April 18 is Record Store Day. Head to the closest Zia Record Exchange to scoop up sweet limited-edition vinyl from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys and A$AP Rocky. While you’re there, watch performances by local bands Mercy Music (at 4503 W. Sahara Ave.), Echo Stains and Cyanide (at 4225 S. Eastern Ave.). Now’s the time to celebrate these brick-and-mortar classics. ZiaRecords.com.
IT’S A PICNIC
Festival season is in full swing, so bring a comfy chair or blanket to the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater for the 23rd annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival April 18-19. Jazz legends Sly’s Family Stone are slated to play the outdoor engagement, which will pair concessions and crafts with music in observation of Jazz Appreciation Month. YourJazz.com.
VIVA LA REVOLUCIÓN!
In The Last Window-Giraffe, Hungarian writer Péter Zilahy expounds on the absurdities that plague day-to-day life under a dictatorship. The experimental memoir was considered the handbook for Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, which called for fair, fraud-free elections. Zilahy will join fellow author and multimedia artist Kris Saknussemm on April 21 for readings and performances at Writer’s Block. TheWritersBlock.org.
THE ‘D’ IS SILENT
Last year, famed director, screenwriter and producer Quentin Tarantino revealed plans to retire after his 10th film. He’s working on his eighth—the aptly titled The Hateful Eight, so that leaves us only two more. Celebrate the Academy Award winner’s legacy and catch a screening of his 2012 western Django Unchained on April 22 as part of Inspire’s Boozy Movie Wednesdays. InspireLasVegas.com.