Where to see Olympians, who to hear and how to celebrate Bastille Day

USA Basketball takes on the Dominican Republic’s team on Thursday.
Illustration: Wes Gatbonton


U.S. Basketball Team vs. Dominican Republic When the countries faced off in October, the U.S. escaped with a one-point win. Of course, that was with college kids representing the Stars and Stripes. This time, it’ll be Kobe, LeBron, Durant, Carmelo ... July 12, 6 p.m., $10-$95, Thomas & Mack Center.

USA BMX Las Vegas Nationals Single-lap, intense-as-hell family fun. And hey, it’s an Olympic sport now. What better way to get in the mood for the London games? July 13-15, times vary, free, South Point.

Synchronized Swimming Olympic duo Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva showcase their routines at the U.S. Open National Championships in Henderson. More badass than making it to London? A sport that doesn’t let you breathe. July 13, 3 p.m.; July 14, 1 p.m.; $1-$2, Heritage Park Aquatic Complex.


Shut Up and Play the Hits This documentary featuring the live swan song of indie-rockers LCD Soundsystem (and its aftermath) was acclaimed at Sundance early this year and hits theaters for one night only, just like a real concert. July 18, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10.50, Rave Town Square.


Aretha Franklin What’s better than catching a legend in concert? Doing it inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. July 15, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$155.

The Elements An all-local hip-hop extravaganza—music, breakdancing, art—headlined by Weekly Award winners Rhyme N Rhythm. Plus, proceeds benefit a local Boys & Girls Club. July 19, 9 p.m., $12, House of Blues.


Bastille Day celebration Vive la France! Summerlin bistro Marche Bacchus celebrates the French holiday with a special dinner menu, a skydiving show at its adjacent lake, champagne saberings and an appearance by the Crazy Horse Paris dancers. July 14, 5 p.m

Back of the House Brawl The Saturday Night Truck Stop’s Back of the House Brawl goes extra big for Bastille Day, and extra French. Six French chefs from the finest dining rooms at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay battle it out while you dine on truck food. July 14, 8 p.m. (brawl at 1 a.m.), Tommy Rocker’s.


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