Red-hot local duo with psych-poppers Sour Notes and shredders Megafauna.
Red 7, 611 E. Seventh
Pachanga Fest should’ve mashed up local octet El Tule with Mexican accordion pioneer Celso Piña, given the former’s cumbia-loving new EP, Hecho in Austin, Vol. III. Opener “Reggae Cumbia” deserves to blast out of every car on the Eastside this summer. Adrian Quesada performed one of his last gigs with Grupo Fantasma at Pachanga’s Fiesta Gardens, but now his guitar caballeros Brownout support El Tule at Sixth Street’s home of tropicalia. – Raoul Hernandez
Fort Worth “junk rawk” trio meets ATX’s feral femmes, plus Creationists, FOGG, and Polio Club.
Homegrown triplet: South Texas roots, millions sellers, and reformed alt-romance.
“An Evening With Soundgarden” makes it sound like black ties and a podium might be involved. More likely, this veteran Seattle alt-metal foursome will come out to the tune of “Been Away Too Long,” the blazing opener to its solid 2012 comeback King Animal. Given Chris Cornell’s refusal to age, vocally or visually, this promises to show an old dog in its prime, not its dotage. – Michael Toland
When the filmmaker gets "friend-zoned" by a girl, he makes this giddy film full of romantic tips of the hat, animation, and other visual strategies to make the case for his love. The Sundance-nurtured project won the Gotham Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. A Skype Q&A with the director will follow the screening.
7:30PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
Here's your one-stop emporium of laughter and sweet coffee drinks (and now: wine cocktails!) Downtown, run like a brilliant clockwork made from Del Close's skull. The Threefer Three improv shows for the price of one! Thu., 8pm. $5. The Free Fringe Improv goes experimental, and who know WTF these free-range humans will come up with? Thu., 10pm. Free. 2 x 4 It's … improv duos. Two-two-awesome! Fri., 8pm. $5. The Spectacle presents the other homebase legends The Knuckleball Now with the Past Lives. Fri., 10pm. $12. Theatresports: Anything Can Happen The Hideout returns to its short-form and battle-ready Johnstone roots with this ongoing team tournament in May and June. Like the Olympics, but without drug-testing! Sat., 8pm. $12 Maestro Improviser against improviser, a whole stage-full of them, battling for victory. Sat., 10pm. $12. Another Weekender brings a student showcase and Bare Minimum. Sun., 8pm. $5.
The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473
The Next Chapter has improvisers riffing on a local author's work – with the author starting the antics off. Directed by Justin Davis, this series of literary transmogrifications runs for two months with Manuel Gonzales, Matt Sturges, Katherine Catmull, Beth Kander, Suzy Spencer, and Daniel Quinn among the authors who'll be featured. Fridays, 8pm. Through June 28. $12. The Suitcase In which Asaf Ronen presents an immersive show where the audience follows the characters into fabricated environments – a makeshift studio apartment, a parked convertible – to sit up-close and personal while the cast of lowlifes improvises a narrative from objects the audience has provided. Recommended! Fridays, 10pm. $12. Key Party Established improv couples swapping partners. Saturdays, 8pm. Through May 25. $7. Triple Scoop Three different improv troupes gone wild, and stand-up hosted by Maggie Maye. Saturdays, 10pm. $5. The Rubber Room is an open improv jam, yo, so join in – if you dare. Sun., May 26, 8pm. Free.
Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580
This new children's book features Srinivasan's delightful full-color illustrations to tell the story of a young octopus' adventures in the vast and mysterious ocean depths. Join the author, whose previous work we've featured here
, for a book-release party with cupcakes and baklava this weekend!
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050
Here's the newest work of dark whimsy, written and directed by Connor Hopkins, from the company that brought us The Jungle, Frankenstein, Riddley Walker, and Toil & Trouble. The professional Trouble Puppet team creates Bunraku-style tabletop puppets to embody this compelling and eerie drama for adults, with original music by Justin Sherburn, costumes by Monica Gibson, and, well, wow. Bonus: Pre-show performance by Cami Alys. Also: Look at the poster for this thing. Brilliant. Why? Because Jennymarie Jemison. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-20
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/573-2540
This spring showcase features gallery artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media collage, and prints – and these artists are, as ever, nonpareil. Sam Yeates, Randall Reid, Christopher St. Leger, Lisa Beaman, Faustinus Deraet, Chun Hui Pak, and more. This diverse array of work is highly recommended. Through May 25.
Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929
This group show of art and design for anaglyph 3-D glasses is curated by Phillip Edward Niemeyer and features vision-galvanizing works by Alec Dartley, Dan Forbes, Dana McClure, Hannah Cole, James Blagden, Joseph Phillips, Mike Reddy, Nicole Stone, Rebecca Rothfus, Ryan Junell, Shawn Camp , and Tanya Newton-John. This gig's got a sound component, too: experimental label Aagoo's compilation recorded in double mono: the left and right channels play distinct sounds, featuring music and sounds by Palaxy Tracks, John Saba Jr., Devin Maxwell, !!!, Jim Eno, The Octopus Project, AU, and Erin Flannery & Zach Layton. Through June 16.
grayDUCK Gallery, 608-C W. Monroe, 512/826-5334
Now's the time to replace that old clunker of a refrigerator or air conditioner, since you won't be paying tax on certain energy-efficient appliances. Go to www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331
for a complete list of tax-free items. Sat.-Mon., May 25-27.
One of the largest Hispanic festivals in Central Texas. Plenty of food, music and family entertainment to go around la mesa. Sat.-Sun., May 25-26. $5.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., 512/591-4854
Local record stores and folks with killer vinyl collections will be on hand so you can shop, swap, or just drool. 1-7pm. Free.
The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3001
More than 100 songwriters perform at the 42nd music festival in the hills famous for its aspiring new performers, music legends, and campfire concerts. Thu.-Sun., May 23-June 9.
Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville
Our local soccer squad looks to continue their winning streak as they take the field against the Loredo Heat. 7:30pm. $10.
House Park, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., 512/335-8881
The best skee-ballers in the country will be in our fair city this weekend to find out whose roll is most under control. Teams compete for the World Mug while individuals vie for the coveted Cream Jacket. Joey the Cat from San Francisco returns to retain that piece of storied outerwear. Can he be stopped? The public is invited to watch the action, but if the rolling grows tedious (hard to imagine) there will be a corn-hole tourney, bouncy castle, some pinata destruction, and karaoke (aka classic tune destruction). Fri.-Sat., May 24-26. Free.
The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth, 512/478-6200