More mammoth inside/outside roulette, with Spray Paint and the Sour Notes splattering art-punk and pop indoors, and metallics the Well and Dum Dum Girls spin-off Cheap Curls riding a Holy Wave out in the elements.
Red 7, 611 E. Seventh
There will be no tears in beers for this high-spirited lineup. Mountain-folk purveyors Whiskey Shivers lead the charge with lightning-fast banjo and barefoot shenanigans. Blues-tumbling quartet Slowtrain brings harmonica-riffed joints and organ, while Guns of Navarone furthers country influences with Gram Parsons-fused rock. Newcomer Holiday Style – composed of ex-Zykos, the Gloria Record, and Frank Smith members – takes on Holy Mountain for the first time. A hodgepodge of Southern influences gives River Red its twang back. Wiretree also performs. – Abby Johnston
New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,
We can pretty much blame Gene Roddenberry for this fellow's blazing and indelible spot in the world's consciousness, sure, but by now William Shatner has earned or grown to accommodate the immensity of his own position. Whether as a would-be crooner exhorting us to "Picture yourself – on a boat – on a river!" or as Captain James Tiberius Kirk or T.J. Hooker or whoever the hell he was in that one aborted season of 'Barbary Coast' on ABC back in '75 [Ed. note: The character was named Jeff Cable. Thank you, Wikipedia.] ... we mean, yes, regardless, Shatner performing as Shatner is just Shatner enough, replete with hilarious anecdotes and a horseman's opinions and the sort of star-studded, crowd-pleasing chat that a legendary octogenarian can provide. Thu., Jan. 10, 8pm. $115-150
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
He's traveled to some of the most inhospitable places on the planet to stare the Apocalypse in the eye and see what it might look like. This slide show presentation brings it all to your local library. 6:30pm. $20 suggested donation.
Westbank Community Library, 1309 Westbank Dr., 739-4172
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.
Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd, 512/459-1010
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.
The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324
Between 250 and 300 cyclists are expected to take part in this friendly, socially paced ride of 12 to 15 miles. Riders will stop for cars and try not to block intersections along the way. This adult ride concludes at a different bar each week. Fiesta Beach, N. I-35 and Lady Bird Lake. Free.