business takes off. Despite its fairly rare characters— how many cross-dressing cobblers do you know?—the show took off, too, a testament both to the high-powered creative team behind it and the universal themes it covers. Pop star Cyndi Lauper won a Tony for her score, woven in with lyrics from Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and choreographed and directed by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde: The Musical on Broadway, and Peepshow here in Vegas). "Because we're all different, we brought in what we know and we all worked together to make it right—to make you laugh and cry," Lauper has said. "Harvey is such a good storyteller, and so is Jerry. They have a lot of heart." And despite its outré characters, their struggles to measure up to parents' ideals and to find acceptance should reach everyone. "The show's about self-acceptance. It's about saying, 'All of this is actually in me and I'm okay with myself,'" Fierstein has said. Broadway audiences have roared their acceptance of the musical, and now the rest of the country gets to as well—starting in Vegas. –Jacob Coakley KINKY BOOTS Through September 14, times vary, $39- $139. Reynolds Hall, 702- 749-2000. September 4–10, 2014 43 Arts&Entertainment M o v i e S + M u S i C + a r t + F o o d > wArrIOr prINcESS kacy catanzaro won't compete in the finale, but she highlighted the current season of American Ninja Warrior—so far.

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