For seventh LP Algiers, Calexico abandoned Tucson, Ariz., to record in New Orleans. While the sextet’s 2012 offering still shades with a familiarly dusty Southwestern hue, they’ve added darker and at times more powerful elements to their palette. Bahamas, the solo project of Toronto’s Afie Jurvanen, opens, riding the double success of 2011 debut Pink Strat and last year’s Barchords – richly melodic pop tones caressing disillusion and yearning. – Doug Freeman
A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Gregg Rolie was 22 when Santana rocketed to stardom at Woodstock. That’s his stony croon on “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Oye Como Va.” Afterward, his voice, organ, and atomic prog rock shaped the first three Journey LPs and a total of seven discs with the Bay Area hit machine. Living outside Austin, Rolie covers both bands with his quartet, starring Houston blues burner Alan Haynes. Next month, he tours Australia with Ringo Starr. 8pm. – Raoul Hernandez
This free panel discussion is open to anyone who believes that the arts are a vital contributor to our community and would like to become involved in the public policy process. With Michael Burke, Scott Daigle, Marcy Hoen, and Fusebox's Brad Carlin. Wed., Jan. 23, 6:30pm (2013), Free
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.
Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwiches joins executive chef Nadine Thomas and pastry chef Janina O'Leary to present a delicious dinner paired with local craft brews and beer cocktails by libationist Joyce Garrison. Cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner accompanied by the music of Twilight Trio. Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Food Center. Reserve by phone. Wed., Jan. 23, (2013), $50
Search Facebook for "The Steel Vaginas: Discussion Group on Feminism(s)" to discover this semiweekly romp through the nuanced ebbs and flows of the F Word. Second and fourth Wadnesdays of the month, 7:30pm