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Trust Us: ‘Bring it On the Musical,’ Vans Warped Tour and other stuff to do this week

Bring it On the Musical starts at Super Summer Theatre August 10.
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    • Carol Queen at Toyboxx LV & Erotic Heritage Museum

      As an author, sex-positive activist and staff sexologist at the women-owned San Francisco adult toy store Good Vibrations, Carol Queen has been ramping up bedroom play with her books and educational lectures for decades. Since founding an organization for gay and lesbian youth in 1975, Queen has gone on to write for Playboy and Good Vibrations magazines, starred in Good Vibes’ educational video series Bend Over Boyfriend and continues to organize her own educational events through her Center for Sex and Culture nonprofit. Queen, who also serves as curator of Good Vibrations’ antique vibrator museum, touches down in Vegas to grace us with her sexpertise for two days, beginning Thursday, August 4 with a workshop on sex, pleasure, technique and orgasm at Toyboxx LV (6 p.m.), followed by a discussion on the history of vibrators on Saturday, August 6 at Erotic Heritage Museum (7 p.m.). Come prepared. August 4, 6 p.m., free; August 6, 7 p.m., $10. —Leslie Ventura

    • Modern Times Can Castle Party at Atomic Liquors

      If making a castle from beer cans doesn’t sound like a fun and quirky Thursday night at Atomic Liquors—and duh, it should—the promise of drinking the building materials should be enough to get you to the Modern Times Can Castle Party. The Downtown watering hole will offer $4 16 oz. cans of the San Diego-based brewery’s bounty—and if you’ve tried an MT beer since it began local distribution last year, you know its so-called Island of Doctor Moreau-style hybrid brews rarely disappoint. Take the Fortunate Islands wheat/IPA mashup, which blends citrusy hops with bready malt for easy-drinking perfection. If you seek something more bold, consider its robust coffee stout made with MT’s own roasted beans. You’d be remiss not to order something on draft this time, though. Modern Times employees will be on-site to tap rare suds, like a barrel-aged version of its June special release, the fruity Universal Friend saison. And while the brewery began releasing its new Fruitlands line of goses this spring, MT’s peach and raspberry variety will be tapped exclusively at Atomic Thursday night. There should be something for everyone, including your designated driver. Did we mention MT’s coffee will also be on draft and nitro? August 4, 6 p.m., free. —Mark Adams

    • Punks in Vegas' 5th Anniversary Bash at 11th Street Records

      A beloved Vegas site celebrates with live sets from local rockers Last Call, Illicitor and Bee Master—and all proceeds go to Girls Rock Vegas, empowering young women through music. August 5, 5 p.m., $5 donation; all ages. —Spencer Patterson

    • Rap is Fun Anniversary at Hard Hat Lounge

      Headed by Vegas MC Phil A, this local project aims to give rap “a good name” by booking gigs, tours and promoting albums. Celebrate its first birthday with performances by Reallionaire Jream, Slump Lords, Hassan, Astro Blunt and more. August 5, 8 p.m., $5. —Leslie Ventura

    • Vans Warped Tour at Hard Rock Hotel

      More than 60 acts—some you surely know by name (New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Waka Flocka Flame) and many you likely don’t (SYKES, Mother Feather)—assemble behind the Hard Rock for the teen-focused summer fest’s return to town. August 9, 2 p.m., $29-$45; all-ages. ­—Spencer Patterson

    • Bring it On the Musical at Super Summer Theatre

      Of all the movies turned into stage musicals over the past decade or so, Bring It On is one of the least likely. Neither a massive hit nor a singular artistic statement, the cheerleading comedy starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku has nevertheless become a cult classic and spawned multiple straight-to-video sequels thanks to its exuberant style, likable and surprisingly complex characters and upbeat, inclusive attitude.

      That kind of infectious positivity makes it a great candidate to become a stage musical. Loosely adapted from the movie (with different characters and a different storyline), the show features music co-written by Hamilton sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda and premiered on Broadway in 2012 (it was nominated for two Tonys the following year). Super Summer Theatre brings the show to Vegas as part of its 2016 outdoor theater season. Through August 27, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., $13-$20, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. —Josh Bell

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