Science Cafe Las Vegas meets on the first Wednesday of each month for an in-depth discussion of a particular topic led by a local scientist, with audience participation an important part of that discussion. All ages welcome.
This is a rare chance to see Wilco’s guitar master Nels Cline, whose closing solo on “Impossible Germany” — gorgeous, penetrating, virtuosic — has pretty much been this blurbist’s only bulwark against rampant insanity for the past decade. (SD) 6:30p, Brooklyn Bowl, tickets start at $59.50, brooklynbowl.com
Ah, spring. A time for cutting tulips, decorating eggs, and indulging in the guilty pleasure of watching pink-clad adolescents whose shopping budgets could solve L.A.’s homeless crisis abuse each other for sport — to song! The cherry on top: comeuppance. (HK) The Smith Center, $30-$138, thesmithcenter.com
The Miró Quartet is named after the renowned surrealist painter Joan Miró, and for good reason: The music of this tight-knit chamber group partakes of the same imaginative vigor as Miró’s celebrated works. The quartet is known for its thoughtful, studied renditions of classical works, and praised for promoting the sonic virtues of chamber music. (AK) 7:30p, UNLV’s Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center, $30, unlv.edu/pac
Henderson Industrial Days celebrates the city’s patriotic origins with food, music, line dancing, a costume contest, a car exhibit, and a pie-eating competition. For FREEDOM!!!!! (AK) 4-9p, April 17; noon-8p April 18, Water Street District, free, cityofhenderson.com
In its seventh year, the Las Vegas Black Film Festival is a work-hard-play-hard kind of shindig. Consider Saturday’s lineup. Films begin at noon and lead up to the evening premiere of the festival feature, Emerge, which ends at 7 p.m. That’s followed by a filmmakers’ showdown, in which competitors take to a specially constructed boxing ring to pitch their work for three minutes each. Suncoast Hotel & Casino, $25 (individual ticket)-$200 (festival pass), lasvegasblackfilmfestival.com
ICES is looking for families in Southern Nevada to host high school students (ages 15-17) from other countries for the upcoming school year. Students must be provided with their own bed and a place to study, plus two meals each day. They have spending money and insurance.
Desert Spring United Methodist Church, in Summerlin, is looking for new voices from the community to join its choir, which performs traditional hymns and anthems and works by classical music composers at Sunday church services. Rehearsals are once a week. You need not be a member of the church to join. For more information, contact Carolyn Wood at: Carolyn@desertspringchurch.com.
The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has family Weekend Science programs on Saturdays from 11 to 3 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30. Kids can do hands-on activities and experiments. They also have the Science Explorers Club for ages 5 to 11.