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  • 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

  • Weird! True Hollywood Tales: It's So Cold In The D

    Lashonda Lester's lively series of pop-culture edutainment begins again, with presentations on the city of Detroit. The history and musical heritage of the Motor City is covered here, along with the controversial life and disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the death of Supremes founder Florence Ballard, and the murder of Motown icon Marvin Gaye. Sat., Jan. 19, 8pm (2013), $10

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

    www.weirdtruetales.com, weirdtruetales@gmail.com

  • 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

    www.mnae.org

  • Community

    • 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

    • Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

      This is the eleventh year for the annual celebration of the skin arts. Watch the professionals tint skin live and in person in the hopes of taking home the title of Tattoo of the Day. The burlesque, belly dancing, sideshow acts, and mechanical art will help your forget about your aching epidermis. There's even a kids area, although leaving your kids alone at a tattoo festival is just asking for an inked toddler. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 18-20. $20/day, $45/weekend.

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

      www.golivefast.com

    • Texas Video Game Trading Cards Premiere

      Since King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters became a cult documentary, arcade culture has found popularity with a new generation. Come out and meet the overlord of high-score keeping, Walter Day, and other joystick legends. Admission gets you access to Pinballz's array of games, autograph sessions, and the award ceremony. noon-6pm. $10.

      Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research #100, 512/420-8458

      www.facebook.com/events/499025633449099

    • Catastica with LZ Love

      Holy Caturday! Join our most precious felinesque diva and (in a previous cat life) Sylvester back-up singer. Foot Patrol is also on the bill. 9pm. $7; $5 if you dress like a cat.

      Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth, 512/494-9336

      www.lz-love.com