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Trust Us: Shooter Jennings, the River Regatta, a strong-beer fest and more stuff to do this week

Shooter Jennings plays the Fremont Country Club on August 12.
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    • Descendents Night at Double Down Saloon

      The Descendents’ upcoming U.S. dates don’t include a Las Vegas stop (the band played Punk Rock Bowling here in May, so California’s the closest it’ll get this time). But local fans can celebrate the pop-punk godfathers and their first album in 12 years—the just-released Hypercaffium Spazzinate—with a screening of 2013 documentary Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, a live set from cover band Vegascendents (yes, Vegas has a Descendents cover band) and further tunes from host DJs Atomic and Fish. Plus, free popcorn!. August 11, 9 p.m., no cover. —Spencer Patterson

    • World Hip-Hop Dance Championship Finals at Thomas & Mack Center

      The best hip-hop dancers from 50 countries have been competing here for nearly a week, but on Saturday the last ones standing will converge upon in an Olympic-like extravaganza that’ll shame the Vegas segment of Step Up: All In—or any Step Up movie, for that matter. August 12, 6:30 p.m., $30-$60. —Mike Prevatt

    • Shooter Jennings at Fremont Country Club

      Although Shooter Jennings started out with a few straightforward country-rock albums, the son of country legend Waylon Jennings has had anything but a conventional music career. In the last several years, Jennings has released tribute albums to both George Jones and Giorgio Moroder, a 70-minute psych-rock post-apocalyptic concept album narrated by Stephen King, an industrial metal album he recorded as a teenager (with vocals from his father) and a spoken-word 7-inch single. The prolific Jennings is always unpredictable, but for his latest tour he’s got his father’s longtime backing band, Waymore’s Outlaws, behind him, so he’ll probably stick to a more conventional setlist, including some covers of Waylon classics.

      In the past, Jennings has performed versions of his dad’s hits “Waymore’s Blues,” “Belle of the Ball” and “Whistlers and Jugglers,” but he’s just as likely to cover Nirvana or the Ramones. He also draws from all his own albums, from his minor country-radio hit “4th of July” to obscure deep cuts. Neither his albums nor his live shows conform to any country-music expectations. In the family tradition, he’s a dedicated musical outlaw. August 12, 8 p.m., $25-$30. —Josh Bell.

    • River Regatta at Colorado River

      Not only is the traditional, nine-mile river run along the Colorado coming back, but organizers are dangling prizes in front of participants who deck out their preferred boating apparatus in pirate drag (per this year’s theme). Bullhead City buccaneers will start at the Davis Camp or Community Park launch points between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and finish their voyage at Rotary Park. For more info, visit August 13, 7 a.m., $30-$45. —Mike Prevatt

    • 7th Annual Strong Beer Festival at Aces & Ales

      What is it that makes a beer strong? The alcohol, of course. Strong ales typically have seven percent alcohol by volume or greater, with some American ales clocking in as high as 25 percent. When you’re getting this boozy, the results are all over the place. Some might be barrel-aged for surprising smoothness while others could come out closer to a bittersweet barleywine. They make for a definite drinking adventure, which is what you’ll get attempting to taste your way through more than 50 rare brews at Aces & Ales’ annual Strong Beer fest at its northwest Tenaya location. The $15 entrance fee gets you a tasting glass and first sample, and additional pours cost $5. (You could skip the fee and drink 8-ounce goblets for $9 each.) Featured breweries include Big Sky, Black Market, Deschutes, Founders, Great Basin, Left Coast, North Coast, Pizza Port and lots more. August 13, 3 p.m. —Brock Radke

    • Chastity Belt at Bunkhouse Saloon

      You can almost hear the crack of freshly opened beer cans and the splash of rooftop cannonballs on Chastity Belt’s second album, Time to Go Home. Providing the soundtrack to every Schlitz-fueled house party, the Walla Walla, Washington, four-piece builds its spiraling, uber-chill garage rock around relatable, real-life stories. “He was just another man trying to teach me something,” Julia Shapiro sings repeatedly on the hazy, slow-burning opener, “Drone.” Whether they’re calling out mansplainers or singing sex-positive songs about wanting to “bone everyone” (“Cool Sluts”), Chastity Belt is proof that feminists have more fun.With So Pitted, Indigo Kidd. August 13, 9 p.m., $6-$10. —Leslie Ventura

    • The Cat's Meow at Velveteen Rabbit

      After its successful debut at Velveteen in May, this play by local theater mainstay Troy Heard’s Table 8 Productions returns for an extended run, with performances every Sunday through September 4. It’s based on truth and Steven Peros’ screenplay—get transported back to 1924 aboard the yacht of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, where the mysterious death of Hollywood film producer Thomas Ince occurred. The immersive staging puts you right in the action, getting to know Hearst and his mistress Marion Davies. It’ll feel even more real with an era-themed cocktail in hand, included with admission. August 14, 7 p.m., $25-$30. —Rosalie Spear

    • Yui Edomae Sushi

      We keep telling you to get amazing, expensive-but-worth-it sushi in Chinatown, and Bon Appétit agrees. The food mag announced its nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants and chef Gen Mizoguchi’s Yui is the only Vegas spot on the list. Find out if it makes the cut on August 16. It should. 3460 Arville St., 702-202-2408. —Brock Radke

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