During Free Week, Foreign Mothers’ taut, riot grrl post-punk matched the freezing temperature – bone deep and biting, unforgiving. One of Austin’s best bands in 2012, the trio of Kana Harris, Stephanie Mueller, and Christina Lough preserved their relative band nascence on Duh
(Thread Pull Records), an LP of blunt force femme power. At the Chronicle
’s popular free music series Paper Cuts, expect (in addition to free food and drink) a short, sharp set of mouthwatering national media bait heading into South by Southwest season. RSVP
. – Raoul Hernandez
This Tom Clancy thriller gets the proper screen treatment here with this first-rate cast and direction by one of the genre’s best: Die Hard director John McTiernan. The plot centers on the commander of a Russian nuclear sub, who may or may not defect to the United States.
7:30PM, Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock
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
New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,
You might want to try to get someone to cover your shift at whatever night-time day job you're working, if necessary, so you can hear this Saunders presenting his newest collection, Tenth of December, because he's about as good as it gets, warped-perspective short-story-wise, since DFW's been gone, and you're unlikely to read any other fiction that's more 1) entertaining, 2) deeply considered, and 3) evocative of what it's like to be a fucking human being. Tue., Jan. 22, 7pm (2013)
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050
Join Texas Tribune Editor Emily Ramshaw for coffee and a discussion with Reps. Donna Howard and Sarah Davis on the state of family planning and women's health policy in Texas. RSVP by Monday, Jan. 21 7:30am. Free.
The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 716-8641
Bike with the butchie babes and betties every Tuesday. Contact for route info. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.
Q Austin, 3408 West Ave., 845/642-7069