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      We’re always looking for extra excuses to visit Henderson’s “booze district,” and this certainly qualifies: the unveiling of Bad Beat’s new double IPA. Big Blind is made from a blend of four hops—Amarillo, Herkules, Mandarina Bavaria and Mosaic, for beer geeks who care—and will be the brewery’s first specialty beer available in cans around town, and for $6.99 (per 4-pack) on site during this one-day celebration. In addition to beer, Bad Beat’s taproom is home to table shuffleboard, darts, Jenga and more—sounds like the right way to kick off the weekend to us. November 11, 2 p.m., 7380 Eastgate Road #110. –Spencer Patterson


      Californians-turned-Brooklynites Caroline Partamian, Courtney Gray and Lauren Stern run their sunshiny Golden State garage sound through a filter of NYC reality. Expect a sweet noise from somewhere between Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. With Echo Stains, DJ Fish, November 11, 10 p.m., free. –Geoff Carter


      Three reasons to go to Sunset Park’d featuring Brew’s Best:

      1. Brew’s Best, launched in 2007, claims to be Las Vegas’ longest-running outdoor beer festival, and this year the New Vista Community event teams with the Sunset Park’d food truck fest for a one-stop, one-day collage of suds and grub at Sunset Park. And this is not a beer fest with a couple of concession booths; 30-plus food trucks will be dishing it up, and family-friendly entertainment will round things out.

      2. Local breweries like Banger, Triple 7, Ellis Island, Lovelady, Joseph James and Big Dog will mix it up with visitors Wasatch, Firestone Walker, Traveler, Lagunitas, Grand Canyon, Stone and more. Ciders from Angry Orchard and Crispin will bring some autumn crisp to your life, and if you need to go rogue, there’ll be micheladas from Habla Diablo, vodka from Devotion and booze-infused ice cream from Momenti.

      3. There’s free entry to the food fest, and the brew side costs $30 ($35 day-of) for GA or $45 ($50) for VIP, which gets you early entry … really early, at 1 p.m. And while you’re enjoying a (hopefully) beautiful fall day in the desert with everyone you could possible want to eat and drink, a portion of your cost will go to New Vista, a local organization doing good for 22 years. New Vista operates group homes and supported living programs, job development and a thrift store that all assist intellectually challenged people of all ages so they can live life to the fullest. So you’ll be feeling good on multiple fronts. November 12, 12-8 p.m. –Brock Radke


      The 14th edition of this Lee’s Discount Liquor’s event is truly arena-sized, serving up 1,000-plus wines, plus spirits and beer. Just remember: Anyone can guzzle and pass out in the corner; the real “experience” is about sipping and discovering. November 12, 4 p.m., $60-$70. –Spencer Patterson


      Sin City Opera finds the edge of contemporary opera and commits—staging artistically challenging and emotionally impacting work. This ain’t no Green Day rock opera; this is legit opera with an edge, an orchestra and some great voices. Their latest, Postcard From Morocco, is a 1971 opera based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. It takes place at a train station, as seven singers share their baggage—their hopes, dreams and motivations colliding in a surreal exploration of our shared humanity. November 12-20, times vary, $15. –Jacob Coakley


      The transgender community can get lost in the large mix of groups that gather for and represent Las Vegas Pride. Its specific role within the greater queer population all but requires another event that both highlights and addresses the complexities of living publicly, and celebrates the countless ways it expresses self-identity. This six-day event attempts that, with social gatherings, a 2.4-mile, out-and-back march on Sahara Avenue, a Saturday entertainment night, a town hall for the Day of Awareness, workshops and a vendor fair for the Day of Empowerment and a vigil for the Day of Remembrance, among other programs. Venues include Transcending the Gender Box drop-in center, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and the Space. For more info, visit lasvegastranspride.org. November 15-20. –Mike Prevatt

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