Kool A.D. at Bunkhouse Saloon
He’s an author, artist and columnist, but the man born Victor Vazquez is also a prolific rapper—he released eight mixtapes in 2016—whose sociocultural observations offer perspective to our racial disquiet. With Cult Days, Slump Lords, Flomont St. Experience; May 19, 9 p.m., $10-$12. –Mike Prevatt
Ice Cream Festival at Springs Preserve
We’ve all done the all-you-can-eat ice cream thing on our couch in our pajamas, but if you’re up for trying it in public, this six-hour food fest promises “sundaes, novelties and root beer floats,” plus carnival games, magic, ice cream-making lessons for kids, ice cream-eating contests for adults (and kids) and more. May 20, 10 a.m., $8-$10. –Spencer Patterson
Shanda & the Howlers at Sand Dollar Lounge
There’s no denying that Shanda Cisneros has a voice made for rock ’n’ roll. “She can sing about losing the remote for your TV and make you cry,” says Luke Metz, bassist for Shanda & The Howlers. It’s that emotional grit that landed the Viva Las Vegas regulars a deal with Boston’s Rum Bar Records for their debut LP. Recorded at Lawless Noise and Visions, Trouble smolders with an intensity that begs to be heard live (try: “Born With a Broken Heart”). Fans of Stax Records and Motown shouldn’t miss these R&B revivalists—Cisneros and Metz, plus Trevor Johnson (guitar), Keith Alcantara (drums) and Micah Lapping-Carr (sax)—as they bring down the house for their album-release celebration. With The All-Togethers, May 20, 10 p.m., free. –Leslie Ventura
Golden Knights' Sticks for Kids Street-Hockey Clinics
Ice? We don’t need no stinkin’ ice! Kids ages 5-15 can gear up for the NHL’s first season in Vegas by learning some fundamentals—shooting, stick handling, passing—during free, two-hour sessions at Paradise Park Saturday and Desert Breeze Park Sunday (and again June 3 at Anthem Hills Park). May 20-21, Sessions at 8 & 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.; nhl.com/goldenknights/info/sticksforkids. –Spencer Patterson
“Dylan, the Nobel and the Jewish American Songbook” at Congregation Ner Tamid
Remember last year when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature and everybody freaked out because he was a musician and not a “real” author? Beloved American poet, critic and editor David Lehman does. And he wasn’t offended. He was thrilled. “I would counter that the best of Mr. Dylan’s songs work on the page, not only because of their originality but equally because they constitute the autobiography of a personality that is rebellious, ornery, intense and remarkably attuned to our rapidly shifting zeitgeist,” Lehman wrote in The Wall Street Journal. As part of the Poets of National Stature Reading Series, Lehman will give a Sunday lecture on Dylan at Green Valley synagogue Congregation Ner Tamid. One day earlier, Lehman will read from his own poetry at Downtown’s Writer’s Block book store at 7 p.m. Both events are free. May 21, 3 p.m. –C. Moon Reed
3 Unique Film Events
Anime Overnight Marathon at Reboot Game Lounge (May 19, 7 p.m.)
If there’s ever a rapture for geeks, some of them might refuse it in favor of hanging out at this west-side playroom, which has nearly every home video gaming system known to humankind and a robust selection of tabletop and card games. The plan is to have an anime-fueled sleepover, beginning at 7 p.m. and running until 8 a.m. the following morning. The actual movies and shows haven’t yet been finalized, but we’re guessing that if you’ve read this far, it hardly matters; this is your geek rapture. $14.
48-Hour Film Project at ReBAR (May 19-21)
A number of local filmmakers participate in this national competition, which is part film festival and part crazed scavenger hunt: The genres of the films are pre-assigned (past genres have included “romance,” “horror,” “time travel,” you get the idea), and the finished films must all contain a specific prop, character and line of dialogue specified in advance. Then, all they have to do is write, shoot, edit, score and otherwise finesse a four-to-six-minute short in just two days, no big whoop. See the results over three evenings, for just $5 per night. 48hourfilm.com/lasvegas.
Women in Film: Lost in Translation (May 24, 7 p.m.)
The Nevada Women’s Film Fest presents an Eclipse Theaters screening of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson comedy-drama, still the most exquisite 101 minutes we’ve ever spent in a hotel. $16. –Geoff Carter
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