Often the “core” suffix on a traditional genre merely implies adding distortion and a punk beat. East Cameron Folkcore goes deeper than that. Massive instrumentation, multiple songwriters, and palpable emotion make this homegrown collective colossally entertaining. Strings-n-stomp one-man band Possessed by Paul James opens with a quaking live show so good it can evoke a spiritual experience, while roots rockers Old Coyote provide subtler songwriting in betwixt. Great bill for the newest Downtown music venue. – Kevin Curtin
Vintage ATCO soul via Atlanta teamed with Dallas counterpoint.
Twice last week, glossy signs featuring a tattooed skull wearing a Wild One cap were held up on stage at Red 7, compelling the audience to chant: “Nick, Nick, Nick!” Tributes, dedications, tattoos, and a general outpouring of respect have been constant since the brilliant singer/guitarist died last month after a long fight with cancer. On Saturday, his friends come together with an official memorial for the true blue rock & roller. Performers include the Horton Brothers, Krum Bums, Wyldwood Four, the Flash Boys, Bellfuries, the Sniffs, and more. – Kevin Curtin
Psych soundtracking of actor who died in July, courtesy of locals Egypt, ST 37, and Bipolar Gentlemen.
Prog turnarounds to melt minds.
Local architects and designers have created stylish animal abodes that you can bid on to help animal charities. Dress up your dog for the Fashound Show, or just prepare for some playtime in the temporary dog park on Second Street. Sat., Nov. 10, noon-4pm (2012), Free
2nd Street District
Halloween is over, and even though the lights have been turned out the haunted house is still open. Groups get a glow stick to explore the otherwise pitch black spookery. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7pm-12mid, $25
Once again it's time for the best party in SoCo, the annual Home Slice pizza carnival to benefit Austin Bat Cave. The day offers contests of endurance and skill, carnival games, a big raffle with killer prizes, live music, beverages from Real Ale Brewing and Dublin Bottling Works, plus plenty of pizza. Sat., Nov. 10, noon-7pm (2012)
The sixth annual baking contest is this weekend and it's still not too late to enter in one of the four categories: Pies & Tarts, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies, and Other. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category and a grand prize winner chosen from the top four. Drop off entries at the store between 8:30 and 10am Saturday morning and judging runs from 10-11:45am before the public tasting noon-3pm, after which prizes will be awarded. Find rules, entry forms, and complete info online. Sat., Nov. 10, 10am-4pm (2012)
The clans will be meeting on the field of honor to see who is the mightiest, plus food, music, and demonstrations. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11
Put on your lederhosen and join the salute to sausage and oompah music for a unique German celebration with a Texas twang. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-11
New Braunfels, 800/221-4369
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.
Men's Basketball Vs. Fresno State: Fri., Nov. 9, 7pm. Vs. Coppin State: Mon., Nov. 12, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.
Women's Volleyball Wed., Nov. 14, 7pm. Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway. $4-7.
Football Vs. Iowa State: Sat., Nov. 10, 11am. Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto.
Music, storytelling, auction, community. Come out for OutYouth and SoulForce. Hear it from the heart and flirt with the Capital City Men's Chorus – all of 'em. Sat., Nov. 10, 7-10pm (2012), $9-25, youth and presale discounts available
Conjunctured, 1309 E. Seventh, 612/217-0371