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Get outside: Seven great things to do this summer

New Order drew one of the largest crowds ever to Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on April 11.
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The Cosmopolitan’s Set Your Life to Music poolside concert series Spend Thursday nights catching a favorite band—or discovering a new one—high above the Strip. Country (Ryan Bingham, June 13), indie (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, August 1), bluesy (Gary Clark Jr., August 8) and more.

Super Summer Theatre Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and head to Spring Mountain Ranch Wednesday through Saturday night for one of Southern Nevada’s longest-running cultural traditions (this is Season 38). Upcoming performances include The Music Man (June 12-29), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (July 10-27) and Legally Blonde: The Musical (August 7-24).

Las Vegas 51s The now-New York Mets’ affiliate has some top minor leaguers on its roster and some fun promotions on its schedule, including Sunglasses Night (May 25), Cosmo Piggy Bank Night (August 10) and classic money savers Budweiser Dollar Beer Night (every Thursday) and Value Menu Monday (when hot dogs, peanuts and more cost $1).

The District’s Outdoor Picture Show on the Green Bring the kids any Friday or Saturday night from May through October for free showings of family favorites like E.T. (May 25), Lady and the Tramp (July 20), The Goonies (August 17) and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (September 14).

Jazz in the Park The county’s annual live jazz series will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, so you know organizers have a good thing going: free admission, quality bookings (see: guitarist Earl Klugh on June 1 and percussionist Pete Escovedo on June 8) and an open invitation to come early and picnic on the lawn.

The Cosmopolitan’s Dive-in Double Feature Cosmo’s poolside film series doubles in size this summer, with showings every Monday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Kudos to whomever came up with the nifty pairings, which include The Breakfast Club with Rebel Without a Cause on July 15 and The Karate Kid with Rocky on July 29.

Mandalay Beach Concert Series Stand in the water watching live acts ranging from Snoop Dogg (May 25) to Counting Crows (July 20) to a Lost ’80s bill featuring A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung and Naked Eyes (August 10). Meet ya under the tallest palm tree during “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

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