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The Man From Orlando

Living as a lifeguard in the summer and a gangster in the winter, it's no wonder Orlando hits a rough patch in this comedy when he returns to his hometown in Texas. Full disclosure: The film is produced by the Chronicle's assistant webmaster Michael Bartnett and features several former staff members. See "Snakes and Ladders" for an interview with the filmmakers.

8PM and 10:30PM, Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress

  • Invisible Inc

    The Hidden Room, that cabal of professional theatremakers who recently brought us the amazing Rose Rage, now command a Long Center stage to present the new Paul Menzer drama about two feuding stage magicians in Depression-era New York City. Menzer's previous Austin triumph was via The Bedlam Faction's delightful Brats of Clarence – another indication that this Beth Burns-directed spectacle of contention and vintage hocus-pocus will be a well-wrought crowd-pleaser. Starring Robert Matney, Liz Fisher, Joseph Garlock, Todd Kassens, Julia Lorenz-Olson, and Laurence Pears. Nothing up our sleeve here but recommendation. Jan. 11-20. Mon.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on Jan. 15. $18.50 and up

    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

  • Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata: House

    Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm.

    Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, 1808 Singleton, 512/320-0566

  • Tiny Park: Divergent Space

    Oh! The entire gallery's filled with the works of Leah Haney, and all we can do is stare in wonder, transfixed by the artist's exploded conflations of multidimensional perspective and architectural renderings on wooden panels and more. Smart, elegant, and with colors like Frank Lloyd Wright went on an Adderall bender and redesigned Bifrost. Through Jan. 5. Saturdays, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 1101 Navasota.


    • Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

      Curbside trash pickup customers can place their real trees (not in bags) out with their regular trash to be composted into Dillo Dirt. Want rid of it sooner? Drop it off at the Zilker Polo Fields from 10am-2pm this weekend and next. Jan. 5-6 and 12-13, 10am-2pm.
    • Home & Garden Show

      Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. James Cameron of DIY network's Desperate Landscapes supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-13. $8.50.

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • Indie Chefs Week

      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

    • Mario Kart Tournament Finals

      Vie for one of the wildcard spots or watch Austin's finest Mario Kart racers (ages 6 and older) battle it out. 1pm. Free.

      Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400

    • Austin Winter Series Freestyle Frisbee Tourney

      Presented by the Austin Freestyle Disc Club and featuring players from across the globe, this competition will feature "2 or 3 players performing 4-5 minute routines, set to popular music, similar to pairs ice skating or floor exercises in gymnastics. Players are judged on difficulty, execution, and artistic impression as they make unusual throws, wild gyrations, trick catches, and gymnastic-like moves." Austin boasts two world champion freestylists, James Wiseman and Dan Yarnell. In the case of bad weather, the event will be held at the Austin Recreation Center, 1209 Shoal Creek Blvd. 11am. Free.

      Zilker Park Rugby Field, Barton Springs Road

    • The Rules of Basketball

      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. MLK, 512/471-7324

    • Deadly 7

      Althea Trix and Judy Von Miller (and a cast of dozens) are up to their old trix again, times seven. And you know what that means: wrath, greed, gluttony, pride, lust, envy, and sloth. Oh, those poor baby sloths! 10:30pm.

      Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 512/474-2950

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