There’s something for everyone on this midweek flight curated by veteran critic and lifelong punk Marc Savlov. Scan Hopper’s artful post-punk fuzz pairs nicely with the synesthesia-inducing drone of Baby Robots. Cabaret folk collective Ukemi summons high drama to counter the psychotronic gutter spirituals of Tijuana Bible and Astronaut Suit. Snarling garage punks Corpus Gold do the Sparkling City’s musical legacy proud on their cassette debut, while demented surf-punk trio Eets Feats provides the perfect score for hanging 10 in a toxic lake. – Greg Beets
Two genre-specific bastions of interactive goodness – confessional eroticism and, uh, "Nerds!" – join forces for one night of sexy, science-y scintillation at the ND's North Door bar. You do want to hear "An Oral History of Birth Control" and learn "How the Texas Sex Toy Ban Got Overturned in Court" and hear some rockin' chiptunes and drink some Waterloo Rum (gratis!) and try to guess which of your fellow partiers' erotic confessions are being read and discussed onstage, don't you? Yeah? (And maybe you wanna show up half an hour early, Mr. or Ms. On-the-Prowl, because there's a speed-dating game at 6:30pm? Your nerdy shadchen says: Yes!) Recommended. Wed., Jan. 9, 7pm. 501 N. IH-35. It's free!
Some of the hottest young culinary talent in the country will be cooking in Austin during Indie Chefs Week. Foreign & Domestic chefs and co-owners Ned and Jodi Elliot have invited chefs who inspire and encourage them to come to Austin for four nights of taste-tempting and thought-provoking dinners. Austin and Houston will be represented as well as Portland, Los Angeles, Providence, Charleston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Nantucket. Dinners on Wednesday through Friday will include eight courses prepared by eight chefs for $125 per person with a complementary cocktail and wine pairings. Dinner on Saturday night is a 21-course blow-out prepared by all the chefs for $200 per person with wine pairings. For a complete list of participating chefs each evening and to buy tickets, go online. Jan. 9-12, 7pm.
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.
Search Facebook for "The Steel Vaginas: Discussion Group on Feminism(s)" to discover this semiweekly romp through the nuanced ebbs and flows of the F Word. Second and fourth Wadnesdays of the month, 7:30pm.