Calendar: Recommended


Austin Film Society: Spotlight on Factory 25: Francine

Despite being an acutely observed portrait of a woman, this nettling character portrait starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo raises more questions than it answers.

7PM, Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St.

  • 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

  • Flatbed Press: Evidence of Obsession

    Author Jeff Scott presents the photogravures from his immense, vivid, James Beard Award-winning volumes Notes from a Kitchen, and The Noble Pig's chef John Bates cooks up a seven-course tasting dinner to seal in the goodness of this fine printerly, culinary night. Bonus: Guests will receive a signed copy of the two-volume Notes. See website for details. Mon., Jan. 14, 6:30-10pm. $175

    Flatbed Press, 2830 E. MLK, 512/477-9328

  • North Hills Gallery: Beyond Limits

    New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,


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