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Big Screen Classics: Lawrence of Arabia

This desert epic won seven Academy Awards and features Peter O'Toole in his first starring role, as the adventurer T.E. Lawrence.

7:05PM, Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln.

Arts

  • Dr. Brian Greene: The Hidden Reality

    We're putting this in "theatre" because 1) we don't have a science department, and 2) this is some kinda show the good doctor puts on, alright, with video enhancements abetting his evocative descriptions of string theory and parallel universes and so on – all those amazing things you've likely heard this renowned author and theoretical physicist championing on award-winning TV programs. Thu., Jan. 17, 8pm (2013), $30-40

    Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

    www.austintheatre.org

  • Fronterafest 2013: Best of the Fest!

    Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true!Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.

    Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

    www.fronterafest.org

  • 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

    www.thelongcenter.org

  • North Hills Gallery: Beyond Limits

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

    345-1743

  • Community

    • Money ≠ Speech City Council Resolution Rally

      Bring support for a Council resolution "calling for a Constitutional Amendment and/or other legislative actions ensuring that money is not speech, and therefore the expenditure of money to influence the electoral or legislative process is not a form of constitutionally protected speech, and shall be regulated." 4-6pm. Free.

      Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000

      www.facebook.com/events/177669525690578

    • Boat & Travel Trailer Show

      All manner of watercraft will be on display for your ogling (or purchasing) pleasure. Activities for kids (a live catfish tank) and adults (the marine GPS workshop) help keep things afloat. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-20. $8.

      Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 494-1128

      www.austinboatshow.com

    • MLK Oratory Competition

      Finalists from local elementary schools share their five-minute speeches honoring Dr. King. After awards have been handed out to the winners, local high schoolers will be recognized for academic excellence and exceptional leadership. 6pm. Free.

      Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

      www.mlkcelebration.com

    • Thursday Night Social Ride

      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.

      www.socialcyclingaustin.com

    • 2013 State of the Chamber

      Kind of like the State of the Union but without the red guys frowning and the blue peeps cheering. In 2012, Austin's gay chamber of commerce grew from 15 to over 220 members. Come learn what 2013 holds in store. Free appetizers; cash bar. 6:30-8:30pm. Free, $5 parking.

      Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

      www.aglcc.org/calendar/AGLCC-State-of-the-Chamber-2013

    • AGLCC Happy Hour

      Nosh and mingle with Austin's swingin' gay chamber. Third Thursdays, 5:30-8pm. Free.

      www.aglcc.org/calendar, president@aglcc.org

    • DFW

      #TeamTakeOver presents Down for Whatever, a Hip-hop hell-yeah with Yella Stud, DJ LaDiDa, and friends. Thursdays, 10pm. Free 21+; $5, 18-21.

      Basement, 422 Congress, 832/878-4527