Vallejo, Sister 7, and Greezy Wheels bill together for an afternoon so steeped in nostalgia you’ll be calling old flames for a quick swim down memory lane. Steamboat closed back in 1999, but a patchwork of the old acts grace Threadgill’s World Headquarters starting at 2:30pm. Popular Nineties rockers Podunk meet local hip-hop godfather MC Overlord and more. If any Austin venue can stand in for Steamboat, it’s Threadgill’s. – Nina Hernandez
Nineties alterna-pop SoCal hitmakers reunited in 2010.
Antone's, 2015 W. Riverside
This documentary about Hollywood's Source Family premiered at SXSW. A 1970s experiment in communal living, the group promoted utopian and spiritual ideals and was led by a figure called Father Yod. The hippie cult produced lots of ceremonial music but fled to Hawaii after Father Yod's multiple marriages became notorious, and the group sputtered out soon afterward.
10PM, 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 homebase legends Parallelogramophonograph with the Local Genius Society. 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 Confidence Men – with Joe Bill The Chicago improv legend joins our favorite Mametian raconteurs for a night of scheming. Sat., 9pm. $14. Maestro Improviser against improviser, a whole stage-full of them, battling for victory. Sat., 10pm. $12. Another Weekender brings a student showcase and Furiously Missing. Sun., 8pm. $5.
The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473
Ponzi Scream Oh, we love the name of this new showcase of wild improv from new students and Bad Boys and the Knuckleball Now. Thu., May 9, 8pm. $5. 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 Doug Dorst, 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 Joe Faina. Saturdays, 10pm. $5. Thinning the Herd The combination improv show and weight-loss competition returns for the second show of its new season, with Roy Danger, Chelley Pyatt, Dave Buckman, Les McGehee, and more! Directed by Tyler Bryce. Sun., May 19, 6pm. $5.
Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580
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
Check out historical buildings and scenic views from the newest hi-rises and see how the Downtown crowd lives. An air-conditioned shuttle will be available to help you get around. Go online to buy tickets. 10:30am-5pm. $25.
Registration at the Whitley, 301 Brazos
This annual conflagration of DIY goodness brings hundreds of today’s brightest indie makers from across the Lone Star State and beyond – with hands-on workshops, live music, food, booze, and more. Sat.-Sun., May 18-19, 11am-7pm. Free.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
That's an awful big stretch of road they're closing down, so make sure you use it. Ride your bike, start a conga line, play Twister, it's up to you. Time to reclaim the roads in the name of cyclists and pedestrians. For the day anyway. noon-5pm. Free.
Sixth Street between Brazos and Robert Martinez Jr. Street
This month's event has a prom theme. We imagine the ACW's idea of a prom is a bit more bloodied, muscled, and high-flying then ours. If you're in the front rows be on the look out for ACH, JT LaMotta, Bolt Brady, and other wrestlers hurtling toward you uncontrollably. 5:15pm. $12 ($15, front row or blacony).
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/482-8404
Australia sends 28 of its best drivers to go head to head in vehicular speed contests. We're talking 185 mph. Thursday is practice and qualifying rounds with races starting on Saturday and continuing through Sunday. Fri.-Sun., May 17-19. $49 ($100-275, three-day pass).
Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., 512/301-6600
The local squad goes on an eight-day home stretch, first against Colorado Springs starting Thursday followed by four games against Reno. Thu.-Fri., May 16-17, 7:05pm; Sat., May 18, 6:05pm; Sun., May 19, 1:05pm; Mon.-Thu., May 20-23, 7:05pm. $7-16.
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., 512/255-2255
It's the 30th international memorial. Bout time for that cure. The news has been a tease. In the meanwhile, we must commemorate those who have come before. This year's theme: "In Solidarity." 7:30pm.
Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700
Now's the time to make your sign and signifiers for the big QB march in June! Come craft queerly. Or queer craftily. Bring supplies (glitter, glitter, glitter) to share, care bear. noon.
The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3001