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Science, film and ‘Hamlet’ fests, ‘Hedwig’ and other stuff you should do this week

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It’s a good time to celebrate science.
    • Hedwig and the Angry Inch at House of Blues

      The revered rock musical about aspiring genderqueer performer Hedwig, her unrequited love for rock star Tommy Gnosis and her band the Angry Inch—named after her botched sex change surgery—gets a local production at the intimate Crossroads dining/musical hall.April 27-29, 11 p.m., $32. –Mike Prevatt

    • Las Vegas Black Film Festival at Suncoast

      The Las Vegas Black Film Festival has established itself as a strong community event, and this year’s fourth edition showcases several local feature films, including Checkmate, written and directed by hip-hop producer Robert “Tha Vegas Don” Strawder; comedy B-Mo & C-Mo Take on Las Vegas; Lamonte Faison’s From the Inside Looking Out; police corruption documentary What Happened in Vegas; and TransPARENT, from festival founder Michelle Payne-Boykin. There will also be panels, workshops and parties, with an entire day of screenings on Saturday, all focused on movies created by independent black filmmakers.April 27-30, $20-$100 per event, $30-$250 for passes, lasvegasblackfilmfestival.com. –Josh Bell

    • Bride of Frankenstein at Nicholas J. Horn Theatre

      Two years after staging Dracula, CSN’s dance troupe takes on another horror classic, promising a new backstory for the titular Bride, a “steam-punkish tone” and an original score by Norwegian Thor Ellyk.Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; $5-$8. –Spencer Patterson

    • Las Vegas & Technology Festival

      Science got a rare moment in the Las Vegas limelight last Saturday, when hundreds protested on its behalf, just one of many national marches addressing the general dismissal of fact-based research and phenomena by the majority power in our government. The natural way to keep its advocacy and awareness going is to celebrate it and make it more accessible—and fun—for youth. Enter the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, now in its seventh year. Held in venues across the Valley over nine days, the STEM-based marathon includes such wide-ranging events as a junior paleontologist adventure, a real-life exhibition involving critters that crawl and slither, a symposium on possible extraterrestrial life, a climate-change debate, a Star Wars-themed science event, an activity that teaches middle and high schoolers how to manage money and debt, two expos and a guided tour of the Shark Reef. And you can do it all for free.April 28-May 6, scifest.vegas. –Mike Prevatt.

    • Hamlet Festival at UNLV

      Believe it or not, Shakespeare was once seen as the Michael Bay of playwrights, a lowbrow action guy who panned for box-office gold, at least in the view of 19th-century French elites. Improving upon a classic, Alexandre Dumas adapted Hamlet for French audiences, and French composer Ambroise Thomas then turned that adaptation into a five-act opera. If you’re imagining the opera to be what banana Laffy Taffy is to real bananas, you wouldn’t be far off. In the nearly 150 years since the opera debuted, it has been the subject of both praise and scathing critiques. UNLV Opera Theater joins the fray with a free five-day Hamlet Festival that offers lectures, recitals and the world premiere of a new English translation of Thomas’ opera by soprano Bonita Bunt. May 1-6, Various venues. -C. Moon Reed

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