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Cultural highlights this month

April 9

Generation Axe

The Joint

Okay, the title is super-group cheese. But if you want a shredtacular, shredtastic shred-a-thon, complete with shredded shred, then this is your night. Five shredilicious guitarists — Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) — rip it up, singly and together, in holy shredlock. 7p, $40-$175, hardrockhotel.com

 

Becky ShawApril 2-10

Becky Shaw

Art Square Theatre

Becky Shaw, Gina Gionfriddo’s sharp-edged comedy — about a date that goes horribly awry, and all the damage in its blast radius — was a Pulitzer finalist in 2009; features strong female characters; is directed by Ann-Marie Pereth (a 2015 Desert Companion “one to watch”); and presented by A Public Fit, one of our best theater companies. If you need more convincing, the New York Times called it “a corker.” 2p and 8p, $20-$25, apublicfit.org

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MemoriesApril 28

Memories: A Mother and Daughter Remember

City Hall Chamber Gallery

Mother and daughter Miriam Shavit and Vered Galor, both Holocaust survivors, address the past. Through her paintings, the mother, Shavit, recalls the past. Her daughter, Galor, too young to remember, tries to evoke the past in her collages. A third artist, photographer Cole Thompson, presents images he took while visiting the death camps in 2006. Reception 5p, free, artslasvegas.org

 

April 30

Michael McClure

Winchester Cultural Center

Michael McClure

April is Poetry Month, and the county cultural affairs folks are taking it seriously, as evidenced by the appearance of this OG Beat poet — one of the movement mainstays, who appears in two Kerouac novels, On the Road and The Dharma Bums. April is the coolest month. 7p, free, 702-455-7340

 

Pete SimiApril 18

Understanding Organized Hate, Violence & Political Extremism in the 21st Century

Barrick Museum, UNLV

Wonder why they picked this topic for a lecture in 2016? Some resonance with current events, perhaps? For this talk, Pete Simi, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, will employ some two decades’ worth of research into the white-supremacy movement. Where does violent extremism come from? How can it be countered? 7:30p, free, unlv.edu/calendar

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