VIOLENT FEMMES Coming 16 years after the previous album, the recent We Can Do Anything fits so perfectly into the Femmes’ decades-long discography, you’ll clamor for both new songs and classics like “Kiss Off.” With Happiness. May 5, 8:30 p.m., $35-$60, Brooklyn Bowl.
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS If The Runaways and The Cramps had a lovechild and turned it over to Phil Spector, it might sound like this retro-indie trio, led by eternal teenager and singer/bassist Shannon Shaw. With No Tides. May 11, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15, Backstage Bar & Billiards.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Comic book stores across town will participate in the annual celebration, with free comics from mainstream and indie publishers, cosplayers, signings, sales, giveaways, local artists and more. May 7, freecomicbookday.com.
COSMOPOLITAN CHEF SERIES Catch Cosmo’s culinary talent doing free demos all month at Town Square’s Whole Foods Market, continuing May 10 with a how-to and tasting focused on Spanish favorites like gazpacho and pan con tomate with Jaleo’s Luis Montesinos. 6:30 p.m.
FRAMING THE WEST Artist Rachel Stiff uses the Mojave Desert’s sculptural forms to create dynamic abstract paintings and drawings, where the processes of memory and art-making are related. Artist reception May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; exhibit through June 24; Winchester Cultural Center.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT: THE MUSICAL Head to this tell-it-like-it-is musical-comedy packed with female-centric hits like “Lady Marmalade” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” And to those with Y chromosomes: You might still find yourselves singing along and dancing in the aisles. May 6-8; June 10-12, 7:30 p.m., $18-$28. South Point.
TRACY MORGAN The 30 Rock actor and stand-up comedian’s weekend gigs mark both his debut with Mirage’s Aces of Comedy series and his first Vegas appearance since the horrific 2014 auto collision that put him in a coma for two weeks. But don’t call it a comeback; he’s been uproarious for years—and remains so. May 6 & 7, 10 p.m., $54-$87.